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The 5 Best USB-C Monitors - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best USB-C Monitors

Although they've been around for a few years now, USB-C ports are finally becoming widely adopted on monitors. They're versatile, reversible, and can deliver power to charge up your mobile devices, like your laptop. Some monitors even have built-in USB hubs that allow you to connect USB-A devices to the monitor and control your laptop, leaving the limited ports on your laptop free for other things. Modern USB-C monitors have DisplayPort Alt Mode so you can display an image from a compatible device, but the power delivery differs between models.

We've bought and tested over 260 monitors, and below you'll find our picks for the best USB-C monitors available for purchase. You can also check our recommendations for the best monitors for MacBook, the best office monitors, and the best 4k monitors.

  1. Best USB-C Monitor

    The best monitor with USB-C support that we've tested so far is the LG 40WP95C-W. It's a great office monitor that has Thunderbolt 4 support on both of its USB-C ports. This lets you connect even power-hungry laptops and charge them while using them thanks to its 96W of power delivery, which is more than most monitors. You can also display an image from them, and because it has two USB-C ports and a Picture-by-Picture mode you can display images from two laptops next to each other on the screen. There are also two USB-A ports if you want to connect other peripherals like a mouse and keyboard.

    In terms of its overall performance, it has a massive 40-inch screen with a 5120x2160 resolution and a 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio. This helps the monitor provide fantastic text clarity and there's plenty of space to open multiple windows at once. It also has great picture quality as it has a dedicated sRGB mode that results in excellent accuracy before calibration, which is ideal if your work requires accurate colors, and it displays a wide range of colors in SDR and HDR.

    See our review

  2. Best USB-C Monitor For Mac

    While the LG 40WP95C-W works without issue with macOS devices, if you have MacBook or Mac Mini and want a monitor to compliment it, then check out the Apple Studio Display. It has a smaller screen than the LG so you don't get as much screen space, but it has a higher 5k resolution for sharper text. It has features you can only get using a macOS device, like its sRGB mode with remarkable accuracy, so you get accurate and life-like images that are ideal if you're a photo or video editor. It also has excellent peak brightness, so you won't have any issues using it in a well-lit room.

    In terms of its USB-C inputs, it has one that supports Thunderbolt 3 with 96W of power delivery, which is enough to charge your MacBook while working. This port also serves as the video port, so you just need to connect your Mac directly to the monitor with that. It has three other USB-C ports, but those are only for charging other devices as you can't display an image from them, which is disappointing as you can't connect two devices at the same time like on the LG.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range USB-C Monitor

    If you don't use a macOS device but still like the 27-inch screen of the Apple Studio Display, then you can save some money with a mid-range model like the Dell U2723QE. With a lower 4k resolution than the Apple, it's the best 4k USB-C monitor we've tested and the text clarity is fantastic. It has three USB-C ports, and unlike the Apple monitor, each of them serves a different purpose. One supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90W of power delivery, which is the port you should connect your laptop if you want to display an image. Another USB-C port is a downstream port with 15W of power delivery, so you can use it to charge your phone or other peripherals.

    Additionally, the other USB-C port is an upstream port for the KVM switch, which allows you to connect multiple devices to your monitor and control them with a single keyboard and mouse. It's also excellent for photo editors because it has a dedicated sRGB mode like the Apple and LG 40WP95C-W that has excellent accuracy before calibration, so you won't need to get it calibrated for life-like colors.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range USB-C Monitor

    If you don't need all the extra features of the Dell U2723QE, you can save some money with a lower mid-range option in the Dell S2722QC. As it's a lower-end monitor than the U2723QE, it has fewer features like a smaller USB hub, so instead of the five USB-A ports and three USB-C ports like on the U2723QE, it has two USB-A ports and a single USB-C port. Luckily, its single USB-C port supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and power delivery of up to 65W, which is less than the 90W on the U2723QE but is still enough to keep the battery alive while you're using your laptop.

    It performs well in bright rooms as it has very good reflection handling and is bright enough to overcome glare. It has wide viewing angles and great ergonomics, so you can easily adjust the screen to an ideal viewing position and show content to someone next to you, as they'll see the same image from the sides. While it doesn't have an sRGB mode like the U2723QE and it isn't as good for photo editing, the accuracy before calibration is decent enough for everyday work.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget USB-C Monitor

    While most budget monitors don't have USB-C and you'll usually have to pay more for a monitor with it, there are a few budget-friendly USB-C monitors, like the Gigabyte M27Q. Unlike the Dell S2722QC, it has a lower 1440p resolution, so while the text clarity isn't as good, it's still decent, but this is a trade-off you need to make for a cheaper display. It has one USB-C port that supports only 10W of power delivery, which is much lower than the S2722QC and isn't enough to charge your laptop, but you can display an image with it and still keep the laptop's battery going while working.

    It has a few extra features, like a KVM switch that allows you to control multiple devices with the same keyboard and mouse connected to the display. It also has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes that let you view images from those two sources simultaneously. While its ergonomics aren't as good as the more expensive monitors, it's still okay as you can adjust the height and tilt range, but you can't swivel it, and with its wide viewing angles, the image remains consistent when viewing from the sides.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U3223QE: The Dell U3223QE is a larger version of the Dell U2723QE with the same USB-C features. However, it costs more and has undersaturated colors in HDR, so it's worth getting the U2723QE. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is a low-cost USB-C monitor that offers higher power delivery than the Gigabyte M27Q and has better ergonomics. However, it costs more than the Gigabyte, so if you're on a tight budget, go for the Gigabyte. See our review
  • Gigabyte M34WQ: The Gigabyte M34WQ is an ultrawide monitor like the LG 40WP95C-W but with a smaller 34-inch screen and lower 3440x1440 resolution. Get this if you want the ultrawide format and want something cheaper, but its USB-C power delivery is limited to 15 W. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 23, 2022: Added the LG 40WP95C-W as the 'Best USB-C Monitor' because it has Thunderbolt 4 support and renamed the Dell U2723QE and the Dell S2722QC to their respective categories; updated the Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Oct 27, 2022: Removed the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 because it doesn't fit into the scope of the article and moved the LG 40WP95C-W to Notable Mentions; updated text for accuracy.

  3. Aug 17, 2022: Restructured article to focus on office monitors and to reflect user needs; added the Dell U2723QE as the 'Best USB-C Monitor' and renamed the Dell S2722QC as the 'Best Mid-Range'; added the Gigabyte M27Q as the 'Best Budget' and the Apple Studio Display as the 'Best For Mac'. Removed the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the Gigabyte M32U because they're gaming monitors; replaced the Gigabyte M34WQ with the LG 40WP95C-W; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. Apr 05, 2022: Replaced the ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE with the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 because it's cheaper; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.

  5. Feb 04, 2022: Replaced the Dell S2721QS with the Dell S2722QC. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors with a USB-C input currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our USB-C monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.