The 5 Best USB-C Monitors - Fall 2021 Reviews

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Although they've been around for a few years now, USB-C connectors are finally becoming widely adopted as the new standard. They're versatile, reversible, and they can deliver more power to charge up your mobile devices. Many monitors now come with one or several USB-C ports, so we've compiled our list of recommendations to help you find the best USB-C monitors for your use.

We've tested over 210 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 gaming monitors, the best office monitors, and the best 4k monitors.


  1. Best 27 Inch USB-C Monitor For Office: MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

    8.2
    Mixed Usage
    8.1
    Office
    8.6
    Gaming
    8.0
    Multimedia
    8.2
    Media Creation
    7.4
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best USB-C monitor for office use we've tested is the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD. It's a great office monitor with wide viewing angles and great ergonomics, so it's easy to place in an ideal viewing position, and you can easily share your screen with someone else. The 27 inch, 1440p screen delivers good overall text clarity, and it has great screen real estate for multitasking. It also has many extra features, most of which are designed for gaming, though, so it's a great monitor if you need a distraction from work.

     It has great peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling with a matte finish, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most viewing environments. It's also great if your work requires accurate colors, as it has an exceptional color gamut and fantastic gradient handling. The unit we bought has mediocre accuracy out of the box, so you might need to consider calibrating it.

    Sadly, although it has a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and power delivery, it can only deliver 15W of power, so it's not powerful enough to keep your laptop charged while using it. The USB-C port also can't be used as an upstream port, so you'll need to use a separate USB cable to use the built-in USB hub on the monitor. Overall, it's an impressive monitor for most uses, and it should please most users.

    See our review

  2. Best 32 Inch USB-C Monitor For Office: Gigabyte M32Q

    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Office
    8.6
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    8.0
    Media Creation
    7.2
    HDR Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best USB-C monitor that we've tested in a 32 inch size is the Gigabyte M32Q. Its large screen size provides an immersive gaming experience and plenty of space for multitasking. While a 4k resolution would have been preferable for a screen this size, its 1440p resolution still results in a relatively sharp image and good text clarity. It has wide viewing angles, good reflection handling, and gets bright enough to combat glare in most settings. The ergonomics are okay; it just can't rotate to portrait mode.

    It delivers an incredibly smooth and responsive gaming experience. It has a 170Hz refresh rate and an exceptional response time, so fast motion looks clear, and it has a black frame insertion feature that can be used simultaneously with VRR to further improve motion clarity. It supports a wide color gamut and can get bright enough to bring out some highlights in HDR, but like most IPS panels, it has a low contrast ratio and lacks local dimming, so blacks look gray in the dark.

    Like its little sibling, the Gigabyte M27Q, there are tons of extra features. You get a USB hub with three USB 3.0s and a USB-C that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and 15W fast charging with compatible devices. It has a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display two input signals at once, and you can control both of those devices with one set of peripherals with its built-in KVM switch. All in all, it's a feature-rich monitor that's well suited for gaming and productivity.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide USB-C Monitor: LG 38WN95C-W

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    7.9
    Office
    8.3
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    8.1
    Media Creation
    7.4
    HDR Gaming
    Size 38"
    Resolution 3840x1600
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best USB-C monitor that we've tested with an ultrawide screen is the LG 38WN95C-W. It's a 38 inch model with a 21:9 aspect ratio, giving you tons of screen real estate for better and more efficient multitasking. Although its 3840x1600 resolution may seem odd, it basically has the same pixel density as a standard 27 inch, 1440p monitor, so images and text look very sharp. Its reflection handling is just okay, but it gets more than bright enough to combat glare.

    It's great for content creators. It has full sRGB and excellent Adobe RGB coverage, superb gradient handling, and no color bleed. It can also double as your gaming monitor because it has a 144Hz refresh rate, an exceptional response time, and variable refresh rate support to reduce screen tearing. Unfortunately, it's not the best option for dark rooms because it has a low contrast ratio, and its edge-lit local dimming is terrible.

    Its USB-C port supports Thunderbolt 3 data transfer speed, and it also lets you access the two additional USB-A ports, which means you can plug your peripherals directly into the monitor to keep your setup clean. The power delivery is 94W, which should be enough to charge most laptops except power-hungry ones with a dedicated GPU. It has built-in speakers, a Picture-in-Picture mode, and a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, it's a versatile monitor that should satisfy most people.

    See our review

  4. Best Portable USB-C Monitor: ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE

    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    7.2
    Office
    8.0
    Gaming
    6.9
    Multimedia
    6.8
    Media Creation
    5.5
    HDR Gaming
    Size 17"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE is the best portable USB-C monitor that we've tested. It's by far the best portable monitor we've tested. The compact size makes it easy to care with you, and the included folio case/stand and USB-C connectivity make it a cinch to set up quickly when you're working on the go. It also has a built-in 7800 mAh battery, so you can work for hours without adding extra drain to your laptop battery.

    When you're not working, this is also an impressive gaming monitor, despite its small size. It has an extremely fast refresh rate, outstanding low input lag, and an outstanding response time, outperforming many much larger desktop gaming monitors. It even supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It has two USB-C ports, but it also has a Micro-HDMI port, meaning you can connect it to your favorite console as well.

    Unfortunately, as this is designed as a portable monitor, it doesn't support USB-C power delivery, so you can't use it to charge your device while you work. Even though it's designed for portability, it's not quite bright enough to overcome direct sunlight. Overall, if you're looking for a portable monitor for better productivity on the go, it's sure to please just about anyone.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget USB-C Gaming Monitor: Gigabyte M27Q

    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Office
    8.5
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    8.0
    Media Creation
    7.3
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best budget USB-C monitor that we've tested is the Gigabyte M27Q. It's a 27 inch, 1440p monitor that's packed with amazing features. It's well-built, and its simple design should fit easily into most settings. Like most IPS panels, it has wide viewing angles that make it great to share content or play co-op games. Visibility in bright rooms shouldn't be an issue because it gets very bright. It costs a bit more than most budget monitors, but it's worth spending the extra money for its USB-C input.

    The USB-C input supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, although the power delivery is limited to 10W, which is only enough to charge smaller devices like a smartphone or tablet. Gaming-wise, this monitor delivers incredibly smooth and responsive gameplay thanks to its exceptional response times, low input lag, and 170Hz refresh rate. The stand only allows for tilt and height adjustments, so it's best to VESA-mount it if you have trouble getting a comfortable viewing position.

    One important thing to note about this monitor is that it uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect image quality, but it can cause blurry text in some applications if you plan on using it for work. It has excellent DCI P3 coverage to produce a wide range of colors in HDR, and it gets decently bright to bring out some highlights, but the refresh rate is limited to 120Hz when gaming in 10-bit HDR. Overall, it's a feature-rich gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte M28U: The Gigabyte M28U is the best 4k USB-C monitor that delivers a sharper image than the Gigabyte M32Q, but it's not as big. That said, it's also more expensive and requires a beefier graphics card to achieve high frame rates. See our review
  • Dell UltraSharp U2721DE: The Dell UltraSharp U2721DE is a decent alternative to the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, but it's significantly more expensive. It has a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, and it can daisy chain to a second monitor using its DisplayPort Out port. See our review
  • LG 32UD99-W: The LG 32UD99-W is better than the Gigabyte M32Q for productivity because it has a higher resolution to deliver sharper text, and its USB-C can deliver more power, but it's hard to find. See our review
  • Dell U2520D: The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is a budget-friendly monitor with two USB-C inputs, but it's smaller than the Gigabyte M27Q. See our review
  • Dell U3818DW: The Dell U3818DW is a great ultrawide office monitor, but it's only available through third-party sellers at a much higher price than usual. See our review
  • Dell UltraSharp U4021QW: The Dell UltraSharp U4021QW is a great ultrawide monitor with a 5k resolution, but it's expensive and hard to find. See our review
  • Philips 436M6VBPAB: The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB is a large monitor with a 43 inch screen, and it maintains a standard 16:9 aspect ratio, but it doesn't have wide viewing angles, so the image looks inaccurate if you sit too close. See our review
  • Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx: The Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx is an excellent gaming monitor with USB-C input. However, it's hard to find, and its USB-C can only deliver up to 65W of power, which isn't enough for gaming laptops with a dedicated GPU. See our review
  • Dell U2720Q: The Dell UltraSharp U2720Q is a great office monitor with better power delivery than the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, but it's increasingly difficult to find. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 07, 2021: Removed the Dell U2720Q and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV as they're increasingly difficult to find. Added the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD as the 'Best 27 Inch USB-C Monitor' and the ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE as the 'Best Portable USB-C Monitor'. Added the Dell U2720Q to our Notable Mentions and updated the text of the other Notable Mentions to reflect our current picks.

  2. Aug 11, 2021: Replaced LG 32UD99-W with Gigabyte M32Q because it's hard to find. Replaced Dell U3818DW with LG 38WN95C-W because the Dell is only available through third parties at a much higher price.

  3. Jun 16, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks, no change in recommendations.

  4. Apr 20, 2021: Removed the LG 29UM69G-B and moved the Gigabyte M27Q to Budget category; added the ASUS ProArt PA278CV to cheaper alternative to the Dell and renamed category to 'Best 27 Inch'; moved the LG 32UD99-W to 'Best 32 Inch' category; added the Dell U2520D, Dell U4021QD, and Philips 436M6VBPAB to Notable Mentions.

  5. Feb 19, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced BenQ EX2780Q with Gigabyte M27Q.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best USB-C monitors 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.

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