The 5 Best USB-C Monitors - Summer 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 180 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: Dell U2720Q

    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Office
    7.5
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    8.2
    Media Creation
    6.8
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    No VRR

    The best USB-C monitor for office use we've tested is the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q. It has a 27 inch screen that provides plenty of space for multitasking and a 4k resolution that results in exceptionally sharp images and text. The stand allows for all manner of adjustments so that you can place the screen at your ideal viewing position. Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles, which means that images remain accurate when viewed from the side, great for sharing your work with coworkers.

    It has a total of five USB ports. Three of them are USB 3.0 ports, and two are USB-C, one of which supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. This means that you can display an image from a compatible device and charge it simultaneously. The other USB-C port is on the side of the monitor for easy access and can be used for charging even when the monitor is off. The response time is good, and the input lag is low, but unfortunately, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing when gaming.

    In addition to its high resolution, this monitor has an outstanding color gamut. It covers the entire sRGB color space and has great Adobe RGB coverage. However, it doesn't display dark colors well due to its low contrast ratio, and its out-of-the-box accuracy is only decent, so it might be worth calibrating if you plan on doing color work. It has exceptional gradient handling, and there are no signs of color bleed. All in all, this is the best USB-C monitor that should please most people.

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  2. Cheaper Alternative: ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    75 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    If you want to save some money, then check out the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It has a lower 1440p resolution compared to the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q's 4k screen, so although it doesn't deliver as clear text, it's still good enough for most people. It has one USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, meaning you to charge a compatible device and display an image from it at the same time. The USB hub allows you to connect peripherals and use them with your device with one wire between the device and monitor. So basically, if you connect your laptop, you can attach your mouse's USB receiver to the monitor. It performs best in bright rooms thanks to its high peak brightness and good reflection handling. Sadly, it doesn't support HDR and has a low contrast ratio, so it's not the best for watching movies.

    If you want the best USB-C monitor with a 27 inch screen that we've tested for office use, go for the Dell, but if you want to save some money, consider the ASUS.

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  3. Best 32 Inch USB-C Monitor For Office: LG 32UD99-W

    7.8
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Office
    7.6
    Gaming
    7.8
    Multimedia
    8.0
    Media Creation
    6.9
    HDR Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best 4k USB-C monitor that we've tested in a 32 inch size is the LG 32UD99-W. It's similar to the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q, just with a bigger screen. It's still great for office use, has the same panel type, and while its pixel density is lower, it's more than enough to deliver sharp images and text. There's one USB-C with DisplayPort Alt Mode support, and you also get two USB 3.0 inputs.

    The 32UD99-W is best suited for a moderately lit room. It gets pretty bright to combat glare, but its reflection handling isn't the best, so you should avoid placing it opposite a window or light sources. It has full sRGB coverage and supports a wide gamut, and it's decently well-calibrated out of the box. If you want to play some games on the side, it has pretty good response times for a 60Hz monitor, and it also supports variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing.

    The stand allows for height and tilt adjustments, and you can also rotate it to portrait mode, but it doesn't swivel at all, which might be an issue if you need to turn the screen to show your work to a coworker or client. However, the viewing angles are good, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the side. It has built-in speakers and a Picture-by-Picture mode that lets you display images from two input sources at once. All things considered, this is one of the best USB-C monitors that we've tested.

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  4. Best Ultrawide USB-C Monitor: Dell U3818DW

    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    7.8
    Office
    6.8
    Gaming
    7.1
    Multimedia
    7.3
    Media Creation
    5.2
    HDR Gaming
    Size 38"
    Resolution 3840x1600
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    No VRR

    The best ultrawide USB-C monitor that we've tested is the Dell U3818DW. It's a good office monitor with a 38" screen and a 3840 x 1600 resolution. Its 21:9 aspect ratio gives you more horizontal space than a standard 16:9 display, allowing you to work with multiple windows open side-by-side. It has pretty good ergonomics for an ultrawide; it just can't rotate to portrait mode, which is expected. It has wide viewing angles and gets decently bright, although glare might still be an issue in very well-lit settings.

    If you plan on using this monitor for content creation, it has full sRGB coverage and excellent color accuracy out of the box. However, its Adobe RB coverage isn't good enough for professional photo editors, and it doesn't support a wide gamut. Gradient handling is superb, and there are no signs of color bleed. Unfortunately, it's not the best for gaming because it has slow response times, a 60Hz refresh rate, and no VRR support.

    It has a great number of ports. You get one USB-C with DisplayPort Alt Mode support and 95W power delivery, as well as four USB 3.0 ports, with two located on the side for easy access. You can display two input sources simultaneously through its Picture-in-Picture mode and control both devices with one set of peripherals using its integrated KVM feature. All in all, this is a great ultrawide monitor that most people should be happy with.

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  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 USB-C monitor in the budget category 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

  • Dell UltraSharp U2721DE: The Dell UltraSharp U2721DE is a good alternative to the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q if you don't mind dropping the resolution to 1440p. 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 32UL950: The LG 32UL950-W is a good alternative to the LG 32UD99-W. It has two USB-C ports, one of which supports Thunderbolt 3, but it's more expensive. See our review
  • Dell U4919DW: The Dell U4919DW is very similar to the Dell U3818DW and a good alternative if you want a super ultrawide monitor. See our review
  • MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD: The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is an excellent monitor with better response times than the Gigabyte M27Q, but it's a lot more expensive. Also, its USB-C port only delivers up to 15W of power. See our review
  • LG 38WN95C-W: The LG 38WN95C-W is a versatile but more expensive alternative to the Dell U3818DW. It has significantly better gaming performance, and it can deliver a much better HDR experience. Also, its USB-C port supports Thunderbolt 3. 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. See our review
  • Dell UltraSharp U4021QW: The Dell UltraSharp U4021QW is a large 5120 x 2160 monitor that's a bit bigger than the U3818DW, but it may be 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

Recent Updates

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. Dec 22, 2020: Switched the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q and the LG 32UD99-W.

  5. Jun 25, 2020: Moved the Dell U3818DW from an alternative pick to a main pick.

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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