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 155 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.
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. It has a stand that 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, and you can use one of the USB-C ports 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.
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.
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 as it's still great for office use, has the same panel type, and the high resolution helps deliver clear text. In terms of USB-C inputs, there's one with support for DisplayPort Alt Mode, and you also get two USB 3.0 inputs.
It's a good choice if you want to use it in a well-lit office space. It has high peak brightness, enough to combat glare, but its reflection handling isn't the best, so you should still avoid placing it opposite a window with direct sunlight. Its quick response time and low input lag help offer a responsive desktop experience, and its flicker-free backlight helps reduce eye strain. It has a few extra features like built-in speakers and a Picture-by-Picture mode that allows you to display images from two sources at once.
Unfortunately, like most IPS panels, it has a low contrast ratio that displays grayish blacks. It also has mediocre HDR peak brightness, so it's not enough to make highlights really stand out in that mode. On the plus side, it has wide viewing angles so the image remains accurate when viewing from the side. All things considered, this is one of the best USB-C monitors that we've tested.
The best ultrawide USB-C monitor that we've tested is the Dell U3818DW. It's a good office monitor with a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from your laptop and charge it at the same time. It also has four USB 3.0 ports, so you can charge all of your mobile devices. This monitor has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, which is important for an ultrawide monitor, as the image can degrade at the sides if you sit too close. It allows for a good amount of ergonomic adjustments, but it can't rotate to portrait mode due to its format.
It has excellent color accuracy out-of-the-box, which means that you don't need to pay extra to get it calibrated. It has full coverage of the sRGB color space and handles gradients exceptionally well. Its response time is rather slow and results in clear motion blur, but it shouldn't be an issue for most people since it isn't meant for gaming. Also, its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and it doesn't support VRR to reduce screen tearing.
Unfortunately, it isn't well-suited for bright rooms because it has mediocre reflection handling and doesn't get bright enough to combat glare. On the upside, it comes with a pair of integrated speakers, and it has a Picture-in-Picture mode that allows you to display an image from two sources simultaneously. All in all, this is a good choice if you're looking for an ultrawide office monitor with USB-C input.
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. It has an integrated KVM switch that lets you control two devices with one set of mouse and keyboard. Gaming-wise, this monitor delivers incredibly smooth and responsive gameplay. It has exceptional response times, low input lag, and a 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're planning 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.
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.
Feb 19, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced BenQ EX2780Q with Gigabyte M27Q.
Dec 22, 2020: Switched the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q and the LG 32UD99-W.
Jun 25, 2020: Moved the Dell U3818DW from an alternative pick to a main pick.
Jun 04, 2020: Added the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q, removed the Razer Raptor 27, and moved the BenQ EX2780Q to Best Gaming pick.
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.