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The 6 Best USB-C Monitors - Fall 2022 Reviews

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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 they 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 240 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 that we've tested is the Dell U2723QE. It's a high-end office monitor whose USB hub offers a ton of features, making it easy to multitask with different devices. Unlike many monitors, it has three USB-C ports, and each of them serves a different purpose. One is for the DisplayPort Alt Mode, which supports 90W of power delivery, enough to charge even power-hungry laptops, and you can display an image from it at the same time. Another USB-C port is a downstream port with 15W of power delivery, so you can use it to charge your phone or connect peripherals like a keyboard or mouse that support USB-C. Lastly, 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.

    In terms of picture quality, the U2723QE is also the best 4k USB-C monitor for photo editors because it has a dedicated sRGB mode that has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, so you won't need to get it calibrated for accurate colors. Also, the 4k resolution helps deliver sharp images, and the 27-inch screen is big enough to see more of your work area at once.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range USB-C Monitor

    If you don't need all the extra features with the multiple USB-C ports on the Dell U2723QE, you can save some money with a mid-range option in the Dell S2722QC. It's an excellent office monitor with a large, high-resolution 4k screen that delivers incredibly sharp text and clear images. Its single USB-C port supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and power delivery of up to 65W, so you can charge most laptops while using them, with a single cable going back to your device. It also has two USB-A ports that you can use to connect your peripherals or a USB stick directly to the monitor instead of to your laptop if you don't have any space on it.

    It performs well in bright rooms as it has very good reflection handling, and it's 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 out-of-the-box accuracy is decent enough that you won't notice issues during office work.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget USB-C Monitor

    While you'll need to pay a bit more for a USB-C monitor compared to ones without a USB-C port, there are a few budget-friendly USB-C monitors you can get, 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. It has one USB-C port that supports only 10 W of power delivery, which is much lower than the S2722QC and isn't enough to charge your laptop. It's the trade-off you need to make if you want to save a bit of money on a USB-C monitor, but you can still display an image with this connection.

    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 at once. 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.

    See our review

  4. Best USB-C Monitor For Mac

    Even though the Dell U2723QE and the Dell S2722QC work without issue with recent MacBooks and Mac Minis, you can also get the Apple Studio Display if you have a Mac and want a USB-C monitor to use with it. As it's an Apple monitor, there are features you can only get using a macOS device, like its sRGB mode with remarkable out-of-the-box accuracy, so you get accurate and life-like images that are ideal if you're a photo or video editor with a MacBook Pro or Mac Mini. It also has a built-in webcam, microphone, and speakers, which is something most monitors don't have, and it's great if you have to go on call for video meetings often. Unlike the other monitors in this recommendation, it has an even higher 5k resolution, resulting in extremely sharp text clarity.

    In terms of its USB-C inputs, it has one that supports Thunderbolt 3 with 96W of power delivery, which is enough to charge even a 16-inch MacBook Pro 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 connecting other devices as you can't display an image from them.

    See our review

  5. Best Ultrawide USB-C Monitor

    If you tend to work with multiple windows open at once, you should consider getting an ultrawide monitor. This type of display has a 21:9 aspect ratio which offers more horizontal screen space than a typical 16:9 monitor, so you can easily open those windows side-by-side. If that's the case, the LG 40WP95C-W is the best ultrawide USB-C monitor we've tested. It's a great option for the office as it has a 40-inch screen with a 5120x2160 resolution, which is essentially a wider resolution than a 4k monitor, and the text clarity is fantastic. It comes factory-calibrated, meaning the out-of-the-box accuracy is excellent, and you won't have to worry about calibrating it yourself.

    It has two USB-C ports that each support Thunderbolt 4 and 96 W of power delivery, which is great if you have a MacBook Pro. If you connect two devices, it also supports a Picture-by-Picture mode, meaning you can see both of those devices at once. While it is an expensive monitor with lots of features, you can also find ultrawide displays like the Gigabyte M34WQ for cheaper. However, there's a trade-off as it has lower power delivery and a lower resolution, so if you need the extra power or higher resolution, stick with the LG.

    See our review

  6. Best Portable USB-C Monitor

    If you often work on the go, it's better to get a portable monitor like the Lenovo ThinkVision M14. Portable displays are different from the other monitors because they're smaller as they're meant for carrying around in a bag. They also tend to only have USB-C ports, so you can easily connect to them without worrying about other cables. It's a decent office monitor with a 14-inch screen and 1080p resolution, resulting in high pixel density and excellent text clarity. It has two USB-C ports, meaning you can use one to power up the display and the other to connect your device. Because the monitor supports power passthrough, you can charge your laptop at the same time if you have the monitor plugged into a power source.

    You don't get the best picture quality, but that's normal for a portable display, and you need a desktop monitor for the best picture quality. Still, it has okay peak brightness and decent reflection handling if you need to use it in an environment with some light, and it has decent out-of-the-box accuracy. Unfortunately, motion looks bad as it has a slow response time, but it has low input lag for a responsive feel.

    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 under-saturates colors in HDR, so it's worth getting the U2723QE. See our review
  • Gigabyte M28U: The Gigabyte M28U is a great 4k monitor with a USB-C port, but for a bit more, you can get the Dell U2723QE, which has two more USB-C ports with higher power delivery. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is a great office monitor with accurate colors that's in the same price range as the Dell S2722QC, but for the same price, you can get a 4k resolution with the Dell. See our review
  • Dell C1422H: The Dell C1422H is extremely similar to the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 as they're the same size and have many of the same features. You can get whichever costs less, but the Lenovo monitor is cheaper most of the time. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. Dec 06, 2021: Replaced the Gigabyte M32Q with the Gigabyte M32U, and the LG 38WN95C-W with the Gigabyte M34WQ. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.

  5. 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.

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.

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