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 reviewed over 100 monitors so far, 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 that we've tested so far is the LG 32UD99-W. It's a very good office overall monitor and it performs well for almost any type of use, especially in the office. Its 27 inch screen and 4k resolution offer enough real estate space to open multiple windows at once for multitasking.
It has one USB-C port that supports DisplayAlt Mode, which allows you to display an image from a device and charge it at the same time. This monitor uses an IPS panel, giving you wide viewing angles, which is great if you need to share your screen with a coworker. Although IPS panels usually have a low contrast ratio, the native contrast on this monitor is good for an IPS panel, and its black uniformity isn't bad, so it's not the worst choice if you use it in a dark environment. In bright environments, it gets bright enough to combat glare, but its reflection handling is a bit disappointing, so it's not ideal to place opposite a window.
Unfortunately, its ergonomics are a bit limiting as it can't swivel, but you can still adjust its height, tilt it, and rotate it into portrait mode. It has some nice extra features like built-in speakers and a Picture-by-Picture mode that allows you to display two sources at once. Overall, it's a great choice for any office environment, making this the best USB-C monitor for office use we've tested so far.
If you're looking for an office monitor with a better stand, then check out the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q. It doesn't have built-in speakers like the LG 32UD99-W, but its stand allows for far more adjustments. Also, since the Dell has a 4k resolution on a 27 inch screen, it has a higher pixel density than the LG, allowing you to see more detail. It has two USB-C inputs and it's a great choice for office use thanks to its wide viewing angles and good SDR peak brightness. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio due to its IPS panel, so blacks appear gray when viewed in the dark. On the upside, it has impressive coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, and the input lag is low, giving you a responsive desktop experience.
If you want the best 4k USB-C monitor that's ideal for office use, check out the LG, but if you want something with better ergonomics, the Dell is a great alternative.
The best ultrawide USB-C monitor we've tested so far is the Dell U3818DW. It's a good office monitor with a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, so you can connect your laptop to display its screen and charge it at the same time. It also has four USB 3.0 slots, allowing you to charge your devices.
This monitor has amazing out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you don't need to pay extra to get it calibrated. If you're a casual photo editor, it has good coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, but it might be too limiting for professionals. This monitor has wide viewing angles, which is important since it has such a large screen, so the edges of the screen remain accurate if you sit close. Like most Dell monitors, it has fairly good ergonomics for an ultrawide monitor, as it has a wide swivel range and good height adjustment, but due to its size and curved screen, you can't rotate it into portrait mode. It's also a well-built monitor without any build quality issues.
Unfortunately, it's not ideal to place in a bright room because it has mediocre reflection handling and it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare in bright rooms. On the upside, it has built-in speakers and it supports Picture-in-Picture mode, allowing you to display an image from two sources at the same time. All in all, this is a good choice if you're looking for an ultrawide office monitor.
The best USB-C monitor for gaming we've tested so far is the BenQ EX2780Q. It's a great gaming monitor with good overall picture quality and it has one USB-C port.
It has a high 144Hz refresh rate and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing, and it's G-SYNC compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards. It has an excellent response time at its max refresh rate with minimal motion blur, and at 60Hz, it still has a great response time, but there's a bit more motion blur. It has an incredibly low input lag and stays low with VRR enabled, which is great for serious gamers. The 27 inch, 1440p screen offers an immersive gaming experience, and its wide viewing angles make it ideal for co-op gaming.
Unfortunately, it has bad ergonomics and it lacks in dark room performance due to its low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity. Luckily, it gets bright enough to combat some glare and it has good reflection handling. Overall, you can't go wrong with this as a gaming monitor, making it the best USB-C monitor for gaming we've seen.
The best budget USB-C monitor that we've tested so far is the LG 29UM69G-B. It doesn't have the thinnest bezels and its ergonomics are quite bad, but for its price, this monitor performs surprisingly well. Its ultrawide format provides an ample amount of screen space for multitasking and its IPS panel has good viewing angles, so the image doesn't degrade at an angle.
It has a decent 1080p resolution and its 60Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 75Hz for smoother motion. It has a very fast response time and low input lag if you want to do some gaming, as well as FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to minimize screen tearing. This monitor is better suited for an averagely-lit room as it doesn't get particularly bright, but it has good reflection handling. There aren't any USB 3.0 ports on this monitor, but the USB-C port supports DisplayPort Alt mode. It lets you display an image from a compatible device and charge it at the same time with a single cable, which is great if you want to keep a clean setup.
Unfortunately, dark room viewing isn't recommended, as it has a mediocre contrast ratio and very bad black uniformity. Luckily, it has excellent gray uniformity, as it has almost no visible dirty screen effect, and it has a great color accuracy out-of-the-box. Overall, this is a very decent USB-C monitor for its price tag, and it even comes with internal speakers, too.
06/25/2020: Moved the Dell U3818DW from an alternative pick to a main pick; updated text for clarity.
06/04/2020: Added the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q, removed the Razer Raptor 27, and moved the BenQ EX2780Q to best gaming pick.
05/14/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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 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.