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The 5 Best USB-C Monitors - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best USB-C Monitors

Although they've been around for a few years now, USB-C connectors 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. Although USB-C ports are increasingly common on monitors, the USB-C features like DisplayPort Alt Mode and power delivery vary wildly between models, so it's important to get one that supports the features you plan on using.

We've tested over 225 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 1440p USB-C Monitor: MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

    The best USB-C monitor with a 1440p resolution 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. It has a single USB-C port, so you can easily connect it to your MacBook Pro or ultrabook, but sadly, you can't use it as a USB hub, and its power delivery is limited to 15W, so it can't fully charge your device.

    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, meaning glare won't be an issue in most viewing environments.

    Unfortunately, it has mediocre accuracy out of the box, as colors are over-saturated, so you might need to consider calibrating it. It's also great if your work requires accurate colors, as it has an exceptional color gamut and fantastic gradient handling. Overall, it's a well-rounded monitor that performs well at almost anything, and it's an impressive choice for office use.

    See our review

  2. Best 4k USB-C Monitor: Gigabyte M32U

    The Gigabyte M32U is the best 4k monitor we've tested with a USB-C input. It's an impressive monitor for most uses, with a large, high-resolution screen that delivers superb text clarity and is fantastic for multitasking. It has impressive connectivity, with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, a DisplayPort input, and a single USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and Power Delivery, although it can't deliver enough power to charge a laptop.

    It has a built-in keyboard, video, and mouse switch, allowing you to control two sources with one set of input devices. Although this isn't supported over USB-C, it's an incredible gaming monitor as well. The HDMI 2.1 bandwidth allows for high resolution, high refresh rate gaming from a recent graphics card or one of the new consoles. It has an incredible response time, low input lag, and it supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rate technologies.

    Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, the M32U isn't the best choice for a completely dark room, as it has low contrast. Also, although it has great accuracy out of the box, it's only accurate in the sRGB mode, which also locks down most of the picture settings. Despite these limitations, it's one of the best monitors we've ever tested, and it's a great choice if you're looking for a 4k monitor with USB-C connectivity.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide USB-C Monitor: Gigabyte M34WQ

    The Gigabyte M34WQ is the best ultrawide USB-C monitor we've tested. The ultrawide 34 inch screen is great for multitasking because you can open multiple windows side-by-side, and it delivers a more immersive gaming experience. It has some great productivity features, including a built-in keyboard, video, and mouse switch, meaning you can control two devices with the same keyboard and mouse.

    It offers great connectivity, with two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort connection, and a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and power delivery. However, it's limited to 15W, so it can't charge a laptop while you work, but it will still extend the battery life so you can use it while working. The USB-C port can also serve as an upstream port, allowing your computer to take full advantage of the four built-in USB 3.0 ports as you can connect your devices directly to the monitor. It's especially great if you have a compact laptop that doesn't have any full-sized USB ports.

    Unfortunately, as expected for a display of this size, it can't be rotated to portrait orientation, but this is normal for an ultrawide monitor. It also supports Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, allowing you to display two sources at once. Overall, it's a great monitor and is the best ultrawide USB-C monitor we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Best Portable USB-C Monitor: Lenovo ThinkVision M14

    The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is the best portable monitor with USB-C support we've tested. Portable displays are different from the other monitors in this recommendation because they don't have ergonomic stands and are smaller, so they're meant for carrying around in a bag. They also have fewer connectivity options, but portable monitors usually have USB-C inputs, making them easy to connect to if you're on the road.

    It has a 14 inch screen with a 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. Your mouse movement will feel responsive thanks to the low input lag, and it has excellent gray uniformity with minimal dirty screen effect in the center.

    Sadly, fast-moving content looks bad due to the slow response time, so you'll notice ghosting behind moving while scrolling through long web pages and documents. It also doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare, but it has decent reflection handling if you use it in a room with a few lights around. Overall, it's the best portable USB-C monitor we've tested.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget USB-C Monitor: Dell S2722QC

    The Dell S2722QC is the best budget USB-C monitor we've tested. It's a great 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.

    The USB-C port also serves as the monitor's upstream port, enabling the two USB-A ports for connecting other devices like a mouse and keyboard. This monitor looks great in most settings. It's bright enough to overcome glare in bright rooms, and it has very good reflection handling with a matte anti-reflective coating. 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.

    Unfortunately, it's not ideal for use in a completely dark room, as blacks look gray in the dark due to the low contrast. It supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut. However, it's not ideal for content creators, as it can't display much of the Adobe RGB color space, and it also has low HDR peak brightness. Other than that, it's a well-rounded monitor that looks great in most environments.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte M28U: The Gigabyte M28U is a great alternative to the Gigabyte M32U if you're looking to save a bit of money or want something smaller. It delivers a slightly sharper image, but it doesn't perform as well at 60Hz. See our review
  • LG 38WN95C-W: The LG 38WN95C-W is a great ultrawide office monitor bigger than the Gigabyte M34WQ and offers more power delivery, but it's also very expensive. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx: The Acer Nitro XV282K is a great 4k monitor with similar features to the Gigabyte M32U, but considering it has a smaller screen size for a higher cost, it's worth getting the Gigabyte instead. See our review
  • Gigabyte M27Q: The Gigabyte M27Q is a great budget monitor that has a USB-C input. However, it has less power delivery than the Dell S2722QC and has a lower resolution. See our review
  • Corsair XENEON 32QHD165: The Corsair XEONEON 32QHED165 is an excellent 1440p gaming monitor bigger than the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, but it's not worth the price difference. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV: The ASUS PA278CV is a good overall 1440p monitor available for a low cost, but for a similar price, you can get the Dell S2722QC, which has a higher resolution. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt PA148CTV: The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV is an okay portable monitor that gets brighter than the Lenovo ThinkVision M14, but for the price, it's worth going for the Lenovo instead. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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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