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The 5 Best USB-C Monitors - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best USB-C Monitors

USB-C ports are a great addition to monitors as they're versatile, reversible, and can deliver power to charge up your devices like a laptop. The exact power delivery changes between different monitors, as high-end monitors tend to have the most power delivery, which is ideal if you work with a power-hungry laptop. The USB-C support isn't only for power delivery as it also supports DisplayPort Alt Mode or Thunderbolt to display an image from a compatible device. Monitors with USB-C ports are becoming more available and easily accessible, and getting the best option depends on your needs and budget.

We've bought and tested over 270 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 support that we've tested is the LG 40WP95C-W. It's a great office monitor with Thunderbolt 4 support on both of its USB-C ports. This lets you connect even power-hungry laptops and charge them while using them, thanks to its 96W of power delivery, which is more than most monitors. You can also display an image using those ports, and because it has a Picture-by-Picture mode, you can display images next to each other from two connected laptops, which helps with productivity. There are also two USB-A ports if you want to connect other peripherals like a mouse and keyboard.

    In terms of its overall performance, it has a massive 40-inch screen with a 5120x2160 resolution and a 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio. It helps the monitor provide fantastic text clarity, and there's plenty of space to open multiple windows at once. It also has great picture quality as it has a dedicated sRGB mode that results in excellent accuracy before calibration, which is ideal if your work requires accurate colors, and it also displays a wide range of colors in SDR and HDR.

    See our review

  2. Best USB-C Monitor For Mac

    While the LG 40WP95C-W works without issue with macOS devices, if you have a Mac computer and want a monitor to complement it, consider the Apple Studio Display. It has a smaller screen than the LG, so you don't get as much screen space, but it has a higher 5120x2880 resolution for sharper text. It has features you can only get using a macOS device, like its sRGB mode with remarkable accuracy, meaning you get accurate and life-like images that are ideal if you're a photo or video editor. It also has excellent peak brightness, meaning you won't have any issues using it in a well-lit room.

    In terms of its USB-C inputs, it has one that supports Thunderbolt 3 with 96W of power delivery, which is enough to charge your MacBook 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 charging other devices as you can't display an image from them, which is disappointing because you can't view two video sources at the same time like on the LG.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range USB-C Monitor

    If you don't use a macOS device but still like the 27-inch screen of the Apple Studio Display, you can save some money with a mid-range model like the Dell U2723QE. With a lower 4k resolution, it's the best 4k USB-C monitor we've tested, and the text clarity is still fantastic. It has three USB-C ports; unlike the Apple monitor, each serves a different purpose. One supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90W of power delivery, which is the port you connect your laptop to if you want to display an image. Another USB-C slot is a downstream port with 15W of power delivery, so you can use it to charge your phone or other peripherals.

    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. It's also excellent for photo editors because it has a dedicated sRGB mode, so you won't need to calibrate it for life-like colors. While the 27-inch screen is big enough for multitasking, the Dell U3223QE is a similar model with a 32-inch screen instead, but it costs a lot more.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range USB-C Monitor

    If you don't need all the extra features of the Dell U2723QE, you can save some money with a lower mid-range option in the Dell S2722QC. As it's a lower-end monitor than the U2723QE, it has fewer features like a smaller USB hub, so instead of the five USB-A ports and three USB-C ports that the U2723QE has, it has two USB-A ports and a single USB-C port. Luckily, its single USB-C port supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and power delivery of up to 65W, which is less than the 90W on the U2723QE, but is still enough to keep your laptop's battery going while using it.

    It performs well in bright rooms as it has better reflection handling than the U2723QE and is 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 isn't as good for photo editing, the accuracy before calibration is decent enough for everyday work.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget USB-C Monitor

    While low-cost USB-C monitors can be hard to find, you can get some with the same features as higher-end models. The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is a great office monitor that costs less than the Dell S2722QC. The main trade-off is that it has a lower 1440p resolution; this means that text isn't as sharp, but the overall text clarity is still decent. Luckily, its USB-C port supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and 65W of power delivery, so you can easily connect a laptop to display an image and charge it using a single cable.

    Despite its low cost, it still has a few extra features, like its outstanding ergonomics that make it easy to adjust, as well as a dedicated sRGB mode. This results in exceptional accuracy before calibration, as colors are accurate, and you won't notice any issues. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, which is disappointing if you work in an HDR color space. If that's important to you, the Gigabyte M27Q is another budget option, but its USB-C port is limited to 10W of power delivery, which isn't enough to charge most laptops.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 38WN95C-W: The LG 38WN95C-W is a cheaper alternative to the LG 40WP95C-W with one USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3. Considering it has a lower 3840x1600 resolution, the 40WP95C-W still offers the best overall performance. See our review
  • Gigabyte M34WQ: The Gigabyte M34WQ is an ultrawide monitor like the LG 40WP95C-W; however, it has a smaller 34-inch screen and a lower 3440x1440 resolution. Get this if you want the ultrawide format and want something cheaper, but its USB-C power delivery is limited to 15W. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 21, 2023: Replaced the Gigabyte M27Q with the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV because it has higher power delivery.

  2. Feb 21, 2023: Updated the text throughout for clarity and added the LG 38WN95C-W to Notable Mentions.

  3. Dec 23, 2022: Added the LG 40WP95C-W as the 'Best USB-C Monitor' because it has Thunderbolt 4 support and renamed the Dell U2723QE and the Dell S2722QC to their respective categories; updated the Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. Oct 27, 2022: Removed the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 because it doesn't fit into the scope of the article and moved the LG 40WP95C-W to Notable Mentions; updated text for accuracy.

  5. 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.

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.