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 95 monitors so far, and below you'll find our picks for the best USB-C monitors available for purchase in 2020. 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 offices that we've tested so far is the LG 32UD99-W. It has a simple, modern design that should fit into any office setting, and its 32 inch screen gives you plenty of space to have multiple windows opened simultaneously. With a 4k resolution, images and text look sharp and detailed, and motion blur is minimal due to the monitor's fast response time. Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles, which is great for sharing work with your colleagues, and its backlight is flicker-free to help reduce eye strain.
The monitor's peak brightness is impressive, so you shouldn't have any issues viewing the image in a bright room; however, it's best to avoid placing it directly opposite a window, as its reflection handling is rather disappointing. There's a wide selection of inputs on the back of the monitor that includes two USB 3.0 and a USB-C port, and the latter supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which lets you display an image from a compatible device while charging it at the same time.
This monitor has a remarkably low input lag if you want to use it for gaming as well, and it even supports FreeSync variable refresh rate. All in all, if you need a good office monitor with a USB-C port, this is the one to get, and it's one of the best 4k USB-C monitors.
If you find the 16:9 aspect ratio of the LG 32UD99-W a bit too cramped, consider an ultrawide like the Dell U3818DW. It has a 21:9 aspect ratio, which gives you more horizontal screen space to multitask comfortably. The main downside is its lower resolution, but it should be good enough for most people nonetheless. Its USB-C port also supports DisplayPort Alt mode, and there's a Picture-in-Picture mode, allowing you to display an image from two sources at the same time. Viewing angles are good, so images should remain accurate when viewed from the side, but there's no support for FreeSync variable refresh rate if you plan on using it for gaming.
Overall, if you prefer a higher resolution, go with the LG, but if you want the extra screen real estate, the Dell is a better choice, and is one of the best USB-C monitors.
The best gaming monitor with USB-C connectivity that we've tested so far is the Razer Raptor 27. This is a 27 inch monitor with a 1440p resolution and an outstanding build quality. Its modern design provides amazing cable management to keep your setup clean, but at the cost of ergonomics, as this monitor only allows for height and tilt adjustments. Viewing angles are good thanks to its IPS panel, and it can get bright enough to combat glare in well-lit rooms. Unfortunately, dark room performance isn't as good, as it has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity, resulting in blacks that look like gray when viewed in the dark.
As expected of most gaming monitors, response time and input lag are outstanding. It has a 144Hz refresh rate and there's support for FreeSync to help reduce screen tearing. There's an optional black frame insertion feature to further reduce motion blur; however, it can't be used when VRR is enabled. HDR is supported, although it's somewhat limited by the monitor's peak brightness in HDR mode, and its USB-C port supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, so you can display an image while charging the device at the same time with a single cable.
Overall, while it's not the best choice for dark room gaming, most gamers should be satisfied with its performance.
If you're shopping on a tighter budget, take a look at the BenQ EX2780Q instead. Like the Razer Raptor 27, it has a mediocre contrast ratio and bad ergonomics, but its gaming performance is impressive nonetheless. It has wide viewing angles, great for co-op gaming or for sharing content, and it comes with built-in speakers if you need them. Response time and input lag are excellent whether you're playing at its maximum refresh rate of 144Hz or at 60Hz, and its backlight is flicker-free, which helps to reduce eye strain during those long gaming sessions. Build quality is only decent, but on the bright side, there's a remote control included that makes navigating the monitor's settings menu much easier.
If you want the best gaming monitor that has a USB-C port, go with the Razer; otherwise, the BenQ is a good alternative that costs significantly less, as long as you're okay with some minor compromises.
The best budget USB-C monitor that we've tested is the LG 29UM69G-B. This is a 29 inch ultrawide monitor with a 1080p resolution and a 75Hz refresh rate. It has an IPS panel that provides good viewing angles and great out-of-the-box color accuracy; however, its contrast ratio is mediocre and black uniformity is truly awful, as there's significant clouding and flashlighting throughout the screen. Fortunately, its response time and input lag are both outstanding, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature that can help reduce the appearance of motion blur.
Although this monitor has a budget price, it doesn't cut corners when it comes to extra features. There are built-in speakers and support for FreeSync variable refresh rate, as well as a 'Midnight Mode', which is a blue light filter to reduce eye strain. There are very few ports available on this monitor, but luckily, one of them is a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt mode. This is great if you have a MacBook Pro, as it allows you to display an image while charging the laptop.
If you're looking for a monitor with a USB-C port but you don't want to spend a fortune, this one is a good choice.
04/02/2020: 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.