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 tested over 130 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.
The best USB-C monitor for office use we've tested is the LG 32UD99-W. It's a versatile 4k model whose large screen size and resolution helps with multitasking. You can also easily open multiple windows at once. It has one USB-C that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from a compatible device and charge it at the same time.
It's great for office use because it has wide viewing angles, ideal for sharing your screen with others or if you sit extremely close to the screen. It works well in fairly bright environments because it gets bright enough to combat glare, but sadly, it has disappointing reflection handling. If you want to use it for photo editing, it has impressive coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. It supports HDR10, and HDR content looks good because it displays a good wide color gamut, it has outstanding gradient handling, but it doesn't get bright enough in that mode to truly bring out highlights.
Sadly, it doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics because its stand doesn't allow you to swivel it. It also has a low contrast ratio, and even though its native contrast is one of the best we've tested on an IPS panel, blacks still appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark. This monitor also offers good gaming performance despite being limited to 60Hz because it has FreeSync support, a good response time, and low input lag. All in all, this is the best USB-C monitor for office use we've tested.
If you prefer a monitor with a better stand, check out the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q. It performs very similarly to the LG 32UD99-W, except it's smaller, and its HDR color gamut is a bit more narrow. Its stand offers excellent ergonomics, making it easier to manipulate for your comfort. It also has impressive coverage of the Adobe RGB color space and gets bright enough to combat glare, but its reflection handling is unremarkable. Sadly, it doesn't have any variable refresh rate support, so it's not the most ideal for gamers. It has two USB-C inputs, and one of them can be used for charging even when the monitor is turned off. Lastly, its IPS panel provides wide viewing angles, great if you need to share your screen.
If you're looking for the best USB-C monitor that we've tested, check out the LG, but if you don't mind getting a smaller monitor with a much better stand, check out the Dell.
The best ultrawide USB-C monitor that we've tested is the Dell U3818DW. It's a good office monitor with a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from your laptop and charge it at the same time. It also has four USB 3.0 ports, so you can charge all of your mobile devices. This monitor has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, which is important for an ultrawide, as the image can degrade at the sides if you sit too close. It allows for a good amount of ergonomic adjustments, but it can't rotate to portrait mode due to its format.
It has excellent color accuracy out-of-the-box, which means that you don't need to pay extra to get it calibrated. It has full coverage of the sRGB color space and handles gradients exceptionally well. Its response time is rather slow, but it shouldn't be an issue for most people since it isn't meant for gaming. Also, its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and it doesn't support VRR to reduce screen tearing.
Unfortunately, it isn't well-suited for bright rooms because it has mediocre reflection handling and doesn't get bright enough to combat glare. On the upside, it comes with a pair of integrated speakers, and it has a Picture-in-Picture mode that allows you to display an image from two sources simultaneously. All in all, this is a good choice if you're looking for an ultrawide office monitor.
The best USB-C monitor for gaming that we've tested is the BenQ EX2780Q. It's a 27 inch 1440p monitor that provides a great gaming experience for atmospheric games like RPGs or fast-paced games like first-person shooters. It has a simple design that fits into any office environment, with thin borders on three sides and a thicker bottom bezel. The latter has a function, though, as it houses a pair of integrated speakers. Unfortunately, the ergonomics are terrible, as it only allows for tilt adjustment.
Performance-wise, this monitor has an excellent response time and a high refresh rate to deliver smooth and clear motion in fast-moving scenes. It supports FreeSync natively to reduce screen tearing and is compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC too. Input lag is exceptionally low, and it remains low even when playing in HDR. It isn't the best option for gaming in the dark due to its IPS panel's low contrast ratio, which makes blacks look grayish. However, it's well-suited for bright rooms, as it can overcome glare easily and has good reflection handling. It has wide viewing angles, great for sharing content or playing co-op games.
There aren't any other USB ports besides the single USB-C, but on the upside, it supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which lets you display an image and charge your device simultaneously. The backlight is flicker-free to help reduce eye strain, and it even has a timer feature to remind you to take a break. It comes with a small remote control, allowing you to navigate the on-screen menu or adjust the volume from a distance. On the whole, this is a great gaming monitor that most gamers should be satisfied with.
The best budget USB-C monitor that we've tested is the LG 29UM69G-B. It doesn't have the thinnest bezels, and its ergonomics are quite bad, but 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. Its price has been going up due to limited availability, but you may still find it for a budget-friendly price.
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 simultaneously 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, making it the best USB-C monitor in the budget category that we've tested.
10/23/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
06/25/2020: Moved the Dell U3818DW from an alternative pick to a main pick.
06/04/2020: Added the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q, removed the Razer Raptor 27, and moved the BenQ EX2780Q to Best Gaming pick.
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 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.