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The best USB-C monitors in 2020: top screens that can charge your laptop too

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Welcome to our pick of the best USB-C monitors in 2020. There are plenty of reasons why you'd want the best USB-C monitor you can afford, especially right now. With more people than ever working from home, buying a monitor enables you to easily upgrade your workspace with an extra display. Anyone who has spent hours hunched over a small screen will know the benefits of adding a proper monitor to their desk.

Plus, thanks to the versatile USB-C connection, you can charge your laptop, smartphone or tablet, as well as connect a wide variety of devices. (If you're worried about your devices running out of power, then see our best power banks list.)

Luckily, buying the best USB-C monitor for your needs is easier than ever, as an increasing number of brilliant monitors are coming with USB-C connection, which is hardly surprising when you consider that so many flagship products from the likes of Apple, Microsoft, LG, Dell and more all come with the versatile port.

So, how do you choose the best USB-C monitor for your needs? There are a lot of great options out there (make sure you also check out our guide to the best monitors overall), and our favourite models are below. Whether you want to go all out on the best 4K USB-C monitor for your MacBook, or even just want the most affordable option you can get, we’ve got you covered.

The best USB-C monitors

BenQ DesignVue PD3220U

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01. BenQ DesignVue PD3220U

The best overall USB-C monitor for creatives

USB-C: Yes x 2 | Screen size: 31.5 inches | Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | HDMI inputs: HDMI v2.0 x 2 | Display ports: DisplayPort v1.4 x 1

Gorgeous design
Lovely IPS panel
Only good color accuracy
Not cheap

The BenQ DesignVue PD3220U is our new pick for the best USB-C monitor you can buy, and there's a good reason for this. The BenQ DesignVue PD3220U has been made with creative professionals in mind, and thanks to its IPS panel, along with support for 4K HDR10 video, image quality is absolutely top-notch.

That all-important USB-C connection is Thunderbolt 3 certified, which makes it a great choice for Macs, and you can charge devices using it, or daisy chain multiple displays at once for the ultimate in productivity.

LG 27UD88-W 27-inch 4K USB-C monitor

02. LG 27UD88-W 27-inch 4K USB-C monitor

A great USB-C monitor that balances features and price

Screen size: 27 inches | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | HDMI inputs: 2 | Display ports: 1 | Release date: 2018

FreeSync
Crisp display
Affordable
One-year warranty

When it comes to choosing the best 4K USB-C monitor out there, the 27-inch LG 27UD88-W takes the crown for us. It’s designed for gaming but boasts an IPS panel, which means it’s also great for creatives. You’ll get 4K resolution and FreeSync anti-tearing processing (supported by AMD and Nvidia graphics cards), plus three gaming presets, two custom presets, and two calibration presets. And as with all the USB-C options here, it’ll power your laptop while acting as a display. The LG 27UD88-W is the lower-res sibling to the 5K USB-C monitor at number 5 in this list, offering a brilliant balance of features and functionality at a much more affordable price.

Dell U3818DW UltraSharp 38-inch Curved USB-C monitor

03. Dell U3818DW UltraSharp 38-inch Curved USB-C monitor

The best USB-C monitor for professionals

Screen size: 38 inches | Resolution: 3840 x 1600 | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | HDMI inputs: 2 | Display ports: 1 | Release date: 2017

Wide colour gamut
3-year warrantee
No FreeSync support
Refresh rate not high

If you’ve got a larger budget (and desk) to play with, we’d recommend the big and beautiful Dell U3818DW USB-C monitor. The curved 38-inch InfinityEdge screen is stunning and give you a ridiculous amount of screen real estate, so if you’re prone to working with a lot of windows open this one is worth considering. It’s built for professional work – and aimed in particular at creatives, or anyone who needs the highest colour accuracy possible, and it’s great for gaming too. Contrast could be a little better, but colour accuracy is excellent and images are sharp. Best of all, you get a three-year warranty. (Got even more cash? Try the Asus ProArt PA32UC, at number 7 on this list).

Acer H277HU 27-inch USB-C monitor

04. Acer H277HU 27-inch USB-C monitor

The best budget USB-C monitor out there

Screen size: 27 inches | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | HDMI inputs: 1 | Display ports: 1 | Release date: 2016

Affordable
Looks good
Not 4K
Not for professionals

The Acer H277HU is a more affordable budget USB-C monitor for anyone on a tighter budget or is looking for a second monitor. This isn’t a 4K USB-C monitor – so you’re missing higher-end specs ideal for video editing and graphic design – but it’s an excellent budget option and works well as a display for casual gaming and film-watching. It comes with an HDMI port and a DisplayPort too. (Looking for the best budget USB-C monitor for gaming? Take a look at the Acer XR382CQK 38-inch at number 09.)

HP Envy 27-inch 4K USB-C monitor

05. HP Envy 27-inch 4K USB-C monitor

A good-looking 4K USB-C monitor for creatives

Screen size: 27 inches | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | HDMI inputs: 2 | Display ports: 1 | Release date: 2017

FreeSync
4K
Beautiful design
Colour accuracy could be better

Another more affordable option is the HP Envy 27 – a stunning 4K USB-C monitor with sleek aesthetics, thanks to its micro-thin bezels. It delivers rich colours and excellent image detail, although colour accuracy could be a little better straight out of the box. But if you’re searching for a reasonably priced 4K UHD monitor with wide viewing angles – and that looks great on your desk – it’s worth a look.

LG 27MD5KA 27-inch UltraFine 5K USB-C monitor

06. LG 27MD5KA 27-inch UltraFine 5K USB-C monitor

A stunning 5K USB-C monitor from LG

Screen size: 27 inches | Resolution: 5120 x 2880 | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | HDMI inputs: 0 | Display ports: 0 | Release date: 2017

5K display
Thunderbolt 3
A little ugly 
Not enough inputs

The LG UltraFine 5K USB-C monitor sits in the high-end monitor market. Pushed by Apple as its MacBook Pro companion of choice, this superb monitor boasts an incredible 14.7 million pixels across its 27-inch screen. Photos and videos are breathtakingly rich in detail, vibrant and lifelike, with 218 pixels per inch and a 60Hz refresh rate. It’s aimed at Mac-users, with four Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C ports on the back, and absolutely nothing else, save a plug for the power cord. If you don't mind the lack of other ports, this is fabulous option for photographers, designers and videographers. 

BenQ PV3200PT USB-C monitor

07. BenQ PV3200PT USB-C monitor

A superior USB-C monitor for video editors and animators

Screen size: 32 inches | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | HDMI inputs: 1 | Display ports: 2 | Release date: 2016

Rec. 709 colour spec 
Great colour accuracy
Very heavy
Boring design

Designed for professional video editors, animators, filmmakers, 3D modellers and CAD designers, the BenQ PV3200PT offers rich, very accurate colours and fantastic grayscale reproduction. It covers 100 per cent of the Rec.709 (HDTV) colour gamut as well as 100 per cent of the sRGB colour space, and will even remind you when it's due to be calibrated. Flipping into portrait mode is quick and simple thanks to a spring-loaded rotation mechanism; the only feature it’s missing is blue-light settings. If you work with high-definition video in particular, this is a top performer.

Asus ProArt PA32UC USB-C monitor

08. Asus ProArt PA32UC USB-C monitor

A pro-level USB-C monitor with a price tag to match

Screen size: 32 inches | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | HDMI inputs: 4 | Display ports: 1 | Release date: 2018

Feature-packed
Stunning image quality
Extremely expensive
Not for gamers

The premium Asus ProArt PA32UC is the most expensive USB-C monitor on our list – and it’s in a different league. Aimed at creative professionals, it boasts a 4K resolution with HDR imaging capabilities, and comes in a sophisticated, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3-equipped package with nearly every feature a creative could want for SDR and HDR work. You get a 100% sRGB colour space coverage, 99.5% Adobe RGB and 95% DCI-P3; plus pro-grade calibration features and a hardware calibration tool in the box. You can do sRGB-accurate work, wide gamut-accurate work, and HDR work with the PA32UC. This isn’t a USB-C monitor aimed at gamers, though – the refresh rate is disappointing; we’d recommend the Acer XR382CQK at number 08 in this list instead. But with strong gamma tracking and colour consistency, but if you’re a professional creative working in anything form film to graphics, this is a mean screen that reproduces content exactly as it’s meant to look.

Acer XR382CQK 38-inch curved USB-C monitor

09. Acer XR382CQK 38-inch curved USB-C monitor

One of the best USB-C monitors for gaming you can get

Screen size: 37.5 inches | Resolution: 3840 x 1600 | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | HDMI inputs: 2 | Display ports: 1 | Release date: 2018

Fantastically immersive
Hige refresh rates
Amazing colours 
Pricey

This enormous 38-inch USB-C monitor, the Acer XR382CQK offers AMD’s FreeSync technology and 75Hz, plus an ergonomic stand with height, tilt and swivel, and premium build quality. The curve radius is a gentle 2300mm, which offers an immersive wrap-around effect without image distortion. Colour reproduction is fantastic, while black levels are impressive. And as for gaming – well, it’s wonderful. This is one of the best USB-C monitors for gaming you can get.

LG 34UM69G-B 34-inch UltraWide USB-C monitor

10. LG 34UM69G-B 34-inch UltraWide USB-C monitor

The best budget USB-C monitor for gaming

Screen size: 34 inches | Resolution: 2560 x 1080 | HDMI inputs: 1 | Display ports: 1 | Release date: 2018

FreeSync
Dynamic Action Sync
Screen Split
No speakers

With 1ms motion blur reduction, FreeSync technology and Dynamic Action sync, the 34-inch LG 34UM69G-B is packed with game-friendly features, making it one of the best budget USB-C monitors for gaming you can get right now. Housed in a bezel-free black cabinet, there are three customisable gaming modes: two first-person shooter modes and one pre-set RTS mode. Meanwhile, out-of-the-box colour accuracy is good, with strong grayscale performance. This is a brilliant budget USB-C monitor for the price.

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