The very best USB-C displays for 2021

The amazingly versatile USB-C port is more necessary than it’s ever been. From battery charging to ultra-fast data transfers, we’ve gotten used to USB-C, and it has become important to find accessories that include USB-C connectivity.
Even some of the best monitors have been a little slow to jump on the USB-C bandwagon, but there are now a number of strong options on the market. After hundreds of monitor reviews, our top USB-C pick is the affordable Dell 27 Ultrathin — although we also have options from multiple brands to consider as alternatives.
The best USB-C monitors

Dell 27 USB-C Ultrathin Monitor S2719DC
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This 27-inch Dell monitor dazzles with its beautiful design, iPhone-thin screen, and bezel-less display. However, there’s also a lot going on inside, including excellent brightness, great color range, and HDR tech for its 2560 x 1440 IPS display. While the screen only offers a 60Hz refresh rate, it does include AMD’s FreeSync tech plus some blue-light filters for late-night use, so there is some gaming potential here.
In addition to the Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port, there’s HDMI 2.0 and a couple of USB-A 3.0 ports. Overall, the stylish design and strong specs on this Dell model make it an easy recommendation for all kinds of purposes — and it’s fairly affordable, too. The one notable drawback is that a 27-inch screen may not be the right size for everyone.
We’ll also point out that the Dell S2719DC is relatively affordable compared to many USB-C monitors, making it a good entry point when first upgrading to a USB-C display.
BenQ PD3220U
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This 4K, 32-inch BenQ monitor is a particularly strong option for artists and designers who need an excellent display and the latest connections — but don’t want to pay anywhere near the price of something like the Apple Pro Display. There are also features to quickly switch between different types of content and multiple computers if necessary, as well as dual viewing files. Color accuracy is excellent, too, making this monitor ideal for professional editing. The display also can be moved into portrait or landscape positioning.
If you have a lot of accessories to work with, you’ll be pleased to know the monitor includes two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, two USB-A, a Micro USB, two HDMI, and a DisplayPort. As with all large monitors, make sure you have enough room on your desk for this model.
Note that the BenQ PD3220U is another monitor in high demand so you should sign up for alerts and pre-order options to find out when new shipments come in.
Lenovo ThinkVision P27h-20

Lenovo’s 27-inch QHD monitor has great color accuracy right out of the box, with 99% sRGB and 99% BT.709 perfect for those working in visual design, photography, or video editing. The 2560 x 1440 resolution gives you plenty of screen space to work with, and the anti-glare coating makes it easy to concentrate no matter what your work situation looks like. Brightness is rated at a healthy 350 cd/m2, and many different adjustments and color profiles are available to help customize the experience just for you.
In addition to USB-C, the Lenovo ThinkVision P27h-20 comes with HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, and a collection of USB 3.1 ports. If your home or work office needs a higher-grade monitor that can also connect to the latest cameras or mobile devices, this may be the one for you. You may also want to take a look at our favorite docking stations as well.
LG UltraGear 27GN950-B

Gamers will love this high-end USB-C monitor, with a 27-inch UHD Nano IPS display that supports DiaplyHDR 600, G-Sync, and FreeSync Premium Pro. It also offers a 1-millisecond response time at a 144Hz refresh rate, with 98% covered of the DCI-P3 color gamut (and calibration options if you’d like to tweak further).
We’re also big fans of the design, with a sturdy frame, borderless display, and RGB backlighting that you can put into sound sync mode to shift based on audio cues. The LG UltraGear 27GN950-B also is entirely adjustable in every way, including vertical/horizontal switching, and it is VESA-compatible for a variety of mounting options. In addition to USB-C, the monitor comes with USB-A 3.0, HDMI 2.0a, and DisplayPort connection options. This excellent collection of features is ideal for a high-end gaming setup (and suitable for editing work as well), but it does come at a high cost.
Read our full review of the LG UltraGear 27GN950-B here
ViewSonic ColorPro VP2771

This ViewSonic monitor is an excellent option for people who want a professional USB-C monitor but don’t necessarily care about ultra-HD resolution. The monitor is 27 inches long and 1440p. It has a simple calibration and emphasizes image quality (100% sRGB and 4.39 trillion color palette), making it a terrific model for photographers.
The ambient light sensor is a bonus feature if you have unorthodox working hours or otherwise find yourself up during the wee hours. This feature automatically reduces the monitor brightness when it’s dark outside. Other connections include USB 3.1, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort, and mini-DisplayPort. ViewSonic’s most significant features are its commitment to precise color accuracy and its method of helping you work during all hours of the day. If these are features that get you excited, then the ViewSonic ColorPro VP2771 might just be the ideal monitor for you.
LG Ultrafine 27MD5KL-B

The Ultrafine line is a particularly good match for a Mac computer like the Mac mini. If you are a professional or serious amateur working in a visual field like photography, video editing, graphic design, etc., this 27-inch monitor is a swift recommendation for pairing with a Mac!
In addition to the 5K IPS display with built-in compatibility for MacOS (99% color gamut for DCI-P3), the monitor also includes three USB-C ports for all your latest accessories, and a Thunderbolt 3 port with power delivery for swiftly recharging phones, cameras, and similar devices. Brightness settings can go up to 500 nits, and the monitor includes built-in speakers, a cam, and a mic for getting work done remotely or listening to some tunes.
If the LG Ultrafine 27MD5KL-B has any faults, it’s the price — paying more than $1,000 for a monitor may not be in the cards for every designer. But it’s certainly one of the best options if you work with a Mac and want a monitor that can really deliver!
Research and buying FAQ

What is a USB-C monitor?
It’s a computer monitor with a USB-C port. You can learn more about USB-C with our handy guide here, but it’s the latest and greatest USB-C port that fixes many shortcomings of previous USB connections and enables the fastest data transfer rates with the newest accessories. A USB-C port will require specific USB-C cables to work properly.
Are USB-C monitors worth it?
In the long-term, yes. USB-C is still a pretty new standard right now. That said, it is quickly becoming the primary USB connection that devices use. New devices and accessories tend to have USB-C connections, including even some iPad Pros. So, regardless you are probably going to want USB-C capabilities eventually. 
Do not be concerned if this is not a necessity for you personally right now, it is not an immediate concern for all people. If your accessories are a couple of years old, they probably don’t use USB-C. Therefore you wouldn’t get much out of a USB-C monitor, especially if you are happy with the way things are already. 
Alternatively, if video connections are essential to you for a job or hobby, then upgrading to a USB-C monitor could be a necessary quality-of-life improvement.
Why are USB-C monitors so expensive?
The answer to that is simple: they are new. The physical USB-C port is generally more expensive to purchase and install than are older USB ports. The manufacturing process has not had as long to develop properly, and the ports are only showing up on newer monitor models, which are naturally more costly than old models. That combination equals out to higher prices, at least for now. We project prices stabilizing as USB-C starts to become the ubiquitous standard.
Does USB-C support multiple monitors?
Yes, they can. Multi-monitor setups depend on having compatible video ports. USB-C can handle video, and so as long as your PC or laptop has a USB-C output, everything should work out smoothly. You can find adapters that can create workarounds, but that is not an ideal situation in a multi-monitor setup. Check out our guide for more info here. 
Is Thunderbolt 3 the same as USB-C?
USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are similar technologies in that they use the same port, but they have quite different capabilities. Thunderbolt 3 is a separate standard with its own unique hardware needs. Some USB-C ports have Thunderbolt 3 (often designated by a lightning bolt symbol), and some do not. Thunderbolt 3 adds greater speeds, better video output support, and compatibility with devices that may require a Thunderbolt 3 connection to work.
Can you connect HDMI to USB-C?
Like DisplayPort, USB-C does have an “Alt Mode” option for HDMI that allows for connections to HDMI devices. You will need a USB-C port with the compatible Alt Mode, and an HDMI cable adapter made to work with USB-C.

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Finest desktop monitor offers for August 2021

Every proper desktop work setup needs a high-quality monitor. Staring at a sub-par screen all day, every day will quickly turn into a headache (quite literally), as a lousy monitor can plague you with lag, inaccurate color output, poor viewing angles, screen-tearing, and other annoyances. The good news is that you don’t have to drain your checking account to get a good one nowadays. Today’s monitors — even cheap ones — sport all sorts of great modern features for less, and even more good news is that we’re here to save you some cash with this roundup of the best desktop monitor deals available this month.
These discounted displays feature everything from cheap 1080p work monitors to the latest ultrawide and 4K panels, but if you need something specifically for playing video games, then head over to our other roundup of gaming monitor deals.
Today’s best monitor deals

Full HD monitor deals

Any good monitor on the market today will have a resolution of at least 1080p (also known as “Full HD” or the abbreviated “FHD”), meaning that it features a vertical resolution of 1,080 pixels. This resolution dominates the 21- to 27-inch monitor category — any bigger than that and you’ll want to start looking at Quad HD (1440p) or 4K Ultra HD (2160p) – but for the vast majority of computing applications, 1080p is still a fine place to be.
If you’re simply looking for an affordable, no-nonsense monitor for a desktop workstation, a 1080p in the 21- to 27-inch range is more than likely what you’re after. The good news is that this is the cheapest type of monitor out there, particularly if you’re not interested in paying more for things like higher refresh rates or Vsync technologies (i.e. features you find on displays built for gaming). And with the above monitor deals, you might even be able to score a solid name-brand Full HD monitor for around 100 bucks or so.
Gaming monitor deals
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Gamers tend to demand a lot more from their computer hardware than average users, and this applies as much to gaming monitors as it does to everything else. A lousy display will quickly put a damper on your gaming enjoyment, and along with screen size and resolution, you need to consider things like refresh rate and Vsync features that will allow your display to keep up with your GPU (even a PC with the strongest graphics card will experience stutter and lag if it’s connected to a sub-par monitor).
Once you’ve decided upon a size and resolution — 1080p Full HD, 1440p Quad HD, or 4K Ultra HD — you’ll want to look for a monitor with a refresh rate of around 144Hz. The refresh rate dictates framerate, and a minimum of 120Hz is necessary to smoothly enjoy gaming 60 frames per second. Anything less and you will very likely experience on-screen stuttering and lag. A good gaming monitor should also have either Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync technologies (go with whichever one matches your graphics card) which greatly mitigates or eliminates obnoxious and immersion-breaking screen-tearing.
You’ll pay a bit more for these technologies, but don’t go super-cheap when you’re looking for gaming monitor to complete your gaming PC. These are popular items that are regularly on sale, however, so definitely keep an eye on our gaming monitor deals page to save you some cash.
Curved and ultrawide monitor deals
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Curved and ultrawide monitors are a relatively new thing in the world of desktop displays and could be a good alternative to traditional monitors and multi-monitor setups depending on your needs. The idea behind a curved panel is that the entire screen is directed toward the viewer’s eyes; admittedly, however, the advantages of curved displays are largely subjective and dependent upon each user’s preferences, so it might be a good idea to look at some in-person before deciding whether or not a curved monitor is really your speed.
On the other hand, the advantages of ultrawide monitors are obvious, and if you’re going for one of those, it’s almost certain that you’ll be looking at a curved design which is simply easier to view at super-widescreen resolutions. Just be prepared to pay for it: Ultrawide displays are the most expensive of the bunch, but if you find the right deal, it might be worth it — and could even save you money if you were considering buying two or three separate monitors instead.
Standard-sized curved displays aren’t often more expensive than their non-curved counterparts, though, so if you decide this style is right for you, then we’ve made sure to include a few curved screens in the above monitor deals to help you find the right one for your battle station.
4K Ultra HD Monitor Deals
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Ultra HD, more commonly known as “4K,” has pretty much become the standard for televisions now, but 4K monitors aren’t quite as common. That’s largely because PC displays are typically smaller than home televisions, but also because monitors are still considered peripherals and most people understandably don’t want to spend hundreds more on one – especially when the benefits of Ultra HD will be less notable on a smaller screen than they will on a big living room TV.
That said, you probably sit closer to your computer monitor than you do to your TV, and with the cost of 4K panels dropping drastically in recent years, now’s not a bad time to upgrade to a UHD display for your PC if you’re thinking about it. That’s especially true if you’ve built or are building a 4K-capable gaming machine. Along with ultrawide displays, 4K monitors are costly (as you’d expect), but they also provide some of the best opportunities for savings, so we’ll make sure to keep our deals list updated with any Ultra HD options that are available at the moment.
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