The 10 Best USB-C Monitors

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in October of 2018. The immense bandwidth of USB-C makes it a perfect match for today's high-end displays. Whether using the 10-Gbps Gen-2 standard or the blazing-fast Thunderbolt 3 protocol, some of today's most advanced monitors are outfitted with this useful connection, enabling resolutions and refresh rates exceeding HDMI, while turning the monitors themselves into power delivery-capable docking stations. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. LG 34WN80C-B

2. Philips Brilliance 4K

3. Samsung Business CH890

Editor's Notes

October 13, 2020:

With a boatload of upgrades to this category, we've found exciting new models from LG, Samsung, and more, with the LG 34WN80C-B being one of the most exciting for its versatile screen splitting, allowing for custom arrangements that can please coders, film editors, and everyone in between. Speaking of filmmaking, the new ViewSonic VP3481 actually has lookup tables, or LUTs, built-in, so you can see what common color grading effects will have on what you're shooting immediately. This can give colorists a head start in the editing bay or the filmmakers themselves an idea of where their settings should be on set.

We also have a few flexible options for people who might want to take their monitors with them or set them up in a dynamic environment. The stand on the LG Ergo IPS 27QN880-B, for example, clamps to the edge of a desk instead of sitting on it, clearing up space and allowing you to make any of its litany of angular adjustments with one hand. And the Asus ZenScreen Go, the only carryover from our previous ranking, boasts a built-in battery and a combination stand/cover to protect it and prop it up.

November 02, 2018:

Very important to note whether your computer uses DisplayPort over USB-C Gen 1 or Gen 2, or if it's Thunderbolt-3 capable. The biggest of these require the more advanced TB3 standard, but we'll see more such-enabled laptops and other products emerging soon, as Intel has apparently dropping licensing on the product for the time being. The Samsung may have the best colors until we see OLED monitors, and it's also one of the few to have such a high native refresh — 100Hz at that resolution is pretty nuts, and would take some serious hardware to game at. The ZenScreen is a refresh of a year-old product, and man, is it cool. Between those, the Brilliance, and the 38-inch LG, you can't go wrong.

4. BenQ Entertainment EW3280U

5. Philips 346B1C

6. Dell UltraSharp U2720Q

7. LG Ergo IPS 27QN880-B

8. ViewSonic VP3481

9. Asus ZenScreen Go

10. Acer SA240Y


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on October 16, 2020 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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