So you've gotten yourself an awesome new laptop. That's awesome. But you've also discovered the truth facing the modern laptop - no ports! Everyone wants to go for that slick, slim design by removing ports and settling for a USB-C connection to do all the extra external stuff. While that means you have a MacBook or Windows laptop that looks fantastic, it also means you can't really expand on the tiny screen unless you have a monitor with a USB-C port. Well, fear not because USB-C monitors are more and more common these days. And the more common they become, the better the deals become.
With the holiday shopping season on top of us, we expect to see a lot of great deals on USB-C monitors. These displays continue to be very popular for both Mac and Windows users. As USB-C becomes more ubiquitous, so do screens that have these ports. Keep an eye out for some major price drops this week.
What really constitutes a deal in the world of monitors depends completely on what you're willing to pay. As you'll soon see there are crazy expensive USB-C monitors with great resolution and a ton of features, but there are also budget screns that might save you $50 but won't be overloaded with features either.
Best USB-C Monitor Deals
USB-C is just a port, right? When it is included on a monitor, it's a very small part of said monitor. While it's obviously important to you, it's also important to keep this in mind because it means USB-C monitors come in a whole lot of shapes and sizes. You'll also need to decide what else you want in your USB-C monitor like 4K resolutions or a curve or adaptive sync for gaming. We've got a wide variety of monitors that also wildly vary in price.
Asus ZenScreen MB16AC 15.6-inch portable monitor
Think of this monitor as a way to take a high-definition IPS monitor with you no matter where you are. It includes USB-C and USB-A connections, a smart cover and smart pen hole, and an auto rotate function. Asus also helps protect your eyes with special tech.
MSI 27-inch 1440p 165Hz curved monitor | $60 off at B&H
The 1500R curved gaming display includes 1440p resolutions, a max of 165Hz refresh rate, and a 1ms response time. It could potentially be a very good gaming monitor with AMD FreeSync, support for HDR, and even Night Vision tech to help enhance your screen when it's dark. It comes with HDMI, DisplayPort, two USB-A ports, one USB-B port, and one USB-C port.
BenQ EW27OU 32-inch 4K monitor | $90 off at B&H
Probably the least expensive monitor to combine 4K resolutions and USB-C connectivity. It also spikes as high as $700 on occasion. In addition to USB-C, the monitor also has HDMI and DisplayPort. There's support for HDR with a brightness of 300 nits and even tech to help with eye fatigue like a Low Blue Light and Flicker-Free feature.
LG 27UD88-W 4K IPS monitor | $53 off
Not only does this monitor have a USB-C port, it also has USB 3.0 Quick Charge technology so you can charge devices plugged into it super fast. You'll get HDMI and DisplayPort inputs as well. The monitor uses an IPS panel with 4K resolutions.
Dell UltraSharp U2720Q 27-inch 4K IPS monitor | $25 off at Dell
Includes an IPS panel with 4K resolution. Has a thin bezel to support a multi-monitor setup. VESA mount to go on a wall or arm instead of its included stand. The USB hub includes two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports. It also has HDMI and DisplayPort.
BenQ EX2780Q 27-inch 1440p monitor | $150 off
Includes USB-C in addition to two HDMI ports and DisplayPort. You'll get 1440p resolutions, a 144Hz refresh rate, and a 5ms response time. It's also VESA mount compatible so you can mount it to an arm or the wall.
LG UltraFine 24MD4KLB 24-inch 4K IPS monitor | $50 off
Has USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 inputs. The 4K resolution and 1200:1 contrast ratio ensure great image quality. The IPS Nano IPS panel has supreme color accuracy and 540 nits of brightness. With Thunderbolt 3 you can actually daisy-chain your connections thanks to 85W of power pass-through.
HP Z38c 38-inch curved monitor | $196 off at B&H
The huge 37.5-inch screen makes this a great monitor if you just want one and need tons of real estate. It still uses a curve with 2300mm radius so you'll be able to see the whole screen in your natural field of vision. Includes a 3840 x 1600 pixel resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and a 5ms response time. The ports include DisplayPort, HDMI, one USB-C, and three USB-A.
What are you looking for in a USB-C monitor?
What are you buying a USB-C monitor for? Most likely you're looking for something to augment your new MacBook Pro or some similar laptop where the USB-C port is your best bet for expanding the screen size. If that's the case, you might check out iMore's roundups on the Best USB-C monitors for the MacBook. Many of these won't necessarily be on sale, but they might have the best combination of features you want. Plus, we'll always be sure to alert you when those screens do go on sale, which does happen to be the case for iMore's favorite Premium screen the LG 34-inch IPS monitor.
Whatever your reason for wanting a USB-C monitor, you should also look at the other features you're interested in. If you're a gamer you want a high refresh rate around 144Hz or more. You might also want adaptive sync like AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G-Sync. If you're just interested in using the monitor for watching movies and such, 4K resolution might be the most important feature. Using the screen for work? Focus on larger sizes and think about what you can do with a 37.5-inch diagonal. All of these are possibilities in addition to that coveted USB-C port.
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