To enjoy a high-end experience, you need a high-end monitor. Fortunately, these days you don’t need a ridiculously powerful desktop PC to power these displays. Even if you are into gaming, you can get away with a gaming laptop and a decent external display monitor. Whatever the situation may be, connecting a laptop with your monitor makes more sense now. Especially thanks to USB-C.
USB-C is a wonderful connector. You can plug it in both ways, it is universal, and it supports a lot of power delivery and data transfer standards. This also makes it perfect for powering external displays. Of course, you’ll need to check the compatibility and type of USB-C cable that comes with your laptop.
Other than that, we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are some of our favorite USB-C monitors worth buying in 2021.
1. Acer XR382CQK
Best 4K Gaming Monitor
- High refresh rate
- Very low response time
- 0.229mm Pixel pitch
- Uncommon aspect ratio
- Quite pricey
Screen Size: 37.5 Inches | Resolution: 3840 x 1600 | Pixel Per Inch (PPI): 111 | Curvature: 2300R | Panel: IPS | Refresh Rate: 75 Hz | Viewing Angle: 178 / 178 | Aspect ratio: 24:10 | Output Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Port, 1 x Display Port, 1 x Display Port Out, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x MHL 2.1 | Contrast Ratio: N/A | Color Space Support: 100% sRGB | Brightness: 300 cd / mm² | Response Time: 1 ms MPRT | VRR: AMD FreeSync
ACER is currently among the top brands when it comes to high-quality screens. Acer XR382CQK is one of the biggest consumer displays which uses a 24:10 aspect ratio. The screen hosts thin bezels on three sides while the bottom of the screen has a relatively larger bezel. There is a 2300R curve in the panel, which looks really great with such a large display. The stand of the monitor is really exceptional and unique which offers tilt, rotation, and height adjustment. The aspect ratio of the screen is 24:10 which is not very common and looks strange, especially when viewing YouTube videos.
The screen features a 37.5-inch IPS panel along with 3840 x 1600 resolution and a 75Hz refresh rate. This high refresh rate enables it to be used as a gaming screen while the wide IPS panel makes this screen good for spreadsheets or similar workloads. Moreover, the response time of the screen is also spectacular and aids a lot in gaming. The colors of the screen are quite vibrant, as it features a 100% sRGB color space, although not enough to make this screen usable for professional color-critical workloads.
We recommend this screen if you like big-sized screens and want to do extreme-level gaming, as many of this screen’s features are geared for gaming, however, a big downside of this screen is its price which makes it out of reach for many people.
2. Dell UltraSharp U3818DW
Best Professional Ultrawide Monitor
- Color uniformity is quite good
- Comes factory calibrated
- Provides good-quality built-in speakers
- Ghosting at 5ms response time
- Banding can be noticed sometimes
Screen Size: 37.5 Inches | Resolution: 3840 x 1600 | Pixel Per Inch (PPI): 111 | Curvature: 2300R | Panel: IPS | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Viewing Angle: 178 / 178 | Aspect ratio: 24:10 | Output Ports: 1 x USB Type-C, 1 x DP 1.2, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0 Upstream port, 4 x USB 3.0 Downstream port | Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 | Color Space Support: 99% sRGB | Brightness: 350 cd / mm² | Response Time: 5 ms | VRR: N/A
DELL UltraSharp series screens are known for their professional properties and Dell UltraSharp U3818DW is one of their finest addition to this series. First of all, the screen looks really professional due to its greyish theme and firm stand. The monitor provides very thin bezels, which makes it quite enjoyable for casual use. There is a 2300R curve in the panel, just like the Acer model we listed above. The screen provides a 37.5-inch IPS panel with 3840 x 1600 resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate.
The color space support of this screen is at 99% sRGB, making it enough vibrant for most of the applications. Such a color space is not enough for professional use with images, although the color uniformity is really good on this monitor and one can easily do color-critical tasks as long as there is no need for Adobe-RGB color space. Moreover, the screen comes factory-calibrated so there is no need to buy expensive calibration tools. There can be noticed a bit of banding sometimes due to FRC but other than that, there is almost no issue with the panel. If you are not much of a gamer, then we will recommend you to use 8ms response time as the lower 5ms response time introduces a lot of noticeable ghosting. There are two 9w speakers within the monitor, which are noticeably better than the speakers of most of the screens.
This monitor is a great alternative to the Acer XR382CQK if you are not into gaming and want to own a professional-looking screen. Also, it does a better job at color uniformity than the Acer one, if that matters to you.
3. ASUS Designo MX27UC
For Budget Artists
- Flicker-free backlight
- Provides AMD FreeSync
- High PPI leads to great visual clarity
- Requires scaling for most of applications
- Quality control of panel is not good
Screen Size: 27 Inches | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Pixel Per Inch (PPI): 163 | Curvature: N/A | Panel: IPS | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Viewing Angle: 178 / 178 | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Output Ports: 1 x DP , 1 x HDMI , 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB Type-C | Contrast Ratio: 1300:1 | Color Space Support: 100% sRGB | Brightness: 300 cd / mm² | Response Time: 5 ms | VRR: AMD FreeSync
ASUS Designo MX27UC is one of the company’s latest screens for mid-range consumers and provides a stunning 4K display. The overall design of the screen is admirable, with a sleek panel and a firm circular stand, although it does not provide height adjustment. The panel has thin bezels on three sides while the bottom side has a slightly larger bezel. The screen offers a 27-inch IPS panel with a 3840 x 2160 resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. The UHD resolution with a 27-inch panel requires scaling for most of the applications, as things seem really tiny at such a level. Asus has used an anti-flicker backlight in this model, so if you are a person who suffers from flickering, then this will not be an issue with this monitor.
The image quality of the screen is really astonishing, due to the high contrast ratio and UHD resolution. The colors are the best among the standard-gamut consumer-grade screens, as wide-gamut monitors are really expensive, especially with a resolution as high as this one. The screen provides a 5 ms response time, which is quite good for gaming, and with the inclusion of AMD FreeSync, one can enjoy AAA titles without any tearing or input lag, although gaming at UHD resolution would require hefty graphics cards. The quality control of the panel seems to be quite an issue in these screens, which we believe is due to overheating.
We recommend this monitor if you like the 16:9 aspect ratio and want a high-resolution screen, which would serve as both a gaming monitor and for productive uses.
4. HP Envy 27
High Contrast 4K Monitor
- Better contrast than most of other screens
- As good as Designo MX27UC when it comes to PPI
- Great for productive workloads
- Wobbly stand
- No height adjustment
Screen Size: 27 Inches | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Pixel Per Inch (PPI): 163 | Curvature: N/A | Panel: IPS | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Viewing Angle: 178 / 178 | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Output Ports: 1 x DP 1.2, 2 x HDMI, 1 x USB Type-C | Contrast Ratio: 1300:1 | Color Space Support: 99% sRGB | Brightness: 350 cd / mm² | Response Time: 5 ms | VRR: AMD FreeSync
HP Envy 27 is a stylish-looking high-end monitor that is priced very moderately. The screen features a thin panel along with a beautiful stand, although the stand is really wobbly and does not provide height adjustment. The monitor provides a 27-inch IPS panel with a 3840 x 2160 resolution and offers a 60Hz refresh rate. The UHD resolution results in increased productivity, as it provides four times the workspace than a 1080p monitor. The edges are very minimal on three sides, with a slightly larger one at the bottom side.
The screen displays deep blacks and sharp colors, thanks to the UHD resolution and high contrast ratio. Furthermore, color space is also good enough for casual use and could not have been any better at such a price. The response time of the screen is 5 ms, which is suitable for casual gaming while UHD resolution is a big plus point for stunning visuals and like the Asus Designo MX27UC, this monitor also provides AMD FreeSync.
This monitor is a great alternative to the Asus Designo MX27UC and if you can tolerate the low-quality stand, then you should consider this screen instead of the Designo, as its image quality is somewhat better.
5. Dell S2718D
Best Cheap HDR Screen
- Thin edges on all four sides
- Provides ports on the bottom for ease
- One of the best-looking designs
- No VESA support
- Does not provide variable refresh rate
Screen Size: 27 Inches | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Pixel Per Inch (PPI): 107 | Curvature: N/A | Panel: IPS | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Viewing Angle: 178 / 178 | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Output Ports: 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB Type C, 1 x Analog 2.0 audio line out, 2 x USB 3.0 | Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 | Color Space Support: 99% sRGB | Brightness: 300 cd / mm² | Response Time: 6 ms | VRR: N/A
DELL S2718D is one of the most beautiful screens we have ever seen and that is due to its unique stand and Infinity-Edge display. The stand does not offer height adjustment and unfortunately, there is no VESA support in this monitor. The base of the stand of this monitor provides all the ports while a curved piece goes to the screen. The ports are present on the back of the base while the OSD buttons are present on the front-top of the base. The bezels of this screen are extremely small and unlike the other screens, the bottom of the screen also has a very thin bezel. The screen features a 27-inch IPS panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution while the refresh rate is capped at 60 Hertz.
The color quality of this monitor is surprisingly good and the monitor comes with HDR support, which makes it really out of the box. The response time of the screen is a bit higher than the other screens, at 6 ms, but we do not think that such a difference would matter in real-life scenarios, although what would matter is that this screen does not come with any variable refresh rate technology, which might be a bummer for gamers.
So, considering this monitor is cheaper than other monitors it’s an easy sell. Sure, it may be of a lower resolution than the others we’ve listed but 1440p is still quite sharp. Plus, the addition of HDR and the thin design is a welcome addition.