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The Best External Monitors for Your Home Workstation

These are five of the best USB-C monitors that work with today’s newest laptops.


If you find yourself suddenly working from home for an extended period of time like so many of us right now, odds are your workspace could be improved by some extra screen space. So if you don’t already have a second screen in addition to your laptop, it’s a good time to consider the upgrade.

When it comes to second monitors, we recommend one that connects over USB-C. They connect easily with the newest Apple and Windows laptops, while also providing some key benefits such as passthrough charging (no need to connect your laptop into a separate power source) and delivering a higher-resolution picture.

USB-C monitors are a tad on the expensive side and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one under $400. If that’s out of your price range, don’t worry. You can still get a good monitor that’s more affordable, but you’ll likely just need to invest in an HDMI adapter or dock.

Best for Amateur Photographers

BenQ SW270C: This is the best option for work-from-home creative professionals who don’t want to spend over $1,000. The SW270 is the QHD alternative to BenQ’s more expensive SW271. Even though it’s not a true 4K monitor, it’s great for photographers and photo editors because of its superb color reproduction. It’s able to deliver 99-percent of the Adobe RGB color space, which is huge, and 100-percent of the sRGB color space.

Size: 27 inches
Charging: 60-watts passthrough charging
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Ports: HDMI 2.0 (2x), DisplayPort, USB Type-C, USB-A (2x), USB-B, USB Mini-B and headphone jack

BUY NOW: $599

Best for Creative Professionals

BenQ SW271: You can think of the BenQ SW271 as the 4K upgrade to the previous BenQ SW270. It delivers exceptional color accuracy — 99-percent of the Adobe RGB color space — and it’s simply of of the best professional-grade monitors for photo and video editors. Gear Patrol‘s creative team uses these monitors in our NYC offices.

Size: 27 inches
Charging: 60-watts passthrough charging
Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
Ports: HDMI 2.0 (2x), DisplayPort, USB Type-C, USB-A (2x), USB-B, USB Mini-B and headphone jack

BUY NOW: $1,099

The Spreadsheet King

Dell UltraSharp 38: If you’re looking for an ultrawide monitor, the Dell UltraSharp 38 is a great combination of looks, resolution and price. At 37.5-inches, it’s far from the widest ultra monitor on the market, but it’s still a great multitasking machine, easily allowing you to have five-to-six windows open at the same time. And its 178-degree curved screen make it easy to see everything.

Size: 37.5 inches
Charging: 100-watts passthrough charging
Resolution: 3,840 x 1,600
Ports: HDMI 2.0 (2x), DisplayPort, USB-A (4x output, 2x input), USB-C and headphone jack

BUY NOW: $1,267

Best Budget 4K Monitor

HP Envy 27: If you’re looking for a good 4K monitor that’ll work with your MacBook Pro or USB-C Laptop, but you also don’t want to drop the $700 on a LG UltraFine display, the HP Envy 27 is a great option. It has a sleek minimalistic design with very thin bezels. Best of all, it’s a true 4K monitor that delivers a sharp, bright and colorful picture.

Size: 27 Inches
Charging: 60-watts passthrough charging
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Ports: HDMI (2x), DisplayPort, USB-C

BUY NOW: $499

The Apple Option

LG UltraFine 4K: Apple has been selling the LG UltraFine 4K for years and for good reason. It works seamlessly with any MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, and you can adjust the monitor’s settings within the Settings menu in macOS, but it will also work great with any PC you have as well. The display has five USB-C ports in total, two are Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, which allow you to easily connect another LG UltraFine 4K monitor to your setup, and three charging USC-C ports.

Size: 23.7 inches
Charging: 85-watts passthrough charging
Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
Ports: 5 USB-C (2x Thunderbolt 3)

BUY NOW: $699

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