Are you looking to get a new monitor? Then you should definitely get one that has USB-C support – this new connector changes the classic monitor dynamic. 

Why, you may ask? Because it’s fast and it helps declutter your desk!

Although prices are high at this time, there are cheap USB-C monitors out there, that offer several benefits. 

Let’s start with the Data Speeds. USB-C can be used at a 4k resolution at 60hz. While it may not offer much of an improvement over display port regarding the pixel count, it has many other features.

Easy Connector
USB-C can be connected to your laptop and even phone with ease (if your phone also has a USB-C port).

Charging your Device
USB-C can charge your mobile device or laptop while receiving the video input. I’m a big fan of cutting the chord and reducing the clutter as much as possible.

woman with usbc monitor

This charging feature, paired with the daisy chaining ability that some USB-C monitors have, will definitely de-clutter your desk as it removes 2 cables from your setup, and frees one power socket as the power brick can stay in your laptop bag.

Save desk space
You can use your USB-C monitor as a docking station for all your other devices like keyboards, mouse, headphones, external storage, etc.

This will drastically reduce the number of visible cables on your desk and offers the ability to hook your laptop to your monitor, keyboard, charging, speakers and external drives with only ONE CABLE.

Pretty cool, isn’t it?

Who has the most to gain from using a USB-C Monitor?

Laptop users will benefit the most from using a USB-C monitor for their office. All the features we discussed above provide the laptop users with the ability to transform their mobile device into a desktop pc by plugging in a single cable.

That being said, desktop users can also benefit from fewer cables on their desk, and future-proofing their tech, by getting a newer standard.

Cheapest USB-C Monitors (Reviewed August 2019) 1

Is USB-C better Thunderbolt 3?

Although both protocols use the same USB-C connector, Thunderbolt has greater speeds and the daisy chaining ability is native to it. But the extra speed from Thunderbolt comes at a great cost.

The Thunderbolt 3 monitors on the market right now are very expensive.

Any device that has support for Thunderbolt 3 will also work with USB-C, meaning that if you already bought a TB3 laptop, you can use it with your cool new USB-C monitor.

The USB-C provides most of the Thunderbolt features at a way better costs. For the time being, USB-C displays provide better value than the Thunderbolt 3 options.

What USB-C monitor should you get?

Let’s look at the best value USB-C monitors on the market today.

Before we dive in, please keep in mind that the same monitor comes in different sizes and the specs might differ for each size.

Make sure to check the resolution and USB-C Power output for each size. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the display, the smaller the power output from the USB cable.

Looking for a laptop to go with your new monitor?

If you’re looking to get a Thunderbolt 3 laptop to use with the monitor, make sure to check our article featuring some of the cheapest laptops with Thunderbolt 3 support.

Here’s an overview of the monitors in our list, after which we take a more in-depth look at each one.

At a Glance – Our Top Picks

ImageProductDetailsCheck Price
Dell P2219HC LED Monitor
Dell P2219HC - LEDFeatures: IPS Panel 1920x1080 @ 60Hz, DP daisy-chaining, plenty of USB-A ports
USB-C Power output:  65 Watts


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Lenovo  28 27-Inch WLED
Lenovo  28 27-Inch WLEDFeatures: IPS Panel 1920x1080 @ 75Hz, FreeSync,VESA 100x100,  plenty of USB-A ports
USB-C Power output:  45 Watts


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Philips 258B6QUEB
Philips 258B6QUEB 25"Features: IPS Panel 2560 x 1440 @60Hz, VESA 100x100, ethernet port, plenty of USB-A ports
USB-C Power output:  60 Watts
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ViewSonic VG2455-2K
ViewSonic VG2455/VG2755 2KFeatures: IPS Panel 2560 x 1440 @ 75Hz, VESA 100x100, plenty of USB-A ports,  built-in speakers
USB-C Power output:  60 Watts
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LG 34UM69G-B
LG 34UM69G-B 34-Inch 21:9Features: IPS Panel 2560×1080 @ 75Hz, UltraWide21:9, FreeSync , Screen Split functionality, 1ms
USB-C Power output:  N/A
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BenQ EW3270U 32-inch
BenQ EW3270U 32 inch 4K HDRFeatures: VA Panel 3840 x2160 @ 60Hz, FreeSync , VESA 100×100, Benq eye care
USB-C Power output:  N/A
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1. Dell P2219HC – LED – The Cheap USB-C Monitor

Dell P2219HC LED MonitorThis is the cheapest option, from a reputable company available at the moment. But don’t let the price fool you, it is a great option.

With small bezels, a beautiful stand, and the elegant dell look,  it improves the aesthetics of your desk before even plugin in it.

The model comes in 21.5″, 24″ (P2419HC ) and 27″ (P2719HC ) diagonals. Obviously, the lowest priced of the bunch is the smallest one.

Being a Dell product is a great plus. The support they offer is one notch over the rest:

  • if it ships with even a dead pixel, they will send you a new monitor
  • 3-year Advanced Exchange Service so that if a replacement becomes necessary, it will be shipped to next business day during your 3-year Limited Hardware Warranty

Image Quality

All the models have a native FULL HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz, aspect ratio 16:9. This means that the smaller models have a pixel density advantage, so you might want to keep that in mind before going for the 27″ option.

The IPS panel offers a good viewing angle with vivid colors regardless of the viewing position. It isn’t the brightest monitor out there but at 250 cd/m² it is more than enough for productivity work.

Connectivity

The Dell can be used as a docking station for other devices, having 4 USB  A ports.  On its back, it has 2 DP ports: one for input and one for output, offering the ability to daisy chain a second monitor.

The max power output for the USB-C port is 65Watts, easily charing most notebooks and ultrabooks, and it is one of the highest outputs out there. Remember to check again if you plan on buying a bigger size model, as it will need more juice for itself, limiting the output it can deliver via the USB-C port.

The complete list of ports:

  • 1 x HDMI port, 1 x DP (in) port
  • 1 x DP (out for daisy-chaining a second display) port
  • 1 x USB Type-C port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 downstream ports (bottom)
  • 2 X USB 3.0 downstream ports (side)
  • USB 3.0 super-speed hub (2 x USB 3.0 downstream ports, 2 x USB 2.0 downstream ports)

Who should buy this device?

If you need more real estate for your work, want fewer cables on your desk, it is a good buy for you.  It works great for dual setups having small bezels and daisy-chaining ability. There is also an official dell dual stand, and soundbar that is power by the display.

If you do color-sensitive work or play fast-paced competitive games, there are better options for you out there. The 60Hz refresh rate and the 8 ms response, will get in way of you achieving internet fame for playing competitive CounterStrike GO.

PROS

  • Good value for your bucks – cheapest USB-C monitor on the market
  • Dell’s support services
  • Supports daisy-chaining over Display-Port 1.2
  • 65 Watts USB-C output, one of the higher outputs out there
  • IPS Panel
  • Small bezels
  • Beautiful design with 100×100 VESA adjustable stand
  • Official Dell accessories are available: dual dell stand, dell soundbar.
CONS

  • While the 1920×1080 FHD is ok for the 21.5″, the pixel density for the 27″ model is low
  • 8ms – slow response time for fast-paced games.

 

2. Lenovo  28 27-Inch WLED – Best Value USB-C Display

Lenovo  28 27-Inch WLEDDon’t let the “WLED” fool you, as it’s no different from the regular LED. It stands for White Light Emitting Diode it is exactly the same as LED (which usually uses white light).

Now that we solved that marketing gimmick, we can focus on the product.

Although more expensive than the cheapest option on the market, the previously mentioned display, it is significantly larger than the 21.5″ Dell P2219HC.

Comparing the price with the 27″ model, Lenovo comes ahead as a better value than the larger Dell, as it offers a little bit more in terms of refresh rate, FreeSync and better response time.

In this day and age, thin bezels are a must in my opinion and the Lenovo L27M  delivers on this aspect. With 2mm side bezels, the Lenovo is great for dual monitor setups.

Freesync is a nice addition to the 75Hz refresh rate. This is clearly not a display built for gaming on it, but it can definitely deliver a better gaming experience than many other monitors in its category.

Originally FreeSync only worked on AMD graphic cards, as NVIDIA developed its own anti-tearing technology called G-Sync which adds a significant price increase to the monitor. In recent months Nvidia has updated its drivers to allow the use of FreeSync, meaning that the cheaper displays can enjoy a better gaming experience, regardless of your graphic card.

This means that you can most likely take advantage of Lenovo’s L27M FreeSync feature! The boost from

Image Quality

The monitor has a good IPS panel, with 178 degrees viewing angles. It is coated with an anti-glare filter. The 250 nits brightness is decent, and the contrast ratio is 3M:1.

As with most IPS panels, the image is great! The native resolution of 1920 x 1080 @ 75Hz for 27″ means it has a lower pixel density, but it can pull it off as a 27″ monitor needs to be further away from your eyes.

The pixel density was our major concert with this display before going into this review, but using the device, I haven’t had any issues with it.

Connectivity

The L27M can be used as a USB hub has 2 downstream and 1 upstream port and 1 audio jack.

For video input signals you can use USB-C, HDMI or VGA. You may have noticed that it doesn’t have a display port. Seeing how this article is focused around USB-C, the lack of DP is not that big of a deal.

A drawback is that it doesn’t have a video output port, meaning you cannot connect a second monitor to it. For a dual monitor setup, you’ll have to use the old school method of plugging 2 cables into your device or USB-c dock.

Who should buy this device?

This Lenovo is a great device for the price. With the 27″ display, it can really help you be more productive. The USB-c charging allows you to connect your portable device and charge at the same time, removing the need for having a laptop power brick plugged in.

Because of the FreeSync, the 75Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time, it is a good monitor for gaming on it. Not great, but more than capable of satisfying even the more advanced gamer.

If you plan on getting two and using them in a dual setup, I recommend buying the previously mentioned Dell, as the Lenovo doesn’t have the daisy chaining ability. But if you don’t mind plugging in two cables into your laptop or you’re using a dock anyway, the L27M’s thin bezels work great in a dual setup.

This Lenovo USB-C monitor offers great value for your money.

PROS

  • Best value per inch for your money
  • FreeSync anti-tearing
  • 4ms response time (at this price point, I consider it a Pro)
  • 75Hz refresh rate
  • USB-C power output (couldn’t find the actual power output anywhere, but it worked with my 45W Lenovo ThinkPad)
  • IPS Panel
  • Small bezels
  • VESA mount compatible (not included)
CONS

  • Low pixel density might bother some people
  • No video output port, you can’t feed a second monitor with video signal from it. The second monitor needs to use another port on your laptop.
  • The monitor stand doesn’t adjust vertically, and it doesn’t feel very stable. It is VESA compatible so you can spend a little bit more and get a decent one from amazon.

 

3. Philips 258B6QUEB 25″ – Best 2k USB-C Display

Philips 258B6QUEBThe Philips 258B6QUEB is a steal at the current price. It’s thin bezels and modern design look great on any desk. A stand can make or break a monitor, and the 258B6QUEB comes with a solid VESA compatible one than is highly adjustable.

This monitor can seriously declutter your desk using its built-in USB-C dock that even has an ethernet port and can charge laptops up to 60Watts ( MacBook, Lenovo ThinkPads, Dell XPS 13 for example).

While it is a little cheaper than the previous models, the Philips 258B6QUEB is one of the cheapest 2K USB-C monitors out there and offers good value for the money.

Image Quality

The Philips 258B6QUEB has the best image quality in our list so far. With an optimum resolution 2560 x 1440 @ 60Hz and using an IPS panel, it delivers crystal clear pictures that can be viewed for any angle.

It is a very bright monitor with 350 nits, with good color accuracy (NTSC 90%, sRGB 109 %) out of the box, making it a good buy for anyone doing color-sensitive work like video and photo editing.

The matt display paired with the high brightness makes it very easy to use in well-lit rooms.

Connectivity

The Philips 258B6QUEB  has many ports, making it a good USB-C dock. It even comes with a 1GBS ethernet port and USB 3.1 fast charging.

  • Signal Inputs: VGA (Analog), DVI-Dual Link (digital,HDCP), DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 x 1 (upstream, power delivery up to 60W), USB 3.1 x 3 (downstream, 1 w/ fast charging)
  • Sync Input: Separate Sync, Sync on Green
  • Audio (In/Out): PC audio-in, Headphone out
  • RJ45: Ethernet LAN (10M/100M/1G)

It has plug & play functionality on both Mac and Windows, so the dock function works out of the box regardless of your laptop.

 

Who should buy this device?

The Philips 258B6QUEB clearly wasn’t built for gaming, but it can offer a pleasant experience in titles with beautiful graphics like The Witcher 3. The 2k resolution makes the gaming more immersive.

This monitor does a good job on both being a USB-C dock and delivering sharp, color-accurate, images.

If you can spend the extra money to upgrade to a 2K monitor for your laptop, this device is for you. As the world slowly moves to higher video quality, the 2k resolution future proof’s the monitor for some years to come.

This monitor does a good job on both being a USB-C dock and delivering sharp, color-accurate, images.

If you can spend the extra money to upgrade to a 2K monitor for your laptop, this device is for you. As the world slowly moves to higher video quality, the 2k resolution future proof’s the monitor for some years to come.

PROS

  • Quad HD 2560 x 1440, 2k resolution
  • USB-C dock with great connectivity
  • 60 Watts USB-C output (can easily charge a Dell XPS 13 or mac 13″)
  • IPS Panel with viewing great angles, bright, color-accurate screen
  • Thin bezels
  • No backlight bleed
  • SmartErgoBase – solid VESA mount with good adjustability
  • Built-in speakers, not great, but nice to have.
CONS

  • no adaptive sync (FreeSync or G-Sync)
  • would have been nice to have a second USB-C port to daisy-chaining
  • big power brick

 

4. ViewSonic VG2455/VG2755 2K – USB-C Office Monitor

ViewSonic VG2455-2KAs it is with monitors, the ViewSonic VG55 series comes in different sizes and resolutions. But unlike other displays, they all ship with USB-C connectivity.

There are 4 models to chose from in this series, two of the 1080p Full HD and the other two have QHD 1440p resolution (aka 2K).  Besides the resolution, there isn’t any major difference between them.  One thing to note is that the VG2755  2K model has a higher refresh rate of 75Hz, as opposed to the 60Hz from the other ones.

I’m going to talk about the ViewSonic VG2755  2K, 27″ model in this review, but you can see the other models on the same Amazon page.

It comes with the vDisplay software that allows you to use a larger display as you would multiple monitors. This is a nice feature to have on the higher resolution, larger monitor as it can boost your productivity.

Image Quality

The 27″ ViewSonic has an IPS panel that offers viewing angles of 178º horizontal, 178º vertical, coated with an Anti-Glare finish. 

With its 2560 x 1440 @ 75Hz QHD resolution, it can show more windows tabs than a 1080p screen. Unlike the 1080p model, there isn’t a problem with the pixel density as the QHD resolution saves the day. 

It has a brightness of 350 cd/m2 and sRGB 100 %, making it a good pick for color-sensitive work like photo editing or video production.

The ViewSonic displays a high resolution, bright, color-accurate image.

Connectivity

The connectivity gets the job done, having :

  • 3 X USB 3.1 Type-A
  • 1 X USB 3.1 Type B
  • 1 X USB Type-C
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4
  • 1 X Display Port

It would have been great if it had another USB-C port to daisy chain, multiple monitors. Even an output Display Port would have been nice. But because these ports are lacking, you cannot use a multiple monitor setup without having to connect multiple cables to your laptop.

As with the other monitors in this list, it can be used as a docking station for your various peripherals and external drivers, connecting them to your laptop using one power providing cable: the USB-C, while also feeding video and audio input to your monitor.

Who should buy this device?

If you plan on using only one 2K display for your office or work (besides the laptop’s screen), the ViewSonic is a good buy.

You can do much more work with a 2K display as it offers more real estate for your windows and tabs, and using the software they provide called vDisplays, you can emulate the functionality of a multiple displays setup on only one larger display.

PROS

  • Highly rated on Amazon Reviews
  • Servers as a docking station for your laptop
  • 60 Watts USB-C Power output
  • IPS Panel
  • vDisplay software that allows you to split the monitor in multiple screens
  • thins bezels make multimonitor setups look great
  • 100×100 VESA adjustable stand
  • has built-in speakers, but not very good ones
CONS

  • does not ship with a USB-C cable, can be frustrating if you forget to get one
  • cannot daisy chain a second monitor on any port

 

5. LG 34UM69G-B 34-Inch 21:9 – UltraWide USB-C Gaming Monitor

LG 34UM69G-BThe Ultrawide Monitors are starting to become accepted by the consumers, especially by the gaming community, as major game titles support the wide aspect ratio of 21:9.

The ultrawide screen can give you an edge in games, showing more of the map, allowing you to see enemies in your peripheral vision, instead of having to turn your mouse and look.

This 34″ LG Ultrawide is a budget-friendly option that can be used both for gaming and productivity, due to its IPS panel and FreeSync technology.

Image Quality

The 34UM69G delivers a resolution of 2560×1080 @ 75Hz, with a brightness of 250 cd/m2. The resolution is basically full HD, but because of the wide aspect ratio, we get 2560 instead of the regular 1920 used for the regular wide 16:9 monitors.

It has an IPS Panel, coated with a 3H antiglare filter.

Calibrated at 99% sRGB out of the box, the IPS panel delivers beautiful accurate colors, that can be used for sensitive editing work.

It is known that IPS delivers a great picture, but it comes at a cost: lower refresh rate.

There are high refresh rate IPS options out there, of course, but those monitors are not fit for a “Cheap USB-C Monitors” List as they come with a higher price tag.

The 75Hz refresh rate, paired with the adaptive FreeSync functionality,  offers a screen tear-free experience.

Having to chose between a 144Hz TN panel and a 75 Hz IPS panel with FreeSync, I’d go for the IPS any day of the week, as it has better viewing angles and delivers a better, color-accurate picture.

It offers Screen Split functionality, meaning that you can use it like you would a multi-monitor setup.

Connectivity

The LG cannot be used as a docking station as it has no USB Type-A ports, and it quite a bit of a let down as it cannot charge laptops via the USB-C connector.
It comes with HDMI (ver1.4) Display Port (ver1.2) USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode) for video input and one audio Jack for output.
No video output exists on any port, meaning it doesn’t allow for daisy-chaining a second monitor to it. I don’t think this really matters as people tend to replace dual monitors setups with an ultrawide monitor like this one. Still, it is something to keep in might when deciding to buy a new monitor.

Who should buy this device?

I do not recommend this monitor to laptop users that want a desktop experience. The LG 34UM69G cannot charge your laptop and cannot be used as a docking station, so if you’re looking to transform your notebook into a desktop, there are better options out there.

That being said, the features that are lacking for the laptop users, may offer an advantage to the desktop users: a cheaper price!

If you own a decent gaming desktop, this might be the monitor for you. Nowadays, FreeSync works with both Nvidia and AMD graphic cards so everybody can take advantage of cheap monitors with adaptive sync.

Although it is a great option for gaming, it can be also used for productivity. The extra-wide aspect ratio can display more tabs and windows, and using the  Screen Split functionality, you can emulate a multi-monitor setup, without having to worry about the extra space on your desk and bezels getting in your way.

PROS

  • Screen Split functionality (use it as a dual-screen setup without the bezels)
  • 1ms Motion Blur Reduction
  • FreeSync with 75Hz refresh rate – good for gaming
  • IPS Panel, 99% sRGB color accuracy
  • Good looking, Height Adjustable Stand
CONS

  • It can not deliver power to through the USB-C port.
  • cannot be used a USB docking station
  • no video output port ( no daisy-chaining a second display to it)
  • no VESA 100×100 compatibility

 

6. BenQ EW3270U 32 inch 4K HDR – Best Value 4K Display

BenQ EW3270U 32-inch

If you’re looking for an affordable 4k USB-C monitor, this BenQ is one of the top candidates. On top of the high resolution, it offers a plethora of features that make it a great buy.

Although it is a bit pricey compared with items on this list, it offers great value as it comes for the money.

BenQ has included 3 features that make the experience easy on your eyes. The Brightness Intelligence Plus checks the environment in which the monitor operates and adjusts the brightness and color settings to fit the lighting in that room.

This feature, together with the  Low Blue Light, and Flicker-Free technologies comprise the BenQ eye care solution. A great addition to any monitor, as many of us, spend a lot of time in front of the computer.

The display is gorgeous. It doesn’t have an outside power brick, which helps in reducing the clutter around your desk.

The stand is solid, very stable, and matches the beautiful design of the monitor. It can only be tilt adjusted, but bing a 32″ display, I didn’t find it annoying. It is tall enough to reach my eye level.

For the ones unhappy with the limited mobility stand, there is also the option of mounting it on a VESA 100×100 stand. A great addition to any monitor.

Image Quality

As expected, the image is breathtaking. The 4k resolution of  3840 x2160 @ 60Hz makes consuming content, gaming and productivity apps look a way better experience.

It has a 95% DCI-P3 color rating, making a great choice for content creators and video editing.

The VA panel offers high contrast and has the same viewing angles we’re accustomed from the IPS panels: 178 degrees.

The HDR is HDR 10 certified. We found that in games it offered a better viewing experience, making the details better stand out. For consuming video content, it has the Cinematic HDR that increases the dynamic range between true black and bright white.

Please keep in mind that the HDR functionality only works on the HDMI cable.

Connectivity

Is not great. It cannot be used as a docking station for your peripherals and it doesn’t have a video output port to feed signal to a second monitor. But for what it offers at this price, you could buy separate docking station and it would still be a good deal for a 4k, USB-c monitor of this caliber. Also, the USB-C doesn’t offer enough power to charge any laptop.

It has 1 USB-C port, 1 HDMI, 1 DP, and audio jack. It also has two built-in speakers. As is the case with built-ins, they sound worse than a cheap external pair of speakers but it is still good to have them.

I like the fact that the power adapter has no external power brick.

Who should buy this device?

You can game at 4k, watch movies, get more work done as you have more screen real-estate to fill with tabs and chards or visual studio code.

If you’re spending many hours working or gaming in front of a monitor, the BenQ eye care solution makes a difference regarding your eye fatigue.

It may not offer a lot of functionality for laptop users, but if you plan on using alongside a docking station, all of its minuses are gone.

PROS

  • UHD 4k resolution
  • Large 32″ Display
  • Benq eye care: Brightness Intelligence Plus, Low Blue Light, and Flicker-Free technologies,
  • FreeSync
  • VESA 100×100 compatible
  • no exterior power brick
  • comes with USB-C cable
CONS

  • No USB-C Charging
  • the mount only allows tilt adjustment
  • cannot be used as a USB dock

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