If you are a professional or a creative person and not happy using your Macbook due to its smaller resolution, you should opt for an external monitor fo Macbook pro. Nowadays there are so many best USB-C monitors are available after USB-C is now a default in Apple’s latest MacBook Air and Pro laptops. These external displays are easy to connect with your Macbook pro and also allows you to charge it with a single cable to the display.
We have reviewed 95 monitors with 4 stars and up ratings from brands like Dell, LG, BenQ, Acer and shared our recommendations for best MacBook Pro monitors which you can buy in 2019. You can also check our other lists in best monitors for Mac Mini.
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6 Best Monitors for Macbook Pro – 2019
Best Monitor For MacBook Pro: Dell U3818DW
There is a strong reason we have ranked The Dell U3818DW as the best monitor for MacBook Pro. This is a professional monitor of a 38-inch size with IPS panel. It has many extra features that will help with whether you are using MacBook, MacBook Pro, or Mac Mini. This display will also solve your problem of charging with 100W upstream power which no other monitor has. Which means you can charge your Mac using this monitor as well. It can charge your Mac in no time with just one cable to display.
At this resolution 3840 x 1600, you can work in many windows at one time either it is to deal with excel files or editing work. You will get amazing picture quality and color combinations due to the IPS panel. Due to its bigger size and resolution, it has a great text readability means your eyes don’t feel fatigued even after working all day long.
In connectivity, USB ports limit the speed to USB 2.0 when connected with USB-C cable. This monitor doesn’t have a display manager software for Mac which means you can’t split the window in more than 2 parts side by side. To add more windows, you have to manually resize and arrange them.
Much Wider Alternative – DELL U4919DW
If you really want the much wider option to our top pick Dell U3818DW, then DELL U4919DW may be the external monitor for your Mac. This is a 49-inch IPS monitor with a resolution of 5120×1440 which is very big. You can easily multitask anything on it while opening multiple windows. It also has a USB-C port to charge your Mac. Both the Dell monitors are curved and this 49″ monitor can swivel due to less flexible stand. Unfortunately, you can’t use this monitor at the full resolution but only at a reduced resolution like 3840×1080 as it will run two 2560×1440 outputs with split-screen from Mac.
Best 4k Monitor For MacBook Pro – LG 32UD99-W
If you love 4k and still want to use it for Mac, we’ve got LG 32UD99-W as the best 4k monitor for MacBook Pro. This is a 32-inch 4k IPS monitor that provides you 4 times resolution of Full HD with great and accurate color combinations at wider viewing angles. Due to the HDR 10 content available, color and brightness will be much better than standard monitors. With one USB-C cable, you will be able to charge the MacBook, transfer data or display 4k video at the same time.
With LG Screen split feature, which we missed in Dell U3818DW, you can split the screen into many windows for multi-tasking, resize as per your own comfort. Even though it has 60W upstream power via USB-C as compared to 100W of Dell U3818DW which is very low you will still be able to charge 15″ Macbook Pro 2016/2017 model. But if you monitor video starts to get flicker, you need to put up an extra charger to provide the full 85w to the laptop. This external display also has onscreen controls for Volume, brightness, picture mode presets, Screen Split 2.0 and Dual Controller.
32-inch 4k Alternative with Better Power Delivery: DELL U3219Q
This is not completely 32-inch 4k monitor with an IPS panel like LG 32UD99-W but just .5 inch shorter. This 4k monitor has better power delivery of up to 90W via USB-C port which is more than what Apple recommends as compared to 60W wh we are receiving in LG. Other than that everything is the same except it also has a better stand for different height adjustments with side to side swivel as well. With one USB-C port, you can use a single cable to do charging your device, while transmitting data, video, and audio at the same time. All in all, its a great display for your MacBook.
Best Budget MacBook Pro Monitor: LG 27UK850-W
If you are really looking for a second screen in your budget to connect to your Macbook so that you can multitask easily with the split-screen feature, then LG 27UK850-W is the best MacBook Pro monitor in your budget. It has a much smaller screen of 27-inch with a 4K resolution as compared to LG 32UD99-W or Dell U3818DW which are best suited for multi-tasking due to their bigger screen size. Other than the size this is overall a great monitor that serves its purpose.
It has all the On-screen controls given for volume, brightness, etc. Being an IPS panel and wider viewing angles, the picture quality is amazing. You don’t need to sacrifice it just because you are looking for a budget choice. The USB-C type connectivity will deliver power up to 60W to charge your Mac which is low as we already know 85W is standard but that doesn’t mean it won’t charge your Mac. The thing is it may just create flicker on-screen while charging due to stress on pr0cessor. For that, you need to keep your charger with you if you plan on using it for long. We think that this is the best external monitor for MacBook Pro in the budget category.
Much Cheaper Alternative – BenQ PD2710QC
This is a much cheaper option to LG 27UK850-W if you still want to reduce your budget and don’t compromise much with features. BenQ PD2710QC has the same 27-inch size with IPS panel with less resolution 2560×1440 which is not bad either at this price. You will get an integrated USB Type-C dock which offers many ports with many advantages if you own a MacBook or Pro model. It is made to keep designers in mind for multi-tasking at an affordable price which supports 100 percent sRGB color accuracy. It has amazing color quality but less crisp as compared to other displays.
With the least price comes fewer features. It has the lowest power delivery of 61W compared to any Mac monitor mentioned in this list. The standard power delivery as per Apple is 85W minimum. Even though it will charge your Mac but at a slower speed and with some flicker when CPU under stress. So keep the Mac charger with you all the time.
LG Ultrafine 24MD4KL- This is the cheapest monitor for your mac you can have but with the smallest screen size of 23.5 inch and 4K resolution which doesn’t look great in the small display.
Acer H277HU – This is a reasonably priced monitor comes in both 1080p and 1440p resolution. Has a USB 3.1 Type-C port, doesn’t work with 2017 or a newer version of Mac.
LG 34UM69G-B – It’s the cheapest UltraWide USB-C monitor due to its lower resolution.
Dell S2718D – Other than its screen size and 1440p resolution, it is considered as the world’s thinnest monitor.
LG 27MD5KA – This is the only 5k monitor to use with Macbook.
Acer XR382CQK – It’s a good monitor but more expensive than Dell U3818DW in 38-inch category.
LG 27UD88-W – It’s a smaller version of the ultrafine 5k display.
BenQ PD3200U – This can be your 32-inch alternative in a different brand.
So now you have seen our recommendations for the best external monitors for a MacBook Pro in 2019. We believe whatever a monitor required to work with any version of Macbook air or Macbook pro, these monitors have that like USB-c type port.