Best USB-C and Thunderbolt displays for Mac [April]

USB-C/Thunderbolt display options have really expanded over the last couple of years. While Apple’s Pro Display XDR isn’t the best fit for most Mac users at $5,000+, it also offers the more affordable Studio Display. But there are also lots of solid choices from LG, Samsung, BenQ, and more. Here are the best USB-C/Thunderbolt displays with many available in the $400-$1,600 range.

Update 4/16/24: Samsung’s 5K ViewFinity S9 Thunderbolt monitor is currently 44% off at just $899 for a limited time (normally $1,599). Find more about this monitor below.

All the displays below work with a single-cable setup with your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and even PCs. The iPad Pro and 2020 iPad Air and later can also be used with any of these USB-C/Thunderbolt displays but with limitations.

Even though Apple’s 6K Pro Display XDR is a fantastic product (full review), the reality is that at $5,000+, it’s overkill for many MacBook owners’ needs, budgets, or both.

Fortunately, there are some solid 32-inch+ options from other companies in the $1,000 ballpark that offer a compelling experience. And we’ll also look at some 27-32-inch 4K USB-C displays in the $400-$800 range.

Best USB-C/Thunderbolt displays for Mac: Higher-end options

Samsung ViewFinity S9

This is an interesting alternative to Apple’s Studio Display. The Samsung ViewFinity S9 features a 27-inch 5K panel, partial-metal build, 99% DCI-P3, Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, and more.


  • Slim metal design (aluminum stand but silver plastic back panel)
  • 27-inch IPS 5K panel – 5120 x 2880
  • 99% DCI-P3
  • 600 nits brightness
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • 5ms response time
  • 1000:1 contrast
  • Matte display finish
  • Built-in color calibration engine
  • Average Delta E ≦ 21 color accuracy
  • USB-C and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity
    • 1x Thunderbolt 4 port, 3x USB-C, 1x mini DisplayPort
    • 90W power delivery
  • Built-in SlimFit 4K webcam
  • Integrated speakers with Adaptive Sound+
  • Samsung Smart Hub for use as a TV (remote included)
  • Adjustable height, tilt, and pivot
  • 100 x 100mm VESA mountable
  • Price: $1,599 but often on sale

The ViewFinity S9 5K monitor is available now from, Amazon, and Best Buy.

BenQ PD3225U

image via BenQ

The 32-inch BenQ PD3225U features Thunderbolt 3, 4K resolution, 98% DCI-P3 color, 85W power delivery for MacBooks, a variety of professional modes, hotkey puck, Mac color matching, Magic Keyboard brightness control, and more.


  • 31.5-inch IPS Black panel
  • 4K – 3840 x 2160 resolution (140 ppi)
  • Anti-glare finish
  • 2000:1 contrast
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • Brightness: 400 typical, 400 nits HDR peak
  • 98% DCI-P3
  • 99% sRGB
  • 99% Rec. 709
  • Color modes: Animation, B+W, CAD/CAM, Darkroom, DCI-P3, DICOM, Display P3, HDR, Low Blue Light, M-Book, Rec.709, sRGB, User
  • Colors Tonal Control for Mac
  • HDR10/Display HDR 400
  • Hotkey Puck G2
  • Display Pilot 2 for Mac keyboard display brightness control
  • I/O:
    • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 port with 85W power delivery and daisy chain support
    • 2 x HDMI 2.0
    • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
    • 3 x USB 3.2
    • 1 x USB C
    • 1 x USB B
    • Headphone jack
  • Slim bezels
  • 100 x 100mm VESA wall mount
  • Price: $1,099

You can get the new Thunderbolt monitor direct from BenQ and Amazon. And now you can find the BenQ PD3220U predecessor at Amazon for $999.

LG UltraFine OLED Pro

After originally starting to sell the 32-inch model priced at $3,999, the 27-inch model arrived at $2,999 but those prices have come down since.

image via LG

The move to OLED is interesting. While there are some benefits like blacker blacks, and more, there may be concerns about display burn-in.


  • 27 and 31.5-inch OLED screen options (27-inch still unavailable)
  • 3840 x 2160 4K resolution
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • USB-C with 90W pass-thru power
  • up to 500 nits brightness
  • Dolby HDR 400 True Black
  • 1 ms response time
  • 10-bit color depth
  • 2 x DisplayPort
  • 3 x USB
  • 1 x HDMI
  • DCI P3 at 99%
  • Adobe RGB 99%
  • Price: $1,999-$3,499

You can pick up the LG UltraFine OLED from Adorama and more.

Apple Studio Display and LG UltraFine displays

Studio Display

image via Apple

Apple’s Studio Display arrived alongside the new Mac Studio and marks the return to prosumer monitors after letting LG’s UltraFine series serve as its official recommendation since 2016.

Starting at $300 above the LG UltraFine 5K the Studio Display is aimed at those who value Apple’s refined (and metal) build quality.


  • 27-inch panel
  • 5K 5120 x 2880 resolution
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 218 PPI
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • 600 nits brightness
  • P3 wide color support
  • True Tone support
  • 1 Thunderbolt 3 port with 96W power delivery plus 3 USB-C ports
  • Built-in 12 MP ultra wide camera with Center Stage support
  • 6-speaker system with Spatial Audio support
  • Studio-quality 3-mic array
  • Aluminum build
  • Supports most reference modes as Pro Display XDR except HDR
  • Price: $,1599-$2,299 (depending on stand and screen finish)

Studio Display is available from Apple, Amazon, Adorama, Best Buy, and more.

Check out our detailed comparison along with more perspective on the Studio Display:

LG UltraFine Displays

image by Jeff Benjamin

While the 27-inch UltraFine display (reviewed) is was really the only option on the market to support USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 at a full 5K resolution, the $1,300 price may make this a tough sell for some.

Another trade-off here is chunkier bezels for a built-in webcam. The current models are the 5K 27-inch and the 4K 24-inch UltraFine displays.

At almost half the price, the 24-inch 4K UltraFine is a compelling option for an Apple-endorsed display for those okay with the smaller size. The 24-inch version replaced the 21.5-inch 4K model in May 2019 and retails around $700. Check out our full review here.

Best budget USB-C/Thunderbolt displays for Macs

Dough Spectrum One specs

This could be a compelling new monitor. MacBook Pro ProMotion support, USB-C with 100W PD, robust I/O, DCI-P3 at 98%, and the optional “low-haze glossy finish” for what Dough says is an optimal viewing experience all sounds impressive, starting from $599/699.

  • 27-inch display (nano IPS Oxide TFT LCD)
  • 4K – 3840 x 2160 resolution (163 PPI)
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 144Hz refresh rate (48-144Hz range)
  • Brightness: 450 typical, 750 nits HDR peak
  • 98% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB
  • HDR6 support
  • 2x USB-C:
    • 1x upstream USB 3.1 Gen 2 up to 10Gbps with 100W power delivery (supports DisplayPort 1.4)
    • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 up to 10Gbps with 15W power delivery
  • 2x HDMI 2.1 input
  • 1x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 up to 10Gbps
  • 1x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 1x USB-B 3.1 Gen 2 up to 10Gbps
  • VESA 100 x 100mm (VESA standard, optional aluminum stand $99 extra)
  • Slim bezels
  • Works in landscape and portrait orientation
  • 3-year warranty
  • Price: $599 or $699 with VESA, $698 or $798 with stand (or with Gorilla Glass for an extra $100)

The Spectrum One is available now direct from Dough and at BH Photo. You can grab the matte version starting at $599, with the glossy finish going for $699.

While there are some solid displays on the market that include USB-C with less than 4K resolutions, spending several hundred dollars on a new display with a lower picture quality than what you’re used to on your MacBook won’t be a good fit for many.

Here are some of the best USB-C displays that offer a 4K resolution at around $600 or less.

BenQ 27- or 32-inch Ergo Arm 4K

The new Ergo Arm 4K Designer Monitors from BenQ offer a strong feature set and specs with pricing ranging from $599-749.


  • 27- or 32-inch panel at 4K resolution at 3840 x 2160 (anti-glare matte finish)
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • USB-C single cable connectivity with 90W power delivery (65W for PD2705UA)
    • 1 x USB-C input/output
    • 1 x USB-C output
    • 1x HDMI 2.0
    • 1x DisplayPort 1.4
    • 2x USB-B (USB 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) Input
    • 3x USB-A (USB 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) Output
    • 1x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • KVM switch to control two Macs or PCs with one keyboard/mouse
  • 250-350 nits brightness
  • 163 PPI
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • HDR10
  • 95% DCI P3/99% sRGB
  • 178-degree viewing angle
  • 5 ms response time
  • 2x 2.5W built-in speakers
  • Flexible Ergo Arm
  • Price: $599, $649, $749

The $599 PD2705UA has 65W power deliver instead of 90W like the PD2706UA and PD3205UA. Meanwhile, the PD2706UA is the only one of the three to offer DCI P3 support if that’s an important feature.

You can pick up the new BenQ Ergo Arm 4K Designer Monitors direct, Amazon, and Adorama. Check out our full review for all the fine details.

Samsung 32-inch Smart Monitor M8

image via Samsung

The successor to last year’s M7, the Smart Monitor M8 offers a compelling package for those that want a 4K resolution, USB-C, and a large screen while spending well under $1,000. It even features a very iMac-like design and four color choices too.


  • USB-C with up to 65W charging
  • 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • 32-inch panel
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • HDR10 support
  • Included magnetic SlimFit webcam with face tracking
  • 400 nits brightness
  • 99% sRGB
  • 4ms response time
  • Built-in 2.2 channel speakers
  • Available in white, blue, green, and pink
  • Slim bezels and overall slim design
  • Doubles as a smart TV, with Apple TV+ built-in and AirPlay 2
  • Price: MSRP $699-$729, often available for less

The Smart Monitor M8 is available direct from Samsung and Amazon with the white version normally going for $699.99 and the colored variants selling for $729.99.

LG 32-inch Smart Monitor

Arriving as a competitor to Samsung’s Smart Monitor M8 above, the new LG Smart Monitor features a compelling list of specs and features for its $500 price.

  • USB-C with up to 65W charging
    • Also includes 2x HDMI, 1x USB-A, 1x Ethernet, and 3.5mm audio jack
  • 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • 31.5-inch panel
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 65Hz refresh rate
  • Clamp-style adjustable stand
  • 250 nits brightness
  • 90% DCI P3
  • 5ms response time
  • Doubles as smart TV, with LG’s webOS, AirPlay 2, and HomeKit
  • Price: MSRP $499.99

You can find the LG Smart Monitor at Amazon, direct from LG, and Adorama.

LG 32-inch 32UP550-W

This budget option from LG is a more compelling choice than the older 27-inch 4K 27UK850. The 32UP550-W features a 32-inch screen, 4K resolution, USB-C, 96W power delivery, and more.


  • 1 x USB-C with 96W power delivery
  • 2 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x headphone jack
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • Up to 350 nits brightness
  • 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • DCI-P3 at 90%
  • HDR10
  • Anti-glare finish
  • MSRP: $449 or less

This 32-inch affordable 4K USB-C display from LG is available to order on Amazon.

Holding Out?

Thinking of waiting? If you feel like you can’t compromise on a 4K resolution but are open to saving some cash by skipping the USB-C/Thunderbolt connectivity, Philips has a 27-inch 4K display for quite a bit less than the price of the other displays on this list. AOC also makes a comparable 27-inch 4K option.


Another option – make use of the great macOS Sidecar feature that lets you use an iPad as a secondary display.


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