USB Type-C technology is a relatively new product on the market since the first version of it was available in mid-2014. This should make us a little thought, because the vast majority of the devices in nowadays are equipped with an older generation of USB and it would be hard to suddenly change this. But the device manufacturers see in this new technology a step forward in the product development because it provides a higher transfer rate and can be used also for charging.
The best example is that Intel, the company that laid the foundation for Thunderbolt technology, announced last year that the new Thunderbolt 3 will come equipped with a port of this kind and this solved the problem of connectivity for Apple monitors.
It is estimated that the new port USB Type C will replace the older generations in the coming years because top developers like Dell, Philips, Acer and many others have started to create devices that work with this technology. In this article we will talk about the best monitors available on the market of nowadays that have a USB Type-C port.
LG 27UD88-W 4K USB-C monitor (recommended)
If you are searching for a monitor compatible with a MacBook, then your options are pretty limited. There are very few manufacturers of displays that have products to satisfy this demand and many of them are not optimized to meet this requirement. To not lose time and money searching for the ideal product, we recommend a 4K monitor from LG.
LG 27UD88-W is a 27″ display equipped with a USB Type-C port that will allow the MacBook users to connect through a single cable. The best part of this monitor is that data transfer and the charging is done through the same cable.
This monitor is able to display with a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) at a refresh rate of 60 Hz. For a MacBook owner, the 4K experience has the best performance with a 30 Hz refresh rate, that unless you are the owner of a patch for 60 Hz.
Connectivity is not a problem
If you think that this monitor is constructed be compatible only for MacBook, well you are wrong. It is true that the main reason for buying this device is to bind with that kind of laptop, but it can be connected to a wide range of other devices, because it comes equipped with an HDMI port, a Display Port and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. So we can say that the Type C USB port brought him more of a bonus.
The display is primarily built with plastic, which it is not up to the standards of a Thunderbolt display, but gives it a modern and elegant design.
The bezel has 3 sides which have a width of up to half an inch, and the bottom side reach almost 1 inch. Its outer side is trimmed in an aluminum-look plastic layer which is combining well with the ArcLine curved stand and gives it a high level of stability.
The monitor can be tilted in an arc of -3 up to 20 degrees, the height can be raised up to 110 mm, but unfortunately if you want to turn the device, you must move the entire base because it does not have an axis for this operation. An interesting feature of this display is that you can raise it to the maximum height and you can rotate 90 degrees clockwise to switch it in the portrait mode. This is useful for certain games that require this function and also specialty applications.
Sound and display
With an IPS display with a resolution of 4K, we expect an extraordinary picture quality, which is so because the colors are vibrant, the text is sharp and there is no delay. Monitor also provides a viewing angle up to 178 degrees.
For the sound chapter, the monitor does not have any built-in speakers, but comes equipped with a jack for connecting headphones and a controller for the volume and sound quality playback through an external device.
Screen control interface will be easy recognizable to users of LG monitors, but that does not mean that other buyers will have problems with its use because it is not much different from another interface of this kind. It has basic settings such as brightness, contrast and multiple versions for dividing the screen.
You also have the PBP mode, which allows you to display content from 2 different sources side-by-side. This is a helpful feature for testing and doing different reviews for products that feature a HDMI output.
In conclusion, this model is a viable solution because through a single cable you can connect the laptop to the monitor, charge the display and assure data transfer.The main disadvantage is that the older MacBook models can get refresh rates up to 30 Hz and the 2016 models need a workaround to obtain a refresh rate of 60 Hz. But it is an irrelevant aspect in comparison with all the monitor has to offer.
Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you’re interested in other monitors, check out our wide collection of guides.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in October 2016 and was revamped and updated in December 2019 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.