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#1 Dell UltraSharp U2720Q 27 Inch 4K
This Dell monitor has the perfect size for an office desk(opens in new tab), measuring 27 inches. The colors look great out of the box, and the display is bright enough for most types of work. It allows adjusting its display height, swivel, pivot, and tilt for the ultimate comfort and ergonomics.
When it comes to image reproduction, the results are excellent thanks to its SDR 30-bit mode. Each pixel can be constructed from more than one billion shades of color. Designers may wish to calibrate it to improve graphics work results, but suffice that its panel covers +99% of sRGB and +95% of DCI-P3.
It has ample connectivity options: two USB-C ports (one downstream, one upstream), three USB-A connectors for plugging peripherals, one DisplayPort, and one HDMI port. Using it via USB-C, it can power your MacBook Pro and display its video with just one cord. Although more advanced monitors are available, for most MacBook Pro users, this one from Dell is the better choice. Dell´s trademark three-year warranty is just the icing on the cake.
#2 LG 34BK95U-W UltraFine 34” ultrawide monitor
Multitasking is easy with this 34-inch ultrawide monitor from LG. Its 5K resolution lets you view multiple apps on your screen simultaneously without hindering functionality, like a full-size 4K video, plus an ample 5:9 work area at the side. It is a good monitor for most uses and has wide viewing angles making it suited for office collaboration.
It has a good build quality, with the excellent addition of a plastic strap at the pole to help with cable management. Its ergonomic adjustment options are a tilt and limited height, without swivel. Luckily, its VESA mounts extend this further.
Technically, it sports a 5120×2160 pixels resolution, a 33% larger screen than 4K monitors. This is what some call “5K2K” -5000 horizontal pixels and 2000 vertical pixels-, while others dub it “WUHD” for Wide Ultra HD, or – to complicate matters – “2160p”. Its only drawback: its refresh rate is fixed at 60 Hz, and you can’t fiddle with it.
At the back, it offers an excellent selection of ports: One USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port with 85W of power delivery and DisplayPort Alt Mode, one DisplayPort 1.4, and two HDMI ports (limited to 3440×1440 due to HDMI being v2.0).
#3 ASUS Designo MZ27AQ 27″
Your MacBook Pro will look like part of the same family next to this Asus monitor due to its modern, space-age-inspired design. With a bezel only 0.1cm thick at the top and bottom, it is beautiful to look at and very thin. Its firm sundial base allows tilting it smoothly. However, this design means your options for ergonomic adjustment are limited.
Packed with an IPS panel with a contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1 that renders colors beautifully, covering 100% of the sRGB color space, video creators and graphic designers will love its deep blacks, bright whites, and highly accurate colors, along with its 178-degree wide viewing angle. Extended work sessions won’t hurt your eyes thanks to its blue light filtering and anti-flicker design.
At the back, it features every port you might need: one Displayport 1.2, one HDMI 2.0 port, and a USB-C port that delivers DP over USB C for 4K. With a single cord connected to the MacBook Pro, you will enjoy 4K video and data transfer to the USB 3.1 ports in the back. This monitor features impressive speakers eliminating the need for external speakers and the associated extra desk clutter. This monitor comes with a 3-year warranty and an affordable price, making it our winner for thinner wallets.
#4 Gigabyte M27Q
While the Dell S2722QC doesn’t cost much and can be found at budget-friendly prices, if you’re on a tighter budget or you simply aren’t a fan of 4k screens, then check out the Gigabyte M27Q. It has a lower 1440p resolution compared to the 4k screen on the Dell S2722QC, which is expected for a budget-friendly monitor. It means that text doesn’t look as sharp, and because of the Gigabyte’s BGR subpixel layout, there are some text clarity issues with programs that don’t support it, but overall the text clarity is decent, and this won’t be a big issue for most people. Besides that, it has a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with only 10W of power delivery, which isn’t enough to charge your MacBook, but it at least keeps the battery going while working.
For the most part, there aren’t any issues using this monitor with a MacBook, but in certain picture modes, there are flicker issues, so you have to ensure you don’t use those modes. It has a few extra features usually found on higher-end models, like its KVM switch and Picture-by-Picture and Picture-in-Picture modes, making it a great choice for productivity and providing good value for a budget monitor.