The Best USB-C Gaming Monitors (2024 Reviews)

Need a monitor that will charge your laptop and offer a responsive gaming experience via just one cable? Look no further!

With more and more gaming monitors starting to offer USB-C connectivity with DP Alt Mode and Power Delivery, we decided to make a dedicated buyer’s guide to help you pick the USB-C gaming monitor for you!

You can still check out the non-gaming 60Hz-75Hz models in our best USB-C monitors guide.

Note that all monitors in this guide have a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alternate Mode with enough power delivery (at least 65W) to charge a laptop!

TypeMonitorSizeResolutionRefresh RatePanelPower
Delivery
KVM
Best 1080p Gaming Monitor24”1920x1080100HzIPS65WNo
Best 1440p Gaming Monitors27”2560x1440100HzIPS65WNo
27”2560x1440240HzIPS65WNo
Best 4K Gaming Monitors27”3840x2160144HzIPS65WYes
32”3840x2160160HzIPS90WYes
Best 21:9 UltraWide Gaming Monitors34”3440x1440100HzVA65WNo
40”3440x1440155HzIPS65WYes
34”3440x1440180HzIPS85WYes
38”3840x1600144HzIPS94WNo
40”5120x2160120HzIPS Black140WYes
Best 32:9 UltraWide Gaming Monitors45”5120x1440200HzVA90WYes
49”5120x1440165HzVA90WYes
49”5120x1440144HzIPS90WYes
Best HDR Gaming Monitors27”2560x1440165HzIPS90WYes
27”3840x2160160HzIPS90WYes
32”3840x2160144HzIPS90WYes
27”2560x1440360HzOLED90WYes
32”3840x2160240HzOLED90WYes
Best UltraWide HDR Gaming Monitors34”3440x1440175HzOLED65WYes
34”3440x1440165HzVA90WYes
45”3440x1440240HzOLED65WNo
49”5120x1440144HzOLED90WYes
best value

MSI G274QPX

MSI G274QPX
  • 27″ 1440p 240Hz
  • Wide color gamut
budget pick

Acer SH242Y Ebmihux

Acer SH242Y Ebmihux
  • 24″ 1080p 100Hz
  • Affordable
premium pick

MSI MEG 342C

MSI MEG342C Monitor
  • 34″ 3440×1440 175Hz
  • Wide color gamut
  • OLED

To ensure you’re getting the monitor that’s most suited for your use case, check out the review summaries below.

Further, keep in mind that in order to utilize USB-C on these monitors, your laptop must also support DisplayPort Alt Mode and Power Delivery over its USB-C port. You will also need a proper cable in case you didn’t get one with your monitor or laptop.

If you want to view our changelogs for this particular buying guide, you can do so at the end of this article.

Best 1080p Gaming USB-C Monitor

At the moment, there is only one 1080p display with both a high refresh rate and USB-C that supports DP Alt Mode and Power Delivery. It’s also just a 100Hz display, but 100Hz still provides a big improvement in motion clarity over 60Hz-75Hz.

The Pros:

  • Accurate colors, wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 100Hz
  • Ergonomic stand, rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

The Acer SH242Y Ebmihux is the most affordable gaming monitor with a USB-C port! Note that there are two Acer SH242Y models with similar names: Ebmihux (with USB-C) and Ebmihx (without USB-C)!

Image Quality

The Acer SH242YE uses a 24″ 1080p IPS panel with the standard sRGB color gamut.

As a result, you get accurate and vivid colors with 178° wide viewing angles, which ensure that the image remains consistent regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen.

It has a standard contrast ratio of 1,000:1 and a peak brightness of 250-nits, which is expected from displays in this price range.

A 100Hz refresh rate offers a noticeably smoother experience in comparison to the basic 60-75Hz displays. In fact, we find that the difference between 75Hz and 100Hz is more noticeable than the difference between 100Hz and 144Hz!

Additionally, the Acer SH242Y E supports AMD FreeSync for tear-free gameplay up to 100FPS. VRR works with Radeon GPUs over HDMI, but we weren’t able to test if it works over USB-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode with GeForce GPUs as well.

Design & Connectivity

Acer SH242Y Ebmihux Design

You even get full ergonomic support with up to 80mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, +/- 180° swivel. -5°/25° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include HDMI 1.4, USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 65W Power Delivery, a headphone jack, and two 1W integrated speakers.

Best 1440p Gaming USB-C Monitors

Want a higher resolution for more screen real estate and sharper details? Here you’ll find the best 1440p USB-C gaming monitors.

The Pros:

  • Accurate colors, wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 100Hz
  • Ergonomic stand

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

The Acer SH272U Ebmiphux is the 1440p cheapest monitor that offers a high refresh rate and a USB-C port with DP Alt Mode and Power Delivery!

Image Quality

The 1440p resolution looks great on 27″ sized monitors as you get a pixel density of ~108 PPI (pixels per inch), resulting in sharp text and plenty of screen space without having to use any scaling.

Moreover, the IPS panel of the monitor offers 178° wide viewing angles for flawless image quality regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen.

The Acer SH272U E also boasts a 99% sRGB color gamut, a 250-nit peak brightness, true 8-bit color depth and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio.

Further, the monitor supports variable refresh rate up to 100Hz for tear-free gameplay with a 48-100Hz dynamic range. LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) prevents screen tearing even below 48FPS by multiplying the frame rate (47FPS -> 94Hz).

Design & Connectivity

Acer SH272U Ebmiphux Design

The Acer SH272U E has an ergonomic stand with -5°/25° tilt, 360° swivel, 80mm height adjustment and VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 65W PD, HDMI 1.4, a headphone jack and dual 1W integrated speakers.

The Pros:

  • Vibrant colors
  • Quick response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 240Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Ergonomic stand, rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

Nowadays, you can even find 1440p 240Hz gaming monitors with USB-C, such as the MSI G274QPX.

Image Quality

The monitor boasts a rapid 1ms GtG response time speed and a high 240Hz refresh rate, providing you with a buttery-smooth performance while 1440p resolution ensures crisp details on the 27″ sized screen.

It also boasts a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage for more saturated and vibrant colors.

AMD FreeSync is supported up to 240Hz and VRR works well with compatible NVIDIA cards. Other specifications include a 400-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 178° wide viewing angles.

Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture is available as well.

Design & Connectivity

MSI G274QPX Monitor Design

The stand offers full ergonomic support with up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 45° swivel, +/- 90° pivot, -5°/20° tilt and 75x75mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode, 65W PD), DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.0 ports and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

Acer offers a 27″ 1440p 300Hz gaming monitor with USB-C (65W PD), the Nitro XV272U KF. However, it’s almost twice the price, so we don’t find that the extra 60Hz is worth it.

If you want something a bit cheaper, check out the Pixio PX277 Pro. It has a 165Hz refresh rate and a built-in KVM switch, but the MSI model is usually just $30 more expensive.

Best 4K Gaming USB-C Monitors

In case you’ve got a high-end PC rig, you should consider investing in a 4K UHD model for sharper image quality.

The Pros:

  • Vibrant colors, high pixel density
  • Quick response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 144Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Fully ergonomic stand, rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

If you’d rather have a higher resolution with 144Hz than a 240Hz refresh rate, the MSI MAG274UPF is for you!

Image Quality

The pixel response time speed is rapid at 1ms GtG, so you won’t have any ghosting in fast-paced games.

4K UHD is a lot more demanding than 1440p though, so make sure your GPU will be able to handle it. Further, the MSI MAG274UPF has a wide 98% DCI-P3 gamut coverage for vibrant colors.

Other specifications are the same and include a 400-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 178° wide viewing angles.

FreeSync is supported up to 144Hz for tear-free gameplay and it works without issues with NVIDIA cards. MPRT backlight strobing technology is available, as well as PiP/PbP.

Design & Connectivity

MSI MAG274UPF Design

The design is robust and versatile with a good range of ergonomics, such as +/- 45° swivel, +/- 90° pivot, 130mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.1 inputs, DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode, 65W PD), a dual-USB 2.0 hub, a headphone jack and a built-in KVM switch.

The Pros:

  • Vibrant colors, high pixel density
  • Quick response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR + MBR up to 160Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Ergonomic stand, rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

The MSI MAG323UPF is basically the 32″ version of the MAG274UPF.

Image Quality

You get a similar 95% DCI-P3 color gamut and rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed for rich colors and no ghosting in fast-paced games.

Peak brightness amounts to 440-nits (with a boost up to 600-nits for HDR content), while the contrast ratio is 1,000:1, as expected from an IPS panel display.

You also get wide viewing angles, dithered 10-bit color support, VRR up to 160Hz with FreeSync Premium Pro certification, PiP/PbP and MPRT-Sync for simultaneous VRR and MBR performance.

Design & Connectivity

MSI MAG323UPF Design

The stand is robust and fairly ergonomic with up to 100mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 45° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode, 90W PD), DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports, a USB 2.0 hub (3 downstream + 1 upstream) and a headphone jack. There’s also a built-in KVM functionality.

Best 21:9 UltraWide Gaming USB-C Monitors

Looking for an ultrawide monitor with USB-C PD that’s also great for gaming? Look no further – here are the best models available!

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 100Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Height-adjustable stand, rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting in dark scenes

About The Monitor

The LG 34WR55QC offers everything you need for an immersive and responsive gaming experience at an affordable price.

Image Quality

Here’s why: it is based on a VA panel, so you won’t get as accurate and consistent colors as on the IPS alternatives, but you will get a higher static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 for deeper blacks.

Further, the monitor has a 99% sRGB gamut coverage for vivid and accurate colors, and a decent 300-nit peak brightness.

You also get VRR support up to 100Hz for tear-free gameplay. However, VA panels are prone to brightness flickering with fluctuating frame rates when using VRR, so it’s something to keep in mind.

As expected from a VA panel display, some smearing is noticeable in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes.

PiP/PbP is available as well.

Design & Connectivity

LG 34WR55QC Design

The LG 34WR55QC offers a robust design with up to 110mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. It also has a moderate screen curvature of 1500R for added immersion!

Finally, Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB (DP Alt Mode, 65W PD), a dual-USB 3.0 hub and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

  • LG 35WN75C / LG 35BN75C – A 35″ 3440x 100Hz curved VA monitor. USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 94W PD is supported.
  • LG 34WP75C – A 34″ 3440×1440 160Hz curved VA monitor with USB-C (65W PD) and standard sRGB color gamut.
  • Philips 346E2CUAE – A 34″ 3440×1440 100Hz curved model with a wide color gamut, USB-C 65W PD
  • Pixio PXC348C – A 34″ 3440×1440 144Hz curved VA monitor with USB-C (65W PD) and a wide 96% DCI-P3 color gamut, but it’s limited to 100Hz over USB-C.
  • Cooler Master GM34-CWQA – A 34″ 3440×1440 144Hz curved VA monitor with USB-C (65W PD) and wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut.

Overall, we find that the LG 34WR55QC offers the best value for money here – it can be found for just $280 – $350!

If you want to invest more (~$450), then get the Cooler Master GM34-CWQ. It has the widest color gamut and plenty of features, but at that price range, you should also consider the IPS variants, which we’ll get into next.

The Pros:

  • Vibrant colors, quick response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 155Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Rich connectivity options, including KVM

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)
  • Mediocre pixel density
  • Tilt-only stand

About The Monitor

The MSI MAG401QR is an affordable 40″ IPS ultrawide monitor with USB-C and an integrated KVM functionality.

Image Quality

This big 40″ sized ultrawide screen features a screen resolution of 3440×1440, which results in a mediocre pixel density of 93.23 PPI.

So, the text and details won’t be as sharp as that of 34″ 3440×1440 monitors, but you still get decent clarity, equivalent to that of 24″ 1080p displays.

However, since you’ll be sitting a bit further away from the screen, individual pixels won’t be as noticeable as they are on 24″ 1080p screens.

While we’d prefer to see a curved screen on this form factor, it’s not an issue at a normal viewing distance. You can think of the MSI MAG401QR monitor as a 32″ 16:9 display that’s ~33% wider.

Moving on, the monitor has a strong 400-nit peak brightness, a standard contrast ratio of 1,000:1, a wide 94% DCI-P3 color gamut (with an sRGB mode), 178° wide viewing angles, a fast response time speed and HDR support (DisplayHDR 400).

It also supports VRR up to 144Hz (155Hz via factory overclock) and other useful features, such as crosshair overlays, Night Vision (improves visibility in dark scenes), on-screen timers, PiP/PbP and MBR.

Design & Connectivity

MSI MAG401QR Design

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but it’s VESA mount compatible via the 100x100mm pattern. There’s also an RGB LED strip at the rear.

Connectivity options include DP 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 65W PD, a headphone jack and a dual-USB 2.0 hub. It also has integrated KVM functionality.

Alternatives

The MSI MAG401QR is the most affordable 40″ 3440×1440 display, but in case it’s not available, consider the Innocn 40C1R and the Aopen 40XV1CUP as alternatives based on the same panel.

The Pros:

  • AMD FreeSync up to 180Hz for smooth performance, PiP/PbP
  • Ergonomic design and rich connectivity options, KVM
  • Vibrant colors, quick response time

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

Want a faster ultrawide gaming monitor with the more traditional 34″ 3440×1440 form factor? Check out the Acer Nitro XR343CKP!

Image Quality

First of all, the monitor is based on an IPS panel with a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed, so there won’t be any ghosting in fast-paced games!

Further, it goes up to 180Hz and supports a variable refresh rate for buttery-smooth performance, while the panel covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color space for saturated and rich colors.

Other panel-related specifications include a 400-nit peak brightness for SDR (550-nits for HDR), a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 178° wide viewing angles, 10-bit color depth support and Delta E < 2 factory calibration.

PiP/PbP modes are available too.

Design & Connectivity

Acer XR343CKP Design

The stand is robust and versatile with up to 130mm height adjustment, -5°/35° tilt, +/- 30° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode, 85W PD), two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a quad-USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jack, dual 7W integrated speakers and integrated KVM functionality.

Alternatives

  • Dell U3425WE – 34″ 3440×1440 120Hz IPS Black panel with a 1900R curvature and Thunderbolt 4, but no VRR support

The Pros:

  • Wide color gamut, high contrast ratio
  • Accurate and consistent colors
  • High pixel density
  • Ergonomic design and rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • IPS glow (as expected from this panel technology)
  • Expensive

About The Monitor

If you want an even larger ultrawide display with a higher screen resolution, the Dell U4025QW is for you!

Image Quality

The Dell U4025QW is the only 5120×2160 ultrawide monitor with a high refresh rate, and 120Hz provides you with a big boost in motion clarity in comparison to the standard 60-75Hz displays.

It has a high pixel density of 140 PPI, so it’s basically a 32″ 4K display with ~33% extra width.

Further, the monitor uses an IPS Black panel with a high 2,000:1 contrast ratio for deep blacks and has an exceptional 99% DCI-P3 gamut coverage for vibrant colors with professional-grade Delta E < 2 factory calibration (and dedicated sRGB, Rec.709, DCI-P3 and Display P3 modes).

Check out our full U4025QW review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Dell UltraSharp U4025QW Review

The Dell U4025QW has a robust design with a good range of ergonomics, including up to 150mm height adjustment, -5°/21° tilt, +/- 30° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DP 1.4, HDMI 2.1, Thunderbolt 4 with 140W PD and DP Alt Mode, Thunderbolt 4 for daisy-chaining, a headphone jack, dual 9W integrated speakers, RJ45 (2.5 Gbps), five type A USB ports and three type C USB ports.

The monitor also has integrated KVM functionality and an ambient light sensor.

Best 32:9 UltraWide USB-C Gaming Monitors

Want an even wider aspect ratio? Check out the best 32:9 super-ultrawide gaming monitors with USB-C!

The Pros:

  • Vibrant colors, high pixel density
  • High contrast ratio
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 200Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Height-adjustable stand, rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting behind fast-moving objects, mainly in darker scenes

About The Monitor

The LG 45GR75DC is the best value ~45″ sized super-ultrawide gaming monitor!

Image Quality

A 44.5″ 5120×1440 32:9 display is equivalent to two 24.5″ 2560×1440 16:9 displays side by side, just without the bezels in between them.

This also means that you get a high pixel density of 119.52 PPI (pixels per inch) for sharp text and details, as well as plenty of screen real estate. Some users might find the display to be too short for its width, but it just takes some time to get used to.

Further, the LG 45GR75DC has a high 200Hz refresh rate and VRR support, making it a great option for gaming too, though some minor ghosting is noticeable in fast-paced games (mostly in dark scenes).

It also offers a high 3,000:1 contrast ratio for deep blacks, a high 400-nit peak brightness (600-nits for HDR) and a wide 95% DCI-P3 gamut coverage for vibrant colors.

Design & Connectivity

LG 45GR75DC Design

The stand of the monitor offers +/- 15° swivel, -5°/15° tilt, 110mm height adjustment and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility, while the screen has a 1500R curvature for added immersion.

Connectivity options include USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 90W PD, DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.1 ports, a dual-USB 3.0 hub and a headphone jack. It also has integrated KVM functionality and PiP/PbP support.

The Pros:

  • Vibrant colors
  • High contrast ratio
  • Plenty of features, including VRR + MBR up to 165Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Height-adjustable stand, rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting behind fast-moving objects, mainly in darker scenes

About The Monitor

If you want a larger super-ultrawide gaming monitor with USB-C, check out the ASUS XG49WCR!

Image Quality

A 49″ 5120×1440 super-ultrawide 32:9 monitor is basically equivalent to two 27″ 2560×1440 displays side by side.

The LG 45GR75DC usually goes for $700, while the ASUS XG49WCR can be found for $800, so for only $100 extra, you can get a significantly larger display that still has a high enough pixel density for sharp details and text.

The ASUS ROG Strix XG49WCR also has a high 3,000:1 contrast ratio, a high 450-nit peak brightness (550-nits for HDR) and a wide 90% DCI-P3 color gamut.

It also supports ELMB-Sync, which allows VRR and MBR to be used simultaneously.

Design & Connectivity

ASUS XG49WCR Design

The stand of the monitor offers -5°/20° tilt, +/- 8° swivel, 120mm height adjustment and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility, while the screen has a 1800R curvature for added immersion.

Connectivity options include USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 90W PD, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, a USB 3.0 hub (3 downstream + 1 upstream), RJ45, a headphone jack and dual 5W integrated speakers. There’s also a built-in KVM and PiP/PbP support.

Alternatives

  • AOC AG493UCX2 – A 49″ 5120×1440 165Hz curved VA monitor with USB-C (65W PD). However, its USB-C port is limited to 120Hz.

The Pros:

  • Accurate, consistent and vibrant colors
  • Quick response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 144Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

In case you want a 49″ super-ultrawide monitor for color-critical work and gaming, the LG 49WQ95C is for you!

Image Quality

The LG 49WQ95C has an IPS Panel with a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut for vibrant colors, a strong 400-nit peak brightness and a quick response time speed!

So, the main advantages over the ASUS XG49WCR include a faster pixel response time speed for zero ghosting in fast-paced games, smoother VRR performance without brightness flickering, and more accurate colors, fit for professional color-critical work. The downsides are lower contrast ratio and IPS glow.

It supports VRR up to 144Hz for tear-free gameplay and offers basic HDR support. Check out our full LG 49WQ95C review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

LG 49WQ95C Review

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers a good range of ergonomics, including up to 110mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 15° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

The screen has a subtle 3800R curvature for added immersion without distorting the image for color-critical work.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.1 ports, DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, a USB-C port (DP Alt Mode, 90W PD), a dual-USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jack and two 10W built-in speakers. The monitor also has integrated KVM and PiP/PbP.

Best HDR USB-C Gaming Monitors

Want both – an immersive HDR image quality and the convenience of USB-C connectivity? Check out the following models!

The Pros:

  • Exceptional color gamut
  • 576-zone mini LED FALD backlight with 1200-nit peak brightness
  • Quick response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 165Hz
  • Ergonomic stand, rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • Minor blooming/haloing noticeable in certain scenes

About The Monitor

If you want a USB-C monitor with excellent HDR image quality, the Cooler Master GP27Q is an excellent choice!

Image Quality

The GP27Q uses a 27″ 1440p IPS panel with wide viewing angles and a very wide color gamut, covering 99% Adobe RGB and 98% DCI-P3 color space for amazing colors.

Additionally, it has a 576-zone mini LED FALD (full-array local dimming) backlight that allows it to display bright highlights (up to 1,200-nits) while dimming parts of the screen that are supposed to be dark for a significant boost in contrast ratio.

On top of that, it has a fast pixel response time speed and supports VRR and MBR (not at the same time) up to 165Hz.

Be sure to visit our full Tempest GP27Q review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Cooler Master Tempest GP27Q Design

The stand offers height adjustment up to 110mm, tilt by -5°/15°, +/- 15° swivel, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB-C with DP 1.4 Alt Mode and 90W Power Delivery, a headphone jack, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, dual 3W integrated speakers and built-in KVM.

Alternatives

  • KTC M27T20 – 27″ 1440p 165Hz VA gaming monitor with 576-zone mini LED FALD, USB-C 90W and KVM, also for $500. Its VA panel offers a higher contrast ratio for less noticeable blooming, but it doesn’t have as wide viewing angles or as wide color gamut. KTC is also yet to release a firmware update that allows VRR and local dimming to work at the same time.

The Pros:

  • Exceptional color gamut
  • High pixel density
  • 576-zone mini LED FALD backlight with 1200-nit peak brightness
  • Quick response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 160Hz
  • Ergonomic stand, rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • Minor blooming/haloing noticeable in certain scenes

About The Monitor

The Acer Nitro XV275K P3 is basically the 4K version of the GP27Q, though it has a bit lower 160Hz refresh rate, no MBR support and it’s $150 more expensive (or just $50 more expensive when on sale).

Image Quality

So, the choice between the two models mainly comes down to your budget, PC rig and use case.

While 4K UHD looks significantly better on a 27″ sized monitor when looking at text and fine details, the difference in comparison to 27″ 1440p is not that big in games and videos.

Of course, if you have a high-end PC rig that can output high frame rates at 4K without sweating, it’s worth the investment. Additionally, in case you plan on using the display for editing or productivity work, it makes sense to get the higher resolution model too.

Design & Connectivity

Acer XV275K P3 Monitor Design

The XV275KP3 has a fully ergonomic stand with up to 150mm height adjustment, tilt, swivel, pivot and 75x75mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports, USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode, 90W PD), a dual-USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jack and KVM.

Alternatives

  • Innocn 27M2V, Redmagic GM001J – similar models with better 1152-zone mini LED FALD, but they’re often out of stock and more expensive ($800+), while the XV275K P3 can be found on sale for $550

The Pros:

  • Exceptional color gamut
  • High pixel density
  • 1152-zone mini LED FALD backlight with 1200-nit peak brightness
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 144Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Ergonomic stand, rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • Minor blooming/haloing noticeable in certain scenes

About The Monitor

If you’d rather have a 32″ 4K high refresh rate HDR gaming monitor with USB-C, the Innocn 32M2V is one of the best models available!

Image Quality

Just like the XV275K P3, the Innocn 32M2V has an impressive 99% Adobe RGB and 99% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage for gorgeous colors and a high 1200-nit peak brightness for punchy highlights.

Additionally, it has an 1152-zone mini LED FALD backlight for a proper HDR viewing experience, while VRR is supported up to 144FPS for tear-free gameplay, though some flickering might occur when using VRR and FALD at the same time (intensity varies from unit to unit, and game to game).

Check out our full Innocn 32M2V review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Innocn 32M2V Design

The stand offers height adjustment up to 80mm, tilt by -5°/20°, +/- 25° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DP 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports, USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 90W PD, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, two 5W integrated speakers a headphone jack and built-in KVM with PiP/PbP support.

Alternatives

  • Innocn 32A6V – the same monitor with a darker design
  • Acer Predator X32FP – a 32″ 4K 144Hz model with 576-zone mini LED FALD and USB-C (90W). It has a bit faster response time and smoother VRR performance, but it’s more expensive and has more blooming since it has fewer dimming zones

The Pros:

  • Exceptional color gamut
  • Infinite contrast ratio
  • Instantaneous response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 360Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Ergonomic stand, rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • Risk of burn-in (covered by warranty)
  • Brightness not as high as that of LED-backlit LCDs

About The Monitor

Nowadays, you can even find OLED gaming monitors with USB-C, and the MSI MPG 271QRX is an excellent model for the money.

Image Quality

OLED panels have per-pixel dimming, which allows them to completely turn off individual pixels for true blacks and an infinite contrast ratio, without any backlight bleeding, haloing or IPS/VA glowing.

The downside is that they cannot get as bright as some LED-backlit panels. However, they still get bright enough for an immersive HDR viewing experience. The MSI MPG 271QRX has a peak brightness of 250-nits for a 100% white window, but it can reach up to 1000-nits for smaller highlights.

Additionally, you get a wide 99.3% DCI-P3 color gamut for vibrant colors, instantaneous pixel response time speed and smooth VRR performance up to 360Hz.

All OLED displays have the risk of burn-in when leaving bright static elements on the screen for too long. Luckily, there are many integrated features that prevent this, so along with sensible use, it shouldn’t be an issue. MSI also offers a 3-year warranty that covers burn-in.

Design & Connectivity

MSI MPG 271QRX Monitor Design

The stand offers height adjustment up to 110mm, -5°/15° tilt, +/- 30° swivel, +/- 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

The screen has passive cooling, while the coating is semi-glossy for a more vivid image, but it’s reflective and raises the black level when hit with direct lighting.

Connectivity options include DP 1.4, two 48 Gbps HDMI 2.1 ports, USB-C (DP Alt Mode and 90W Power Delivery), a headphone jack, a built-in KVM and a dual-USB 2.0 hub (2 downstream + 1 upstream).

The Pros:

  • Exceptional color gamut
  • Infinite contrast ratio
  • Instantaneous response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 240Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Ergonomic stand, rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • Risk of burn-in (covered by warranty)
  • Brightness not as high as that of LED-backlit LCDs

About The Monitor

In case you want a larger OLED display, we recommend the MSI MPG 321URX.

Image Quality

The MSI MPG 321URX is basically the 27″ version of the 271QRX, except that you get a larger 32″ screen with a higher 4K UHD resolution and a lower 240Hz refresh rate. So, it comes down to your personal preference between these two formats.

Both monitors use Samsung’s QD-OLED panels with the same specifications, including the 250/1000-nit peak brightness and 99.3% DCI-P3 color gamut.

Check out our full MSI 321URX review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

MSI 321URX Review

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers a good range of ergonomics, including up to 110mm height adjustment, -5°/15° tilt, +/- 30° swivel, +/- 10° pivot for balancing and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Just like the 27″ sized model, the MSI MPG321URX has a heatsink for cooling and the same semi-glossy screen finish.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports with full 48 Gbps and CEC support, USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 90W Power Delivery, a dual-USB 2.0 hub (2 downstream + 1 upstream type B), a headphone jack and built-in KVM functionality with PiP/PbP.

Alternatives

  • ASUS PG32UCDM – based on the same panel with ELMB up to 120Hz and Dolby Vision, but it’s more expensive (in the US at least)
  • Gigabyte FO32U2 – with a lower 18W Power Delivery over USB-C

The Pros:

  • Exceptional color gamut
  • Infinite contrast ratio
  • Instantaneous response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 175Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Ergonomic stand, rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • Risk of burn-in
  • Brightness not as high as that of LED-backlit LCDs
  • Subpixel layout causes minor fringing on small text and fine details

About The Monitor

If you’d rather have an ultrawide OLED gaming monitor with USB-C, the MSI MEG 342C is for you!

Image Quality

The MSI 342C is based on Samsung’s QD-OLED panel, which provides you with a higher brightness and a wider color gamut than LG’s W-OLED panels.

You get a wide 99.3% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and a high 250-nit peak brightness for a 100% white window and up to 1000-nits for small HDR highlights.

Additionally, the MSI 342C has a triangular RGB subpixel layout, which also causes minor fringing on small text and details, but it’s not as noticeable as that of W-OLED panels.

You’ll also find plenty of useful features, including VRR up to 175Hz, Night Vision, crosshair overlays, PiP/PbP, a sensor for automatic brightness adjustment according to ambient lighting, Sound Tune (active noise cancellation) and more!

Check out our full MSI MEG 342C review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

MSI MEG 342C Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers a good range of ergonomics, including height adjustment up to 100mm, tilt by -5°/20° and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

The screen has a moderate 1800R curvature for added immersion and uses a glossy finish for a more vivid picture quality than that of anti-glare coatings, which add graininess to the image.

However, when hit with direct lighting, the blacks will appear grayish on the screen due to reflections, so you’ll have to mind the lighting in your room.

Connectivity options include DP 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports, USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 65W PD, a quad-USB 3.0 hub, a microphone jack, a headphone jack, a combo audio jack and KVM.

Alternatives

There are two more 34″ 3440×1440 QD-OLED models based on the same panel that have USB-C; however, the MSI MEG 342C is the most affordable. The price can vary by region though. If you have an AMD GPU, we don’t recommend the OLED G8 since it has a lower HDR brightness when using Radeon graphics cards.

  • MSI MPG 341CQPX – upcoming upgraded model with better text clarity, 98W PD and a higher 240Hz refresh rate
  • Samsung OLED G8 – USB-C 65W
  • Philips Evnia 34M2C8600 – USB-C 90W and KVM, but doesn’t have an accurate HDR image (it’s either too dark and limited to 450-nits, or over-brightens everything in the 1000-nits mode)
  • ASUS PG34WCDM – USB-C 90W and KVM, based on a 34″ 3440×1440 240Hz W-OLED panel with a steeper 800R screen curvature
  • ASUS PG39WCDM – upcoming 39″ 3440×1440 240Hz variant

The Pros:

  • Exceptional color gamut
  • 2304-zone mini LED FALD backlight with 1000-nit peak brightness
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 165Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Ergonomic stand, rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • Minor blooming/haloing noticeable in certain scenes
  • Minor ghosting behind fast-moving objects (mostly in dark scenes)

About The Monitor

In case you’re worried about burn-in or would rather have a mini LED HDR monitor with USB-C, the Innocn 34M1R is for you!

Image Quality

The Innocn 34M1R is based on a 34″ 3440×1440 165Hz curved VA panel, so as expected, some ghosting will be noticeable behind fast-moving objects (most noticeable in darker scenes).

The pixel response time speed is better than that of typical VA monitors, so unless you’re particularly sensitive to ghosting, this won’t be an issue. Another downside with these high refresh rate VA models is that you might get some brightness flickering in in-game menus/loading screens when using variable refresh rate.

The good news is that the Innocn 34M1R offers an incredible HDR viewing experience thanks to its 2304-zone mini LED FALD backlight with a high 1,000-nit peak brightness and 99% DCI-3 / Adobe RGB color gamut coverage with Delta E < 2 factory calibration.

You also don’t have to worry about burn-in and you get sharp text and details thanks to the standard RGB subpixel layout.

Design & Connectivity

Innocn 34M1R Design

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers a good range of ergonomics with up to 120mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 25° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

The screen has a light matte anti-glare coating and a 1500R curvature for added immersion.

Connectivity options include USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 90W PD, DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, integrated speakers (the soundbar below the bottom bezel) and a headphone jack. It also has integrated KVM functionality with PiP/PbP support.

The Pros:

  • Exceptional color gamut
  • Infinite contrast ratio
  • Instantaneous response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 240Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Risk of burn-in
  • Brightness not as high as that of LED-backlit LCDs
  • Subpixel layout causes minor fringing on small text and fine details

About The Monitor

Want a larger OLED ultrawide monitor with USB-C? Check out the LG UltraGear 45GS96QB-B!

Image Quality

The LG 45GS96QB has a big 45″ sized screen, but it keeps the common 3440×1440 ultrawide resolution, meaning that you won’t get a high pixel density. Still, with roughly 83 PPI, you are getting similar detail and text clarity as that of 27″ 1080p displays, which given the screen’s size, is perfectly fine for gaming and watching videos.

If you plan to do a lot of work on the monitor as well, then this monitor isn’t ideal for you (though it can still be good enough for many users) and you might want to wait for the upcoming 5K2K OLED models.

Next, the monitor uses LG’s W-OLED panel, so there will be noticeable fringing on small text and fine details, but you get a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut for vibrant colors and a high peak brightness (specified 275-nits for 100% white window, 1300-nits for small HDR highlights).

Design & Connectivity

LG 45GS96QB Design

The monitor has an ergonomic stand with up to 110mm height adjustment, +/- 10° swivel, -5°/15° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility, while the screen has a steep 800R curvature for added immersion and a matte anti-glare coating that adds a bit of graininess to the image but efficiently prevents reflections.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports, a USB-C port with DP Alt Mode and 65W PD, two downstream USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack and dual 7W integrated speakers.

The Pros:

  • Exceptional color gamut
  • Infinite contrast ratio
  • Instantaneous response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 144Hz, PiP/PbP
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options, KVM

The Cons:

  • Risk of burn-in (covered by warranty)
  • Brightness not as high as that of LED-backlit LCDs

About The Monitor

If you want a super-ultrawide monitor with a USB-C port that offers proper HDR support, you’ll have to go with an OLED panel as there are no mini LED alternatives. Luckily, the MSI MPG 491CQP is an excellent display!

Image Quality

You can think of the MSI 491CQP as a wider version of the MSI MEG 342C! While the MEG 342C is ~33% wider than a regular 27″ 1440p display, the 491CQP is equivalent to two 27″ 1440p screens side by side – just without the bezels in between!

Further, you get a higher 90W power delivery and this monitor uses Samsung’s second-generation QD-OLED panel with an improved subpixel layout, so fringing on small text and fine details won’t be nearly as noticeable.

In terms of image quality, you get the same 99.3% DCI-P3 wide color gamut for vibrant colors and a decent 250-nits (1000-nits for small HDR highlights) peak brightness, as well as true 10-bit color depth support and dedicated sRGB, DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB color modes.

VRR is supported up to 144FPS for tear-free gameplay and you get the standard gaming features, including Night Vision, crosshair overlays, on-screen timers and a refresh rate tracker.

Design & Connectivity

MSI MPG 491CQP Design

The stand of the monitor offers height adjustment up to 100mm, +/- 30° swivel, -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

It uses the same screen coating as other QD-OLED panels, meaning that the image is more vivid, but also more reflective, and it has a moderate 1800R screen curvature for extra immersion.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.1 ports, DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 90W PD, a dual-USB 3.0 hub and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

  • ASUS PG49WCDM – same panel with KVM and USB-C (90W PD), but it’s more expensive and has only a 2-year burn-in warranty

Conclusion

Did you find the best USB-C gaming monitor for you? Feel free to leave us a comment below if you need any help!

Overall, if you’re on a tight budget, the Acer SH242Y Ebmihux is a good choice, but we recommend investing in the MSI G274QPX.

The MSI MAG274UPF and the MSI MAG401QR also offer excellent value for the money, while the other 4K and ultrawide models offer a more premium experience.

If you’re looking for a good HDR monitor, simply pick a mini LED or OLED display according to your budget and preference, though we highly recommend the MSI MEG 342C due to its value for price.

Updates +

  • April 26, 2024:
    – Added the MSI MPG 491CQP.
  • April 1, 2024:
    – Added review summaries for the Dell U4025QW and the LG 45GS95QE.
    – Replaced the Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 with the MSI MPG 271QRX and the ASUS PG32UCDM with the MSI MPG 321URX.
  • February 2, 2024:
    – Replaced the Pixio PX275C with the Acer SH272UE, the Acer XB283K KV with the MSI MAG274UPF, the Acer XB323QK NV with the MSI MAG323UPF and the Philips 346E2CUAE with the LG 34WR55QC.
    – Removed the Pixio PX277 Pro.
    – Added the Innocn 34M1R, the LG 45GR75DC and the ASUS XG49WCR.
  • November 24, 2023:
    – Replaced the Acer X34GS with the Acer Nitro XR343CK P.
  • November 3, 2023:
    – Added the Acer SH242Y Ebmihux and the MSI MAG401QR.
  • July 10, 2023:
    – Replaced the Acer XV272UV with the MSI G274QPX.

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Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.