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5 Best Budget Monitors for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
Apple’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are more useful when connected to a monitor. With a USB Type-C adapter and the proper USB Type-C to HDMI cable, you can display your MacBook’s contents on a larger screen. For a straightforward setup or if you’re new to using a larger screen, it’s best to choose budget monitors for your MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
These monitors are more affordable than Thunderbolt or 4K monitors without compromising on features. We have included many USB Type-C monitors for seamless connectivity, but there are also a few non-USB Type-C displays. Don’t let that discourage you from checking them out because the other features compensate and provide great value.
Now, let’s look at some budget monitors for your MacBook. But first,
– Need to multitask efficiently? Consider business monitors for a dual monitor setup.
– Want a portable screen for your laptop? Get a sliding monitor.
– For fast-charging your Mac, use a USB Type-C cable with Power Delivery.
1. LG 29WN600-W UltraWide Monitor
Resolution: 2560 x 1080 (Ultrawide)
USB Type-C: No
Ports: 2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x 3.5mm Audio
If you want to boost productivity, an ultrawide display like the LG 29WN600-W is perfect. The 29-inch 21:9 screen provides ample real estate, with thin bezels making it easy to pair with a second monitor.
It’s one of the least expensive monitors on this list, delivering impressive picture quality with a vibrant IPS panel. The LG 29WN600-W can display 98.5% of the sRGB color spectrum.
Additionally, the panel is bright, reaching 300cd/m2, which is more than enough for regular office work.
The ergonomics are decent. As a budget monitor, you will have to give up on height adjustments. It offers minimal tilt adjustments. But you can mount it on a monitor arm. You also get a good amount of ports. The lack of a dedicated USB Type-C port means you will have to use a USB Type-C hub or adapter to connect it to your Mac.
Why buy it: The ultrawide screen provides ample screen real estate. It’s an excellent option for a cheap ultrawide monitor for your MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
2. ASUS ProArt Display PA247CV Monitor
USB Type-C: Yes
Ports: 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x DisplayPort Out, 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB Type-C
ASUS ProArt Display PA247CV Monitor
If you want a budget-friendly monitor for creative purposes, the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is a great choice. It’s the successor to the ProArt PA278QV, and comes with a USB Type-C port that can supply up to 65W of power, perfect for charging the MacBook Air. Designed for creative professionals, it delivers rich and accurate colors on its 1440p screen. Additionally, it offers a refresh rate of 75Hz, ensuring smooth scrolling and video playback.
The 27-inch display can run multiple windows side by side if the app supports it. Connecting it to a Windows laptop allows you to take advantage of the DisplayPort connection and daisy chain multiple monitors, reducing cable clutter.
Reasons to buy this budget monitor include the inclusion of a USB Type-C PD port, a color-accurate display, and a 75Hz refresh rate.
3. HP E24u G4 USB-C Monitor
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HP E24u G4 USB-C Monitor
If you prefer a business monitor, the HP E24u is worth considering. This budget MacBook monitor has a 24-inch FHD screen and is suitable for regular office work. What sets it apart is its support for 100W charging power, eliminating the need for a separate power cable for your laptop. It also includes a built-in USB Type-C hub for connecting peripherals and accessories, as well as transferring data to external storage.
The HP E24u offers a wide range of ports, including USB Type-C, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors.
While the HP E24u is not ideal for color-critical work, it is suitable for casual photo editing.
Why buy it: The HP E24u is an affordable business monitor, perfect for office work. You can also consider the Samsung SJ55W 34-inch 4K ultrawide monitor, which offers a much larger screen and is similarly priced. However, it lacks a USB Type-C port, so you’ll need a USB hub for connectivity.
4. LG 27UK650-W UHD Monitor
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Resolution: 3840 x 2160
USB Type-C: No
Ports: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x 3.5mm
If you want a 4K monitor for your Apple MacBook at a lower cost, the LG 27UK650 is a great choice. It has an IPS panel that provides vibrant picture quality with sharp details, making it a true 4K monitor. Additionally, it can display 99% of the sRGB color spectrum, making it suitable for color-sensitive work. The monitor has a premium look, thanks to its slim bezels and curved stand. The stand is ergonomic and allows for height adjustment of about 100 mm. The viewing angle is decent at 178 degrees, so sharing your screen with colleagues won’t be a problem.
The affordable price means giving up some features, namely HDR. Although it supports HDR 10, the resulting picture quality when playing HDR can be disappointing. The lack of local dimming and low brightness limits dark or deep colors and can result in washed-out colors at times.
Additionally, there is no USB Type-C port, only dual HDMI 2.0 ports and a DisplayPort 1.2. To connect your Mac to the display, you will need a USB Type-C adapter.
Reasons to buy: Affordable 4K monitor for Apple MacBooks.
Alternatively, you may consider the LG 34WN750-B monitor, an ultrawide QHD IPS with impressive picture quality and brightness.
5. Dell P2720DC Monitor
The 27-inch monitor has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and features an IPS panel. It supports USB Type-C with a power delivery of 65W. The monitor has multiple ports including HDMI, USB Type-C, USB-A, DisplayPort In, and DisplayPort Out.
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