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Why choose a USB-C monitor?

We previously saw USB-C connectors on laptops and desktops, where USB-C replaces older connectors. Now, more and more monitors have a USB-C port. But what is the use of a USB-C port on a monitor? I will explain this on this page.

In short

The advantages of a USB-C monitor are:

*Connecting a USB-C laptop or MacBook without a converter

  • Charging devices
  • Supports high resolution

What can I do with a USB-C monitor?

A monitor with a USB-C connection offers a number of useful advantages compared to a monitor without this connector.

1. Connect a USB-C laptop or MacBook without converter

Connect without converter

Many new(er) laptops and also the new MacBooks only have one or more USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 3 is also USB-C). Increasingly, older connections are being replaced by a universal solution. Because this transition is still in progress, there are few monitors that you connect to your USB-C laptop or MacBook in 1 go. If you connect a monitor without a USB-C port, you'll always need a converter for a larger screen next to your laptop. With a USB-C monitor, this is no longer necessary. All you need is one cable, which saves you extra effort, an extra accessory, and money.

2. Charge external devices

Charge external devices

Some USB-C ports have a charging function, such as the Thunderbolt 3 connection on the MacBook. If you connect a USB-C monitor to a laptop via USB-C, it means that the ports have 2 functions. On the one hand, the laptop transmits an image signal to the monitor, and on the other hand, the monitor supplies the laptop with power. For example, a USB-C monitor works as a docking, and you no longer have to work with different cables. Please make sure that the wattage that your monitor can supply is high enough. Does your monitor have multiple USB-C connectors with charging function? If so, you can also charge other external devices, such as your smartphone or tablet.

3. Support high resolution

Resolution

A USB-C monitor usually has a high resolution, at least 2160x1440. This makes the display suitable to support the high resolution of the Apple MacBook. A USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 cable can transmit an image signal of 3840x2160 (4K UHD) with a refresh rate of 60Hz, or 60 frames per second. DisplayPort 1.4 also appears with a USB connector and supports a signal up to 7680x4320 (8K) with 60Hz. With a USB port in your monitor, you're always assured of a high image quality.

Important: the right cable

Cable

To connect your laptop or MacBook to your USB-C monitor, you need a USB -C cable. But beware: not all USB-C cables transmit image signal. Choose a cable that has this option. You also transfer data and charge your device via USB-C cables that transmit the image signal.


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