Best External Monitor for Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Windows Central 2019

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is an awesome device on its own, but one great way that you could enjoy it even more is by getting yourself an external monitor for it. External monitors allow you to essentially use tablets and laptops as if they were desktop PCs by blowing up the system's picture on the bigger display, and some of them also come with an assortment of ports for hooking up peripheral accessories. There's a wide variety of different external monitors available on the market, but we think the best overall option is the Dell UltraSharp U2719D. It's the perfect combination of quality resolution, convenient ports, low bezel size, and good pricing, making it our top pick.

Best Overall: Dell UltraSharp U2719D

If you're looking for the best overall external monitor on the market, you can't beat the Dell UltraSharp U2719D. It's rocking a 27-inch 16:9 1440p screen that has great color accuracy, meaning that it looks awesome. On top of this, it also extremely thin bezels, which is something that everyone can appreciate. In addition, you can turn the screen vertically to use the display in a portrait-type configuration if you wish, which might be helpful when editing visual media. Lastly, the monitor comes with a whopping five USB-A 3.0 ports, which offers a ton of extra compatibility with peripherals. You won't get 4K capabilities, but most people won't notice the difference anyway.

Pros:

  • Looks awesome
  • Small bezels
  • Plenty of ports
  • Can be used portrait or landscape style

Cons:

  • No 4K

Best Overall

Dell UltraSharp U2719D

The best mix of everything

This monitor offers a fantastic balance of everything you could want in a monitor, making it our top choice.

Runner-Up: BenQ PD2700Q

The BenQ PD2700Q is an excellent alternative choice to the Dell UltraSharp U2719D if you're looking for a similar size and resolution, but don't mind losing out on some of the bonuses in exchange for a lower price. It's got the same great adjustable 27-inch 1440p display, but the bezels are thicker and the USB port selection is limited to just two ports. On top of that, the ports are USB-A 2.0 instead of 3.0. Even so, though, this monitor is worth it when you consider its reduced price tag compared to our top pick.

Pros:

  • Looks awesome
  • Can be used portrait or landscape style
  • Lower price

Cons:

  • No 4K
  • Fewer ports
  • Thicker bezels

Runner-Up

BenQ PD2700Q

A lovely alternative

This display offers a less-expensive but still great alternative to the Dell UltraSharp U2719D, making it our runner-up choice.

Best 4K: BenQ PD2720U

If you're after the best looking monitor out there, regardless of price, then the BenQ PD2720U should be your pick. Its 27-inch 4K HDR display looks absolutely phenomenal, and you can tilt the screen angle as well as rotate the screen itself to get the best possible viewing experience. On top of that, the monitor also comes with a ton of ports, including two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, giving it plenty of compatibility with peripherals. The bezels are small, too, which is a fantastic cherry on top for this already-amazing display. It's pricey, but you get what you pay for.

Pros:

  • Looks incredible
  • Small bezels
  • Tons of ports
  • Can be used portrait or landscape style
  • Screen can be tilted

Cons:

  • Very expensive

Best 4K

BenQ PD2720U

The cream of the crop

If you can handle the enormous price, this gorgeous 4K display will blow your mind.

Best Ultrawide: LG 25UM58-P

If you're a fan of ultrawide screens, we recommend this display from LG. It comes in at 25 inches with 21:9 aspect ratio and 1080p resolution, meaning that it looks good, but not as top-notch as the other monitors listed so far. That being said, the screen is much wider, and the monitor is capable of splitting into four separate screens, which can be extremely useful if you're looking to maximize productivity. It only has one USB-A 2.0 port, but it does have two HDMI ones, which can allow you to connect an additional device to it on top of your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga. Overall, this monitor is more about increasing productivity than it is about looking amazing.

Pros:

  • Wide screen is great for productivity
  • Looks solid
  • Two HDMI ports
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Not capable of 1440p or 4K
  • Just one USB port
  • No adjustability

Best Ultrawide

LG 25UM58-P

Spread out the view

If you're looking for an ultrawide screen that will increase productivity, this display is right up your alley.

Best 16:10 Aspect Ratio: Dell UltraSharp U2415

If you're a fan of the boxier 16:10 aspect ratio, than the 24-inch Dell UltraSharp U2415 is an excellent pick. The 1900x1200 resolution looks pretty great, and the screen can also be tilted, rotated, and swiveled, which makes it the most adjustable option on this list. Like the LG 25UM58-P, it comes with two HDMI ports, but only one USB-A port, although the one on this monitor is 3.0 instead of 2.0, which improves the speed of data and power transfer.

Pros:

  • Looks great
  • Two HDMI ports
  • On the affordable side
  • Most adjustable

Cons:

  • No 4K
  • Just one USB port

Best 16:10 Aspect Ratio

Dell UltraSharp U2415

Embrace the box

Folks who prefer the boxier 16:10 aspect ratio or who just want an affordable option will love this monitor.

Best Budget: AOC 22V2H

People who are looking for something that's incredibly affordable while still being quality should opt for the AOC 22V2H display. Its 22-inch size and 1080p resolution are far from the best on the market, but the screen will still look good. It's not very adjustable, but you can tilt it a bit, which is nice. It lacks USB ports, unfortunately, but at this low of a price that's to be expected. It's also worth noting that the bezels are small, which is appreciated.

Pros:

  • Looks solid
  • Most affordable
  • Thin bezels

Cons:

  • Not as stunning as 1440p or 4K
  • Not as adjustable as others
  • No USB ports

Best Budget

AOC 22V2H

Paying low, take the high road

While it lacks much of what other monitors offer, this very affordable display has great quality for the price.

Bottom line

External monitors are incredibly useful tools for owners of devices like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga. Hooking up your tablet or laptop to one will allow you to view visual media in a way you simply can't on the device's display, and many of them also come with ports for peripheral accessories and devices, too, which is always a convenient bonus.

There are tons of different monitors out there on the market, and each one of them — especially the ones on this list — offers something that will appeal to somebody's wants or needs. However, overall, we feel that the best external monitor for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is the Dell UltraSharp U2719D. It's the perfect combination of visual quality, design, features, and pricing, which makes it our top choice.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. He's relatively new to the writing scene, but he counters that lack of experience with a rock-solid work ethic and a desire to improve at every opportunity. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

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