USB-C

USB-C is the future — and it's coming for your monitor.

USB-C is the emerging new standard of plugging things into a PC or a phone, and in most cases, it's backed up by super-fast data transfer in the form of USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3.

Through the one single cable and connector your can power an external display, hook up to USB peripherals, and even charge your laptop. If you're looking to use a USB-C display with your laptop or desktop PC, then get yourself one of these.

LG 27UD88

This is one of the very best USB-C monitors you can buy. Via one cable you can power a laptop, send video, and use the monitor as a USB hub, with the ability to interface with peripherals plugged into the two built-in USB 3.0 ports.

You also have 14 options for layout, so you can view multiple windows simultaneously, so while you've got a laptop plugged in via USB-C you can also attach a HDMI device like a desktop PC or even an Xbox One.

The best part of this monitor is its ability to power a laptop while acting as a display. Since some of the USB-C laptops out there only have a single port, you're not draining your battery while you're connected to this monitor. You can snag it on Amazon for around $700.

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ASUS ZenScreen

Your USB-C monitor doesn't need to stay at home when you're on the go. The ASUS ZenScreen is a portable 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display that you can hook up to and power with your laptop over a single USB-C cable. And weighing less than 2lbs means it's not adding much to your gear bag.

The sleek design will be a great fit for any of today's high-end laptops with a USB-C connection and the added bonus you get besides a great display is an included pen.

Even if your Windows laptop doesn't have a touchscreen display, with the ZenScreen and the pen you can take advantage of Windows Ink anywhere you go. It's also a great price at just $279.

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Lenovo ThinkVision X1

Respected sites like Monitor Nerds recommend the ThinkVision X1 from Lenovo, as it's an exceptional 4K monitor with a minimalist and very classy design.

The ThinkVision X1 comes with a full HD camera, stereo speakers, and a microphone, and it has HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB 3.0 ports (which can act as a hub), as well as a fully functional USB-C port. You can get this one at Amazon for about $685.

The X1 is a particularly good choice for folks looking for an all-in-one package since you don't need to provide a separate webcam and Microphone.

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HP Envy 27

HP makes some of the finest looking PC hardware around right now and the Envy 27 is no exception. Its elegant style will make any setup stand out. And the 178-degree viewing angles and minimal bezels make it perfect for multi-monitor setups.

It's not all show, no go, either. The 27-inch panel is 4K resolution and also has support for AMD FreeSync when connected to compatible PCs.

It also has the all-important USB-C connection for video connection and charging your laptop while you use it. All this can be yours for around $500.

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