What's the best monitor for the 12-inch MacBook?
If you are in the market for the best monitor to connect to your brand new 12-inch MacBook, you currently have two solid options. One is 1440p, the other is 4K. Both are really great options, it really comes down to how much you want to spend and whether 4K is super important to you.
Option 1: Acer
The first option is the Acer H277HU, a 27-inch IPS WQHD 2560 x 1440 display. Aside from this display being very nice, the key benefit to this particular monitor is that it features a USB-C type port that can be connected directly to your MacBook’s USB-C port. This beneficial because you will not need to buy the Apple USB-C dongle and will be able to use the two USB 3.0 ports on the monitor with your MacBook (if necessary). You could even attach a USB 3.0 hub to the monitor to increase the amount of ports available.
This display, while not 4K, offers great color that is sharp and vivid and is absolutely better than a 1080p display. You can buy the Acer H277HU for $450 on Amazon.
Option 2: LG
Your second option is a bit more pricey, but it is 4K. The LG 27UD88-W 27-inch 4K UHD IPS display. Just like the Acer, the LG 27UD88 offers a USB-C port that can be used to connect directly to the MacBook. It sports a 3840 x 2160 resolution and also offers additional USB 3.0 ports. The LG has stunning color accuracy too.
If you do buy the LG then I would recommend checking out this tutorial on 9to5Mac which explains how to drive a 4K display at 60Hz on the MacBook.
You can buy the LG 27UD88-W 27-inch 4K UHD IPS display on Amazon for $598.
No matter which option you choose, both of these options are very good. It really comes down to whether you want to shell out a little more cash for 4K or not.
Updated information 2018: You can find an actual list with new 4K Monitors, including USB-C Port, for the MacBook Pro on the German site 4kmonitor.net