One of my major gripes with the 12-inch Retina MacBook had to do with the size of the screen -- after using other MacBook Air and Pro models for years as well as a 27-inch iMac, it was just too small. Well, for those of you with the little MacBook, there's a big screen in your future. Both Acer and Lenovo have announced USB Type-C monitors that can charge your MacBook and act as a much bigger screen with just one USB-C cable.
Acer's models include the 25-inch and 27-inch H7 series monitors, both with 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution. Add in Acer TrueHarmony and DTS sound, HDMI 2.0 ports and full sRGB coverage, and you have a nice screen for doing real work on the 12-inch MacBook. You'll be seeing these starting in February in the US starting at just $499.99.
Lenovo has released the ThinkVision X24 Pro and ThinkVision X1 as well. The X24 Pro has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, both USB-C and Mini DisplayPort connectors, an Intel RealSense 3D camera, and a pair of 3W speakers. The monitor starts at just $399 and will ship in May. To feed your need for big screens, the X1 is a 27-inch model that is 7.5mm thick, has a whopping 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, USB C, DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI 2.0 ports, and 99% sRGB coverage. The ThinkVision X1 will start at $799, and we don't have a ship date for you... The 12-inch MacBook can power this Ultra HD monitor at a 60 Hz refresh rate.