Whether you are shopping for your home office or to equip an entire company with monitors, there is a huge selection of monitors available. While most monitors will perform decently for business use, there is an entire subset of monitors specifically designed for an office. These monitors typically have more versatile stands, as they will be used by a variety of people with different needs. They are also usually larger, with higher resolutions screens, to make it easier to multitask.
We've reviewed 67 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best work monitors to purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and our best 34 inch + monitors.
The Dell U2718Q is the best computer monitor for work that we've tested so far. It's a great office monitor, with a 27", 4k screen, great for multitasking. It has a very good stand, with great ergonomics, making it easy to adjust the monitor to the ideal position, or if you are buying multiple monitors for different people.
This monitor gets bright enough for most offices, but reflections might be a bit distracting if you have a lot of windows. Unfortunately, there is a slight flicker in the backlight, but this shouldn't be noticeable.
Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, it doesn't deliver a great HDR experience, as it can't display a wide color gamut and can't produce very bright highlights in HDR. Overall, though, this is a great office monitor that should please most people.
If you like the versatility of the Dell U2718Q but would prefer something cheaper, check out the Dell U2518D. It has a slightly smaller, lower resolution screen, but it is still great for multitasking. This monitor has a nearly identical design to the more expensive Dell, with similar ergonomics, making it a great choice if you are looking to equip an entire office. It has the same inputs as the larger model, so you shouldn't have any issues connecting your devices. It also has a DisplayPort Out connection, which is especially useful if you only have one DisplayPort connection on your device, as you can connect a second monitor to the monitor directly, with only one cable going back to your device.
If you typically find yourself working with 5 different windows open at once, an ultrawide monitor might be a better choice. The Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide work monitor we've tested so far. This huge 38" monitor has an impressive 3840x1600 resolution, making it much easier to place multiple windows side-by-side. Despite the large size, it's still easy to place in an ideal viewing position, thanks to the wide tilt range and good height adjustment.
This monitor has some unique features that are great for working with two computers at once. It has a unique USB hub that connects to both computers, and combined with the Picture-by-Picture mode allows you to display and work on both computers at once, with only 1 keyboard and mouse. While this feature obviously isn't for everyone, if you have multiple computers it makes it a breeze to switch from one to another.
Unfortunately, this monitor isn't as well suited for watching movies or playing games, as there is noticeable motion smearing. It also doesn't look as good in a dark room. Despite these flaws, this is a great office monitor that should please most people.
If you like the Dell U3818DW, but are looking for something a bit smaller or cheaper, take a look at the Dell U3417W. It's a very good office monitor, with a 34", 3440x1440 screen that is almost as good as the U3818DW for multitasking. It has the same great picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes as the larger Dell. It also has a DisplayPort out connection, so you can daisy-chain a second monitor directly from it, which is great if you're working from a laptop with only one DisplayPort connection.
If you need the most accurate colors possible, the best office monitor that we have reviewed so far is the Acer Predator X27. Unlike most monitors, this one delivers nearly 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. It also has the widest HDR color gamut we have measured on any display so far, including TVs.
The 27" screen and 4k resolution are great for multitasking, and the stand has decent ergonomics that make it easier to adjust to an ideal viewing position. It has wide viewing angles and is extremely bright in HDR.
Unfortunately, it doesn't come cheap. It also isn't recommended for use in a dark room, as it has bad black uniformity and a mediocre contrast ratio.
If the Acer Predator X27 is too expensive for you, the LG 32UD59-B is a cheaper alternative. It doesn't perform as well as the Acer, with more limited coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, and it doesn't support HDR. The larger, 32" screen is great for multitasking or for seeing more of your project, and the stand doesn't swivel. It doesn't have as good viewing angles, but it performs better in a dark room.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best business monitors that are currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.