Whether you're shopping for your home office or to equip an entire company with monitors, there's a huge selection of monitors available. While most monitors will perform decently for business use, there's 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-resolution screens, to make it easier to multitask.
We've reviewed over 80 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best work monitors to purchase in 2020. See also our recommendations for the best monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and our best 34 inch + monitors.
The best monitor for work is the Dell U2718Q. It has a large 27 inch screen and a great 4k resolution so it's easier to multitask and to display more of your work on your screen, minimizing zooming and scrolling. It has great ergonomics, so you can position it with ease, and thanks to its IPS panel the image remains accurate when viewed from the side, so you can easily share your work with a colleague.
It can get fairly bright and handle reflections well, so a slightly brighter office with a few more lights shouldn't be an issue. It has a very low input lag and responds immediately to your actions. If your work includes video or graphics with fast-moving content, you'll appreciate the fast response time that leaves only a minimal blur trail.
Unfortunately, if you work in a dark room, this monitor won't display deep uniform blacks, just like most IPS monitors, and if you work with HDR content, this monitor won't display bright highlights or a wide color gamut. Overall, however, it's a great choice for the office that'll also perform well in other uses.
If you're looking for something cheaper than the Dell U2718Q and are willing to compromise in size, then get the Dell U2518D. You won't get the size and resolution of the other Dell, so you'll be able to fit less content on your screen, but this monitor will keep you happy with its overall performance. It has a good picture quality, a fast response time for crisp motion, and maintains an accurate image when viewed from the side and a very low input lag that makes it very responsive.
For the best work monitor get the Dell U2718Q, but if you want to save some money and get a smaller monitor, the Dell U2518D is a great alternative.
For those who work with five 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 inch 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 one keyboard and mouse. While this feature 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's 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 and is one of the best monitors for work.
If you want one of the best computer monitors for work but need something a bit cheaper, check out the LG 34GK950F-B. This monitor is almost as good as the Dell U3818DW for office use, but it has a smaller, lower-resolution screen, and slightly worse ergonomics. It's more versatile than the Dell, with better gaming performance, thanks to a higher refresh rate, and support for AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. It also supports HDR, great for watching the latest HDR movies, although it isn't bright enough to display them at their full potential.
Overall, the Dell is the best ultrawide work monitor for most people, but if you want to save a bit of money, the LG is a great office monitor.
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've measured on any display so far, including TVs.
The 27 inch 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.
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.
12/13/2019: Made some change to the text for clarity.
10/16/2019: Removed the Dell U3417W, as it's becoming difficult to find.