Whether you're shopping to equip an entire company with monitors or you have the option to work remotely from home, 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 while working from home.
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 U2718Q, but if you want to save some money and get a smaller monitor, the U2518D is a great alternative.
If you're a multitasker, an ultrawide monitor may be a better option, such as the Dell U3818DW, the best ultrawide work monitor we've tested so far. It has a 21:9 aspect ratio that allows you to work comfortably with multiple windows opened at the same time. Its Picture-in-Picture mode lets you display an image from two computers simultaneously, and you can control both computers with one set of keyboard and mouse by plugging them into the monitor's USB hub. Since this is an IPS monitor, you shouldn't have any issues seeing the whole screen, as it has great viewing angles.
If you work in a well-lit room, you should know that this monitor can get bright enough to overcome glare and it has great reflection handling as well. Unfortunately, it has a mediocre contrast ratio, but that's to be expected of most IPS panels. Response time and input lag are outstandingly low, which will provide you with a smooth and responsive desktop experience. Best of all, this monitor has an exceptional color accuracy right out of the box, and it even has built-in speakers. If you want to enjoy a movie occasionally, most modern movies are shot in the same aspect ratio, so the image will fill up the whole screen, with no presence of black bars. Last but not least, it has a flicker-free backlight, which will help reduce eye strain during those long working hours.
Overall, if you need more screen real estate without a multi-monitor setup, you should consider the Dell.
If you want to work and game on the same monitor, you would need something a bit more versatile, such as the LG 34GK950F-B. It has the same aspect ratio as the Dell U3818DW, but with significantly better motion handling and input lag. It has a high 144Hz refresh rate, an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce motion blur, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to minimize screen tearing. This monitor supports HDR as well, though its peak brightness isn't high enough to really bring out highlights in HDR content. Like most IPS panels, it has disappointing contrast ratio and bad black uniformity, making it unsuitable for dark room viewing. On the bright side, it has great out of the box color accuracy and its backlight is flicker-free as well.
If you only use your monitor for work, the Dell is a better choice overall, but for a monitor with some gaming chops, go with the LG.
If you need the most accurate colors possible, the best office monitor that we've 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. That said, it's still one of the best monitors for working from home.
If you want the convenience of simply plugging in your MacBook Pro when working at home, the LG 32UD99-W is the best one we've tested so far. It has a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which allows you to display an image from your MacBook while charging it at the same time. This 32 inch monitor has a 4k resolution, so images and text look sharp and detailed. Its IPS panel has good viewing angles, which is great if you're unable to adjust the monitor to your optimal viewing position, as its ergonomics are rather mediocre.
This monitor has an impressive peak brightness that's well-suited for bright rooms; however, it has sub-par reflection handling, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite a window. There's ample screen real estate for efficient multitasking, and there's also a Picture-by-Picture mode, allowing you to display images from two sources simultaneously. Although the panel is limited to 60Hz, there's support for FreeSync variable refresh rate if you want to use the monitor for some gaming on the side.
If you want to turn your MacBook Pro into a great workstation when working at home, this monitor is a good choice.
If you need something a bit cheaper, check out the BenQ EW3270U. It has the same screen size and resolution as the LG 32UD99-W; however, it uses a VA panel instead, resulting in worse viewing angles. On the bright side, it has impressive reflection handling, good color accuracy, and a much better contrast ratio, making it a good choice for dark rooms. The backlight is flicker-free to help reduce eye strain during long work days, and its USB-C port also supports DisplayPort Alt mode. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a Picture-by-Picture mode, its ergonomics are bad, and its peak brightness is only decent, though it should be fine for most well-lit rooms.
Overall, the LG is a better choice for most people, but if you don't mind a few compromises, the BenQ is a good alternative that won't break the bank.
03/16/2020: Added LG 27UD99-W, BenQ EW3270U, minor text and structure changes.
02/11/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
10/16/2019: Removed the Dell U3417W, as it's becoming difficult to find.
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.