Looking for a new monitor for your setup at home or the office can be challenging when so many options are available. While you can virtually use any monitor to work with, including those designed for gaming, some have specific office-oriented features, which include USB ports and KVM switches to enhance your workflow. Even a USB-C input is useful if you want to connect a laptop to display an image from it and charge it using a single cable. Other things like wide viewing angles and versatile ergonomics can help if you need to share your screen with someone.
Besides your budget, you should consider the monitor's size and resolution. 27-inch screens are popular to use because they offer enough space to multitask without being too big. However, you can also consider 32-inch monitors, or even ultrawides, if you want more space to open multiple windows simultaneously. Having a high resolution is beneficial for reading sharp text, and while a 4k resolution generally results in the best text clarity, choosing the right resolution really is a personal preference, which you can read more about here.
We've bought and tested over 285 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for home office use to purchase. See our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, or even the best monitors for Mac Mini.
The best monitor for work that we've tested is the Dell U2723QE. It's an impressive office monitor with many features, so it's a great choice no matter what you need it for. Although it has disappointing reflection handling, you won't have many issues using it in most offices because it gets bright enough to fight glare. It also has wide viewing angles that keep the image consistent from the sides, which is also great if you need to share your screen with a coworker or client, and its stand makes it easy to adjust.
What makes this a great high-end monitor for work is that it has a ton of included inputs, with five USB-A ports and three USB-C ports. One of the USB-C ports supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90W of power delivery, allowing you to display an image from your laptop and charge it using a single cable. It also has a KVM switch that makes it easy to control two devices with the same keyboard and mouse, which is great for multitasking. If you want something bigger than the 27-inch screen, then the 32-inch Dell U3223QE is a good alternative, but it costs more for minimal difference in performance.
If you find that the 27-inch screen size on the Dell U2723QE is too small to place multiple windows side-by-side, then an ultrawide monitor is a good alternative for your needs. The LG 40WP95C-W is a great choice with a 40-inch screen and a high 5120x2160 resolution, which has a slightly lower pixel density than the Dell, but the text clarity is still remarkable. While its bigger screen is better for multitasking than the Dell, it isn't as good to use in bright rooms because it only has decent peak brightness and isn't bright enough to fight intense glare. This means the Dell is still better if you work in a well-lit office and don't need the biggest screen.
It's easy to connect your laptop to the LG as it has two USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt 4, which deliver 96W of power, enough to charge most laptops. If you find this model too expensive but still want an ultrawide display, there are some 34-inch options you can get for much cheaper. The Gigabyte M34WQ is a great ultrawide office monitor that doesn't cost much, but its USB-C port is limited to only 15W of power delivery, which isn't enough to charge your laptop while you're using it.
If you don't like the ultrawide format of the LG 40WP95C-W and don't need the absolute best monitor for working from home like the Dell U2723QE, then the cheaper Dell S2722QC is a good choice, and it often goes on sale too. It has a smaller screen than the LG, and the main difference with the U2723QE is that it has a smaller USB hub. Instead of five USB-A and three USB-C ports, it has two USB-A ports and a USB-C input with DisplayPort Alt Mode that supports 65W of power delivery, slightly less than the 90W on the U2723QE. While this is still good enough to charge most entry-level laptops, it isn't enough for power-hungry laptops.
The S2722QC has a high 4k resolution and high pixel density, delivering sharp images and text. It also has excellent ergonomics with swivel, height, and tilt adjustments, and you can rotate it into portrait mode if you want to use it vertically. You won't have any issues with it in a well-lit room, as it gets bright enough to fight glare. This monitor also has good reflection handling, even better than the U2723QE, so it's the better choice if you work in a really bright environment.
If you're looking for the best monitor for home office setups and are on a budget, check out the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It differs from the Dell S2722QC because it has a lower 1440p resolution, resulting in a lower pixel density and worse text clarity. However, the text clarity is still decent, and it's a great office monitor. Its stand-out feature is its extremely ergonomic stand, making it incredibly easy to adjust to an ideal viewing position. It also comes with a USB hub with a USB-C port with 65W of power delivery like the Dell, making it easy to connect a laptop. If you don't need the USB-C port, consider the slightly cheaper ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, which performs similarly.
The PA278CV is designed with content creators in mind as it displays a wide range of colors and has an extremely accurate sRGB mode, so you won't need to calibrate it. However, it doesn't support HDR, which is disappointing if your work requires it. If that's the case, you can also consider the Gigabyte M27Q P, but it has worse ergonomics.
If you want the best monitor for working from home but need something cheap, then the ASUS VG246H is a good option. It has a smaller 24-inch screen and a lower 1080p resolution than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. However, it's still a good size if you have limited desk space, find a 27-inch screen too big, or want to buy two to place side-by-side. The text clarity is still decent, and it has great color accuracy in the sRGB picture mode, which is great if your work requires accurate colors, but you'll still need to get it calibrated for the most accurate colors possible.
Like the PA278CV, it has an extremely ergonomic stand; you can swivel it 90 degrees in either direction. Its wide viewing angles make it a great choice for sharing your screen with someone next to you, as the image looks consistent from the sides. It's bare-bones in terms of connectivity and extra features, but that's normal for a cheap display, and it still has built-in speakers, which are useful if you want to listen to music while working from home and don't want to spend extra on external speakers.
Feb 17, 2023: Removed the LG 40WP95C-W because an ultrawide category isn't in-line with the scope of this article; added the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best office 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.