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're also usually larger, with higher-resolution screens to make it easier to multitask while working from home.
We've reviewed over 100 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best work monitors to purchase. See also our recommendations for the best monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and our best 34 inch + monitors.
The best office monitor for use at home that we've tested so far is the Dell U2718Q. Its 27 inch, 4k screen delivers great picture quality and allows you to open multiple windows at once so you can multitask.
This monitor has an IPS panel, so it has wide viewing angles, which is great if you need to share your screen with someone else or simply mount it above eye level. Like most Dell monitors, it has outstanding ergonomics, so it's easy to place in an ideal viewing position. It has good peak brightness, but it might struggle in really bright environments due to its mediocre reflection handling. Also, it has excellent gray uniformity, solid colors across the screen, such as on a web page or document, and is uniform without any dark areas. It also has four USB 3.0 ports so you can charge your devices with it.
Although IPS panels normally have mediocre contrast ratios, this one is actually one of the best we've seen on an IPS panel. Still, blacks appear gray, and the black uniformity is mediocre, with visible clouding throughout, but this shouldn't be a problem if you're not planning on using it in a dark room. For an at-home office setup, you won't go wrong with this monitor, making it the best work monitor we've tested so far.
If you want to save some money and get a cheaper monitor, look into the Dell U2518D. It doesn't have the same 4k resolution as the Dell U2718Q, but the 1440p resolution still delivers very good picture quality, and it should be enough to open multiple windows at once. The smaller Dell is a better choice for brighter environments since it can get brighter and has better reflection handling. The out-of-the-box color accuracy is outstanding, so you won't need to get it calibrated. As is the case with most IPS panels, it has good viewing angles, but the dark room performance isn't good with a mediocre contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity. However, like the other Dell, it has four USB 3.0 ports, ideal for charging your devices.
If you're looking for the best work monitor for your at-home office, the U2718Q is a great choice, but if you want something cheaper, the U2518D is a good alternative.
The best monitor for home office setups with an ultrawide screen is the Dell U3818DW. It has a unique 3840x1600 resolution that's great for multitasking and opening multiple windows at once. Like most Dell monitors, it has a fairly good stand that has a wide swivel range, but being an ultrawide monitor, it can't rotate into portrait mode.
This is a very good monitor for almost any type of use. The IPS screen offers great viewing angles, perfect for when you need to share your screen with a coworker. It has outstanding out-of-the-box color accuracy, one of the best we've seen so far, and it has good coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. It can get decently bright, and it has great reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues placing it in a bright office environment. It also delivers an immersive gaming experience with great motion handling and a low input lag, but sadly it has a limiting 60Hz refresh rate and no VRR support.
Unfortunately, as is the case with most IPS panels, it has a low contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity. Luckily, it has some good extra features to help with your workflow, like Picture-in-Picture mode, which allows you to display two sources at once and work with them both. Overall, this is a reliable ultrawide monitor for office use.
If you also want to game on your at-home office monitor, then check out the LG 34GN850-B. It has a lower resolution and pixel density than the Dell U3818DW, but it has better gaming features and HDR10 support. Its native 144Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 160Hz, its motion is exceptionally smooth, and input lag is very low. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and it's NVIDIA certified for G-SYNC compatibility. It has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, and HDR content looks good thanks to its wide color gamut and decent brightness in that mode. Unfortunately, it's not ideal for dark room viewing due to its low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray. On the upside, it gets bright enough to combat glare in most office environments, and it has decent reflection handling.
If you're looking for the best work monitor with an ultrawide screen, you should be happy with the Dell, but if you also want to use it for gaming, the LG is a good alternative.
The best monitor for home office setups with accurate colors is the Acer Predator X27. Although designed mainly to be a gaming monitor, it is very versatile and a great choice for photo and video editors.
This monitor has near-perfect coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, and it covers almost all of the sRGB color space used in most content. HDR content looks great on it thanks to its great color gamut and outstanding peak brightness, so highlights pop the way they should. You shouldn't have any issues placing it in a bright environment as it has good peak brightness in SDR, decent reflection handling, and it comes with blinders to help reduce glare. It also has wide viewing angles if you need to share your screen with coworkers. The monitor has built-in speakers and a USB hub if you want to charge your devices while working.
Unfortunately, it has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you'll need to get it calibrated to get the full use of it. It also doesn't perform well in dark rooms since it has a low contrast ratio and bad uniformity. However, if you also want to game with it, the response time is outstanding, it has a low input lag, and native G-SYNC support. Overall, this is the most accurate work monitor we've tested so far.
If you want the convenience of simply plugging in your MacBook Pro when working at home, the LG 32UD99-W is the best monitor 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 plenty of screen real estate for efficient multitasking, and there's also a Picture-by-Picture mode, allowing you to display images from two sources simultaneously.
Unfortunately, its IPS panel can't produce very deep blacks and has only decent out-of-box color accuracy. Still, if you work from home with a MacBook, this is the best monitor for MacBook we've tested so far.
If you use your MacBook for photo editing and want a great monitor for that purpose, the BenQ EW3270U is a great choice. It doesn't have the same wide viewing angles as the LG 32UD99-W, but it has fantastic coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. It has a VA panel, so blacks appear as they should when viewed in the dark, which is important for editing darker photos. It also has good out-of-box color accuracy, and the 4k resolution allows you to see more details of your images. Unfortunately, it has bad ergonomics, and it's hard to place in an ideal position; however, it's flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain during long work sessions.
If you're looking for the best monitor for your MacBook in your home office, look into the LG, but if you're a photo editor, the BenQ is a good choice.
06/12/2020: Replaced the LG 34GK950F-B with the 34GN850-B; updated notable mentions.
05/15/2020: Changed the BenQ to 'Photo Editing Alternative'.
03/16/2020: Added LG 27UD99-W, BenQ EW3270U.
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.