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The 6 Best Work Monitors - Winter 2022 Reviews

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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 are good enough to work on, including those designed for gaming, there are options specifically designed for office use. These typically have more versatile stands, as they'll 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 tested over 220 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best computer monitors for work to purchase. See our recommendations for the best monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best portable monitors.


  1. Best Work Monitor: ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV

    8.4
    Office
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    75 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best monitor for home office use that we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It's a 27 inch model with a 1440p resolution, giving you plenty of screen real estate for better multitasking. Like most IPS panels, it has wide viewing angles that make it easier to share content with others. It handles reflections well and gets bright enough to combat glare, so it performs well in bright rooms. The stand allows for height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, and it can also rotate to portrait mode.

    In addition to its very low input lag, it has a 75Hz refresh rate that makes the desktop experience feel slightly smoother and more responsive than a typical 60Hz display. It has full sRGB coverage, and its color accuracy is excellent out of the box, but its Adobe RGB coverage is more limited. There are many inputs available, including a USB hub with four USB 3.0 inputs and a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort and 65W charging. The power delivery should be enough to charge most thin and light laptops, but not power-hungry ones with a dedicated GPU.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR. However, it has a great response time and variable refresh rate (VRR) support if you want to play some games on the side. Lastly, it has built-in speakers and a flicker-free backlight to reduce eye strain. Overall, it's an impressive and versatile monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. 4k Alternative: Dell S2721QS

    Size 27"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you prefer a 4k monitor that delivers sharper images and text, then check out the Dell S2721QS. It doesn't have a USB hub like the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, but it also has a 27 inch screen, and its 4k resolution results in a much higher pixel density, so text looks sharp. It has HDR support and a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display two input signals at once. The stand allows for a good amount of ergonomic adjustments, and its IPS panel has wide viewing angles, so you can easily share your screen with colleagues. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray if you work in the dark.

    Overall, the ASUS and the Dell perform very similarly. If you want USB ports, go with the ASUS. If you want a sharper image, go with the Dell.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide Work Monitor: LG 38WN95C-W

    7.9
    Office
    Size 38"
    Resolution 3840x1600
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best monitor for home office with an ultrawide screen is the LG 38WN95C-W. These types of monitors offer something different than typical 16:9 monitors because they have a 21:9 aspect ratio, offering more horizontal screen space to open multiple windows side-by-side. This monitor has a 3840 x 1600 resolution, providing good text clarity.

    It's a very good monitor for office use because it has a good selection of inputs, including a USB hub with a USB-C input. It supports Thunderbolt 3, allowing you to display an image from a compatible device like a laptop and charge it at the same time. It's also good for sharing your screen with a coworker, thanks to the large screen size, making it easy to see the entire image, and it has wide viewing angles so that the colors remain accurate when viewing from the side. Visibility shouldn't be an issue in bright rooms as it has impressive peak brightness and okay reflection handling.

    Unfortunately, its ergonomics are limited because it has a narrow swivel and tilt range. You can't adjust it to a portrait rotation, but that's expected for an ultrawide monitor with a curved screen. Also, while it has a local dimming feature to improve the picture quality in dark scenes, it performs terribly, but this isn't much of an issue for office work anyways. Regardless, it's one of the best monitors for home office use that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: Acer Nitro XV340CK

    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you prefer something cheaper, look into the Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx. It doesn't get as bright as the LG 38WN95C-W, and it also lacks a USB-C input, but it has much better ergonomics because the stand offers a full 360-degree swivel range. Despite being a gaming monitor, it has a few extra office features like Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, allowing you to display images from two sources at once, and it has built-in speakers, so you don't have to buy a dedicated setup. It's not the best choice for content creators because it has limited Adobe RGB coverage and can't display a wide color gamut in HDR.

    If you're looking for the best monitor for home office with an ultrawide screen, you can't go wrong with the feature-rich LG, but if you want something cheaper and don't mind losing out on a few features, then check out the Acer.

    See our review

  5. Best Work Monitor For Media Creation: Gigabyte M27Q

    8.0
    Office
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best work monitor for content creators is the Gigabyte M27Q. It's a versatile monitor with a 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution, so you get plenty of screen real estate to place windows side-by-side. It uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, which means that images remain accurate when viewed off-center, great for showing your work to coworkers and clients. Visibility shouldn't be an issue even in the brightest environments, but like most IPS panels, it's not the most ideal option for dark rooms due to its mediocre contrast ratio.

    It stands out for its superb SDR color gamut. It has near-full sRGB coverage and Adobe RGB coverage, the latter being one of the highest that we've tested, which is impressive. It can display a wide color gamut, but its HDR peak brightness isn't high enough to produce bright highlights. It has exceptional gradient handling to minimize banding, outstanding color accuracy out of the box, and no signs of color bleed.

    The one issue that might be a dealbreaker for some is that it uses a BGR subpixel layout. This doesn't affect image quality, but it can cause blurry text in some instances. That said, while some people are bothered by it, others don't see it at all. There are a few ways to work around this problem, but each solution has its downside. Overall, unless its BGR subpixel layout or USB-C power delivery is a dealbreaker, this is a feature-rich option worth checking out.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Office Monitor: ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV

    8.4
    Office
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    75 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best office monitor in the budget category we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's an older version of the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV without USB-C input, which explains its more budget-friendly price. It also has a 27 inch screen with a 1440p resolution and 75Hz refresh rate. The viewing angles are great, which means the image remains accurate when viewed from the side, and it gets more than bright enough to combat glare, even in well-lit settings.

    If you often struggle to get a comfortable viewing position, the good news is that the ergonomics are superb. You can adjust the height, tilt, and swivel, as well as rotate the screen to portrait mode. Text clarity is decent, and color accuracy is good out of the box. Unfortunately, although it's designed for content creators, it doesn't have full sRGB coverage, which is somewhat disappointing.

    As mentioned, there's no USB-C input, but you still get four USB 3.0s and a USB-B upstream port, meaning you can plug your peripherals or dongles directly into the monitor. Lastly, it has a great response time, low input lag, and VRR support if you want to play some games. Overall, this is a versatile monitor that should please most people. If you can spend a bit more and can find one, it's better to go with the newer version, but this is still a good alternative if you're on a tighter budget.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U2720Q: The Dell UltraSharp U2720Q is a great office monitor with USB-C input, but it's much more expensive than the Dell S2721QS. See our review
  • Gigabyte G27Q: The Gigabyte G27Q is a good office monitor similar to the Gigabyte M27Q, but without the KVM switch. However, you should get this if you don't want the BGR panel on the M27Q. See our review
  • MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD: The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a great monitor with a USB-C input, but colors look over-saturated, and it has worse out-of-the-box accuracy than the M27Q. See our review
  • Dell U3818DW: The Dell U3818DW is a great ultrawide office monitor with a USB-C input, but it's hard to find due to low availability. See our review
  • LG 34GP83A-B: The LG 34GP83A-B is a good ultrawide monitor mainly designed for gaming, but it doesn't have a USB-C input like the LG 38WN95C-W. See our review
  • Dell UltraSharp U4021QW: The Dell UltraSharp U4021QW is a great ultrawide monitor with a 40 inch screen and 5k resolution, but it also costs more than the LG 38WN95C-W. See our review
  • Gigabyte M32U: The Gigabyte M32U is a 32 inch, 4k monitor with a bigger screen than the Dell S2721QS if that's what you prefer, but it costs more, and it's a better choice for gaming because it has HDMI 2.1 inputs. See our review
  • Dell S3221QS: The Dell S3221QS is similar to the Dell S2721QS in terms of features and has a larger screen, but due to its VA panel, it has worse viewing angles. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx: The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is a budget-friendly monitor with good picture quality and great office performance. However, it's smaller than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. See our review
  • Gigabyte M34WQ: The Gigabyte M34WQ is a great ultrawide office monitor with a USB-C input, but it also costs more than the Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 13, 2021: Replaced the LG 34GP83A-B with the LG 38WN95C-W for consistency as the 38WN95C-W offers more office features; added the Gigabyte M32U, Dell S3221QS, Acer Nitro XF243Y, and the Gigabyte M34WQ to Notable Mentions.

  2. Oct 19, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and availability, but no changes to our picks. Refreshed the text.

  3. Aug 20, 2021: Replaced Dell UltraSharp U2720Q with ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, removed LG 32UD99-W, added Dell S2721QS as '4k Alternative', replaced Dell U3818DW with LG 34GP83A-B.

  4. Jun 22, 2021: Replaced the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV with Dell UltraSharp U2720Q because it's hard to find.

  5. Apr 26, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced Dell UltraSharp U2720Q with ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV.

All Reviews

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.

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