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The 5 Best Work Monitors - Winter 2023 Reviews

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Best Office Monitors

Whether you need to buy a monitor for your at-home office or you need to find a new display to replace an old one at the office, there's a huge selection of monitors available for work. While most monitors are good enough to work on, including those designed for gaming, there are monitors specifically designed for office use. These typically have more versatile stands, so you can adjust your screen how you like. These office monitors also usually have higher-resolution displays to make it easier to read text and have more inputs like USB-C so you can connect a laptop.

We've bought and tested over 260 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, and if you work on a Mac, then the best monitors for Mac Mini.


  1. Best Work Monitor

    The best work monitor 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 the work you do. It has an sRGB picture mode that results in excellent accuracy before calibration, which is great if your job requires accurate colors and you don't want to get it calibrated. Although it has disappointing reflection handling, you won't have many issues using it in a bright room because it gets bright enough to fight glare. If you need to share your screen with a coworker or client, it has wide viewing angles that make the image remain consistent from the sides, and the screen is easily adjustable thanks to the remarkable ergonomics.

    As it's a high-end monitor, it has a ton of included inputs, like five USB-A ports and three USB-C ports. One of the USB-C ports supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90 W of power delivery, allowing you to display an image from your laptop and charge it simultaneously. It also has a KVM switch that lets you control two devices with the same keyboard and mouse, which is great for multitasking.

    See our review

  2. Best Ultrawide Work Monitor

    If you find the 27-inch screen size on the Dell U2723QE too small and want something bigger, ultrawide work monitors are a great alternative as they make it easier to open multiple windows at the same time. In that case, the LG 40WP95C-W is a great ultrawide office monitor as it has a 40-inch screen and an uncommon 5120x2160 resolution, which is the equivalent of a 4k monitor but with more horizontal screen space. You can easily connect to it as it has two USB-C inputs with Thunderbolt 4 support, which deliver 96W of power and is enough to charge even power-hungry work laptops.

    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 it isn't enough to fight intense glare, so if you work in a well-lit office, the Dell is still the better choice. Luckily, it has excellent accuracy and displays a wide range of colors, but if you don't need the accurate colors, then the LG 38WN95C-W is a cheaper alternative, but it has a lower resolution so text doesn't look as sharp.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Work Monitor

    If you don't need all the Dell U2723QE's extra features and don't like the ultrawide format of the LG 40WP95C-W, getting a work monitor in the mid-range category might be a good choice, and you can consider something like the Dell S2722QC. It has a smaller screen compared to the LG and the main difference with the U2723QE is that it has a smaller USB hub, which explains the cheaper cost. Instead of having three USB-C ports and five USB-A ports like the U2723QE, it has two USB-A ports and a USB-C input with DisplayPort Alt Mode that supports 65 W of power delivery, which is a bit less than the 90W on the U2723QE. 

    The S2722QC also has the same 4k resolution, delivering sharp images and text. It 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 also won't have any issues with it in a well-lit room as it gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling, even better than the U2723QE despite being a lower model in Dell's productivity lineup.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Work Monitor

    If you want the best monitor for home office use and you're on a budget, there are a few great options for productivity that won't cost you much. The Dell S2721QS is one of those monitors as it's a low-cost 4k display that's a step down from the Dell S2722QC in terms of features but still offers excellent office performance. Not many 4k monitors are available at a budget price like this one; the advantage of getting a 4k display over other budget 1440p monitors is that you get much sharper text due to the increased pixel density.

    This monitor is barebones in terms of features compared to the S2722QC, as it doesn't have a USB hub, but that's the trade-off you have to make for getting something cheaper. Still, it has the same great SDR peak brightness and very good reflection handling, making it a great choice for use in well-lit rooms. It's also well-built with impressive ergonomics, so you can easily adjust it, and with its wide viewing angles, the image remains consistent no matter where you view it from, which is great if you often need to share your screen with a coworker or client.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Work Monitor

    For some people, even cheap monitors are good enough for office use, and if that's the case for you, then the ASUS VG246H is a very good option as a cheap monitor. With a 24-inch screen and 1080p resolution, it's smaller and has a lower resolution than the Dell S2721QS, which isn't ideal if you want a bigger screen with sharp text, but it's a good size if you have limited desk space or even want to buy two of them to place side-by-side. The text clarity is still decent, and it has amazing color accuracy that makes colors look life-like without any calibration.

    ASUS monitors are known for their remarkable ergonomics, and this one is no exception as it offers all common adjustments, and you can swivel it 90 degrees in either direction. Its wide viewing angles make it a great choice for sharing your screen with others. It's barebones in terms of connectivity and extra features, but that's normal for a cheap display, and it still has built-in speakers if you want to listen to music while working and don't want to spend extra on a dedicated setup.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Apple Studio Display: The Apple Studio Display is a great work monitor if you have a Mac computer, as it can take full advantage of the display. However, if you have a Windows PC, it's better to go for another high-end monitor like the Dell U2723QE, as it's cheaper. See our review
  • Gigabyte M34WQ: The Gigabyte M34WQ is a cheaper alternative to the LG 40WP95C-W. You don't get the same large screen and high resolution, but it's still a simple ultrawide monitor with productivity features, so get this if you want an ultrawide and don't want to spend a lot of money. See our review
  • Dell U3223QE: The Dell U3223QE is essentially a larger version of the Dell U2723QE, so get this if you want the bigger screen, but it also costs a lot more just for a difference in size. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a budget-friendly display with a lower resolution than the Dell S2721QS, so it has worse text clarity. However, it also has much better color accuracy so if your work requires accurate colors, consider this one. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 20, 2022: Verified that the current picks are still available to buy and updated the text for clarity throughout.

  2. Oct 20, 2022: Moved the Apple Studio Display to Notable Mentions because it doesn't fit in line with what people are looking for in a work monitor; replaced the LG 32QN55T-B with the Dell S2721QS for consistency with other articles.

  3. Jul 29, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs; added the Dell U2723QE as 'Best Work Monitor' and renamed the Dell S2722QC to 'Best Mid-Range'; added LG 32QN55T-B, ASUS VG246H, and the Apple Studio Display to their own categories; replaced the Gigabyte M34WQ with the LG 40WP95C-W for consistency; removed the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV and PA278QV; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. Apr 12, 2022: Moved the Dell S2722QC to its own category as 'Best 4k' for consistency; moved the LG 38WN95C-W to Notable Mentions and made the Gigabyte M34WQ the 'Best Ultrawide' for consistency; added the Acer Nitro XV340CK to Notable Mentions.

  5. Feb 11, 2022: Replaced the Dell S2721QS with the newer Dell S2722QC. Replaced the Acer XV340CK with the Gigabyte M34WQ.

All Reviews

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.

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