Whether you're shopping for your home office or to equip an entire company with monitors, there is a huge selection of monitors available. While most monitors will perform decently for business use, there is 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.
We've reviewed over 75 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best work monitors to purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and our best 34 inch + monitors.
The Dell U2718Q is the best computer monitor for work that we've tested so far. It's a great office monitor, with a 27", 4k screen, great for multitasking. It has a very good stand, with great ergonomics, making it easy to adjust the monitor to the ideal position, or if you are buying multiple monitors for different people.
This monitor gets bright enough for most offices, but reflections might be a bit distracting if you have a lot of windows. Unfortunately, there is a slight flicker in the backlight, but this shouldn't be noticeable.
Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, it doesn't deliver a great HDR experience, as it can't display a wide color gamut and can't produce very bright highlights in HDR. Overall, though, this is a great office monitor that should please most people.
If the Dell U2718Q is too expensive for you, check out the smaller Dell U2518D. This is a very good 25", 1440p monitor, with good picture quality, decent motion handling, and great low input lag. It has a great amount of screen real estate, but it isn't as good as the larger model for multitasking.
Overall, although the Dell U2718Q is the best work monitor we've tested so far, if you want something cheaper, the Dell U2518D is a very good alternative that should please most people, even though it's a bit smaller.
If you typically find yourself working with 5 different windows open at once, an ultrawide monitor might be a better choice. The Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide work monitor we've tested so far. This huge 38 inch monitor has an impressive 3840x1600 resolution, making it much easier to place multiple windows side-by-side. Despite the large size, it's still easy to place in an ideal viewing position, thanks to the wide tilt range and good height adjustment.
This monitor has some unique features that are great for working with two computers at once. It has a unique USB hub that connects to both computers, and combined with the Picture-by-Picture mode allows you to display and work on both computers at once, with only 1 keyboard and mouse. While this feature obviously isn't for everyone, if you have multiple computers it makes it a breeze to switch from one to another.
Unfortunately, this monitor isn't as well-suited for watching movies or playing games, as there is noticeable motion smearing. It also doesn't look as good in a dark room. Despite these flaws, this is a great office monitor that should please most people.
If you like the ultrawide format of the Dell U3818DW but want something a bit cheaper, check out the Dell U3417W instead. This monitor is a bit smaller and has a lower native resolution, but still delivers an impressive amount of screen real estate to work with, which is great for multitasking. It has similar ergonomics to the larger model, and has very similar reflection handling.
Although the Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide work monitor we've tested so far, if you want something cheaper, the Dell U3417W is a very good alternative that's almost as good for office use.
If you need the most accurate colors possible, the best office monitor that we have 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.
If you prefer a wide aspect ratio, check out the LG 34GK950F-B instead. This 34 inch ultrawide monitor delivers a great office experience. It has worse ergonomics than the Acer Predator X27, but better reflection handling and better input lag. After calibration, this monitor is just as accurate as the Acer, but it has slightly worse Adobe RGB coverage. The wide format screen is great for multitasking as well, as you can comfortably place multiple windows side-by-side.
Overall, although the X27 has a better color gamut, if you prefer a wide format screen, the LG 34GK950F might be a better choice.
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.