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 80 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 overall, with a 27 inch, 4k screen, which is great for multitasking. It has good peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so glare isn't a significant issue in most rooms, and it has wide viewing angles, so you can easily share your screen with a client or colleague.
Like most Dell monitors, it has a great stand, with a wide range of ergonomic adjustments, so you can easily place it in an ideal viewing position. When you're not working, this monitor has an excellent response time and low input lag, great for casual gaming.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, so it's not the best choice if you like working late in a dark room. It supports HDR, but this doesn't add much, as it can't get very bright in HDR and can't display a wide color gamut. Overall, this is a very good monitor for most uses, and it's a great choice for a business monitor.
If the Dell U2718Q is too expensive for you, check out the smaller Dell U2518D. This is a very good 25 inch, 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 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, and is one of the best monitors for work.
If you want one of the best computer monitors for work but need something a bit cheaper, check out the LG 34GK950F-B. This monitor is almost as good as the Dell U3818DW for office use, but it has a smaller, lower-resolution screen, and slightly worse ergonomics. It's more versatile than the Dell, with better gaming performance, thanks to a higher refresh rate, and support for AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. It also supports HDR, great for watching the latest HDR movies, although it isn't bright enough to display them at their full potential.
Overall, the Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide work monitor for most people, but if you want to save a bit of money, the LG 34GK950F-B is a great office alternative.
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.
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.
10/16/2019: Removed the Dell U3417W, as it's becoming difficult to find.