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The 5 Best Work Monitors - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Office Monitors

Whether you're looking for the best monitor for working from home 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. Although most monitors are good enough to work with, including those designed for gaming, there are monitors specifically designed for office use with extra features. These typically have more versatile stands, so you can adjust your screen how you like. They also tend to have a high resolution to make it easier to read text, and they have more inputs like USB-C to connect to a laptop.

We've bought and tested over 270 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 we've tested is the Dell U2723QE. It's an impressive office monitor with many features, so it's a great choice no matter what you do for work. It has an sRGB picture mode that results in excellent accuracy before calibration, which is important if your job requires accurate colors. Although it has disappointing reflection handling, you won't have many issues using it in a bright room because it has high peak brightness. If you need to share your screen with a coworker or client, it also has wide viewing angles that keep the image consistent from the sides.

    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 90W of power delivery, allowing you to display an image from your laptop and charge it using a single cable. It also has a KVM switch that makes it easy to control two devices with the same keyboard and mouse, which is great for multitasking. If you want something bigger than the 27-inch screen, then the Dell U3223QE has a larger 32-inch screen, but it costs more for minimal difference in performance.

    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 provide plenty of screen space. In that case, the LG 40WP95C-W is a great ultrawide office monitor as it has a 40-inch screen and a high 5120x2160 resolution, which is the equivalent of a 4k monitor but with more horizontal screen space. 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 isn't bright enough to fight intense glare. This means the Dell is still better if you work in a well-lit office.

    You can easily connect to its two USB-C inputs with Thunderbolt 4 support, which deliver 96W of power, enough to charge even power-hungry work laptops. If you find this model too expensive but still want an ultrawide display, there are some 34-inch options you can get for cheaper. The Gigabyte M34WQ is a great ultrawide office monitor that doesn't cost much, but its USB-C port is limited to only 15W of power delivery.

    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. Consider something like the Dell S2722QC. It has a smaller screen than the LG, and the main difference with the other Dell 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 65W of power delivery, which is a bit less than the 90W on the U2723QE.

    It 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. This monitor also has good reflection handling, even better than the U2723QE, despite being a lower-end model in Dell's productivity lineup.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Work Monitor

    If you're on a budget and want the best monitor for home office use, there are a few great options 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. This monitor is bare-bones in terms of features compared to the other Dell, as it doesn't have a USB hub, but that's the trade-off you have to make for getting something cheaper.

    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. It has great SDR peak brightness and very good reflection handling, making it a great choice for well-lit rooms. It's also well-built with impressive ergonomics, so you can easily adjust it. 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

    If you want the best monitor for working from home but need something cheap, then the ASUS VG246H is a good option. It has a smaller 24-inch screen and a lower 1080p resolution than the Dell S2721QS. However, it's still a good size if you have limited desk space or want to buy two to place side-by-side. The text clarity is still decent, and it has great color accuracy in the sRGB picture mode. Unfortunately, that mode locks most picture settings, so you may have to use another, less accurate mode.

    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, as the image looks the same from the sides. It's bare-bones 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 from home 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 get another high-end monitor like the Dell U2723QE, as it's cheaper. See our review
  • Dell S3221QS: The Dell S3221QS is a 32-inch, 4k monitor that costs a bit less than the Dell S2722QC, and it's a good monitor if you want the big screen. However, it has worse viewing angles than the S2722QC, and it doesn't have any USB-C ports. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is a budget-friendly office monitor with a USB-C port, but it doesn't support HDR and has a lower 1440p resolution than the Dell S2721QS. See our review
  • LG 38WN95C-W: The LG 38WN95C-W is a slightly cheaper alternative to the LG 40WP95C-W. However, it has a lower resolution, meaning text doesn't look as sharp. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 20, 2023: Added the LG 40WP95C-W back in as 'Best Ultrawide' to be consistent with how people are looking for work monitors; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Feb 17, 2023: Removed the LG 40WP95C-W because an ultrawide category isn't in-line with the scope of this article; added the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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.