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 will perform decently for business use, there's 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're also usually larger, with higher-resolution screens to make it easier to multitask while working from home.
We've reviewed over 115 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best work monitors to purchase. See also our recommendations for the best monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and our best 34 inch + monitors.
The best office monitor that we've tested so far is the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q. It's a 27 inch screen with a 4k resolution that delivers sharp images and text. It's well-built and its professional-looking design fits well in any office setting. The stand allows for a wide range of adjustments so you can place it however you like, and its IPS panel's wide viewing angles make it easy to share your work with coworkers. Visibility shouldn't be an issue in most rooms; however, it may struggle to overcome glare in well-lit environments.
It comes with decent out-of-the-box color accuracy. It covers the entire sRGB color space and it has great coverage of Adobe RGB. It supports HDR10 and it can display a wide color gamut, but its peak brightness isn't quite high enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience. Although the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz and there's no VRR support, it has good response time and low input lag, making it a good option for some casual gaming on the side.
There's a generous number of ports, including 3 USB 3.0 and two USB-C ports. One of the USB-C ports supports DisplayPort Alt mode, which allows you to display an image from a compatible device and charge it at the same time with the same cable, and the other can be used to charge your mobile devices even when the monitor is turned off. Overall, it's a great and versatile monitor that most people should be satisfied with.
If your workspace is limited or you prefer a smaller screen, then check out the Dell UltraSharp U2520Q. It's basically a smaller version of the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q and offers largely the same performance. It gets a bit brighter, it has slightly wider viewing angles, and it comes with better color accuracy out-of-the-box. Its pixel density isn't as high since it has a 1440p resolution, but it's still high enough to render text clearly. You also get HDR support and there are just as many USB ports available as its bigger sibling.
Overall, if you need more screen space, the U2720Q is a better choice; otherwise, the U2520Q is just as good and its compact size makes it even easier to fit into any office setting.
The best monitor for home office setups with an ultrawide screen is the Dell U3818DW. It has a unique 3840x1600 resolution that's great for multitasking and opening multiple windows at once. Like most Dell monitors, it has a fairly good stand that has a wide swivel range, but being an ultrawide, it can't rotate into portrait mode.
This is a very good monitor for almost any type of use. The IPS screen offers great viewing angles, perfect for when you need to share your screen with a coworker. It has outstanding out-of-the-box color accuracy, one of the best we've seen so far, and it has good coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. It can get decently bright, and it has great reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues placing it in a bright office environment. It also delivers an immersive gaming experience with great motion handling and a low input lag, but sadly it has a limiting 60Hz refresh rate and no VRR support.
Unfortunately, as is the case with most IPS panels, it has a low contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity. Luckily, it has some good extra features to help with your workflow, like Picture-in-Picture mode, which allows you to display two sources at once and work with them both. Overall, this is a reliable ultrawide monitor for office use.
If you also want to game on your at-home office monitor, then check out the LG 34GN850-B. It has a lower resolution and pixel density than the Dell U3818DW, but it has better gaming features and HDR10 support. Its native 144Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 160Hz, its motion is exceptionally smooth, and input lag is very low. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and it's NVIDIA certified for G-SYNC compatibility. It has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, and HDR content looks good thanks to its wide color gamut and decent brightness in that mode. Unfortunately, it's not ideal for dark room viewing due to its low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray. On the upside, it gets bright enough to combat glare in most office environments, and it has decent reflection handling.
If you're looking for the best work monitor with an ultrawide screen, you should be happy with the Dell, but if you also want to use it for gaming, the LG is a good alternative.
The best monitor for home office setups with accurate colors is the Acer Predator X27. Although designed mainly to be a gaming monitor, it is very versatile and a great choice for photo and video editors.
It has near-perfect coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, and it covers almost all of the sRGB color space used in most content. HDR content looks great on it thanks to its great color gamut and outstanding peak brightness, so highlights pop the way they should. You shouldn't have any issues placing it in a bright environment as it has good peak brightness in SDR, decent reflection handling, and it comes with blinders to help reduce glare. It also has wide viewing angles if you need to share your screen with coworkers. It has built-in speakers and a USB hub if you want to charge your devices while working.
Unfortunately, it has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you'll need to get it calibrated to get the full use of it. It also doesn't perform well in dark rooms since it has a low contrast ratio and bad uniformity. However, if you also want to game with it, the response time is outstanding, it has a low input lag, and native G-SYNC support. Overall, this is the most accurate work monitor we've tested so far.
The best monitor for MacBook that we've reviewed so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. Although it's primarily designed for gaming, it's also well-suited for work. There's plenty of screen space for multitasking with its 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution, and the resulting 109 PPI pixel density shouldn't cause any scaling issues with macOS. It's well-built, it has excellent ergonomics, and its IPS panel has wide viewing angles. Its peak brightness is good and it handles reflections decently well, but visibility can still be an issue in very bright rooms.
Out-of-the-box, it has decent color accuracy. It has an excellent SDR color gamut, but it can't display a wide color gamut despite having HDR support. Its fast response time and 165Hz refresh rate make scrolling through documents look incredibly smooth, and its low input lag makes the whole desktop experience feel responsive. There's VRR support if you want to use it for some gaming, as well as an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can help improve motion clarity.
Unfortunately, there's aren't any USB ports on this monitor. There's a pair of integrated speakers if you don't have dedicated ones, and the backlight is flicker-free, which can be helpful in reducing eye strain on long work days. There's some gamer-centric design on the back and on the stand, but it's fairly subtle and won't stick out like a sore thumb in a professional office setting. All in all, even though the lack of USB-C connectivity is disappointing, most people should be happy with this monitor's overall performance and versatility.
08/11/2020: Minor text and structure changes, replaced Dell U2718Q with Dell UltraSharp U2720Q, replaced Dell UltraSharp U2518D with Dell UltraSharp U2520D, replaced LG 32UD99-W with ASUS TUF VG27AQ for consistency, removed BenQ EW3270U.
06/12/2020: Replaced the LG 34GK950F-B with the 34GN850-B; updated notable mentions.
05/15/2020: Changed the BenQ to 'Photo Editing Alternative'.
03/16/2020: Added LG 27UD99-W, BenQ EW3270U.
10/16/2019: Removed the Dell U3417W, as it's becoming difficult to find.
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.