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 are good enough to work on, including those designed for gaming, there are options specifically designed for office use. These typically have more versatile stands, as they'll be used by a variety of people with different needs. They also usually have higher-resolution screens to make it easier to multitask while working from home and have more inputs like USB-C so you can connect a laptop.
We've tested over 225 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best computer monitors for work to purchase. See our recommendations for the best monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best portable monitors.
The best monitor for home office use with a 1440p resolution that we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It's a 27 inch model, giving you plenty of screen real estate for better multitasking. Like most IPS panels, it has wide viewing angles that make it easier to share content with others. It handles reflections well and gets bright enough to combat glare, meaning it performs well in bright rooms. The stand allows for height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, and it can also rotate to portrait mode.
In addition to its very low input lag, it has a 75Hz refresh rate that makes the desktop experience feel slightly smoother and more responsive than a typical 60Hz display. It has full sRGB coverage, and its color accuracy is excellent out of the box, but its Adobe RGB coverage is more limited. There are many inputs available, including a USB hub with four USB 3.0 inputs and a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort and 65W charging, enough to keep most smaller laptops charged or to extend the battery life of larger models.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, which is disappointing if you're a photo or video editor and need to work with content in HDR. On the plus side, it has built-in speakers and a flicker-free backlight to reduce eye strain. Overall, it's an impressive and versatile monitor.
The best work monitor with a 4k screen that we've tested is the Dell S2722QC. Having a higher 4k resolution offers a few benefits compared to the 1440p resolution on the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, like increased pixel density and better text clarity. It means that text looks sharp and legible, and you can also open two windows side-by-side easily.
The S2722QC is well-built with an office-friendly design that features a white back panel and basic cable management to help keep your setup clean. It has great ergonomics as you can swivel it and rotate it to portrait mode in either direction if you want to use it vertically. Like the ASUS, it has a USB-C input with DisplayPort Alt Mode, so you can easily connect a laptop to display an image from it, and it supports up to 65 W of power delivery, allowing you to charge that laptop.
Sadly, it's not the best for photo editors because it has limited Adobe RGB coverage, and its out-of-the-box accuracy is just decent as it lacks an sRGB mode, so some colors are over-saturated. Also, it doesn't display the widest range of colors in HDR, so it's better if you're using the monitor in SDR. Besides that, it's still one of the best monitors for home office use that we've tested.
If you find you don't have enough screen space with a standard 16:9 monitor, then look into getting an ultrawide monitor. The Gigabyte M34WQ is the best ultrawide office monitor we've tested, and it has a few extra productivity features like a USB-C input that supports 15 W of power delivery, so while it's not enough to charge your laptop quickly, it keeps the battery going while you're working.
The 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440x1440 resolution are wider than 27 inch, 1440p displays, meaning you get more horizontal screen space that allows you to open multiple windows side-by-side. It also has good text clarity, so you won't have issues reading text properly. It's a good choice for using it in well-lit rooms because it gets bright enough to fight glare and has great reflection handling. Also, it has wide viewing angles, and the stand offers swivel adjustments if you want to share the screen with someone else.
Sadly, like other monitors in this recommendation, it has a low contrast ratio, and blacks look gray in a dark room, but you won't notice any difference in a well-lit room. It also doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR, but it displays a wide color gamut. Overall, it's a great monitor for office work, especially if you want an ultrawide screen.
The best office monitor for content creators is the Gigabyte M27Q. It's a versatile monitor with a 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution that uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, meaning that images remain accurate when viewed off-center, great for showing your work to coworkers and clients. Visibility isn't an issue even in the brightest environments, but like most IPS panels, it's not a good choice for dark rooms due to its mediocre contrast ratio.
It stands out for its superb SDR color gamut. It has near-full sRGB coverage and Adobe RGB coverage, the latter being one of the highest that we've tested. . It can display a wide color gamut, but its HDR peak brightness isn't high enough to produce bright highlights. It has exceptional gradient handling to minimize banding, outstanding color accuracy out of the box, and no signs of color bleed.
The one issue that might be a dealbreaker is that it uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect image quality, but it can cause blurry text in some programs, like photo editing software. While some people are bothered by it, others don't see it. You can try flipping the screen upside down to get an RGB subpixel layout, but that increases the input lag. Unless its BGR subpixel layout is a dealbreaker, this is a feature-rich option worth checking out.
The best budget office monitor we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's an older version of the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV without a USB-C input, which explains its more budget-friendly price. It also has a 27 inch screen with a 1440p resolution and 75Hz refresh rate. The viewing angles are great, which means the image remains accurate when viewed from the side, and it gets more than bright enough to combat glare, even in well-lit settings.
If you often struggle to get a comfortable viewing position, the good news is that the ergonomics are superb. You can adjust the height, tilt, and swivel and rotate the screen to portrait mode. Text clarity is decent, and color accuracy is good out of the box. Unfortunately, although designed for content creators, it doesn't have full sRGB coverage, which is somewhat disappointing.
There's no USB-C input, but you still get four USB 3.0 ports and a USB-B upstream port, meaning you can plug your peripherals or dongles directly into the monitor. Lastly, it has a great response time and low input lag if you want to play some games on the side. If you can spend a bit more and can find one, it's better to go with the newer version, but this is still a good alternative if you're on a tighter budget.
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.
Feb 11, 2022: Replaced the Dell S2721QS with the newer Dell S2722QC. Replaced the Acer XV340CK with the Gigabyte M34WQ.
Dec 13, 2021: Replaced the LG 34GP83A-B with the LG 38WN95C-W for consistency as the 38WN95C-W offers more office features; added the Gigabyte M32U, Dell S3221QS, Acer Nitro XF243Y, and the Gigabyte M34WQ to Notable Mentions.
Oct 19, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and availability, but no changes to our picks. Refreshed the text.
Aug 20, 2021: Replaced Dell UltraSharp U2720Q with ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, removed LG 32UD99-W, added Dell S2721QS as '4k Alternative', replaced Dell U3818DW with LG 34GP83A-B.
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.