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 tested over 130 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 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 has great coverage of Adobe RGB. It supports HDR10 and 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 three 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, 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 tested, 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 want a more versatile monitor that you can use for work and gaming, then check out the Acer Nitro XV340CK. At 34 inches, it's just a bit smaller than the Dell U3818DW, but it has almost the same pixel density, so images and text look just as sharp. It has much better ergonomics, as it can swivel a full 360 degree, but it has narrower viewing angles, so images can look a bit washed out when viewed from the sides. It has a much faster response time, a 144Hz refresh rate, and support for FreeSync variable refresh rate to help minimize screen tearing. It also has lower input lag and supports HDR. The main downside is that it doesn't get very bright, which means that it's more suitable for a dark to moderately-lit room. Also, it doesn't have a USB-C port.
Overall, if you don't plan on gaming, the Dell is a better choice for office use, as it has much wider viewing angles, better color accuracy, and a USB-C port. However, if you need a monitor that can do both and don't mind a few minor compromises, the Acer 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.
The best office monitor in the budget category we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's a versatile 27 inch monitor with a design that fits well in any office setting. Its superb ergonomics allow for all manner of adjustments, and its IPS panel provides wide viewing angles, so you can easily share your work with colleagues. It's well-suited for bright rooms, as it can overcome glare easily with its high brightness and good reflection handling.
Out-of-the-box, this monitor has good color accuracy, with near full coverage of the sRGB color space. Banding is minimal due to its excellent gradient handling, and there's no sign of color bleed. It has great response time and low input lag, and its 75Hz refresh rate makes motion look smoother than a typical 60Hz panel, such as when scrolling through a document quickly. If you want to game a bit on the side, it has FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to help reduce screen tearing.
There are four USB 3.0 ports for charging or data transfer, and a pair of integrated speakers that you can use to play audio from an external device. There's also ASUS' QuickFit Virtual Scale feature, which lets you align and preview documents in their actual size before printing. Sadly, there's no HDR support, although it's somewhat expected of a monitor in this price range. All in all, this is a well-rounded monitor that most people should be happy with.
10/09/2020: Replaced LG 34GN850-B with Acer Nitro XV340CK, replaced ASUS TUF VG27AQ with ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV.
08/11/2020: 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.
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.