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The 8 Best Monitors For Programming And Coding - Summer 2019
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Best Monitors For Programming And Coding
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When programming or coding for long periods of time, it's essential to have a comfortable monitor to keep eye-strain to a minimum. It's important to get a monitor that's the right size, with enough screen real estate to comfortably work with multiple windows open without squinting to look at the screen. A flicker-free monitor is also a must, as backlight flicker can cause headaches and eye strain with prolonged periods of use. Many programmers even prefer working with more than one monitor, as you can have your editor open on one, and your specifications open on another.

We've reviewed 70 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for programming and coding to purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best ultrawide monitors, best monitors for dual setup, and our best 34 inch + monitors.

  1. Best Monitor For Programming: LG 27UK650-W

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    8.0
    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The LG 27UK650-W is the best monitor for coding and programming that we've tested so far. This 27 inch, 4k monitor is great for coding, as the high resolution screen delivers clear text and is flicker-free, so you shouldn't have any issues when using it for long periods of time.

    It's also a versatile choice regardless of your intended setup. It can be VESA mounted if you're interested in a dual-setup, and the stand has height and tilt adjustments, and can rotate to a portrait orientation if you like. It also has great peak brightness, wide viewing angles, and good reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues in a brighter office space.

    Unfortunately, if you work at night and use dark mode on your PC, this monitor might not be the best choice, as it has mediocre black uniformity and a low contrast ratio. Overall, though, the LG 27UK650-W is a great monitor for most uses.

    See our review

  2. Larger Alternative: LG 32UD99-W

    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the versatility of the LG 27UK650-W but would prefer something larger, check out the LG 32UD99-W instead. The larger model delivers very similar performance overall to the smaller model. It has great wide viewing angles, decent contrast and black uniformity, and great peak brightness, making it a versatile choice for any room. This monitor also has a built-in USB hub, so you can quickly connect a thumb drive or external hard drive without digging around behind your PC.

    See our review

  3. Dark Room Alternative: LG 32UD59-B

    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you work at night most of the time, the LG 32UD59-B is a better choice for a dark room than the LG 27UK650-W. This monitor uses a VA panel, which delivers much deeper blacks thanks to the very good native contrast ratio, and it has decent black uniformity. This is also a larger monitor, but has the same great 4k resolution, so it's great for multitasking or keeping your editor and specs open on a single display. Unfortunately, this monitor also has a slightly worse stand, as it can't rotate to a portrait orientation, and it has poor viewing angles.

    See our review

  4. Best Ultrawide Monitor For Programming: Dell U3818DW

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    8.1
    Size : 38 "
    Resolution : 3840x1600
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    The Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide monitor for programming and coding that we've tested so far. The large, 38" display and 3840x1600 resolution is great for multitasking. It also has wide viewing angles and looks great out of the box, thanks to the excellent accuracy.

    This monitor also has a unique set of connections at the back, allowing you to connect the built-in USB hub to multiple PCs. Combined with the monitor's Picture-by-Picture mode, this allows you to work on more than one computer at once, which is great if you have two different computers with different configurations or operating systems.

    Unfortunately, this monitor isn't as well-suited if you enjoy playing games or watching movies, as there is noticeable motion smearing. It also doesn't look quite as good in a dark room. Overall, though, it's a great office monitor, and a very good choice for programming and coding.

    See our review

  5. Wider Alternative: Dell U4919DW

    Size : 49 "
    Resolution : 5120x1440
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If you want something even larger than the Dell U3818DW, check out the Dell U4919DW instead. This massive 49" monitor is the ultimate display for multitasking, and is roughly equal to two 27", 1440p displays glued together. This is excellent for multitasking, as you can comfortably work with multiple windows open without any issues. With a monitor this size, the stand has very limited adjustments, but it can be VESA mounted. Like the smaller Dell, this monitor has great wide viewing angles, but isn't as well-suited for a dark room.

    See our review

  6. Cheaper Alternative: Dell U3417W

    Size : 34 "
    Resolution : 3440x1440
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If you want something a bit cheaper than the Dell U3818DW, check out the Dell U3417W instead. This 34" monitor delivers very similar performance for office use, but has a slightly smaller, lower resolution screen. This monitor has some great features for programmers, including a DisplayPort output, so you can connect a second monitor with only a single cable going back to your computer. Like the larger model, it's a versatile choice for programming, with wide viewing angles, an adjustable stand, and great peak brightness. Unfortunately, also like the larger model, it doesn't look as good in a dark room.

    See our review

  7. Best Compact Monitor For Programming: Dell U2415

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.7
    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 1920x1200
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    The Dell U2415 is the best compact monitor for coding and programming that we've tested so far. The smaller size is great for limited spaces, or if you prefer to work with multiple small monitors rather than one large one. This 24" monitor has a 1200p resolution, which is decent, but isn't ideal for multitasking. The stand has great ergonomics, and can easily be adjusted to an ideal viewing position.

    This monitor has decent peak brightness and good reflection handling, so there shouldn't be any issues using it in a fairly bright room, as long as there aren't too many windows. It also has great wide viewing angles, which is great for a multi-monitor setup.

    Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS monitors, the Dell U2415 does not look as good in a dark room. Overall, though, it's a good monitor for programming and coding.

    See our review

  8. Higher Resolution Alternative: Dell U2518D

    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If you want something with a higher native resolution than the Dell U2415, check out the Dell U2518D. With a slightly larger, 1440p screen, this monitor delivers a more comfortable multitasking experience, and also delivers much better picture quality than the smaller model. Although not technically flicker-free, it has a very high flicker-frequency that shouldn't bother most people.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U2718Q: Great office monitor, but not flicker-free. See our review
  • Dell U2515H: Good monitor for coding, but extremely expensive. See our review
  • Acer Predator Z35P: Good monitor, but the Dell U3417W has better ergonomics and is cheaper. See our review
  • Samsung C49HG90: Great super ultra-wide monitor, but lower native resolution than the Dell U4919DW. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for coding and programming 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.

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