It can be hard to choose the best monitor for your needs, as they vary significantly in size, shape, and performance. There are different types of monitors depending on the desired use, and there's no catch-all monitor that is perfect for everyone. However, some monitors are more versatile than others. From ultrawide office monitors to high-performance gaming monitors, there's something for everyone on this list.
We've tested over 160 monitors, and below you'll find our picks for the best monitors available for purchase. You can also check our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 4k monitors, and the best monitors for photo editors.
The best monitor for office use that we've tested is the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q. It's a 27 inch 4k monitor that delivers incredibly sharp text and provides plenty of space for multitasking. The stand allows for height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, and you can also rotate the screen to portrait mode. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, ideal for sharing work and content with coworkers.
It has full sRGB and great Adobe RGB coverage, making it a good choice for content creators working in those color spaces. However, color accuracy is only decent out of the box, so you may have to calibrate it before doing any color work. It has good peak brightness, but it doesn't handle reflections all that well, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite bright lights. It has good response times to deliver reasonably clear images in fast-moving scenes, fast enough for gaming casually, but the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and there's no variable refresh rate (VRR) support.
There aren't many extra features, but you do get a very generous port selection. It has three USB 3.0 and two USB-C inputs. One of the USB-C inputs supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which lets you dock a laptop and charge it with a single cable, and the other is on the side of the monitor for easy access. The backlight is flicker-free, and there's also a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, this is a great office monitor that should make most people happy.
If you don't want to spend that much on a 4k monitor and prefer something cheaper, then check out the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It doesn't support HDR like the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q, but that shouldn't be a problem if you're using it for office use. The lower 1440p resolution on the ASUS still delivers fairly clear text, and in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has good reflection handling. It has a USB-C input, which supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from your laptop and charge it at once. It's advertised to deliver up to 65W of power, which should be good enough for most lightweight office laptops. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles; sadly, that means it has a low contrast ratio.
If you want the best monitor for office use with a 4k resolution, check out the Dell, but if you want to save some money and go for a 1440p option, look into the ASUS.
The best monitor for office use that's available in an ultrawide format is the Dell U3818DW. Although the market for high-resolution, 38 inch monitors is limited, there are a few good options, but they can get expensive, and this one offers the best value for its price. Its unique 3840x1600 resolution results in about the same pixel density as a 27 inch, 1440p monitor, so text is fairly sharp and legible.
It's packed with office-oriented features to help with productivity. It has a USB-C input that supports a Power Delivery mode with 95W of power, so you can charge your laptop. With the DisplayPort Alt Mode, you can also display an image from a compatible device. It has USB-B upstream ports, so if you connect the monitor to your computer with it, you can use the monitor's KVM feature, allowing you to connect your mouse and keyboard directly to the monitor instead of the PC. It also has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, so you can display images from two sources at once.
Sadly, it has a slow response time, so motion looks blurry. It can be noticeable while scrolling through long documents, and because of it, this monitor isn't the best choice for gaming. It's also limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and lacks VRR. It has wide viewing angles, great gray uniformity, and decent peak brightness, but its reflection handling isn't the best. This is still one of the best monitors we've tested.
If you want an ultrawide monitor better suited for gaming than the Dell U3818DW, consider the LG 34GN850-B. It has a smaller 34 inch screen, but with a 3440x1440 resolution, the pixel density is roughly the same as the Dell's, so images still look sharp. It has a significantly faster response time, a higher refresh rate, and FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It can display a wide color gamut for HDR, but it doesn't get bright enough for a true cinematic HDR experience. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a USB-C port or Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture modes like the Dell does, and its ergonomics are worse because it doesn't allow for any swivel adjustment.
Overall, if you mainly need a monitor for office use, the Dell is a better choice due to its wider viewing angles, better ergonomics, and wider connectivity options. However, if you mainly want to game, go with the LG, as it has much better gaming performance.
The best monitor for gaming that we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA. It's an excellent gaming monitor with great overall performance that should make most people happy. It's packed with gaming-oriented features, including an RGB lighting ring to set the mood in your gaming setup. It's available in both a 27 and 32 inch size, and we tested the 32 inch model; they each have a high 1440p resolution to deliver crisp images.
It has a high 240Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. Motion looks smooth whether you're gaming at its max refresh rate or 60Hz, thanks to its outstanding response time. It also has a Black Frame Insertion feature, but you can't use it with VRR enabled. Input lag is incredibly low to deliver a responsive gaming experience. Thanks to its VA panel, it's a good choice for dark room gaming as it displays deep blacks and has okay black uniformity. If you want to use it for HDR gaming, it displays a wide color gamut and has alright HDR peak brightness.
Sadly, even though it has a local dimming feature, it performs terribly and doesn't improve the contrast. The VA panel has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks inaccurate if you want to share your screen with others or if you sit too close, as the edges of the screen may look darker. On the plus side, it performs well in bright rooms thanks to its high peak brightness and very good reflection handling. Overall, this is one of the best monitors we've tested.
If you prefer something with a 240Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 280Hz, check out the ASUS VG279QM. It has a lower 1080p resolution than the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T and can't display deep blacks, but instead, the ASUS has wider viewing angles if you want to use it for co-op gaming. The ASUS has an exceptional response time that remains nearly as fast at 60Hz. Its input lag is extremely low, but it increases significantly at 60Hz, so it's not ideal for console gaming. It has outstanding ergonomics that allow you to place the screen how you like, and if you have it in a well-lit room, it has high peak brightness and decent reflection handling. It also supports HDR10, but sadly, it doesn't display a wide color gamut for HDR content.
If you want the best monitor for gaming that we've tested, you can't go wrong with the Samsung, but if you want a higher refresh rate and don't mind compromising on resolution, check out the ASUS.
If you're in the market for a large screen display, then the best monitor with a large screen that we've tested is the LG OLED48CXPUB. Although it's a TV, LG advertises it for monitor use, and we tested it as such. It provides a large 48 inch screen, which is fantastic for multitasking while still maintaining a standard 16:9 aspect ratio. However, it doesn't have an ergonomic stand because it's a TV, so you can't easily adjust it.
The advantage of an OLED panel over its LED competitors is its ability to individually turn off pixels, resulting in perfect blacks. It's great for dark room gaming, and there's no blooming around bright objects either. If you also want to use it for co-op gaming, it has wide viewing angles. Unlike most monitors, it doesn't have a DisplayPort input but instead has HDMI 2.1 support, allowing you to play 4k @ 120Hz games with compatible HDMI 2.1 devices. It has a near-instant response time and very low input lag for gaming.
Sadly, OLED panels are prone to permanent burn-in with constant exposure to static elements, like the user interface. If you plan on using it as a monitor, we suggest watching varied content, like movies or shows to avoid the burn-in. If that's the case, it comes with a built-in smart system that features many apps, including Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video. All in all, if you don't mind the risk of permanent burn-in, the LG is the best monitor with a 48 inch display that we've tested.
Apr 23, 2021: Replaced the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV with the PA278CV because it has a USB-C input; updated Notable Mentions according to availability.
Mar 24, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, LG 27GN850-B, Philips 436M6VBPAB, and the ASUS PG259QN to Notable Mentions.
Feb 26, 2021: Replaced the Dell S2721QS with the Dell U2720Q as 'Best Office' because the U2720Q is easier to find; replaced the Acer Nitro XV340CK with the LG 34GN850-B because the LG has a quicker response time.
Feb 12, 2021: Added the Dell Alienware AW2721D and the Gigabyte M27Q to Notable Mentions; updated text for clarity.
Jan 15, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks, minor text and structure changes.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best computer monitors 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.