Although most people use their monitors in standard landscape orientation, rotating it to a vertical orientation can also be helpful, especially if you're creating a multi-display setup and have limited desk space. However, most monitors on the market aren't specifically for use in a vertical orientation. Instead, they have stands that allow the monitor to rotate vertically. Although pretty much any monitor on the market can be used vertically with an external mount using the VESA standard, for this article, we only consider displays that can rotate vertically with the included stand, ensuring you don't have to worry about any extra expenses.
We've bought and tested more than 250 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best vertical monitors to buy. Also, see our recommendations for the best portable monitors, the best office monitors, and the best monitors for dual setup.
The best monitor for vertical use we've tested is the Dell U2723QE. It's an impressive overall office monitor with a ton of features. Its stand offers impressive ergonomics, including rotating it into portrait mode in either direction, so you can choose which side to put the inputs on, which is convenient if you have your PC directly on one side of the monitor. It's a premium model thanks to its massive USB hub that has five USB-A ports and three USB-C ports. One of the USB-C ports supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90 W of power delivery, and another serves as the KVM switch, letting you control multiple devices with the same keyboard and mouse.
It's an excellent choice to use as a photo editing monitor because it has an sRGB mode that results in excellent accuracy before calibration. It means you won't need to calibrate it, and colors look life-like and aren't over-saturated. It also displays a wide range of colors in HDR if you need to use it for video editing in HDR. While its reflection handling is disappointing, it still gets bright enough to fight glare if you want to use it in a well-lit room.
If you want a cheaper model compared to the Dell U2723QE, the Dell S2722QC is a great choice that's a step down in terms of overall performance, but it's still an excellent productivity model. The reason it's cheaper is that its USB hub isn't nearly as big, and it doesn't have as many features, like a KVM switch, but you still get two USB-A ports and a USB-C slot that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 65 W of power delivery. It means you can connect a compatible laptop to display an image and charge it at the same time, and the power delivery is enough to keep the battery going while you're using it.
It doesn't have an sRGB mode, so the accuracy before calibration is worse for content creators, but it's still decent if you don't need the most accurate colors for office work. It also has better reflection handling than the U2723QE, and, combined with its great peak brightness, it's a great choice to use in well-lit environments. Lastly, its stand has excellent ergonomics as you can rotate it into portrait orientation in either direction, making it a versatile monitor.
If you're looking for something on a budget, then the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a great alternative to the Dell S2722QC. It's a different type of monitor because it has a 1440p resolution, which results in worse text clarity compared to the 4k resolution on the Dell, but that's one of the trade-offs of getting a cheaper monitor. Despite its low cost, it has an outstanding stand in terms of ergonomics, and you can rotate it into portrait mode in either direction. It also has a few extra features, like a USB hub with four slots, so you can connect your mouse and keyboard or other peripherals.
Its wide vertical viewing angle is excellent if you need to use it vertically, and you have it off to the side as the image remains consistent no matter where you view it from. If you want to use it in a bright room, it also gets bright enough to fight glare, and the reflection handling is very good. Unlike the Dell, it actually has an sRGB mode with amazing accuracy in SDR, but it doesn't support HDR, so you can't use it for video editing in HDR.
If you want a cheap monitor to use as a secondary display, then the ASUS VG246H is a great choice. Unlike most cheap displays, it has remarkable ergonomics with a versatile stand that rotates into portrait mode in either direction, making it a great choice to use as a vertical monitor. As it's a cheap display, it has a smaller screen and lower resolution than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, which is normal, but it's fine to use if you don't need the biggest screen and you want something simple. The text clarity is still decent, so you won't have issues reading text on it.
It has amazing out-of-the-box accuracy, similar to the PA278QV, so you won't need to calibrate it, but it doesn't support HDR either. While it has good reflection handling, it isn't the brightest display, so it performs better in rooms with dim lights, and it's best to avoid placing it opposite a bright window as you'll have trouble properly seeing the display. Still, it has wide viewing angles that make the image remain consistent from the sides, which is great if you need to use it on the side.
Oct 27, 2022: Restructured article to focus on office-oriented displays; removed the Acer Nitro XV282K, ASUS ProArt PA278CV, ASUS TUF VG27AQ, Acer Nitro XF243Y, and the Acer Predator XB273U because they no longer fit the scope of the article; added the Dell U2723QE, Dell S2722QC, ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, and the ASUS VG246H; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Aug 15, 2022: Restructured the article to better match user expectations. Removed many Notable Mentions that are no longer relevant to the article.
May 03, 2022: Moved the Samsung Odyssey S28AG70 to a new 'Best 4k Vertical Gaming Monitor' category and refreshed our text throughout.
Mar 03, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.
Feb 10, 2022: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability; added the LG 32GP850-B to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best portrait 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.