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'll only consider displays that can rotate vertically with the included stand.
We've tested over 225 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best vertical monitors for many needs and budgets. Also, see our recommendations for the best portable monitors, the best office monitors, and the best monitors for dual setup.
The best vertical office monitor we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It's designed with productivity in mind, so it has many features for that, and it's well-built with the stand offering incredible ergonomics. You can rotate it into portrait mode in either direction, meaning you can choose which way the normally down-facing inputs face, making them easier to access in a multi-monitor setup.
It has great connectivity, with a built-in USB hub and a single USB-C port that supports power delivery and DisplayPort Alt Mode. This greatly simplifies your connections, as you can leave your mouse and keyboard connected to the monitor, with a single USB-C cable running back to your laptop. It can deliver up to 65W to your Ultrabook or MacBook, which is enough to charge most smaller computers while you work.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, which is disappointing if you're a content creator and your content is in HDR. It has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy and has perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most web content, but its Adobe RGB color space is more limited, which isn't ideal for photo editing. If that doesn't bother you, it's the best monitor for vertical use in an office setting that we've tested.
The Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx is the best vertical gaming monitor we've tested. It delivers an excellent gaming experience, with a high 270Hz max refresh rate and outstanding response time across the entire supported refresh rate. It supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, which helps reduce screen tearing when the frame rate drops. It also has extremely low input lag at the max refresh rate, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience.
This monitor can rotate vertically in either direction, so you can choose which side the inputs and the thicker bottom bezel are on. It has great connectivity, with a good selection of inputs and a built-in USB hub, meaning you can plug your controllers directly into the monitor. It's great for gaming in a bright room, as it has impressive peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling.
Unfortunately, it's not the best choice for a dark room due to its low contrast ratio and just okay black uniformity. It also has limited vertical viewing angles, but we don't expect this to be noticeable when it's in portrait orientation. Overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor for most uses, and it's the best vertical gaming monitor that we've tested.
The best vertical gaming monitor with a 4k resolution that we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70. It's an excellent gaming monitor, with an excellent response time at the max refresh rate, resulting in very clear motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and it supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rates, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
The stand has fantastic ergonomics, and it can rotate to portrait orientation, so you won't need to buy a separate VESA mount if you want to use this monitor in a vertical setup. The monitor's 4k native resolution delivers a sharp image, great for immersive games that focus on visual fidelity over fast-paced action. It has good visibility in most viewing environments, including good peak brightness in SDR, meaning it can easily overcome glare in a bright room.
Sadly, it's not as well-suited for a dark room, as it has low contrast and disappointing black uniformity, so blacks look gray and uneven in dark rooms. Overall, though, it's a great vertical gaming monitor.
The best monitor for programming in portrait mode that we've tested is the Dell S2722QC. It's an impressive model for coding and general office use, with a high-resolution 4k screen that delivers sharper text than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. Of course, it also has very good ergonomics. You can rotate it to portrait orientation in either direction, meaning you can decide which way the inputs face in a multimonitor setup.
It has great connectivity, with a built-in USB hub and a single USB-C port, so you can quickly connect your laptop or Ultrabook and leave your mouse and keyboard connected to the display. The USB-C port even supports 65W of power delivery, enough to charge most smaller laptops and smaller MacBooks. It has good visibility in bright rooms, with great peak brightness and good reflection handling, so you don't have to worry about glare in a bright room.
Unfortunately, it's not the best choice if you're working in a dark room, as it has low contrast, so blacks look gray in a dark room. Unless you're in a dark room, though, this isn't noticeable, even if you use the dark mode in your favorite editor. Overall, it's a great monitor for most uses.
The best portrait monitor you can get if you're on a budget is the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. It's a versatile monitor that delivers a good experience overall. The stand has an incredible range of motion, and you can rotate it in portrait orientation in either direction, so you decide which way the inputs face. It also has an excellent height adjustment and fantastic tilt range, so when you're not using it in portrait orientation, you can easily adjust it to an optimal viewing position.
It's mainly for gaming, and it's especially good for fast-paced action games. It has a fast refresh rate and excellent motion handling, so there's very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has excellent low input lag, ensuring your actions remain in sync with what you see on the screen. It even supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rates, which help reduce tearing in games.
Sadly, the native resolution isn't ideal for word processing or office work, as it results in just decent text clarity. It's also a bit small for multitasking, as there's not enough space to comfortably work with more than one window open. Despite these limits, it's a good monitor overall.
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.
Jan 20, 2022: Replaced the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U with the Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 because it's cheaper; replaced the Dell S2721QS with the Dell S2722QC because it has a USB-C input; updated Notable Mentions to reflect user needs.
Dec 22, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors that are currently available that can be rotated to portrait orientation. 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.