Using a monitor in a vertical or portrait orientation can be helpful if you work with multiple monitors and want to save space by rotating one of them. Most monitors on the market aren't specifically designed for use in a vertical orientation; instead, they have stands that allow the screen to rotate vertically. Although pretty much any monitor on the market can be used vertically with an external mount, 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 270 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best monitors for vertical use to buy. Also, see our recommendations for the best portable monitors, the best office monitors, and the best monitors for dual setup.
The best vertical monitor we've tested is the Dell S2722QC. It's an excellent office monitor with a few productivity features and a high 4k resolution that delivers sharp images. It has everything you'd want in a vertical monitor, as its stand allows you to rotate the screen into portrait mode in either direction. It also offers all other common ergonomic adjustments, including swivel, height, and tilt adjustments. If you want to use it in a well-lit office, it also gets bright enough to fight glare and has very good reflection handling, meaning visibility isn't a problem.
It has two USB-A ports to connect devices like a keyboard and mouse, freeing up the USB ports on your PC. It also has a USB-C input, which is great if you want to connect a laptop to display an image and charge it at the same time, thanks to its 65W of power delivery. However, this port doesn't support daisy-chaining to connect a second display, so if that's important to you, the Dell U2723QE is another 4k office monitor, but it also costs more.
If you want something cheaper or don't want to use a 4k monitor in a vertical orientation, check out the LG 27GP83B-B. There are two variants available; however, the 27GP850-B variant costs more, so the 27GP83B-B is the better mid-range option. Text doesn't look as sharp as the Dell S2722QC due to the lower resolution, but that's normal for a cheaper display. Its stand rotates into portrait mode in a clockwise orientation, but unlike the Dell, its overall ergonomics aren't as versatile because you can't swivel it.
The LG is more of a gaming monitor than the Dell, thanks to its higher refresh rate, but it still has good office performance, with excellent accuracy before calibration, thanks to its sRGB mode. It has an acceptable vertical viewing angle, which is still good enough to use in a vertical orientation, as the image remains consistent from the sides. While it doesn't have many extra office features, the 27GP850-B variant has two USB-A ports that let you connect your peripherals if you don't have enough space on your laptop or PC.
If you're looking for a cheaper monitor but don't necessarily want something on a budget, check out the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It's a 27-inch, 1440p monitor like the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B, but it doesn't support HDR at all, which is disappointing if you need HDR while working, which is also the trade-off for getting a cheaper display. However, the ASUS also has more productivity features like a USB-C input with 65W of power delivery, and it has four USB-A ports to which you can connect your devices. It also has a DisplayPort output, which is great if you want to daisy chain a second monitor.
It's easy to adjust this monitor into a vertical orientation as it has an extremely ergonomic stand and rotates into portrait mode in either direction. It has an even better vertical viewing angle than the LG, so you won't have issues seeing a consistent image from the sides, and it has incredible accuracy, so images look life-like. Lastly, it has a few extra features, like a virtual grid alignment that makes it easier to align the monitor next to another display.
If you're looking for the best monitor for vertical use and are on a budget, check out the Dell S2721QS. It's different from the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV because it has a higher 4k resolution, but the main trade-off here is that the Dell has fewer features. It doesn't have any USB ports, so you can't connect extra devices, and it doesn't support daisy chaining like the ASUS, so you can't easily connect a second monitor. However, it's still an excellent office monitor whose 4k resolution delivers sharp images, and the 27-inch screen size lets you see more of your work at once.
It performs well in bright rooms because it gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling, similar to the Dell S2722QC. It also has an ergonomic stand that can rotate into portrait mode in either direction and offers tilt, height, and swivel adjustments. As it's a budget display, it doesn't have many extra features as it lacks a dedicated sRGB mode, meaning colors are oversaturated, but its overall image accuracy is still decent.
If you want a cheaper model as a secondary display in a vertical orientation, the ASUS VG246H is a great choice. As it's a cheap display, it has a smaller screen and lower 1080p resolution than the Dell S2721QS. However, it's a good option if you don't need the biggest screen and want something simple, as the text clarity is still decent. 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.
It has great accuracy before calibration, so you likely won't need to calibrate it, but it doesn't support HDR. 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. Luckily, it has wide viewing angles that keep the image consistent from the sides, which is great if you need to use it on the side, like if it's next to your main display.
Apr 21, 2023: Removed the Dell U2723QE because it isn't in-line with user expectations, and renamed the Dell S2722QC as the 'Best Vertical Monitor'; replaced the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV with the Dell S2721QS because it's cheaper and has a higher resolution.
Feb 21, 2023: Added the Dell U2723QE back is as the 'Best Vertical Monitor' because it has more features than the Dell S2722QC and renamed the S2722QC as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Dec 23, 2022: Removed the Dell U2723QE because it's expensive to use as a secondary, vertical monitor; added the LG 27GP850-B and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV to give more variety between the products; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
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.
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.