If like me you better start working from home full time due to the recent pandemic you may have found that while your laptop screen is fine for scrolling through Facebook its small size can be limiting when you have to do some real work. Luckily you can easily plug in an external monitor into your laptop to give you some more real estate and in many cases a sharper image as well.
Today we’ll take a look at our top recommendations for office monitors for working from home to help you pick out the best one for your needs.
In this article, we’ll start with a quick summary of what you should look for when picking out a work monitor and then move on to our recommendations.
Different people have different needs so we’ll start by taking a look at the best overall work monitors then we’ll take a look at a couple of all tried options in case you need to have many windows open at once.
Finally we’ll take a look at our top recommendations if you use a MacBook.
When considering which of these minors to get there are a few important things to consider while most monitors will suffice for work use. Monitors designed for office in business environments often feature a good adjustable stand so you can easily adjust their height to comfortably suit you.
Some can even be rotated sideways which can be great for people like me who jobs mainly into writing or reading through websites. Well many budget monitors have a 1080 pixel resolution. This can be limiting especially if you get a larger screen even if you get a larger screen if you don’t increase your resolution you won’t actually be increasing your usable real estate.
Many office monitors will have either a full 4K or slightly lower 1440P resolution also known as QHD which actually gives you more real estate than 1080P allowing you to fit more windows on the screen. This can be very helpful if you need to have multiple windows open like a word document some websites and email to help you stay connected to your co-workers.
If multitasking is a very very important an ultrawide monitor may be the way to go. Well, these tend to be a bit more expensive they can be the equivalent of having 1.5 regular monitors side by side.
For people like myself who do a lot of multi-tasking or need to have a lot of windows open at once this can greatly increase productivity and allow you to get your work done quicker.
Finally, some newer laptops like MacBook can utilize the USB C. ports to receive power from and send an image to your monitor. This can be a lot easier to set up a temporary workstation as required less cumbersome cables overall.
So with that said let’s get on to the recommendations.
Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q (Best Remote Work Monitor)
The best overall remote working under we’ve reviewed so far is the Dell U2718Q. this large 27-inch monitor has a 4K resolution so you’ll get up to 4 times the usable real estate versus a 1080P monitor.
Though it’s worth noting that with a 27-inch size you’ll likely use scaling settings within your PC to make everything larger and easier to see as at native 4K text me quite small.
So it’s likely that most people end up with about double the usable real estate versus the regular tended to be monitor. This allows you to display more of your work on your screen at once so you don’t have to scroll around or minimize windows as often.
It has great ergonomics so you can easily adjust the height and tilt or rotate it for portrait viewing. This monitor uses an IPS type panel which gives you a great horizontal viewing angle so you should always get an accurate image.
Unfortunately as is common with IPS screens its native contrast is limited and there’s no to school backlight bleed along the bottom edge of the screen. This means this monitor isn’t the best choice for using a very dark room however this likely won’t affect you much in a brighter environment. Also while this water isn’t too expensive and maybe a bit more than some people want to spend if they’re only looking for something to last in the next few weeks or months.
Dell Ultrasharp U2518D (Cheaper Alternative)
If you don’t want to spend quite as much we’d recommend the del U2518D. It is a slightly smaller monitor at 25 inches and it’s got a lower 1440P HD resolution screen as opposed to full 4K. That being said you can still fit quite a bit on your screen at a time and it still has great horizontal viewing angles as well.
The ergonomics are similar to the U2718Q and you can easily adjust the height and tilt or switch to portrait mode. Like the U2017Q it’s best used in a moderately lit environment as its dark room performance isn’t very good.
Dell Ultrasharp U3818DW (Best Ultrawide Remote Work Monitor)
Like I mentioned earlier if your work requires you to have a lot of programs open at once you may want to consider an ultrawide monitor. The best ultrawide work monitor we’ve tested so far is the Dell U3818DW.
Keep in mind that monitor screen sizes are measured diagonally so this 38-inch ultrawide monitor is about the equivalent of having 1.5 regular 27-inch monitors side by side. Giving you lots of space to have multiple windows open, like the other dell monitors I’ve mentioned so far, it has great viewing angles, but this comes at the expense of contrast.
It has the curved screen also helps make sure that it’s left and rightmost sides always remain accurate. It is also nice and bright so you should be able to use it in a well-lit environment without having to worry about reflections and glare. Unfortunately, it’s quite expensive so it may not fit within everyone’s budget.
LG 34UC79G-B (Cheaper Ultrawide Alternative)
If you like the idea of having an ultrawide monitor but don’t have the kind of cash that the Dell requires. Then go with the LG 34UC79G-B it’s a little bit smaller 34 inches and it’s a lower resolution but it’s considerably cheaper than the Dell U3818DW.
Well it’s still a curved monitor its curve isn’t quite as pronounced as the dell but luckily it’s viewing angles are great so you won’t notice the image to grade on the sides.
Its ergonomics aren’t as good as dell’s monitors and you can only adjust the height and tilt by a small amount. However, if you want an ultrawide monitor but don’t want to spend a ton this LG offers good value overall.
LG 32UD99-W (Best Monitor for MacBook)
The best work monitor for MacBook that we’ve tested so far is the LG 32UD99-W. Well, this monitor can be plugged in via HDMI or DisplayPort like the other monitors I’ve mentioned it also supports DisplayPort alt via it’s USB C port. This means that you can plug into a compatible USB C device like a MacBook and the model receive an image as well as power your device. If you move your MacBook around a lot this can make it much easier to hook up as well as keeping your desktop area nice and tidy.
The monitor itself is a 32-inch 4K monitor so you still get a nice big screen with a ton of real estate for multitasking. The stand offers a lot of adjustments but unfortunately, you can’t swivel it for portrait mode. It’s worth noting that not only MacBook supports DisplayPort alt via USB C so if you have a laptop that has a USB C port you may want to check if it supports this feature. If it does you’ll be able to take full advantage of this monitor as well.
BenQ EW3270U (Cheaper Alternative)
If you like the idea of the check of the BenQ EW3270U this 32-inch water also the 4K resolution. So you’ll be able to fit a ton of windows on your screen at once. Unlike all the other monitors I’ve mentioned so far, this 1 uses a VA panel as opposed to an IPS 1. This means that you’ll get much deeper blacks and better performance in a dark room but you’re viewing angles won’t be nearly as good. It’s also not quite as bright so it may have a tough time overcoming glare and reflections in a very bright and well-lit room.
Unfortunately, the ergonomics of this monitor are also quite bad and you can only adjust the tilt a small amount with no height or swivel adjustments whatsoever.
That being said the monger still feels quite well made and provides decent picture quality overall. For the price, it’s a decent 32 inch 4K option on its own and the fact that it also supports DisplayPort alt over to USB C port is the icing on the cake.