If, like me, you’ve had to start working from home full time due to the recent Covid-19
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 an external monitor into your laptop to give you 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. Hi, I'm Nick, I’m a writer at RTINGS.com
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Keyboards, Mice, and more! In this video, 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 needstake a look at a couple of ultrawide
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! You can also skip ahead with timestamps in
the description box.
When considering which of these monitors to get, there’s a few important things to consider.
While most monitors will suffice for work use, monitors designed for office and business
environments often feature good, adjustable stands so you can easily adjust their height
to comfortably suit you. Some can even be rotated sideways, which can be great for people
like myself whose jobs mainly entail writing or reading through websites.
While many budget monitors have a 1080P resolution, this can be limiting, especially if you get
a larger screen. Even if you get a bigger screen, if you don’t increase your resolution,
you won’t actually be increasing your usable real esate. Many office monitors will have
either a full 4k, or a lower 1440P resolution which actually gives you more real estate,
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 coworkers. If multi-tasking is very very important, an
ultrawide monitor may be the way to go. While these tend to be quite a bit more expensive,
they can be the equivalent of having one and a half 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 work done quicker.
Finally, some newer laptops, like MacBook's, can utilize their USB-C ports to both receive
power from and send an image to your monitor. This can be a lot easier to set up a temporary
workstation as it requires less cumbersome cables overall.
So with that said, let’s get on to the recommendations!
The best overall remote work monitor we’ve reviewed so far is the Dell U2718Q. This large
27” monitor has a 4k resolution so you’ll get up to four times the usable real estate
than you would with a 1080p monitor. Though it’s worth noting, that with a 27” size,
you’ll likely use scaling settings within your PC to make everything larger and easier
to see, as at native 4k, text can be quite small. So it’s likely that most people will
end up with about double the usable real estate VS a regular 1080P monitor. This allows you
to display more of your work on your screen so you won’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 great
horizontal viewing angles, so you should always get an accurate image. Unfortunately, as is
common with IPS screens, its native contrast is limited, and there’s noticeable backlight
bleed along the bottom edge of the screen. This means this monitor isn’t the best choice
for using in a dark room; however, this likely won’t affect you much in a brighter environment.
Also, while this monitor isn’t too expensive, it may be a bit more than some people want
to spend if they’re only looking something to last them for the next few weeks or months.
If you don’t want to spend quite as much, we’d recommend the Dell U2518D. It’s a
slightly smaller monitor at 25 inches, and it’s got a lower 1440p QHD 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 U2718Q, it’s best used in a moderately-lit environment, as its dark room performance
isn’t very good. It’s the best 24-25 inch monitor we’ve tested so far as of the filming
of this video, and it offers great value overall.
Like I mentioned earlier, if your work requires you having a ton 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” ultrawide monitor is about the equivalent of having one and a half 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. Its curved screen also helps make sure that its left
and right-most sides always remain accurate. It’s 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 is quite expensive, so it may not fit within everyone’s budget.
If you like the idea of having an ultrawide monitor but don’t have the kind of cash
that the Dell requires, go with the LG 34UC79G-B. It’s a little bit smaller at 34 inches and
it’s a lower resolution, but it’s considerably cheaper than the Dell U3818DW. While 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 on the sides degrade. 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.
The best work monitor for a MacBook that we’ve tested so far is the LG 32UD99-W. While this
monitor can be plugged in via HDMI or Display port, like the other monitors we’ve mentioned,
it also supports DisplayPort Alt via its USB-C port. This means that you can plug it into
a compatible USB-C device, like a MacBook, and the monitor will 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’ll 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 the screen
for portrait mode. It’s worth noting that not only MacBook's support 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 that you’ll be able to take full advantage of this monitor
If you like the idea , then check out the BenQ EW3270U. This 32 inch monitor also has
a 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 one uses a VA panel as opposed to
an IPS one. This means that you’ll get much deeper blacks, and better performance in a
dark room, but your 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 by a small amount, with no height or swivel adjustments whatsoever.
That being said, the monitor still feels quite well-made and provides decent picture quality
overall. For the price it’s a decent 32” 4k option on its own, and the fact that it
also supports DisplayPort Alt over its USB C port is icing on the cake.
Those are our top 6 recommendations, but as always there’s a few notable mentions that
may also be a good choice for some people. The Acer Predator X27 is a 4k 27” monitor
that has the best color gamut coverage we’ve tested on any display so far, including TVs.
It has wide viewing angles and can get nice and bright. So why isn’t it a top pick?
Unfortunately, this monitor is very expensive. While it likely might be worth it if you need
super accurate colors for work, its price may not be the easiest to swallow if you’re
simply picking up a monitor to help you out at home for the next month or so. But if you’re
looking for a long-term investment for work, this is a great monitor overall.
If you liked our top picks for remote work monitors, but want a cheaper option that doesn’t
require you to lose out on two inches of screen, you may want to consider the Dell U2717D.
It generally costs about the same as our cheaper alternative pick, the Dell 2518D, but is a
few inches bigger. It offers the same great ergonomics, but unfortunately, its picture
quality isn’t as good, it also runs the same resolution, but is slightly larger, so
you may notice the image isn’t quite as crisp and sharp.
So in summary, there’s a lot of options out there when it comes to monitors and its
tough to pick a one-size fits all ‘best monitor’ for working from home. While our
top picks may cost a bit more, if you just want something to get you by for the next
few weeks so you don’t have to stare at your small 13 or 15 inch laptop, there are
some good options that won’t break the bank as well. Overall, for most people, we’d
likely recommend the 27 inch Dell U2718Q for working from home, but if that’s a bit too
expensive, the slightly smaller Dell U2518D will save you a few bucks. If your work involves
a ton of multitasking, consider an ultrawide option like the Dell U3818DW or the slightly
smaller, but significantly cheaper LG 34UC79G-B. If you have a MacBook or another Laptop that
supports DisplayPort Alt via its USB-C port and you want to keep cable clutter to a minimum,
we’d recommend the LG 32UD99-W, or the much cheaper BenQ EW3270U.
So that's it! What do you think of our picks? Are you one of the millions of people who,
like me, are gonna be working from home for the next while? Have you picked up a new monitor
to make it a lil easier? Let us know in the comments.
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