Best business monitors of 2022: best displays for working from home

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EDITOR'S NOTE: NOVEMBER 2022

This month, we've listed below some of the best business monitors we could find across several needs, budget requirements, and types – including the best-curved monitors and the best 4K monitors - check out the selection below.

Due to the ongoing threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19), many companies have made arrangements to accommodate remote working, both to help reduce the spread of coronavirus while also helping to limit the impact on productivity.

Additionally, monitors frequently see price adjustments from various retailers. With that being said, keep your eyes open for a deal, and if you like what you find, make sure to jump on it before it's too late!

Collin Probst, B2B Hardware Editor

The best business monitors make it simple and easy to work from home on any budget. They offer excellent image quality and features to reduce eye strain, such as blue light filtering. We've also got some great picks for creative professionals.

The monitors on this list offer large screens and high resolutions, giving you plenty of workspaces to have multiple applications and windows open simultaneously. These should help improve your productivity. We've also included some monitors with ultra-wide 21:9 (or even higher) aspect ratios, giving you more space to work on.

Suppose you work in the creative industry where color and image accuracy is paramount, such as photo editing or video editors. In that case, you'll need a monitor supporting various industry standards. 

Sometimes you need to consider your workspace as a whole. The best business monitors can blend seamlessly into the background, making them a great partner in your home office.

Here we feature the best business monitors - but also check out our feature on everything else you need to set up your home office - including the best office chairs.

For general use, make sure you check out our pick of the best monitors as well.

We've also featured the best 5K and 8K monitors and the best portable monitors.


The best business monitors of 2022 in full:

BenQ PD3420Q Monitor in an office with backlighting

BenQ PD3420Q Monitor (Image credit: Future)

1. BenQ PD3420Q Ultrawide

Ultrawide productivity in a massive way at a reasonable price

Specifications

Screen Size: 34"
Aspect Ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440x1440
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Response Time: 5ms
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1

Reasons to buy

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Massive screen real estate
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Great inputs
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Built in KVM
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PD charging
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Hockeypuck controller

Reasons to avoid

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Only a 2K display
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The contrast could be better

BenQ's PD3420Q is a phenomenal monitor that we have loved working on from the moment we plugged it in. The massive screen of real estate makes other monitors feel narrow and small in comparison. We can easily fit three web pages side by side, one massive video timeline, photo editing software with reference next to it, or large spreadsheets. This monitor has boosted our productivity thanks to the content we can comfortably place on the screen.

To make things even better, the IO on this monitor is incredible and has a built-in KVM allowing it to work for many devices. At one time, we had this monitor connected to a MacBook Air (M1) and a Mac Mini (M1), and there were zero issues switching a mouse and keyboard, as well as the display from device to device. Overall, this monitor is a phenomenal choice for productivity

Full review coming soon

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Dell UltraSharp UP3218K
Huge size and resolution makes this the ultimate business monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 7,680 x 4,320
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Response time: 6ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1300:1

Reasons to buy

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Huge 8K resolution
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Amazing image quality

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than competitors
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8K may not be useful for many people

The Dell UltraSharp UP3218K is the best business monitor we've ever tried. However, it won't be for everyone. The massive 32-inch screen and 8K resolution makes it perfect for photographers and video editors, and the amount of screen real estate that high resolution offers makes it an excellent productivity tool. The screen is professionally calibrated, so it looks fantastic out of the box, but be warned: this is a costly monitor. Depending on your business, this will be a brilliant buy or an expensive folly.

Read our full Dell UltraSharp UP3218K review (opens in new tab).

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Asus Designo Curve MX38VC
The best ultrawide monitor with qi charging built into the base.

Specifications

Screen size: 37.5-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3,840 x 1,600
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Response time: 5ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1

Reasons to buy

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 A lot of pixels 
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 Qi wireless charging 

Reasons to avoid

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 No HDR 

Ultrawide monitors have been around for a while: they’ve constantly made it on folks’ best monitors list for a few years. These wide monitors are lifesavers regarding productivity and are only increasing in popularity. However, the Asus Designo Curve MX38VC takes it to the next level. Not only does this monitor have a massive 3,840 x 1,600 resolution, but with USB-C compatibility and a Qi wireless charger built into the base, it’s going to be a workplace companion you won’t want to live without. It’s a tad pricey and doesn’t feature HDR, but that’s a worthy sacrifice, especially for professionals.

Read our full Asus Designo Curve MX38VC review (opens in new tab).

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BenQ PD3200U
Perfect for those who need UHD and a large screen

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Response time: 4ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1000:1

Reasons to buy

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4K resolution
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Large screen size

Reasons to avoid

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Needs a big desk

If you're a design professional looking for a monitor that provides accurate colors, a range of features, professional calibration, and a reasonable price, then the BenQ PD3200U is worth considering. At 32 inches, this is a large screen, but it means the UHD resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 doesn't make things too difficult to see or use. It has a no-nonsense design and plenty of features, such as a dark room mode and a mode that makes using CAD programs easier to view, and the price is also very tempting. The BenQ PD3200U could be your best business monitor if you have a desk big enough to hold it.

Read our full BenQ PD3200U review (opens in new tab).

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Philips Brilliance 499P9H
An insanely-wide productivity monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 49-inch
Aspect ratio: 32:9
Resolution: 5120 x 1440
Brightness: 450 cd/m2
Response time: 5ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 3,000:1

Reasons to buy

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Interesting alternative to dual monitors
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Great feature set

Reasons to avoid

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Very big size
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One of the more expensive models

You'll want an ultra-wide monitor if you're looking for an excellent productivity monitor that offers you vast amounts of space to work on without resorting to multiple monitors. The Philips Brilliance 499P9H takes ultra-wide to an extreme, offering a huge 32:9 aspect ratio over 49 inches of the screen. It gives you a colossal desktop to work on, which makes it an excellent choice for people who work with multiple apps open at once. It's a huge monitor that won't fit on everyone's desk, but it can save you space, as it means you don't have to have multiple monitors hooked up to your PC at once.

Read our full Philips Brilliance 499P9H review (opens in new tab).

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AOC U2879VF

4K or nothing…

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3,860 x 2,160
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Response time: 1ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 80M:1 (DFC)

Reasons to buy

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Four input slots for customisation
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Picture-in-Picture

Reasons to avoid

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No VESA mount
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No height adjustment

This 4K monitor from AOC can display more than 8 million pixels at 60Hz and proves that ultra-high resolution displays are coming down in price while gaining some handy features. This one, for example, comes with AMD's Freesync technology, which reduces tearing. It also has a 1ms response time and 60Hz refresh rate and can even do Picture-in-Picture thanks to its four ports (including a DisplayPort and an HDMI 2.0 one). Sadly, it doesn't come with any VESA mount, but at least its design and factory-certified calibration make up for this.

Read our full AOC U2879VF review (opens in new tab).

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MSI Prestige PS341WU

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A great option for those looking for a beautiful HDR 5K2K panel

Specifications

Screen size: 34 inches
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 5,120 x 2,160
Brightness: 450 nits
Response Time: 8ms
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Contrast Ratio: 1200:1 (TYP)

Reasons to buy

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Glorious 5K2K resolution
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Superb Nano IPS panel
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Great feature set

Reasons to avoid

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Patchy build quality
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Mediocre HDR performance

If you’re looking for a monitor cut above the 4K norm, then you’ve got the MSI Prestige PS341WU. Showing up any impeccable 4K monitor is no easy feat. Still, this monitor does so with the huge 5K2K native resolution (and 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio) of its luscious 34-inch IPS screen. It doesn’t come cheap, but it does have a great feature set to make up for that, including a Nano IPS panel with DCI-P3 color gamut, HDR support, and comprehensive connectivity. All that packed in a beautiful white aesthetic, and you’ve got yourself one of the best business monitors currently available.

Read our full MSI Prestige PS341WU review. 

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Dell Ultrasharp U3223QE

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One of the best all around monitors with built in hub and gorgeous display

Specifications

Screen size: 32"
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Response Time: 8ms
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Contrast Ratio: 1200:1

Reasons to buy

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USB-C connectivity and daisy chaining
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KVM switch
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Slick slim-bezel design

Reasons to avoid

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IPS Black technology is disappointing
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Fairly expensive

It’s been a long time since IPS panel tech got a big boost. So, the promise of the Dell Ultrasharp U3223QE’s IPS Black panel with 2,000:1 static contrast is pretty exciting. It looks a little different from existing 1,300:1 contrast IPS panels. Moreover, the Dell U3223QE’s factory calibration could be slightly more precise.

That said, the feature set is stellar, with USB-C connectivity complete with 90W of power delivery and display daisy chaining, not to mention ethernet passthrough and full KVM switch functionality. This monitor is a productivity monster. It also looks seriously slick thanks to slim, symmetrical bezels on all four sides of the 32-inch IPS panel. But in the end, there’s no avoiding slight disappointment that the IPS Black new panel tech isn’t the advance we’d hoped for. VA is still the way to go if you want good inherent panel contrast.

Read our full Dell Ultrasharp U3223QE review (opens in new tab).

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AOC U32P2 monitor

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Powerful productivity with a VA-powered 32-inch 4K panel

Specifications

Screen size: 32"
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Response Time: 4ms
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Contrast Ratio: 50M:1

Reasons to buy

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Punchy 4K VA panel
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Excellent contrast
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Fully adjustable stand

Reasons to avoid

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No USB-C or HDR support
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Not the last word in color accuracy
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OSD menu could do with an overhaul

In an increasingly busy market for 4K monitors, the AOC U32P2 keeps things reasonably simple. It’s a productivity-optimized 32-inch model with relatively few frills. There’s no HDR support, fancy full-array backlighting, and no single-cable USB-C connectivity.

Instead, you get that epic 4K native resolution on a generous 32-inch panel, making for outstanding productivity. The panel tech is VA, which means excellent contrast, middling response performance, and slightly less color accuracy than pricier IPS screens. 

The AOC U32P2 is well-built and comes with full height, tilt, swivel, and rotate-to-portrait stand adjustment. Though not without flaws, including an OSD menu that could use an overhaul, the AOC U32P2 gets the job done as a competitively priced 4K productivity tool. It is worthy of consideration among the best business monitors.

Read our full AOC U32P2 4k monitor review (opens in new tab).

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Asus ProArt PA348CGV 4

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An intriguing ultrawide, high-refresh alternative built for content creation

Specifications

Screen size: 34"
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Brightness: 400cd/m2
Response Time: 2ms
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1

Reasons to buy

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Accurate IPS panel
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Excellent build quality
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Good feature set including USB-C

Reasons to avoid

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Not a true HDR monitor
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Relatively poor pixel pitch
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Not exactly cheap for a 1440p panel

Relatively few productivity panels are available with a 21:9 aspect ultrawide panel. Even fewer can be had with 120Hz refresh and 2ms response times. So, the new Asus ProArt PA348CGV certainly does things a little differently. Its 10-bit IPS panel sports Calman Verified calibration and offers comprehensive color coverage, including 98 percent of the demanding DCI-P3 digital cinema gamut. 

There's also excellent connectivity, including USB-C with 90W power delivery. Less impressive is the HDR experience, thanks to limited peak brightness and no local dimming. The 110DPI pixel density likewise doesn't make for super sharp fonts. But as an all-around tool for multi-tasking and content creation, this is a very appealing panel with the added ability to double up as a gaming and multimedia monitor.

Read our full Asus ProArt PA348CGV review (opens in new tab).

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Also Consider

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Acer V276HL

Acer V276HL

Good value and immense size

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Aspect ratio: 1: 6:9
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Response time: 6ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 100M:1 (DFC)

Reasons to buy

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Tempting price
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Good screen size for cost

Reasons to avoid

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No speakers
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Some design niggles

To tackle spreadsheets without having to squint, a large screen is recommended, and this Acer monitor will give you acres of space (nearly twice that of the ViewSonic monitor) for not a lot of money. It has a low response time, a VESA bracket, three ports, a DVI one, and a three-year warranty. As expected, it has several Acer features like the glare-reducing ComfyView and the Adaptive Contrast Management, which modifies contrast in real time. The stand and the bezel could do with some improvement. Still, it is a keenly priced monitor that will provide businesses with plenty of display area without an enormous outlay.

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LG 25UM58-P

LG 25UM58-P

A whole host of pixels at a low asking price

Specifications

Screen size: 25-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 2,560 x 1,080
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Response time: 5ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1M:1 (DFC)

Reasons to buy

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High color accuracy
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Picture-in-Picture

Reasons to avoid

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No speakers
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Only HDMI 2.0 ports

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Widescreen monitors have become mainstream, thanks to a gradual decrease in their prices, allowing businesses to fully embrace the concept of having a monitor far wider than it is high. The common perception is that gamers are the only ones to benefit from this. In truth, creative professionals and spreadsheet crunchers will appreciate the form factor. With a 21:9 aspect ratio, this affordable LG monitor can display 2560 x 1080 pixels on its 25-inch display. Thanks to the AH-IPS panel, it offers splendid color reproduction and some cool features like Picture-in-Picture. Uniquely at this price, it offers two HDMI 2.0 ports but no other legacy ports.


Best Business Monitors FAQ

What's the difference between TN, VA and IPS panels?

We put that question to Brett Barbour, VP at US monitor vendor, Viotek.

Modern LCD monitors are made with different types of panels: IPS, TN or VA. Professionals in different fields may prefer one panel type over the other, because each panel type comes with their own strengths and weaknesses. 

There are plenty of articles out there that can give you a more complete rundown of the pros and cons of each panel type. We won’t go into detail here, for brevity’s sake, check the table below.

But is it really a con? Not really. Unless you’re a professional eSports gamer, we contend that you won’t be sacrificing much by choosing a VA monitor. For general office work, call centers and standard business settings, a VA monitor is plenty fast with deep, rich colors that workers will enjoy experiencing.

If you’re a graphic design firm or professional photography studio, you may prefer the color accuracy of an IPS monitor. But for now, if you want a curved monitor, VA panels are your only choice.

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TN, VA and IPS panels compared
Panel TypeStrengthWeakness
TN (Twisted Nematic)Faster response timeLess-than-optimal image quality & bad viewing angles
VA (Vertical Alignment)Solid image and color quality with higher contrast ratiosSlightly slower response time
IPS (In-Plane Switching)Superior color accuracy with consistent viewing anglesContrast ratio not as inherently good as VA panels

Business monitors: here's what to look for

What should we be looking for when buying a monitor for business purposes. Alistair Round, Product Manager Commercial Displays, NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH, replied extensively below.

A good business monitor should support what business needs, and that’s productivity. The size of the screen is the first thing to think about here; the larger the screen estate, the more documents you can view simultaneously, meaning fewer mouse clicks and fewer opportunities to get distracted. You can also view more columns and rows on your spreadsheet without scrolling. A 27” monitor is becoming popular, giving more than ample screen area, but if your workspace is at home, you might find a 24” is more practical, and it will perfectly complement your laptop screen.

If you have the space available, multiply your active screen area with a dual-screen setup. Make sure that both displays are equipped with DisplayPort-OUT functionality to enable daisy-chaining on a USB-C signal. DisplayPort-OUT combined with USB-C is the most effective solution for multi-screen environments either at home or in the office.

Supporting open office standards in hot desking and “bring your own device”, plus business-critical home working, USB-C enabled desktop monitors are fully future-proofed. Just a single cable connects your monitor to a laptop or tablet, managing audio, video and power as well as charging your device for an all-in-one communications hub. You can keep your workspace free of clutter, no multitude of cables and no docking station required.

Depending on the type of documents you’re working on, a higher resolution will give more pixel free detail. For standard office documents, spreadsheets and the like, look for 1080p Full HD resolution which will offer you an excellent viewing experience with your text characters in sharp focus.

It’s important to remember that the monitor is simply an interface between the user and the PC, what’s truly important therefore is the person sitting in front of the screen. User well-being cannot be overlooked, it is an important aspect of that all-important productivity. A good range of ergonomic adjustment will allow for individual set up whilst features to reduce the blue light effect and flickering will protect the user’s eyes.

One last point, businesses will also have an eye on reducing costs so eco features to reduce power consumption will be interesting, moreover, high quality and reliability will ensure long lifecycles, meaning you will not have to repair or replace your assets any time soon.

Which business monitor is best for you?

When deciding which business monitor to use, you must consider price, color accuracy, and screen size issues. 

On top of these, it's worth looking more closely at additional features such as resolution, HDR support, panel type, and connectivity. For example, consider whether your priority is a high-resolution screen or whether an ultrawide panel would suit you best. 

Additionally, consider issues such as color coverage via various important gamuts, including sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3. You may also want to look at productivity improvements such as parallel monitor use, portability, and the number of USB connections.

What type of monitor is best for office work?

When it comes to the best monitor for office work, there are a handful of factors to consider. First off, and potentially one of the most important factors, is the panel type. The three main panel types are TN, VA, and IPS. While all of these have their strengths and weaknesses (see earlier FAQ response), the display that would be best for office work would be the IPS panel. This is due to the balance between color, brightness, and viewing angles.
If you are in a specialized role that focuses on content creation or any other role that has high-resolution graphics or other visual content, check out our best monitors for photo editing, the best monitors for video editing, the best 5K / 8K monitors, and our best monitors for digital design

Which monitor is best for long working hours?

When it comes to working long hours staring at a monitor, the screen size and overall picture quality are the two most important things to look at for the actual monitor itself. Additionally, there are a couple of things that are important to look at to make your overall working experience better.

Monitors with 24 - 27in panels seem to be among the most popular monitors that we see. Whether this monitor is connected to a desktop, a laptop, or a tablet, these monitors have a good balance of showing a good amount of content without taking up too much of the desk. Larger screens can show more content, but then they take up more space, which not all offices have the luxury of offering.

Regarding resolution, 1080p is the standard monitor resolution, with 4K resolution rapidly growing in popularity. For looking at text, webpages, and spreadsheets, 1080p is wonderful. This higher resolution (compared to a 720p or lower) will help with eye strain as the picture is better quality. For example, our 4K and 8K monitors are spectacular displays with brilliant clarity. However, the price tag and power needed to run some of those are not necessary for the standard business monitor.

Lastly, two more elements worth looking into would be a monitor backlight and a monitor stand. Monitors put off a lot of light, if they contrast with a dark background, your eyestrain can increase due to the large contrast in brightness from your environment to your monitor. Adding light of some kind behind your monitor to help reduce the contrast can help your eye fatigue during long working hours, especially if those hours extend to when it is dark outside. Monitor risers or monitor stands help bring the monitor to a more ergonomic height. Just putting the display at the right height can help you stay comfortable for longer working sessions. The right distance away from your eyes, the right height compared to your height (whether sitting or standing, if you have a standing desk), and the right monitor orientation can make a massive difference. The standard best practice is to have the monitor about an arm's length away from your eyes, have the top of the monitor at eye level, and have your primary monitor directly in front of you. This slightly changes if you have dual monitors, depending on how much you use each monitor. If you are running multiple monitors, check out our list of the best monitors for a dual setup.

What is best size monitor for business?

The best monitor size for business use is not an easy question to answer. This answer could drastically change depending on the business, department, and task. On average, though, we see business professionals opting for a 24 - 27in monitor due to the reasonable pricing and the quality of the panels for the price. If you are working on wide webpages, long text documents, large spreadsheets, or need multiple windows open at a time, a 27in monitor or larger one might be a better choice. All in all, more screen size means more real estate to put content on. However, more content means more potential for distraction as well. So, consider 24 - 27in as that seems to be the sweet spot, and go from there.

How we tested the best business monitors

We review monitors based on a number of factors including price, design, and performance. We consider the size of each display, along with panel type, resolution, refresh rate, color coverage and HDR support. We also consider connectivity, including HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C and wireless interfaces. 

Pixel density and color accuracy are particularly important for digital design monitors, but so are ergonomics, so we assess stand adjustability and stability. Finally, build quality and value for money are judged against competitors in the market.

Read more on how we test, rate, and review products on TechRadar (opens in new tab).


Collin Probst
B2B Hardware Editor, TechRadar Pro

Collin is the B2B Hardware Editor for TechRadar Pro. He has been in journalism for years with experience in both small and large markets including Gearadical, DailyBeast, FutureNet and more.


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