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The Surface Pro (2017) and Surface Pro 6 both have all the tools necessary to be your number one device, including a beautiful 12.3-inch PixelSense touch display. But that doesn't mean you won't be setting up a workspace at home or the office. In that case, you're probably looking for an external monitor — something that lets you get more done thanks to its size and its resolution. Note that you may need an adapter to connect some of these monitors to your Pro, which uses a Mini DisplayPort for video out.
Great multipurpose option:
Dell UltraSharp U2719D
Editor's pickDell's U2719D 27-inch monitor has a 2560x1440 resolution and IPS panel for a stunning picture, and its lack of bezel makes it seem like the picture reaches edge to edge. Connect with HDMI or DisplayPort, take advantage of five USB-A 3.0 ports, and mount the monitor easily thanks to VESA compatibility. $400 at AmazonView Deal
Save space and money:
Staff budget choiceDon't have much room on your desk? This 21.5-inch AOC monitor has a 1080p display with IPS panel 5ms response time and 75Hz refresh rate. There's almost no bezel at all, and the body is about as thin as can be. The stand allows you to adjust the tilt, and you can connect with HDMI and VGA ports. $97 at AmazonView Deal
4K monitors are an excellent investment in the future, and HP's Z27 is one of the best around. It has a minimal bezel around the 27-inch display, color reproduction is nearly perfect, and the adjustable stand lets you get the proper angle. Connect with HDMI, DisplayPort, or USB-C, and take advantage of a three-year warranty. $539 at HPView Deal
For getting more done at once, this 25-inch ultrawide monitor from LG allows you to split the screen up to four times. It has a resolution of 2560x1080 with a 21:9 aspect ratio, an IPS panel, and two HDMI ports for connecting two PCs at once. Enjoy a refresh rate of 60Hz and 99% sRGB color reproduction. $159 at AmazonView Deal
Pro 4K HDR:
With accurate color reproduction across sRGB, AdobeRGB, and DCI-P3 right out of the box, a ton of ports, and a crisp 4K display, the BenQ PD2720U is a great choice for your next 27-inch professional monitor. It's also complete with HDR10, and you can use HDMI, DisplayPort, or Thunderbolt 3 to connect. $1,100 at AmazonView Deal
A 27-inch monitor is a right size for a lot of people, but the higher price can be restrictive. BenQ's PD2700Q tries to narrow the gap, bringing a 1440p IPS display with perfect sRGB color reproduction. It's stocked with features designers will love, and you can connect with DisplayPort, HDMI, and Mini DisplayPort. $319 at Amazon
16:10 aspect ratio:
Dell UltraSharp U2415
If you love Dell's UltraSharp lineup but don't need a huge monitor, there is the 24-inch U2415. You still get almost no bezel at all, a stand that can be adjusted for tilt, swivel, and pivot, and VESA compatibility. Connect to this 1200p display (16:10 aspect ratio) with HDMI or DisplayPort and enjoy near-perfect sRGB color reproduction. $285 at DellView Deal
ASUS ZenScreen GO MB16AP
The Surface Pro is portable by design, so you might be looking for an extra display that can tag along. The ASUS ZenScreen GO brings a 15.6-inch IPS screen that weighs just 1.87 pounds and is just 0.3 inches thick. It comes with a kickstand cover, a built-in battery that lasts up to four hours, and USB-C connectivity. $230 at AmazonView Deal
If we're making some suggestions
Any of the monitors in this roundup can make an ideal addition to your Surface Pro, but there are a couple that we recommend.
Dell's 27-inch UltraSharp U2719D brings a high resolution, beautiful build quality, and a ton of ports to the table, making it the best all-around pick for most people. Keep it on the adjustable stand or mount it on the wall to save space on your desk. It's not the cheapest option in this roundup. Still, Dell doesn't mess around with its monitors, and you should be pleased with the display no matter what you use it for.
If 27 inches is a bit too big, and you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars, the 22-inch AOC 22V2H makes a better choice. It's inexpensive, it has a 1080p IPS panel, and the bezel is about as thin as can be. The stand can be adjusted for tilt, and it includes AMD FreeSync support if you have a secondary gaming PC with AMD hardware.