Anybody who spends the majority of their day in front of a screen, be it for work or for gaming, will appreciate the value of a good monitor. A large, high-quality screen can go a long way in boosting your work or play experience, and it’s especially worth considering now if you’re stuck working from home. There are quite a few options to choose from, of course, so we’re here to help out. Here are some of the best monitors you can buy!
The best monitors:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best monitors regularly as new ones launch.
1. BenQ PD2720U
The BenQ PD2720U is one of the best monitors you can get for productivity. The 27-inch IPS LCD screen comes with a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. Its color accuracy is its biggest selling point, and you can also make use of professional CAD/CAM, Darkroom, or Animation display modes. It also supports HDR10 content.
It’s also not lacking in connectivity. It comes with two HDMI ports, DisplayPort, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports (upstream and downstream) to provide a single-cable solution for charging and data transfers. The stand lets you tilt and swivel the monitor and find the optimal angle. It’s an expensive monitor though, but is well worth it. If you’re looking for even more screen real estate, you can also get the 32-inch model for an additional $100.
2. AOC CQ27G1
You may be less familiar with the AOC brand, but it offers plenty of options when it comes to monitors. The CQ line varies in size from 24 up to 32 inches, with resolutions from Full HD to QHD. Depending on your needs, you can also grab a flat display or opt for a curved screen too.
The AOC CQ monitors are equipped with AMD FreeSync and you can take your pick between a 75Hz refresh rate or a full 144Hz. With nearly nonexistent bezels, you should be able to spend all of your time locked into the action. AOC’s CQ monitors feature two HDMI ports as well as a DisplayPort option.
3. LG 34WK650
LG’s 34-inch UltraWide monitor is a great pick if you want a relatively affordable ultrawide display. With a Full HD display and AMD FreeSync, you should be able to make the most of LG’s impressive display. This 34-inch LG monitor is HDR10 ready with Maxx Audio speakers in the bottom bezel.
While the monitor doesn’t feature a curved display, you can easily connect a second screen to further expand your workstation. The response time is 5ms and the screen refreshes at 75Hz, which isn’t the fastest on the list. You can attach peripherals with a DP port and two HDMI options.
4. Dell U2720Q
The Dell U2720Q is another solid choice for productivity and is also one of the more affordable 4K monitors you can get right now. It’s not lacking in specs and features, though. The 27-inch IPS display comes with a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, accurate color reproduction, a 60Hz refresh rate, and 5ms response time.
There aren’t a lot of ports here. You get one HDMI port and a DisplayPort. However, a USB-C port provides a single port solution with up 90W power delivery to keep your laptop or device charged while transferring data and video. It’s beautifully designed too, with a small, compact base and a near-borderless frame. The stand is also tilt and swivel-friendly. For an additional $300, you can bump the display size up to a massive 43-inches as well.
5. Asus VP249QGR
The Asus VP249QGR is a great choice for anyone looking for a monitor for their gaming console. The 23.8-inch display comes with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate with AMD Freesync compatibility. It also supports unique gaming features like Asus GamePlus and Shadow Boost to help fine-tune your gaming experience.
There aren’t too many port options on the VP249QGR, just an HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, and audio in, but it should be enough for most setups. It’s designed with a VESA wall mount, so you can easily mount the monitor and perfect your gaming setup. Asus aims to keep your eyes safe with flicker-free technology and adjustable levels of blue light.
6. Samsung CJ791 with Thunderbolt 3
It’s no secret that Samsung makes excellent TVs. Its QLED panels bring depth and quality that can be tough to match. Now shrink that quality into a curved 34-inch monitor and you’ve got the CJ791. It’s the last option on our list of the best monitors, and it’s by no means the least. One of the most convenient features is the Thunderbolt 3 support, which allows for 40Gbps processing speed and up to 85W charging.
The 100Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync technology help the CJ791 to keep up in just about any situation. Samsung even equipped the CJ791 with two 7W speakers and DP, HDMI, and USB ports to round out the spec sheet. Slim bezels on three sides make it extremely easy to focus on your content, whether you’re gaming, streaming, or working.
The monitors on this list are among the best you can get but are quite expensive as well. If you’re looking for something more affordable, don’t forget to check out our roundup of some of the best budget monitors currently available.