The Best Computer Monitors for Your Home Office
Having one of the best computer monitors is an essential part of working from home. You are looking at your computer monitor all day. Thus, your decision is hugely important for your WFH productivity and happiness. We reviewed hundreds of monitors to bring you the best computer monitors for working from home.
This monitor is built for workers and is part of the Dell Professional Series. It has a stunning 23.8-Inch Widescreen LED IPS Technology Monitor with UltraThin Bezel Design which makes the colors pop and the resolution crystal clear.
Pushing the limits of thin in an eye-catching design the HP 27-inch Full HD Frameless monitor has an edge-to-edge ultra-wide viewing angle and delivers vivid entertainment, content, and your work files in 1920 x 1080 resolution. With Technicolor Color Certification, color accuracy is assured, every time.
This monitor enables you to have more room to work: with a thin profile and monitor base that’s approximately 22% smaller than its predecessor, you can free up valuable desk space. The monitor is easily configurable to your computer and has a display that reveals consistent and rich colors.
The Sceptre E205W-16003R monitor is the perfect choice for working from home. The large 1600 x 900 resolution provides bright colors and crisp visuals on a 20-inch frame. 5 millisecond reaction time shows action scenes with the greatest degree of visibility. Enjoy HDMI, DVI, and VGA inputs to easily link to any type of computer.
This large curved monitor from Sceptre offers a crisp viewing experience and sleek metal design. With a contrast ratio of 3000:1 and a 1080P resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), this monitor provides a perfectly clear display that won’t strain your eyes after hours of viewing. The monitor has both HDMI and VGA ports so your computer is guaranteed to connect easily.
The Acer R240HY 23.8” IPS display shows every detail clearly and vivid without color difference from any viewing angle. Its zero frame design puts no boundary on your visual enjoyment while the brushed hairline finish stand matches any environment. It also supports VGA, DVI & HDMI inputs so you can easily power and extend the display from your smartphone or tablet on Full HD display. What’s more, this display features power-saving technologies to conserve cost and resources.
One of HP’s most popular monitors, the VH240a makes for a perfect work from home screen. The 23.8-inch monitor features full HD, 1920 x 1080p @ 60 Hz, and a 16:9 aspect ratio with an anti-glare matte IPS LED-backlit panel. The integrated speakers provide a bonus built-in feature and will save space on our desk. With such a thin and virtually frameless ultra-widescreen screen, it is amazing that HP was able to pack speakers into this monitor. The monitor is highly adjustable with four way ergonomic viewing and a variety of configurations to best fit your setup
The ViewSonic VA2359-smh is aFull HD LED monitor designed with the home office in mind. The monitor’s SuperClear IPS Panel technology offers best-in-class screen performance with ultra-wide viewing angles. The Vivid 1920×1080 resolution and dual speakers, combined with a sleek edge-to-edge frameless design, deliver an immersive viewing experience for home entertainment and multimedia applications. What’s more, the minimalistic design of this monitor makes it perfect for nearly seamless multi-screen setups.
Experience real immersion with Philips Curved Monitors. The 32″ curved E line monitor offers a truly immersive experience with stunning crystal-clear QHD image quality. Utilizing high performance panels with high density pixel count, enabled by high bandwidth sources like Displayport, HDMI, Dual link DVI, these new displays will make your images and graphics come alive.
The curved screen provides a pleasant yet subtle immersion effect, which focuses on you at the center of your desk. Philips Flicker-free Technology applies a new solution to regulate brightness and reduce flicker for more comfortable viewing.
The VE248H Full HD LED monitor, with HDMI interface, is optimized for the finest image and color quality. This approach extends to the sturdy stand and slim profile without compromising style in ensuring stability and durability. Behind its sleek design, the VE248H LED monitor carries a workhorse ethic, boasting reliability and stability. Its connectivity options of HDMI, VGA and DVI-D mean full support for your input needs while 2ms response time eliminates ghosters and tracers for smooth video playback. The VE248H is VESA mountable (100 x 100mm) with an easily detachable base. This flexibility is accented by its slim design and clean look, making it an unobtrusive placement wherever desired in your home office.
Buying Guide For The Best Computer Monitors
When buying a monitor there are different variables you will want to consider. Ask yourself how much you care about price, display quality, physical size, and inputs for your computer (based on the type of computer you are using). Each of these will help nudge in you in the direction of which monitor to purchase and why.
In this article we will break down the common features that a monitor has so that you can be informed about why each feature matters and the ways that a monitor can shape your Work From Home experience. If you are looking for a specific type of monitor, you should also check out our reviews on portable monitors.
In summary, here are the variables we encourage you to consider when buying your next monitor:
- Get the largest display you can, under the limitations of your budget and desk space. Rarely do you regret buying a monitor too big, but you will always regret buying one that is too small.
- If you can afford this, go 4K. The better resolution will serve you well for all work and play activities.
- Make sure that the stand can be adjusted to the appropriate height to allow you to use it comfortably and to tilt to a usable angle which will protect your eyes, neck, and back.
- Go with one you find appealing; we love thin displays as they take up less space and look modern and minimalist.
- For something other than a boxy “dumb” monitor, you would have to pay about $150 or more.
Below are some more details into each of the above categories and what you should be thinking about when buying a monitor:
All else being equal, size matters! Especially if you have the space and budget for a larger monitor. Screen size markings are based on its diagonal length and the larger the monitor the more it will display. Usually it is good advice to buy a monitor slightly larger than the size you imagine as you likely won’t regret buying a bigger display. On the contrary, a smaller display likely does you no service.
Curved or Flat Display
It is increasingly popular to see curved displays; they are beautiful, thin, and use space efficiently. In addition, they allow you to see a lot of screen space which can be great if you need to view multiple documents at once. This might come in handy for lawyers, designers, or engineers who must both view content and produce content in the same digital space.
Cost and Core Features
There is a relationship between the cost of a monitor and its “bells and whistles”. As the size, screen quality, pixel resolution, clarity, and features increase, the monitor will become more expensive. There is a concept called pixel pitch which, in layman’s terms, is the distance in millimeters from the center of a pixel to the center of the adjacent pixel. A smaller pitch means higher clarity and can lead to better color display and higher contrast. If your work requires you to enlarge images you will likely want to focus on having a monitor that enables a high pixel pitch.
If your work is creative in nature (product, design, engineering, etc) you will likely benefit from a monitor with high pixelation as you can more clearly see what you are building and creating. Likewise you may want to watch Netflix or other movies on your monitor when you are not working. If so, a higher quality display will likely be something that greatly improves your watching experience. Why is this the case? A huge part of your experience with your monitor will come down to its resolution. “Resolution” refers to the number of pixels, horizontal x vertical, that the screen has. Resolution does not actually mean much by itself, but it defines the aspect ratio (how far the image deviates from square, which is an aspect of 1:1). The better the resolution, the better the view.
Do you care about seeing rich, vibrant colors? For some users, they don’t care. For their needs, they look at files all day and work is about producing outputs in Excel or Word. With respect to other users, color makes the world of difference and they care about how colors render, pop, and display on the monitor. Nearly all modern monitors display color well; if you are willing to pay more higher end monitors display colors more accurately and richly.
Computer Monitor Connectors
Of course your computer’s connector outputs need to fit the display inputs so you can connect them easily and start using your monitor right out of the box. Make sure to have the correct connecting hardware (VGA, HDMI cables) so that your computer can work with the monitor.
Additional Features For Your Monitor
A monitor is not only a physical display. In addition, the best computer monitors are pieces of hardware that can help with other aspects of your work from home experience. Nearly all monitors will have some features you might care about. Speakers, USB hubs (great for charging phones or connecting a trackball mouse or keyboard), and memory slots are all important. If you lack ample physical space, a monitor is a great hub for killing many birds with one stone. Charge your phone, connect your wired keyboard, and off you go!
If you would like to save space, mounting your computer monitor is a great option. If you are a multiple monitor user, you should look into our best triple monitor stands and quad monitor stands. It’s also ergonomically friendly if you position your laptop to be at roughly the same level as your monitor(s). There are a few ways to solve this. You could easily find a stack of books to put it on. Additionally, you could look into buying a laptop stand which can also save you space.
Fred splits his corporate time between the office and his WFH office. He believes that a few days of working remotely is a great way to boost productivity and employee happiness. Fred started WFH Adviser in order to share insights and products with people who are beginning their WFH journey.