Monitor buying Guide

The modern market has a wide assortment of monitors available for work companies or when you need the facilities to remotely work from home. Often, it seems easy picking a monitor with decent functional performance for your business, but there are more benefits to derive from a monitor specifically suited for office use.

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Most monitors designed for office use come with added versatile stands to meet a large number of different needs according to staff duties. Also, they are often larger and their screen has high-resolution capacity for extra clarity and to support multitasking.

We have prepared this article from first-hand experience, having tested over 100 monitors to pick out and write about the top selections only. Below are our recommendations. Also look at our recommendations for the best monitors, the best ultra-wide monitors, the best and most portable monitors, and our best 34-inch + monitors.

But first, we need to tell you what to look out for in a good monitor before going to look for one.

You need a model with a superior display to allow you to accomplish more tasks at work. It needs to have certain features, the right size, weight, screen resolution, and price. The functional capability and price of a monitor are particularly important when buying a shedload of monitors for a business or many home-based workers.

Other important considerations include what panel size fits best for individual staff members, key features needed for your business, and the type of warranty necessary.

So, are you looking for a desktop monitor for work? Whether you want to buy monitors in a batch for office or different panels for your remote-working lot, we will show you what to pay attention to when shopping for a desktop monitor.

How Much Does A Business Monitor Cost?

Most profit-maximizing businesses have to strictly work within the budget, and so, have to minimize unnecessary costs and make every penny count. Expect a 24-inch monitor to go for between € 100 and € 175, while a 27-inch monitor can cost between € 140 and € 220.

An ultra-wide monitor is suitable when you need to combine multiple tasks on a single display, doing away with the need to have two or more monitors. For about € 350, you can purchase a 34-inch ultra-wide monitor to enable you to view and work on two or more windows simultaneously. A 43-inch ultra-wide business monitor can cost around € 600, while a similar model of 49 inches for about € 1,000. Additionally, you can get a monitor from the subset of ultra-wide monitors that can receive different input sources, and allow the user to view their different onscreen displays or through insets.

Please note: not all models of the ultra-wide monitors can concurrently display images from multiple input sources; you have to go for monitors with “Picture by Picture” (PbP) or “picture in picture” (PiP) capabilities. PbP allows you to view two or more displays on your monitor at the same time, while PiP helps you to watch a video from a given source from an inset box on a monitor displaying content from another source.

We feel it is important to reaffirm that not all monitors can display more than one video source all at once; you have to find one that specifically has such features if that is the type of monitor you need.

Another feature to note is that most types of screens on 30 inches + panels are concave, meaning the right and the left edges have a little curved in the direction of the user. Curved monitors give users a rich viewing experience, and protects image distortion at the edges of the monitor.

Monitors with high-end features like high-resolution panels, height regulation, and pivoting stands or picture-in-picture abilities generally have a high price. For instance, a premium, Wide Quad High-Definition (WQHD) monitor of 27 inches may cost about € 200. An Ultra-High Definition (UHD) of 34 inches or 4K monitors with all the trimmings may go for about € 350.

Luckily, you need not spend a lot of money to get a midrange UHD monitor of good size. For instance, shopping smartly, with about € 300, you can get a 27-inch UHD monitor. Additionally, you can manage with a monitor of the native resolution, which is way below UHD. We will provide more details on this shortly.

Having a big screen monitor is good but not always the best option, especially when your workspace and budget are on the line. You can consider a 24-inch monitor for about € 100, which is the smallest desktop monitor in our list of recommendations. This monitor is suitable for users who must work on multiple windows at a certain time but have limited working space in their business.

However, if you can take up considerably more space, consider buying a 27-inch monitor that goes for about € 150 and is even better at multitasking than its 24-inch counterpart. A 34-inch monitor with an ultra-wide panel is the best space-saving replacement for your current dual-monitor setup.

Which Is The Best Panel Technology For A Business Monitor?

The most popular and appropriate monitor panel technologies for business applications are Vertical Alignment (VA), In-plane Switching (IPS), and Twisted Nematic (TN). IPS is ideal for perfect colour and grayscale display and shows wide off-centre viewing perspectives. On the other hand, VA is best when you need images of remarkable contrast.

TN is not commonly used for business uses but has superior attributes for gaming such as high-refreshing capabilities and quick response rates. Of the three monitor panel technologies, TN was the cheapest to produce but has now gained a higher price. TN panels have found a smaller role for business support compared to VA and IPS technologies.

Over recent times, IPS has emerged as the main option for mainstream business display; you need not have any concerns choosing IPS unless you want to create specialized content for your business.

Other less prevalent monitor panel technologies are Patterned Vertical Alignment (PVA), Indium-Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO), Multi-domain Vertical Alignment (MVA), and the new technology of Full Area Local Dimming (FALD) and microLED. The last two can regulate small assemblies of LEDs at the backend of the panel, to provide remarkably accurate colour and high-contrast ratios.

The final technology options are the Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) which has been applied in TVs, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles, and, more recently, laptop models. Despite their exceptional contrast and color qualities, OLED panels have failed to dominate the market because of their high prices.

You are likely to find OLED screens applied in a few business laptops but are currently nearly nonexistent in stand-alone business monitor panels. MicroLED, OLED, and FALD are common applications for leading videos and graphics producers.

What Is The Best Screen Resolution For My Business Monitor?

Today, almost all monitors can display images and content in high definition, more so, the full HD, also known as 1080p resolution, or the 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. However, completely avoid the aged and cheap monitors you are likely to encounter that can only achieve a high of 1,366 by 768 pixels and 1,440 by 720 pixels.

If you are looking for a solution to simple office work, a 1080p resolution should be enough in a monitor with a panel size of up to 27 inches. Additionally, consider sizeable 32-inch monitors of 1080p natural resolution, which are ideal for everyday usage. However, for the perceptive eyes, 1080p may seem a little bit rough for a screen of that size, especially if the monitor is used to display text images.

Businesses that work with large spreadsheets and detailed images and content are better off with a WQHD monitor, which can provide users with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, also called 1440p.

The WQHD monitor has a screen measuring 27 to 32 inches diagonally. You may consider the ultra-wide monitor of 5,120 by 1,440-pixel resolution and measuring 49 inches in size. It is ideal for multitasking for it allows the user to open multiple windows side by side, on one screen, and at the same time. Instead of setting up a multi-monitor system, an ultra-wide monitor is a worthy alternative.

Graphic designers and professional photographers will greatly benefit from the UHD resolution monitor, also called the 4K, with a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. UHD monitors come in different sizes, starting from 24 inches going up. However, if you are planning on efficiently using this monitor daily, you need a monitor of 32 inches and above. Opening multiple windows on 4K of smaller screen sizes greatly reduces text size, making it difficult and impractical to work.

What Are The Ports and Features To Seek Out In A Business Monitor?

As you would expect, the more features you get in a monitor, the higher the price for the monitor. For example, a monitor with an extremely adjustable and ergonomic stand allows users to adjust the tilt, height, swivel, and pivots for portrait and landscape orientations. Such a display will cost more than a monitor with just a tilt adjustment only.

Also, a display with many ports will cost more. Your monitor may have the VGA and DVI port, but the monitor ought to connect with your PC through a DisplayPort cable or an HDMI cable. In almost all cases, these interfaces are necessary for monitors with a resolutions capacity of above 1080p. There is an increasing number of monitors with USB Type-C ports with the DisplayPort function which aids the transfer of a video signal from a well-equipped PC or laptop.

You will find monitors with USB hubs that allow the user to connect USB thumb devices or other drives into appropriate ports on the display. The USB hubs remove the need for the user to have to reach the back of the PC to attach the drive. Expect such a display to have a USB port to connect the monitor to the computer, and another USB port for thumb drives and other devices. Ensure you do not mix up USB ports with USB-C connectivity for a video signal.

For monitors with USB Type C, the same link can serve as the carrier for video-signal and data conduit, and can also supply power to operate or recharge your PC. You will have to be keen when looking for these specifications and product information. Often, these types of functionality are referred to as “DisplayPort over USB” and “USB Power Delivery”.

If you often have to spend long hours before a monitor, you need a display model with “low-blue light” to reduce fatigue and straining of the eyes. Also, go for a monitor with a comprehensive image setting and color palettes on the menu.

In our line of business, we normally test every business monitor in three colour places, that is, Adobe RGB, sRGB, and DCI-P3. sRGB often serves as the default colour space for web-based pictures and other many purposes. It is also the most commonly used of the three colour spaces. Adobe RGB has a wider colour range compared to sRGB, however, Adobe RGB is commonly used for specific graphic artwork like print photography.

Finally, DCI-P3 is mostly used by videographers and filmmakers for cinema video. Several premium models are made with a built-in or detached colour calibration hardware attachment. However, third-party calibration tools are available in the market, although they are not required for normal productivity work.

Having in-built speakers can save significant desktop space. However, most in-built monitor speakers, more so panels for business, are usually low-powered and have a tinny sound. Monitors with embedded speakers are suitable in a work environment where staff is not allowed to listen to open-air music from their desks.

It is also best to determine the need for in-built webcams the same way as built-in speakers. In-built webcams are less popular but can be quite useful for videoconferencing. However, please ensure you need the webcams before incurring the extra cost.

If you intend to mount your monitor on the wall or use articulating arms to save on worktop space, ensure you are buying a monitor with VESA-compliant mounting brackets or holes. Finally, ensure you can get a product warranty that covers labour, spare parts, and backlighting.

Which Business Monitor Should I Buy?

We have prepared a list of the well-liked business monitors of various sizes and price ranges. Also, please check out our overall favourite monitors if you need many options for small and portable panels or entertainment panels.

The HP, EliteDisplay, E243d Monitor

The HP EliteDisplay E243d provides business users with ideal functional features and a fully-featured IPS screen necessary for multiple office tasks. This screen’s cutting moniker is used for USB-C connection and other worthwhile additions, and it is why it is suitable for users of USB-C workhorses e.g. MacBook Pro. In comparison to other models like the ViewSonic VX2485-mhu, the HP EliteDisplay E243d is way expensive. For this reason, we are eager to discuss its advantages and main selling points.

A great feature of the HP EliteDisplay E243d is in its appearance; it does not look anything like your everyday office monitor, thanks to its high-end appeal and aesthetic qualities. Upfront, it has a silver-like finish and a matte black surface on the back, which is dust or mark resistant. This display product lacks a bezel on three sides to enable the user to appreciate the monitor’s valuable body.

This display does not occupy much space. It is a bit heftier than other displays of similar size because of its metallic framework. The base of the HP EliteDisplay E243d requires a depth measuring 8 inches, however, it is level-surfaced, meaning the user can place small accessories like small soundbars on top of the display.

The stand for the HP EliteDisplay E243d monitor allows for tilting, swivelling, pivoting, and adjustment of height, so the user can opt for their most befitting positioning. Its pillar has two-level bars to allow the user to slide cables in between, without diminishing the monitor’s modern appearance. If you want to set up multiple displays, consider replacing this part with a 100 x 100 VESA mount.

Also, the HP EliteDisplay E243d monitor comes with a pop-up webcam of a 720p camera and two microphones located on top of the display. You will need this feature for making conference calls, as it eliminates the need to set up a standalone webcam which is extra work and lacks a good visual appeal. You will find the microphones’ reception and the camera’s clarity above board; no need for added devices to complement these functions.

This product’s connection layout begins with a USB-C connector of 65 watts for single cable action. Also part of the layout is DisplayPort Out, four USB 3.0 slots, HDMI 1.4, and two 3.m audio input and output jacks. The monitor’s hub on the side has two USB ports, and an audio output jack to help the user to link the display to accessories and peripherals.

The Philips Brilliance 279P1 Monitor

The best and most notable feature of the Philips Brilliance 279P1 Monitor is its In-plane Switching (IPS) Panel measuring 27 inches, which supports UHD or 4K or 3,840 by 2,160-pixel resolution using a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Please note that other monitors measuring 27 inches usually have a lower native resolution, of either QHD, or 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, or full HD or 1080p or 1,920 by 1,080 pixels as with the 272E1CA Curved Frameless Monitor from Phillips.

Compared to low-resolution screens of 27 inches or the larger 4K monitors with 163 pixels per inch (PPI), the Philips Brilliance 279P1 monitor’s UHD panel has a very high pixel concentration. Therefore, the Philips Brilliance 279P1 monitor has a clear and sharp image, because a high pixel density points toward a sharper image.

As you would expect of an IPS panel, the Philips Brilliance 279P1 monitor has extensive image viewing angles that can measure up to 178 degrees for vertical and horizontal perspectives. This means colours remain true, without shifting or distortion, regardless of the angles you view the screen. The size of the Philips Brilliance 279P1 monitor is 21.1 by 24.1 by 8.1 inches (HWD) when the stand is stretched to its full height. It weighs about 16.2 pounds.

This screen has slim bezels on each of its sides and the top, making it an ideal option for multi-monitor setups. The black casing housing the panel attaches to a shaft with an opening at the lower end, through which a user can pass cables. The end of the shaft is in a round turntable fixed in a four-sided base that allows the user to swivel the panel to their preferred orientation.

There are many ports for the Philips Brilliance 279P1 monitor such as a DisplayPort 1.4 connector. Another port is the USB Type-C port that helps in the transmission of 65 watts of USB power, so the user can power and charge their laptop or transmit a video using a well-suited USB-C port, provided your pad can support DisplayPort above USB-C alternate method.

The ASUS ProArt PA278CV Professional Monitor

The ProArt Display PA278CV professional monitor is the best display that we have tested. It measures 27 inches and has a 1440p resolution power, providing adequate screen space for multitasking. It is an IPS panel with extensive viewing angles, allowing easy sharing of content and images between users. The ASUS ProArt PA278CV monitor is bright enough to resist glare and reflections.

Its stand can be adjusted to attain a preferred height, tilt, and swivel. Additionally, it can be rotated for portrait orientation. The ASUS ProArt PA278CV monitor had a very low input delay and a fast refresh rate of 75Hz to provide the user with a rich desktop experience, and more responsive interaction. This monitor has full sRGB coverage, with excellent and unmatched colour accuracy.

Unfortunately, the ASUS ProArt PA278CV monitor does not support HDR but boosts impressive response time and VRR capabilities in case the user wants to play video games on the side space.

The ASUS ProArt PA278CV monitor has many inputs available such as a USB hub with 4 USB 3.0s, and a port for USB-C to support 65 watts charging and DisplayPort. This power is sufficient to recharge most low-powered laptops and not high-power laptops with a dedicated GPU.

Finally, this monitor comes with in-built speakers and a backlight that does not flicker to avoid straining the user’s eyes. Bottom line, the ASUS ProArt PA278CV monitor is a versatile display that can serve comfortably different users.

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