You use your eyes for so much of the work that you do. Your workspace might have a powerful PC with a great mouse and keyboard, tons of storage, and a comfortable chair. However, if your monitor does not fit what you do properly, then your productivity will take a hit.
For an improved display that allows you to get more work done, you will want to have a model that provides you with the specific cost, resolution, and size that you need. If you are an IT professional who is responsible for purchasing a large number of monitors for your team of home-based workers or your company, then the things that matter the most are price and basic functions. Also, you will need to determine which size panel is going to work the best for each of your employees, what type of warranty you need, and which features will improve your productivity.
In this guide, we will be teaching you what things you should look for when you are shopping for work desktop monitors, whether it is a single panel for remote-working or multiple ones for an office.
How Much Money Should I Spend on a Business Computer Monitor?
A majority of businesses have strict capital budgets for running their businesses. That is why it is important to be smart about how you spend your money. A basic 24-inch computer monitor will cost €100 to €175. If you need a larger screen, a basic 27-inch panel costs €140 to €220.
If you would like to get a single display to replace your current dual-monitor setup, consider getting an ultrawide monitor. You can buy a 34-inch ultrawide for about €350 that will allow you to easily look at several different windows side by side. If you have the money and room available, a 43-inch ultrawide business model starts at around €600. A 49-inch gigantic model starts at about €1,000.
Some ultrawide models support multiple input sources being taken in and looking at them side by side via insets or onscreen. Not every ultrawide supports displaying from more than a single source simultaneously. Search for a monitor supports “picture by “picture” (PbP) where each of the screens from each source is displayed as ”picture in picture” (PiP) or side-by-side where video from source is run into an inset box on your screen to show content from another source. Keep in mind that it is not a given to display multiply video sources onscreen simultaneously. So if you need this feature you will need to search for it.
Another thing to note is the screen on a number of the new panels bigger than 30 inches are, with the right and left edges slightly curving towards the user. Curved monitors offer an experience that is more immersive compared to flat panels. Also, at the edges of the screen distortion is reduced.
As always, you will need to be prepared to have to spend money on a monitor with high-resolution, high-end panels as well as certain features like picture-in-picture functionality and pivoting and height-adjustable stands. For example, 27-inch, high-end Quad High-Definition (WQHD) monitors cost €200 at least, while 4k displays or 34-Inch UHD (Ultra-High-Definition) with all of the features start at around €350 as long as you shop wisely. It is likely you can get by using a much lower native resolution than UHD.
Although working on a large screen is always nice, it is not always cost-effective or practical, depending on your available workspace and budget. A 24-inch widescreen (which is the smallest mainstream desktop monitor size that we recommend or cover) starts at around €100, will be a good fit for people who have a limited amount of space and want to have multiple windows open at the same time. If your budget allows for and you have room for it, then a 27-inch screen (which starts at around €150) will be even better to use for multitasking, and an ultra-wide 34-inch panel (starts a €300) is a space-saving alternative option that can be used instead of a dual-monitor setup.
Which Is The Best Panel Technology For Business Monitors?
The most common type of monitor panel technologies that are relevant to use in business is twisted nematic (TN), vertical alignment (VA), and in-plane switching (IPS).
IPS excels at accurate grayscale and colour performance as well as delivering off-centre, wide angles. Exceptional contrast is what VA is best known for. Although TN panels are used occasionally on business models, what they are best known for is their gaming-friendly characteristics: fast response times and high refresh rates. In the past, TN panels overall are the cheapest to manufacture out of all three. However, they are now closer in price, The use of TN panels for business has been superseded mainly by VA, and in particular IPS ones.
For most mainstream business displays IPS has become the main default choice, and you shouldn’t have any concerns about choosing IPS unless you have some specialized content-creation issues. Some panel technologies that are less common include indium-gallium zinc oxide (IGZO), multi-domain vertical alignment (MVA), and patterned vertical alignment (PVA), along with the emerging technologies microLED and full area local dimming (FALD). The new technologies promise high contrast ratios and outstanding colour accuracy through being able to control small LED groups located on the back part of the panel.
Finally, OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology, which is used in gaming consoles, tablets, smartphones, and more recently, some laptops are entering slowly into the monitor realm. OLED panels offer outstanding colour coverage and contras. However, their price has been a hurdle for them to get established in the marketplace. Although you will see the option for an OLED screen in a few expensive business laptops. However, they are not much a factor yet for stand-alone business monitor panels. OLED, microLED, and FALD are only important to serious video makers and graphics professionals.
What Screen Should You Get For Your Business Monitor?
Today, almost all monitors can display content in high definition – in particular 1080p or full HD resolution, which means 1,920 x 1080 pixels. You might see some cheap, older displays that peak at 1,440 x 720 pixels or 1,366 x 768 pixels. Avoid these.
For basic office usage, 1080p resolution should be sufficient for a monitor with a panel size of up to 27 inches. There are also 32-inch-class monitors that have 1080p native resolution. For everyday use, they are fine, although 1080p might look a bit coarse with that size of a screen to discriminating eyes, particularly when displaying fine text.
Uses working with large spreadsheets or detailed images might want to opt for a WQHD monitor offering 2,560-by-1,440-pixel resolution with a diagonal screen that measures 27 to 32 inches (That resolution is also referred to as “1440p.”) Some of this resolution’s ultrawide variants go up to 49 inches with a resolution of 5,120-by-1,440-pixels, which works very well for multitaskers who would like to keep open several windows side by side onscreen at the same time or to stretch out a spreadsheet. A good alternative that you use instead of a multi-monitor array is an ultrawide model.
UHD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), also called 4K, is great for photographers and graphic designers. UHD monitors come in various sizes that start at 24 inches. However, for daily productivity usage, UHD is practically mainly at 32 inches and higher. Smaller screen sizes and multi-windowing at 4K have a tendency to result in very small text.
What Features and Ports Should Look For When Shopping For A Business Monitor?
When it comes to features, the more there are, the higher the price is going to be. An ergonomic highly adjustable stand that allows you to adjust swivel, height, and tilt and also pivots between portrait and landscape orientations is going to cost a lot more compared to a display that has a tilt adjustment only.
The same thing is true with ports. You may still see a VGA or DVI port occasionally. However, your monitor should be connected to your computer via a DisplayPort cable or HDMI cable. (One of those interfaces is usually required for resolutions over 1080p). An increasing number of monitors come with USB Type-C ports that have DisplayPort functionality. If you have a properly equipped laptop or PC, the video signal can be used this interface.
Some monitors come with USB hubs that allow you to plug a device such as a USB thumb drive into the monitor’s more convenient ports instead of having to reach the back of your computer. This type of display has a USB upstream port (to connect the computer and monitor) and one or several USB downstream ports (for peripherals such as thumb drives). However, do not confuse those USB ports with USB-C video-signal connectivity.
Sometimes with Type-C-capable USB monitors, the same connection can also work as the data conduit and video-signal carrier and often can provide power for charging or running your computer also. You should look carefully at the product description or spaces for these types of details. This type of function is often called USB Power Delivery (PD) and DisplayPort over USB.
If you spend lots of time in front of your computer screen, you might want to choose a model that has a low blue light setting to help reduce fatigue and eyestrain. If you need accurate colours, search for a monitor that comes with an extensive menu of colour palettes and image settings.
We usually test business monitors in three different colour spaces: DCI-P3, Adobe RGB, and sRGB. For web-based photos and many other purposes, the de facto colour standard is sRGB. Out of three, it is usually the most applicable and useful. The colour gamut on Adobe RGB is much wider compared to sRGB. However, it is mainly used for certain graphic purposes like print photography. Finally, the colour space DCI-P3 is designed for cinema video and is mainly used by filmmakers and videographers. There are a few higher-end models that are equipped with a separate or built-in colour calibration hardware tool. However, there are also third-party calibration solutions that are available also. It is not needed for regular productivity work.
Built-in speakers can save on valuable desktop workspace. However, the ones that are in monitors, and business-oriented panels especially are usually tinny-sounding and underpowered. If management does not want employees to listen to music at their desks out in the open, search for a monitor that does not have embedded speakers. The same is true for built-in webcams, which are a lot less common, for videoconferencing they can be quite useful. However, before you pay the extra cost, you need to make sure you actually need them.
If you are planning on using articulating arms or wall-mounting kits to save on desk space, be sure the monitor has VESA-compliant mounting holes or brackets. Finally, look for a warranty of at least three years that covers backlighting, labour, and parts.
Which Business Monitor Should You Purchase?
To help you get started, we have compiled a list of some of the top-rated business monitors in various price points and sizes. Also, make sure to review our top monitor favourites for a broader selection including entertainment panels. Also, if you need to have a small panel that can be taken with you on the go, we have a section of portable monitors as well.
So here are some of the best in class monitors that we recommend:
HP Z27k G3 4K
This is a great-looking monitor that features an impressive aluminium build. The HP Z27k G3 4K comes with a small bevel (which touts a design that is 82% thinner compared to the previous generation) to provide a great frameless viewing experience. It has a really solid feel to it as well (including the stand) without a lot of wiggling when moving it around and handling it.
The display is very sharp and does not have much trailing and no signs of ghosting, and also displayed no screen tearing.
A majority of the connectivity is underneath on the back panel, with two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, one USB Type-C port (with power delivery for HP laptops up to 100W), an HDMI 2.0 port, one Mini DisplayPort 1.2, and one DisplayPort 1, along with a Realtek 1GbE port that is used to manage the monitor remotely. it has two other USB ports on the left on its angled side panel. it works like a docking station when the notebook is connected to a notebook using a USB-C.
Overall, a monitor has been created by Hp that feels and looks good with e Z27k G3. The USB-C display features a frameless design and 4K UHD resolution, along with a solid build, and uses one USB-C cable that both powers and connects the display. Also, it comes with a number of useful connectivity features, including an RJ 45 network port, four USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, one USB Type-C, an HDMI 2.0 port, one Mini DisplayPort 1.2, and one DisplayPort 1.2.
The HP Z27k G3 comes with factory-calibrated colours, customized workflow colour presets, up to HDR 600, validated PANTONE colour gamut, and over a billion on-screen colours. it also is equipped with a useful one-touch brightness functionality that sets the display instantly to its maximum level of brightness.
Asus ProArt PA32UCG
With its ProArt PA32UCG, Asus has really gone all out. Its Mini-LED full-array backlight is combined with 1152 diming zones. With its quantum dot film, a broad colour gamut is covered, nearly 78% of Rec. 2020. At more than 1700 nits peak, this is the brightest monitor that we have tested. It also provides out-of-box precise accuracy for each colour mode that is used today. Although it comes with a bundled colourimeter and numerous calibration options, it is ready for either play or work, without having to make any tweaks.
In contrast to its predecessors in this class, its refresh rate is not locked at 60 Hz. G-Sync and FreeSync are provided by the ProArt PA32UCG in addition to its 120 Hz refresh rate. If 144 Hz is what you need, you can do this in the PA32UCG Rendering Mode over DisplayPort. Its HDR support is also complete. Many monitors provide HDR10. However, the ProArt is one of just a few that come with Dolby Vision. The screen is out of reach for most people with its €5,000 price tag. However, if you are searching for a monitor that displays HDR content at its best, with some high-refresh gaming, and media creation, there is no rival to this monitor.
Lenovo ThinkVision M14
These days, many people are needing to work in a tight space. If you are wanting your space to have another screen, the best portable monitor is the Lenovo ThinkVision M14. Its standout feature is critical: an easy-to-use, strong, and reliable kickstand due to its two flip-out feet. Although many portable monitors come with flimsy sleeves that also double as the sand, the ThinkVision M14 can be propped from -5 to a 90-degree tilt and also portrait mode. Its travel case, unfortunately, is not very tough.
Based on our benchmarks, with a maximum brightness of 244 nits and 98% coverage of the sRGB colour space, the ThinkVision M14 is ideal for surfing the web or viewing a movie in SDR. In the meantime, USB-C connectivity means its battery will not run out when you plug it into a laptop. It is also able to provide a device with up to 65W of power when you plug it into a wall adapter also. But if you have a device or PC like a Raspberry Pi that does not come with a USB-C port with USB PD 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 Alt Mode or higher are out of luck on this.
32-Inch Samsung Odyssey G7 32
The top computer monitor is the 32-inch Samsung Odyssey G7 and has earned a great rating from Berti’s Labs. For gamers, it provides the strongest curve that is currently available, along with 1000R for fast gaming numbers, and amazing immersion. The response time of the 240Hz monitor is 1ms GTG and in our test scored a 5ms response time, which beat out some 165h screens by 2 ms. An input lag was showed by benchmarking to be 20ms, which was 6-10ms faster than the Dell S3220DGFand some of the other 165Hz screens that we have tested,
LG 27GN950-B, with its 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms (GTG) response time, is the best computer monitor to use for 4K gaming. With a good graphics card, at 4K you will need to be able to handle 144 fps (frames per second), then this monitor will ensure you do not waste the power. In our test, the monitor scored a 7 ms response time, which kept up with the more expensive 144Hz, 4K screens such as the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ. It even beat some in terms of input lag. Also, G-Sync Compatibility and FreeSync Premium Pro fight screen tears when the framerates go under 48 fps.
Although VA panels are best known for having high contrast, this IPS monitor is able to hold its own. According to our benchmarks, before calibration, it hits 1,034.7, and with HDR reaches 8,475.3:1. Those wanting the most accurate colour may feel that the sRGB mode is too saturated. However, for the more colourful DCI-P3 arena, the 27GN950-B has proven to be accurate.
The Dell S3220DGF delivers outstanding accurate colour and contrast and balances resolution with speed. For the average player, it is the best computer monitor to use for gaming. Its 32-inch also makes it very good for productivity. The Dell S3220DGF’ has a 4ms (GTG) response time and165Hz refresh rate which helps it compete favourably with other 165HZ screens in terms of input lag and response time.
Since it is not the biggest or fastest monitor with the highest resolution, it typically costs less than €450 and is a good value. However, it still comes with FreeSync Premium Pro to fight screen tears (and although it is not certified, we were able to get it to run G-Sync Compatibility). Its HDR support stands apart from most gaming monitors with HDR due to having a higher quality edge-lit backlight, and a 1800R curve added to the immersion.
As you would expect from a VA panel it has impressive contrast (Our testing showed 3,783:1 before calibration) and it also comes with accurate DCI-P3 colour also. However, it is lacking an sRBG mode, so colour purists might want to have a colour that is less saturated.