6 of the best monitors for work or play you can get
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, but we’re here to help out. Here are some of the best monitors you can buy!
The best monitors:
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 3840 x 2160 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 CU34G2X
The AOC CU34G2X is one of the best ultrawide gaming monitors you can get. It comes with a 34-inch curved VA (vertical alignment) panel with a 3440 x 1440 resolution. The 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate and AMD Freesync compatibility are all big positives.
It helps that it’s also a good looking monitor, with a three-sided frameless design and a swivel and tilt-friendly stand. It can also be mounted on a wall. When it comes to connectivity, you get two HDMI ports, two DisplayPort 1.4, and four USB 3.2 ports. AOC also provides a three-year zero dead pixel guarantee with all its monitors.
3. LG Ultregear 34GL750-B
This LG Ultragear monitor is a great option if you’re looking for a slightly cheaper ultrawide screen. The 34-inch curved screen doesn’t have the highest resolution at 2560 x 1080, but the 144Hz refresh rate and 5ms response rate makes it worth considering for gamers. Adding to its gaming bona fides is the fact that the screen is compatible with AMD Freesync and Nvidia G-Sync.
The monitor also supports HDR10 content playback for vivid colors and detailed contrast. As far as connectivity is concerned, it comes with two HDMI ports, DisplayPort 1.4, and a headphone jack. The 34GL750-B is also decently priced for everything it has to offer.
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 3840 x 2160 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 CG32UQ
The Asus CG32UQ is a great choice for anyone looking for a monitor for their gaming console. The 31.5-inch display comes with a 3840 x 2160 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate with AMD Freesync compatibility. It also supports HDR10 content and comes with different 4K HDR modes for watching videos or playing console games.
Extensive connectivity options include three HDMI ports, DisplayPort 1.2, and six USB 3.0 ports (two for accessories). It also features two 12W speakers with audio presets suited for gaming. If you decide to mount the monitor on a wall, the stand is designed to double as a headset stand. A remote is available for adjusting on-screen display functions.
6. Philips Brilliance 499P9H
Let me start by stating right off the bat that this monitor isn’t for everyone. Most ultrawide monitors come with some form of dual device support, but the Philips 499P9H, with its SuperWide 49-inch screen, 5120 x 1440 resolution, and 32:9 aspect ratio is ideally suited for this. A built-in KVM switch lets you easily move between two connected devices.
There’s no shortage of connectivity options of course. It comes with DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI ports, a USB-C port with power delivery up to 65W, and four USB 3.0 ports. You also get a headphone jack, built-in speakers, and a Windows Hello compatible pop-up webcam. It’s the most expensive monitor on this list and the most outrageous, but might be exactly what some people are looking for.
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.