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Best business monitors 2022: Upgrade to a proper screen

The top business monitors for photo editing, office work, and more

Abstract image of a blue monitor on a white background

Many businesses provide their staff with basic, cheap monitors – but a screen upgrade can be a smart investment.

A good business monitor should have plenty of working space to keep staff productive, as well as strong brightness and contrast to keep them from squinting and struggling in bright sunlight. A sharper, clearer and more colourful screen is even likely to make them more enthused and motivated.

There are other considerations, too. While colour reproduction may not be crucial to all departments, if you’re putting together materials to be shared online or professionally printed, you’ll want a screen that gives an accurate impression of how the finished product will look – otherwise you’re putting your company’s reputation on the line.

What to look for in a business monitor

Not all monitors are created equal, and different screens will be best suited for different roles. Businesses, especially, will find it difficult to find a one-size-fits-all solution, given the variety of users they have to cater for. For example, anyone working with visual media, such as graphic designers, video editors, or digital artists, will need a screen that’s perfectly accurate, to ensure that the colours they’re seeing when they work on a project match what it comes out looking like. These professional-grade monitors are often calibrated to match certain industry-specific colour gamuts, and are incredibly precise.

However, these pro-level monitors tend to come with a hefty premium, and won’t be necessary for employees who just need to work on emails, spreadsheets, and reports. While a certain level of colour accuracy is useful for providing a broadly pleasant viewing experience, these employees will see much more benefit from more general quality-of-life features, such as USB-C connectivity for docking laptops, or a built-in webcam to improve video calls.

Size and resolution probably won’t be as important a factor for these employees, either. While a large display can be handy for multitasking by allowing multiple simultaneous windows, a 4K resolution is probably going to be overkill for most workers, and a 30+in monitor is going to be unsuitable for most remote workers. We feel a 24in to 27in display with a 1080p resolution should be more than enough to support the average workflow.

Depending on your preference, you may want to splash out on a monitor with a more impressive design aesthetic, but be wary of sacrificing practicality for appearance. It’s much more important to make sure that your monitor has enough adjustability to give you the right viewing angle and position, particularly if you’re buying multiple monitors to kit out a shared workspace.

FAQ

What ports does my business monitor need?

Monitors will come with different input ports depending on a number of factors, including their age, price, and intended use. Which ones to look for will ultimately depend on what you’re looking to connect to it, but it’s good to go for as wide a variety as possible.

As a general rule, HDMI is still the most commonly-used display connector on most monitors and laptops, but it’s worth seeking out monitors with DisplayPort if you’re planning on using them with high-end desktop rigs, as most GPUs have a larger number of DisplayPort outputs than HDMI.

USB-C ports are also incredibly versatile, particularly for agile working environments. With one cable, laptops can not only connect to the monitor, but also receive charge and tap into wired network connections, making USB-C monitors an excellent docking option for busy workspaces.

Are gaming monitors good for work?

When it comes to monitors, one of the biggest and most active categories is gaming monitors, designed specifically to give the best performance and experience when playing high-end titles. These typically boast advanced features like fast refresh rates, low response times and high resolutions.

However, while it can be tempting to look at them as the pinnacle of screen technology, gaming monitors aren’t always a great fit for work. For one thing, they tend to be more expensive than standard displays, and many of the advanced features they include aren’t particularly relevant to day-to-day business tasks.

On top of this, they’re often designed to fit with a specific aesthetic, with lashings of RGB lighting, extraneous fins and accented finishes. While this isn’t necessarily an issue in a home office, we feel these can look unprofessional in a workspace and, more importantly, it means that many gaming monitors have to compromise their adjustability to account for it. In most cases, unless testing games is a specific part of your job, chances are that you’re better off with a high-end office monitor.

Does my business monitor’s refresh rate matter?

A screen’s refresh rate – measured in Hertz – essentially governs how many times per second the picture updates. This translates to smoother movement of on-screen objects. It’s mostly used for gaming, where higher refresh rates mean greater frames per second, which gives more pleasant experiences as well as a potential competitive edge in games requiring fast reactions.

A high refresh rate monitor can give a smoother experience for general computing tasks too, but the effects are nowhere near as noticeable in day-to-day tasks. In fact, few office monitors offer super-high refresh rates, as there’s just not that much demand for them. 60Hz has become the de facto standard for modern monitors, and while you should try and avoid anything below that, there’s no real point to seeking out anything much higher unless your specific use-case relies on it.

Should I buy a business monitor with speakers?

Many monitors come with a set of integrated speakers, meaning that if you connect a device which doesn’t have built in sound outputs, you won’t be reliant on headphones. However, while they’re usually good enough to handle video calls and the like, most examples you’ll find tend to be rather tinny, lacking in depth and clarity.

In some rare cases, a monitor’s inbuilt speakers will be relatively good - but it’s not worth expending much energy on tracking them down. Although it’s useful to have them as a fallback when all else fails, a minimal investment in external speakers (even a cheap bluetooth speaker) will produce infinitely better results.

The best business monitors

Acer ConceptD CP5271UV

Acer ConceptD CP5271UV
ProsCons
High colour accuracyFiddly OSD
Highly adjustable-

The CP5271UV blew us away with its versatility, lending itself equally well to gaming and video editing as it does to professional-level graphic design. Since it's suitable for creative professionals, it naturally has an extremely high colour accuracy rating, covering 94% of the Adobe RGB gamut and 92% of the DCI-P3's profile too. A particular highlight for us was its 360-degree swivel stand and 180mm worth of height adjustment, with only the fiddly OSD being the standout weakness.

Size27in
Resolution2,560 x 1,440
Brightness480cd/m2
Video Inputs

DisplayPort 1.4 (HDCP 2.2), 2 x HDMI 2 (HDCP 2.2), USB-C (Power Delivery up to 65W)

Price when reviewed: £667 exc VAT

Read our full Acer ConceptD CP5271UV review for more information.

Dell UltraSharp 25 USB-C

Dell UltraSharp 25 USB-C monitor
ProsCons
1440p resolutionOn the smaller side
High colour accuracy-

The Dell UltraSharp 25 USB-C was another monitor in this list with which we struggled to find a fault. In typical Dell fashion, the design is clean and solid - fit for any office environment - and the 1440p resolution is a serious selling point given the size of the display. At 25 inches, it's not the biggest monitor among our top picks but the resolution feels much crisper given the smaller screen size. For the price, we feel you'll struggle to find a more colour accurate monitor with 95% of the sRGB gamut and 89% of the DCI-P3 gamut covered.

Size25in
Resolution2,560 x 1,440
Brightness366cd/m2
Video InputsDisplayPort 1.4, HDMI, USB-C

Price when reviewed: £288 exc VAT

Read our full Dell UltraSharp 25 USB-C review for more information.

AOC Q34E2A

AOC Q34E2A monitor photograph
ProsCons
Good sizeNo height adjustment
Decent colour accuracy-

If you're looking for maximum screen estate on the smallest budget possible then the AOC Q34E2A is highly likely to be your best bet. At the price, though, there are some drawbacks to the display that should be expected with a 34-inch monitor at less than £200 (exc VAT). The colour accuracy is actually solid, covering 92% of the sRGB colour gamut which is a great score, all things considered. It's perhaps not quite accurate enough for graphic design, but good for the price. Users are also treated to a bright display that's evenly lit across the panel, although we were disappointed to see a lack of height adjustment, so we would recommend using it with a monitor arm if your setup allows for it.

Size34in
Resolution2,560 x 1,080
Brightness349cd/m2
Video Inputs

DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x HDMI 1.4

Price when reviewed: £198 exc VAT

Read our full AOC Q34E2A review for more information.

Eizo FlexScan EV2360

Eizo FlexScan EV2360 monitor photograph
ProsCons
Resolution good for sizeDisappointing colour accuracy
Reasonable priceWeak speakers

Sometimes all you need is a small tool to get the job done and the EV2360 offers a curious combination of display size, aspect ratio, and resolution that works really well. While the 22.5-inch display is smaller than the average panel, we felt the 1,920 x 1,200 resolution stretched over a 16:10 aspect ratio more than made up for it, with its work area never feeling overly cramped. A less desirable colour accuracy score of 87% tested against the sRGB colour gamut was disappointing, as well as its weak speakers, but it's an overall decent monitor at an affordable price.

Size22.5in
Resolution1,920 x 1,200
Brightness250cd/m2
Video Inputs

DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA

Price when reviewed: £177 exc VAT

Read our full Eizo FlexScan EV2360 review for more information.

LG UltraWide Ergo 34WN780-B

A photograph of the LG UltraWide Ergo 34WN780-B
ProsCons
Excellent adjustabilityNo USB-C connectivity
High colour accuracy-

It's not often a monitor's stand steals the headlines in a hardware review but we fell in love with the the backbone of the LG UltraWide Ergo 34WN780-B, which delivers a bespoke fit for the monitor as well as an array of ergonomic benefits including a generous 130mm of height adjustment. The display itself is highly colour accurate scoring 98% of the sRGB colour gamut and offers ample room for work with a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution. The only drawback we found was its lack of USB-C connectivity, which may be a deal-breaker for some.

Size34in
Resolution3,440 x 1,440
Brightness330cd/m2
Video Inputs

1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0

Price when reviewed: £358 exc VAT

Read our full LG UltraWide Ergo 34WN780-B review for more information.

Philips Moda 27 (4K)

A photograph of the Philips Moda 27 (4K)
ProsCons
Outstanding colour accuracyNot a budget buy
Clean design-
Slick OSD-

There are plenty of 4K displays on the market that are comparably capable and much cheaper – sometimes hundreds of pounds cheaper, in fact – than the Moda 27 but regardless, this display makes you want to spent the extra money. Outstanding colour accuracy is married with a clean design, slick joystick-controlled OSD, and ample connectivity options to make this monitor's price seem entirely reasonable.

Size27in
Resolution

3,840 x 2,160

Brightness382cd/m2
Video Inputs

1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB-C (65W)

Price when reviewed: £385 exc VAT

Read our full Philips Moda 27 (4K) review for more information.

Iiyama ProLite XUB2792QSN-B1

A photograph of the Iiyama ProLite XUB2792QSN-B1
ProsCons
USB-C connectivityNo colour customisation
Good image qualityInconsistent colour at edges

This great-value package delivers what previous Iiyama displays have often lacked in the past: USB-C connectivity. With hot desking so prevalent in modern offices, efficient one-cable connectivity is key and the USB-C connectivity added to this largely colour-accurate 2,560 x 1,440 panel delivers just that. It's a versatile monitor that's perfect for businesses locked to a £300 budget but is only let down in a few areas, such as a lack of colour customisation and depleting colour accuracy as you reach the outer edges of the display.

Size27in
Resolution2,560 x 1,440
Brightness341cd/m2
Video Inputs

1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x USB-C (65W)

Price when reviewed: £286 exc VAT

Read our full Iiyama ProLite XUB2792QSN-B1 review for more information.

Philips Brilliance 346P1C

A photograph of the Philips Brilliance 346P1C
ProsCons
Bright and accurate displayCool default colours
USB-C connectivity-

It's not often you find a monitor that produces truly stunning colours, and whites in particular, on a VA panel - that accolade is usually reserved for IPS panels - but the 346P1C bucks the trend. A blisteringly bright display coupled with impressive 95% coverage of the sRGB colour gamut is a real plus, and the robust selection of ports, including a USB-C port with a rare 90W of power delivery, means just about any device can hook up to this monitor and enjoy its excellence. It's truly one of the very best products in this list.

Size34in
Resolution3,440 x 1,440
Brightness463cd/m2
Video Inputs

1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB-C (90W)

Price when reviewed: £416 exc VAT

Read our full Philips Brilliance 346P1C review for more information.

Poly Studio P21

A photograph of the Poly Studio P21
ProsCons
Excellent audio  qualitySmall display
Good all-in-one experienceDated resolution

All-in-one video meeting solutions are less common choices for workplace monitors but they certainly serve a purpose. As you would expect, the P21 sports excellent audio and video quality and users enjoy a delightfully simple setup process. It's not a stunner, visually. A small 21.5-inch display runs a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution - dated by today's standards - and uses LCD technology rather than the more modern IPS or OLED panels. You're probably not looking for this to be a graphics design powerhouse anyway, but it's a fantastic solution for those who want a great virtual meeting experience.

Size21.5in
Resolution1,920 x 1,080
Video Inputs

USB-C x3

Price when reviewed: £620 exc VAT

Read our full Poly Studio P21 review for more information.

MSI Modern MD271CP

A photograph of the MSI Modern MD271CP
ProsCons
Excellent valueLacking colour accuracy
Pleasing designOSD configuration required

The real selling points for this products are the value and looks. Coming at just north of £200 (exc VAT), the product is excellent value, offering 27 inches of curved screen estate in what is a very aesthetically pleasing package - something often seen as an afterthought by manufacturers. It takes some configuring in the OSD to get the picture looking its best, but with the right settings the display is pleasing enough for the price, though colour accuracy could be better.

Size27in
Resolution1,920 x 1,080
Brightness220cd/m2
Video Inputs

1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x USB-C/DisplayPort

Price when reviewed: £208 exc VAT

Read our full MSI Modern MD271CP review for more information.

ViewSonic VP2785-2K

VP2785-2K
ProsCons
Outstanding colour accuracyUninspiring design
Highly adjustableAwkward port placement
USB-C connectivity-

Although at first sight the VP2785-2K appears to be overpriced, it's actually a steal for creative professional on a budget, especially those who work in both print and video. This monitor comes with the promise of 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB gamut and 96% of DCI-P3, and it also supports hardware calibration, for which you can set a regular reminder in the OSD. All the features are here, whether that’s pivoting, 130mm of height adjustment or the inclusion of a three-port USB-A hub.

Size27in
Resolution2,560 x 1,440
Brightness340cd/m2
Video InputsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, USB Type-C

Price when reviewed: £493 exc VAT

Read our full ViewSonic VP2785-2K review for more information.

Philips Brilliance 328P6

Phillips Brilliance 328P6
ProsCons
Fantastic brightnessDesign quality lacking
USB-C connectivity-

It may not be as beautiful, or as tweakable, but Philips has invested its budget in all the areas that matter to create yet another brilliant monitor for a great price. The Brilliance does live up to its name: while a peak brightness of 460cd/m2 in general use is more than enough, this monitor’s VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification means that it can hit 600cd/m2 highs when playing suitable material. In fact, you can even make the argument for this screen to act as a TV.

Size31.5in
Resolution3,840 x 2,160
Brightnessup to 600cd/m2
Video Inputs1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB Type-C, RJ-45 Ethernet port

Price when reviewed: £458 exc VAT

Read our full Philips Brilliance 328P6 review for more information.

Philips 243B9

Philips 243B9 on desk
ProsCons
Great colour accuracyCheap build quality
Very affordableLow resolution for size
USB-C connectivity-

The Philips 243B9 is a simple yet functional 24in 1080p monitor that fills this particular niche with aplomb. While its understated design isn't necessarily ugly, it does feel decidedly cheap in comparison to some of Philips' more premium models. That said, the Philips 243B9 is an affordable gem: it offers great colour accuracy, a solid maximum brightness and lots of handy extra features all for less than £200. There are very few monitors in this price bracket that can offer the same level of quality. 

Size23.8in
Resolution1920 x 1080
Brightness285.62cd/m2
Video InputsVGA, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, USB-C 3.2 Gen 1

Price when reviewed: £180 exc VAT

Read our full Philips 243B9 review for more information

Philips Brilliance 346P1CRH

Philips Brilliance monitor
ProsCons
Excellent size and adjustabilitySlightly awkward webcam
Great picture quality-
USB-C connectivity-

The Philips Brilliance 346P1CRH is one of the best all-round productivity powerhouses we have ever reviewed. Thanks to its 3,440 x 1,440 resolution, there's room for three documents side by side, which surely ends the debate on whether two screens are better than one. While it's not as expansive as Philips' colossal 49in Brilliance 499P9H, it's also much more manageable and reasonably-priced. If you're looking for an all-purpose, future-proof monitor, you won't get much better than this.

Size34in curved panel (1500R)
Resolution3,440 x 1,440
Brightness500cd/m2
Video InputsDisplayPort 1.4 (HDCP 2.2), HDMI 2 (HDCP 2.2), USB-C (power delivery up to 90W)

Price when reviewed: £458 exc VAT

Read our full Philips Brilliance 346P1CRH for more information

Eizo Foris Nova

Eizo Foris Nova
ProsCons
Perfect colour accuracyVery expensive
Slim and lightLimited availability

The Eizo Foris Nova isn't any old monitor - it's the McLaren of monitors, according to our review, and it defies all notion of what a monitor is. It's so special that there are only 500 units of it in existence and it costs a whopping £2,416. You do get quite a lot for that though; a 4K OLED panel, a stylish build, HDR video and perfect colour accuracy. We can't quite say that is worth over two thousand pounds, but it sure looks good.

Size21.6in
Resolution3,840 x 2,160
Brightness330cd/m2
Video Inputs2 x HDMI (v1.4)

Price when reviewed: £2,416 exc VAT

Read our full Eizo Foris Nova review for more information

AOC U2790PQU

A photograph of the AOC U2790PQU
ProsCons
Highly adjustableLacking contrast
Great value for money-

The AOC U2790PQU packs a number of valuable features including a snazzy design and a highly adjustable screen. and it's a bargain at just £234. It may have been built to a budget but it both looks and feels more classy than its closest rival, the Iiyama. For day-to-day duties, its panel is fine, and it also packs an impressivr 3,840x2,160 pixels into its 27in frame.

Size27in
Resolution3,840 x 2,160
Brightness465cd/m2
Video Inputs1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0

Price when reviewed: £234 exc VAT

Read our full AOC U2790PQU review for more information

Dell UltraSharp U2720Q

A photograph of the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q
ProsCons
Good colour accuracyNo speakers
USB-C connectivityOSD buttons wobble screen
Highly adjustable-

If you're looking for a 27in monitor to upgrade your home office, we can't think of many that would do the job better than the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q. You can buy a 27in 4K monitor for less, but they lack the all-round quality of the Dell and the versatility provided by its USB-C connector. If you're looking for 4K, want USB-C and can't afford more expensive rivals, the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q is the monitor for you.

Size27in
Resolution3,840 x 2,160
Brightnessn/a
Video Inputs1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB Type-C

Price when reviewed: £445 exc VAT

Read our full Dell UltraSharpU2720Q review for more information

How we test business monitors

Picking the perfect monitor relies on a number of factors, not least of which is its technical proficiency. In order to accurately measure the quality of a display, every one we review is subject to a number of tests to measure its quality, using a colorimeter and the open-source DisplayCal measurement software.

First, we’ll test the maximum brightness of the panel, as well as the uniformity of the brightness across a number of zones on the screen to check for deviation. We’ll also measure colour reproduction across a number of colour gamuts - primarily the sRGB gamut which most digital content is calibrated for, but also the DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB gamuts where applicable. This is represented as a percentage, demonstrating how much of the given colour space is covered.

We then measure the accuracy of those colours, in the form of the average Delta-E. This indicates how close the actual colour displayed is to the intended target; the higher this figure is, the greater the deviation. Anything lower than one is considered perfect, and more than two means that the panel isn’t really accurate enough for colour-sensitive work. In addition, we’ll also track how close the panel gets to the ideal colour temperature of 6500K.

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