So that office work almost takes care of itself
Good office equipment is a must, especially if you spend up to 8 hours a day at your desk. Now that the home office is becoming more and more important, it makes sense to have decent equipment there as well, and not just to save your eyes. But what does a good monitor have to be able to do to be suitable for office work? An office monitor doesn’t have to have many values that are important for video games, for example, but above all a clear picture in an appropriate resolution makes quite a difference. We have picked out three monitors that provide a clear view in everyday office use.
Our winner in this category is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, which can be a real all-rounder in everyday office life thanks to its versatile features. Second place in this category goes to Dell’s S2721QS, which offers plenty of room for various office activities thanks to its clear picture and 4K resolution. Thanks to its ComfortView, the monitor is easy on the eyes and its ergonomic features additionally allow it to be individually adjusted to the user. Those who edit a lot of videos and pictures should take a look at the Gigabyte M27Q, because it brings rich colors and a really good IPS panel.
Best office monitor: ASUS ProArt PA278CV
The best monitor for home office or office use, is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. The 27-inch model has a resolution of 1440p, which provides plenty of screen real estate for better multitasking. Like most IPS panels, it has wide viewing angles that make it easier to share content with others. The screen handles reflections well and is bright enough to avoid glare, so it works well in bright rooms. The stand can be adjusted for height, tilt and swivel, and can also be rotated into portrait mode.
In addition to the very low input lag, it has a refresh rate of 75 Hz, making the desktop experience a bit smoother and more responsive than a typical 60 Hz screen. The screen fully covers the sRGB color space and its color accuracy is excellent, but Adobe RGB coverage is somewhat limited. The Asus offers plenty of connectivity options, including a USB hub with four USB 3.0 inputs and a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort and 65W charging. This power should be enough to charge most of the laptops.
Unfortunately, the Asus does not support HDR. However, it has an excellent response time and supports VRR, which is an important feature for gamers. Integrated speakers offer moderate sound and a flicker-free backlight is easy on the eyes. All in all, the Asus is a real top all-rounder for everyday office use that will satisfy most users.
Alternative in 4K: Dell S2721QS
- 4K resolution
- Wide viewing angle
- Good ergonomics
- Poor performance in dark rooms
- Low contrast ratio
The Dell S2721QS is clearly close behind the Asus. It offers a crystal-clear picture, which is much more pleasant than blurry fonts and menus during long periods at the PC. Even though a 4K resolution is not absolutely necessary for a monitor that is only used for office tasks, details are still displayed wonderfully because the resolution is four times higher than that of a Full HD monitor. Thanks to the IPS panel and 99% sRGB color coverage, the monitor offers an excellent image and brilliant colors even at wide viewing angles.
In addition, ComfortView makes working on this monitor even easier on the eyes, as it does not flicker and comes with a blue light filter. AMD FreeSync technology would even make this monitor a good choice for casual gaming, but unsuitable for pro gaming. The S2721QS can additionally be aligned in a workplace-friendly manner, as it can be swiveled, rotated, tilted and adjusted in height. Furthermore, integrated speakers are available, which saves the purchase of additional speakers.
For all content creators: Gigabyte M27Q
- 170 Hz
- Wide viewing angles
- Good visibility in bright rooms
- Exceptional SDR color gamut
- Black looks gray in dark environments
- Poor ergonomics
The best work monitor for content creators is the Gigabyte M27Q. The 27-inch IPS panel has a resolution of 1440p and has a typically wide viewing angle, which means that images remain clearly visible even from the side – ideal for showing work to colleagues and clients. In bright rooms, the IPS panel still delivers good images, but in dark environments, you’ll notice that the Gigabyte has a somewhat low contrast.
The monitor has almost full sRGB coverage and Adobe RGB coverage, the latter being one of the highest available in this price range. It can display a wide color gamut, but its peak HDR brightness is a bit weaker.
The only point that might be a deal-breaker for some is the use of a BGR subpixel layout. While this doesn’t affect image quality, it can lead to blurry text in some cases. Some people are bothered by this, others don’t see it at all. There are a few ways around this problem, but each solution has its drawbacks. If the BGR subpixel layout or the USB-C power supply are not a deal-breaker, the Gigabyte M27Q is a good choice.
Office monitors in comparison
Best office monitor
ASUS ProArt PA278CV
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|Resolution||WQHD (2560 x 1440px)||UHD (3840 x 2160px)||QHD (2560x1440px)|
|Contrast||1,078 : 1||1300:1||1000: 1|