The best
Pivot monitors

Perfect for text processing

A monitor in landscape format is what you know from your own everyday life and is also the common purpose. Therefore, a monitor whose screen can be rotated by 90° is not necessarily the model you look for when buying a new monitor.

However, the pivot function – also called portrait mode – has its right to exist and can find a place in many offices or on the gaming desk. In the latter case, the models are preferably used in the streaming area to be able to read the chat history. But a pivot monitor can also work wonders for common word processing, especially when you activate the additional reading mode.

The ProArt Display from ASUS can score the most points in this category, since it brings along enormous advantages due to its general all-round capabilities alone. As a first alternative, which is especially interesting for gamers, we recommend the Acer Predator XB271HU, which can also be used as a normal gaming screen without any problems if the pivot function is not needed. A 4K alternative is LG’s 27UL850-W, which can be used wonderfully for word processing due to its high and clear resolution.

Best Pivot monitor: ASUS ProArt PA278QV

  • OLED Display
  • Mini-LED-Lighting
  • ASUS Smart HDR
  • Dolby Vision
  • Low contrast ratio
Refresh rate
Response time

The ProArt Display PA278QV from ASUS is becoming a real all-rounder due to its versatility. Even though it can only be used in gaming to a limited extent, it would be ideal as a pivot monitor on the desk and thus expand the setup with a very good screen. The monitor can easily be rotated by 90° and can thus be used ideally for reading chat. However, a monitor with a portrait function can also easily find a place in a normal office and can be used there in many ways. With its WQHD resolution and 75 Hz, it is also better positioned than many a Full HD monitor, which is why multitasking is no problem. The picture is also crystal clear, which makes the PA278QV ideal for reading texts and thus an ideal pivot candidate.

Pivot with 165 Hz: Acer XB271HU

  • 165 Hz
  • native G-Sync
  • no HDR10

If you want to stick to a full gaming setup, the Acer Predator XB271HU is a good candidate that can also be converted to a portrait monitor. The screen can be rotated by 90°, so you can use it as a pure pivot monitor, but also keep the option open to use it as a normal gaming monitor. Its WQHD resolution, the maximum of 165 Hz, the IPS panel and especially the native G-Sync are perfect for a proper gaming session.

Portrait format in 4K: LG 27UL850-W

  • 4K resolution
  • HDR
  • USB-C port
  • no HDMI 2.1

If the pivot monitor is supposed to have a 4K resolution, LG’s 27UL850-W is a good alternative. Its bezel-less design and pivot function make it a perfect screen for reading texts or the chat. However, the 4K resolution means you should be careful not to make the text size too small, but it also allows you to have multiple windows open at the same time, making multitasking possible. With a response time of 5 ms and AMD FreeSync, it can also be used wonderfully as a secondary monitor in gaming.

Pivot monitors compared

Best Pivot monitor
Acer XB271HU
Acer XB271HU
LG 27UL850-W
LG 27UL850-W
Size 27 Inch 27 Inch 27 Inch
Resolution QHD (2560 x 1440px) WQHD (2560 x 1440px) UHD (3840 x 2160px)
Format 16:9 16:9 16:9
Refresh rate 75Hz 144 Hz 60Hz
Response time 5ms 4ms 5ms
Display type Flat Flat Flat
G Sync
Contrast 1000:1 1000:1 1000:1
Jack 3.5mm
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