Whether you’re shifting to remote work permanently or just setting up a temporary home office, it’s crucial that you create a sustainable setup that mirrors or exceeds traditional office workspaces. One of the best, and easiest, ways to do this is by investing in a new monitor.
Whatever your needs, there are a lot of top-notch monitors to consider for the best monitor setup for your home office. And when you shop, keep a few important specifications in mind when evaluating the best monitors for working from home.
What are the best home office monitor size and specs?
When considering a display for home office use, you need to think about its size. At a minimum, go for something that’s at least 24 inches diagonal. And if you work in a field like graphic design, video or photo editing, or computer programming, consider an even bigger monitor so you can see more of your work at once.
In addition to screen size, there are several other factors you need to keep in mind when looking at the best work from home monitors.
While your preferred monitor should have at least high definition (HD) resolution, you may want to go beyond that. If you plan to clock longer hours in front of your monitor, look for Full High Definition (FHD) or better monitors as a way to reduce eye strain. Here is a rundown of monitor resolutions, or you can read more in our HP Tech Takes article on the subject.
1280 x 1024 Super-eXtended Graphics Array (SXGA)
1366 x 768 High Definition (HD)
1600 x 900 High Definition Plus (HD+)
1920 x 1080 Full High Definition (FHD)
1920 x 1200 Wide Ultra Extended Graphics Array (WUXGA)
2560 x 1440 Quad High Definition (QHD)
3440 x 1440 Wide Quad High Definition (WQHD)
3840 x 2160 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD)
Refresh rate and frame rate
While refresh rate is commonly associated with gaming monitors, it’s critical for home office use as well. Your monitor should have a refresh rate of 60 Hz or better and a frame rate of 60 frames per second (FPS). Otherwise, you may find that any visual components and displays of data are out of sync. Read more about how these two specs work in our HP Tech Takes frame rate article here.
When it comes to the panel type, you’ll want a vertical alignment (VA) or in-plane switching (IPS) display. An IPS display is ideal because it offers better response times, color contrast, and viewing angles than other monitor types. Also, while it’s not necessary for every type of work, a curved monitor offers major perks such as deeper immersion and a better sense of depth for visually intensive professions such as coding, data analytics, or media editing.
10 best monitors for home office
Now that you know the baseline specs you need, let’s get to the meat of it: finding the best display for your home workspace. We handpicked 10 of the finest monitors available from HP’s selection to match your preferred size, fidelity, and budget.
If you're looking for a home office monitor with crisp and sleek visuals, look no further than the HP 27er 27-inch monitor. Boasting ultra-wide viewing angles, a Technicolor Color Certification, and vivid FHD resolution, this monitor will make working from home feel amazing.
It boasts an IPS display, which means you can view this monitor for hours on end without worrying about eye strain. Plus, it comes with on-screen controls so you can customize your visual settings, and plug-and-play features that make setup easier than ever.
24.45 x 7.66 x 17.94-inch IPS display with LED backlight
As one of the thinnest LCD screens available, the HP 22er 21.5-inch monitor is a standout pick for those with a smaller home office setup. Whether you’re in an apartment in a big city or an alcove in a suburban home, this monitor is compact and visually impressive thanks to the FHD resolution.
The HP 22er also has an IPS display with LED backlight to bring out the richest and most vibrant colors and details possible. It is constructed from high-strength, lightweight metal as well, giving it an eye-popping yet durable design that makes it more than suitable for any home workspace.
19.6 x 7.23 x 15.14-inch IPS display with LED backlight
The HP 23er 23-inch monitor is a stellar midrange option between the first two options on our list. In addition to FHD resolution and an LED backlight, this home office monitor boasts dynamic onscreen controls to set up the monitor in any way you choose. Chances are you’ll also want to use this display when you’re off the clock, because the stunning edge-to-edge display can deliver any type of media in sharp detail.
20.9 x 7.23 x 15.87-inch IPS display with LED backlight
When you need a large and powerful display for your home office, check out the HP 32s monitor. Built for maximum immersion, this is one of the best large monitors for your home office, particularly for jobs requiring total concentration like coding, editing, or data analytics.
The HP 32s can also function extremely well as a media center, with an IPS display that provides 99% sRGB accuracy. With a display that gives you 70% more screen than a typical 24-inch monitor, there's no doubt that this monitor is a must-have if you frequently use multiple windows and applications at once.
28.72 x 2.3 x 17.04-inch IPS display with LED backlight
1920 x 1080 FHD resolution
Tilt and swivel range of -5 to +25 degrees
1 HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP support) port, 1 VGA port
178 degrees horizontal and vertical display viewing angle
As one of the most sleek and versatile monitors available on the market, the HP 24uh 24-inch LED backlit monitor is built for everyday viewing and many work-based tasks. Along with its ENERGY STAR® certified LED display, this home office monitor can be yours at an extremely affordable price point. That means you’ll save money on both the cost of the display and the energy it consumes.
Beyond its wallet-friendly pricing, this monitor has an exceptional 5 ms response time to make sure it always stays in sync with any task on your calendar.
22.26 x 7.99 x 16.22-inch TN display with LED backlight
1920 x 1080 FHD resolution
Tilt and swivel range of -4 to +22 degrees
1 VGA port, 1 DVI (with HDCP support) port, 1 HDMI (with HDCP support) port
Plug and play functionality and on-screen controls
A quality display that gives you a crisp and clear picture at a price you’ll love, the HP 24yh 23.8-inch monitor is a solid all-around option you can easily fit into any home office setup. With lifelike color and 178-degree viewing angles, you can dive into the FHD resolution at virtually any angle you want. This makes it an incredibly flexible pick, especially if your home office display doubles as an entertainment center.
Along with its crisp display, the HP 24yh boasts plug-and-play functionality and is user programmable. That means you can set up and tweak this monitor within minutes of taking it out of the box.
21.52 x 8.26 x 15.95-inch display with LED backlight
1920 x 1080 FHD resolution
Tilt and swivel range of -5 to +20 degrees
1 VGA port, 1 DVI-D port, 1HDMI port
Plug and play functionality and user-programmable controls
While the HP 27f 27-inch display may have a large screen, its ultra-thin design lends itself to fit just about any home office. Thanks to the ultra-wide viewing angles, this display can showcase more of your work at once without you worrying about cramped or overlapping windows. It also comes with multiple HDMI ports, which makes daisy-chaining two of these monitors an absolute breeze.
The HP 27f is ideal for those who work remotely on a continuous basis and need an expansive viewing experience in order to better complete your work and avoid eye strain. Plus, we wouldn’t blame you for picking this one based on the eye-catching aluminum design alone.
24.09 x 1.58 x 14.38-inch display with LED backlight
The HP E344c 34-inch curved monitor is a killer choice if you currently use or are considering dual displays for your home office. The ultra-thin, curved screen delivers Wide Quad High Definition (WQHD) resolution for incredible depth and an unparalleled amount of immersion. Are you a video editor, engineer, or in a similar field? You’ll want to check out this monitor.
On top of that, this display has a lot of ports, including 3 USB 3.1 ports and 2 USB Type-C™ ports with DisplayPort™ Alt Mode. This will make it even easier for you to connect all your favorite devices while reducing clutter in your workspace.
The HP S430c 43.4-inch curved ultrawide monitor is one of the widest monitors available from HP®, and it’s perfect for multi-tasking, tackling giant spreadsheets, and using multiple devices. In fact, this monitor is specifically built for this purpose.
The HP S430c boasts functionality that allows you to control two devices at once by copying and pasting or dragging and dropping files and data between both devices using a single keyboard and mouse. Beyond its advanced features, this monitor has an eye-popping dual Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array (WUXGA) resolution.
41.61 x 5.54 x 14.24-inch VA display with LED backlight
The HP EliteDisplay E324q 31.5-inch QHD monitor is both visually stunning and a space-saver, which may sound impossible due to its impressive display size. But it’s not - far from it actually - because this monitor showcases your work in QHD resolution while offering incredible functionality with a number of HP PCs.
If you own a compatible HP Chromebox or HP Thin Client, you can actually mount it behind the monitor to further streamline your work-from-home operation. Plus, you get plug-and-play functionality and a wide variety of ports from this equally sharp and flexible display.
28.1 x 1.87 x 16.51-inch VA display
QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution
Tilt and swivel range of -5 to +20 degrees
Plug and play functionality and built-in pivot rotation
When you're looking for the best computer monitors for your home office, you may become overwhelmed by the available options. There are many things to consider when making your selection, including your budget, functionality, and space limitations.
And that’s exactly why we’ve got your back with our list, which includes options like the best pick for smaller spaces (HP 22er monitor), the best monitor for unprecedented immersion (HP S430c monitor), and more.
Daniel Horowitz is a contributing writer for HP® Tech Takes. Daniel is a New York-based author and has written for publications such as USA Today, Digital Trends, Unwinnable Magazine, and many other media outlets.
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