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People around the world are taking added precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus — and one these measures is working from home.
While people are washing their hands more frequently, disinfecting surfaces and avoiding large crowds, many offices are also offering employees the option to to work from home to be more vigilant against the fast-spreading virus. But the downside is that with the quick switch, many people haven’t had time to prepare.
If you’re looking to upgrade your home office or simply find a temporary fix to make working from home a bit easier, a desktop monitor is an easy way to improve productivity and make yourself feel more professional. Below, we’ve found 10 of the best monitors for working from home – whether you’re drafting reports or having virtual meetings with clients.
What it is: The Sceptre 24” Curved LED Monitor is just as good for work as it is for gaming. Curved monitors are meant to deliver a “revolutionary visual experience” making working from a home more enjoyable.
Shopper review: “The screen bezel comes in a bit when displayed about 5mm so it's not truly edgeless like a MacBook Pro. But it's a sleek looking monitor that's fairly sturdy. It’s fine for news clips and YouTube but if you want to listen to music you'll probably opt for headphones or a smart speaker of some kind to get any background or atmospherics,” reads ones review.
Is it for you? This monitor is extremely versatile meaning once the work day wraps, you can use it to play games or catch up on your favourite Netflix series. If you consider yourself an audiophile, you may want to purchase a speaker, but overall, this monitor is considered good value for the price.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $171
What it is: The Samsung 27” LED Monitor is loved by gamers and writers alike with WQHD resolution and 144Hz refresh rate to deliver a crisp, clear picture that's smooth and detailed. Perfect for anyone working from home, this classic monitor can be a desktop or wall-mounted, freeing up desk space.
Shopper review: “This monitor is a perfect space saver for people with cluttered desks like me, or people who want a minimalistic PC setup. I use this as a desktop monitor for when I dock my laptop. A great added bonus is the recent firmware update allowed FreeSync, so I use this as a gaming monitor too. Only downside is the viewing angles... it doesn't swivel to the sides or turn to a vertical monitor. If you're looking for a swivelling monitor, this is not for you. But if you want to go for a sleek looking, minimalist setup, then this is perfect for you,” says one customer.
Is it for you? This monitor is perfect for anyone looking for a minimalist at-home office set up, but if you’re looking for a monitor that swivels and turns, the Samsung Space Monitor may not be for you.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $500 (originally $550)
What it is: The HKC 24” Curved HD Monitor has a sleek design with a curved screen to create a sense of full-immersion – perfect, whether you’re working or watching Netflix. With high-res images and a thin frame, this monitor will seriously upgrade your home office.
Shopper review: “The product is good. The curved screen certainly helps in terms of enhancing the quality of the screen. It is good for for basic work-related stuff and for that, it does its job well. Easy set up. Easy buttons. Power cord and HDMI cable come along which helps... the screen resolution is not HD quality for sure. Since I am not a gamer I wouldn't know much about it's utility for gaming, however you could certainly go for better resolution screen for a better experience,” reads one review.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a monitor to work AND game on, the HKC may not be for you due to a lack of high-definition, however, if you’re looking for a stylish monitor for work-from-home days, this monitor delivers.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $200
What it is: A high-definition, classic monitor, this LG 24” Monitor is perfect for anyone working from home thanks to its anti-glare screen. With more than 200 reviews and a 4.5 star rating, this affordable monitor is a great option for home offices.
Shopper review: “My manager bought me this monitor for work. It works great with my laptop and was very easy to install and configure! I had this monitor set up and working in less than 10 minutes after I received it. The resolution is so much clearer than my other 17 and 21" monitors. I highly recommend this monitor because of the ease of configuration and quality,” reads one review.
Is it for you? This monitor is perfect for anyone looking for a no-frills monitor to work from home. If you’re looking for something with high-quality audio, then this monitor isn’t for you.
SHOP IT: Walmart, $140
What it is: The Acer 24” LCD IPS Monitor is toted as being perfect for everyday computing. With an ultra-thin enclosure and ZeroFrame design, this monitor is designed to fit perfectly in your home office.
Shopper review: “I needed a computer monitor quickly when my old monitor died. This monitor is brighter, has a sharper image and was a good price. Was very easy to set up as a self install,” said one customer.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for an easy-to-install monitor with quality picture and a slim design, this monitor is for you. Reviews recommend also purchasing a HDMI cable if you’re looking to connect this monitor to a laptop.
SHOP IT: Staples, $200
What it is: With a minimalist design, this BenQ 27” IPS Adaptive Monitor complements any home office. Enhancing optimal eye comfort with BenQ exclusive eye-care technology, this monitor reduces eye fatigue for enhanced comfort and productivity.
Shopper review: “This monitor is definitely an upgrade on my previous 10-year-old monitor. I work at a computer all day long, so I'm hoping it will help with the eye strain and headaches I get after a day of working at my computer. The bezel/frame is almost non-existent, which makes it looks extra sharp. I like it enough that I just ordered a second one to replace my other monitor, which suddenly seems really subpar next to the new BenQ,” reads one review.
Is it for you? This monitor is perfect for anyone looking to maintain a minimalist aesthetic in their home office while also reducing eye strain due to innovative technology, making hours in front of the screen more bearable.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $210
What it is: The Asus 19.5” LED LCD Monitor uses LED backlighting to deliver a quality picture, making this monitor great for anyone working from home. In a 16:9 format, this monitor is also perfect for watching YouTube videos and Netflix after work hours.
Shopper review: “I took the monitor out of the box and plugged in the new power cord along with my old VGA connector (it did not come with one), then hit the power on and adjusted the tilt angle to fit my height and so far so good. A nice monitor for the price,” says one customer.
Is it for you? An affordable option for a make-shift home office, this monitor is easy to set up and use. Just make sure to purchase a VGA connector in advance to ensure seamless set up.
SHOP IT: Walmart, $128
What it is: If you’re looking to step-up your home office set up, this Samsung 32” Curved LED Monitor is just the thing. This extra-large monitor delivers theatre-level visuals with Eye Saver Mode to reduce eye fatigue.
Shopper review: “The curved aspect is really comforting, and my documents are displayed in their entirety and viewable because of the large viewing area afforded with this 32" monitor. This is the third Samsung LED Curved Monitor I have purchased, which should give you a hint as to the satisfaction I have experienced,” reads one review.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for the best in visuals and are planning to treat yourself, look no further. This monitor is highly praised for its quality at $300.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $300
What it is: The HP 24” UltraSlim Monitor promises you the crisp, clear picture quality you crave with an ultra-slim, micro-edge display. With a 4.9 star rating, this monitor is perfect for anyone looking to upgrade their home office set-up.
Shopper review: “The screen is a lot less reflective than my old monitor, which is nice. Red colors appear slightly more orange than I was used to, but I was able to tweak that. The main drawback is that the provided stand does not adjust height or rotate to vertical orientation,” reads one review.
Is it for you? This monitor works well for anyone looking for a basic monitor set up, but if you require a monitor with an adjustable stand, this HP option may not be for you.
SHOP IT: Staples, $200
What it is: The ViewSonic 22” LED is a widescreen monitor with an LED backlight and a thin-bezel design, ideal for use in the home office.
Shopper review: “Honestly this monitor certainly feels like what you pay for at this price... other than the monitor’s stand taking a little space the only other thing I see that could be improved is its actual quality. I personally feel the image quality could be better, but other than that, it’s a great monitor overall and I would certainly recommend it to others,” says one customer.
Is it for you? If you’re not fussed with the highest quality images and are simply seeking a monitor to view and work on documents, this no-frills monitor is a great, affordable option.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $111