Best Monitors Setup for Programming – Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for coding and programming that are currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price, and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.
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1.Dell UltraSharp U2720Q
- Create an efficient workspace with the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q 27 inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LED Backlit LCD IPS USB-C Monitor (7GZ651)
- Sleek design - 27 inch diagonal 4K UHD IPS screen with vibrant 3840 x 2160 resolution and thin profile that supports virtually seamless multi-display setups
Dell’s UltraSharp 27 4K USB-C Monitor (U2720Q) is a 27-inch productivity monitor with UHD resolution, solid color accuracy, and a full set of ergonomic controls. It offers the performance and features of a high-end business monitor geared to workers involved in color-critical tasks such as processing photos for upload. The U2720Q lies between basic 27-inch 4K displays and professional models geared to graphic-arts studios.
In some ways, it’s akin to the Editors’ Choice Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor (UP2720Q). Both feature UHD resolution, as well as a similar design and feature set, and both emphasize color accuracy. Think of the U2720Q as a productivity monitor for employees who need to work with photos and graphics now and then; the UP2720Q is a true professional monitor that includes a built-in calibration tool, which boosts its price considerably. The U2720Q is its “lite” alternative.back to menu ↑
- Professional, dark Grey, 27', IPS, 3840x2160; Refresh rate: 60Hz
- Aqcolor technology: PD2720U covers 96% of DCI-P3, Display P3, 99% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB color spaces, utilizing the advanced IPS wide viewing angle
With HDR10 built into the spec, this monitor is also well disposed to showing UHD Blu-ray content, or indeed adding the HDR effect to video that you are editing. And while 60Hz isn’t the fastest refresh rate, it could be enough to lure gamers looking to play medium-paced 4K games with HDR.
It’s also hard not to be impressed by the elegant solid steel stand that allows the screen to glide up and down by 15cm or tilt 180-dgrees into portrait mode. Designers aren’t the only ones who demand a monitor that looks as good when it is switched off, so we think this monitor is going to have a very wide appealback to menu ↑
3.ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV
- 27-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS monitor with frameless design
- International color standard 100% sRGB and 100% Rec. 709 wide color gamut
The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a very good budget-friendly monitor that’s intended for creative professionals. Its superb ergonomics, high peak brightness, and wide viewing angles make it a good fit for nearly any type of workspace. It comes with good color accuracy out-of-the-box and it has an excellent SDR color gamut; however, it can’t display a wide color gamut and doesn’t support HDR.
It has impressive gaming performance despite its professional-looking design, as it has a fast response time, Adaptive Sync support, and a 75Hz refresh rate that makes fast motion look just a bit more fluid. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity, which is expected of most IPS panels. On the bright side, it provides a generous number of USB ports and even has a pair of built-in speakers.back to menu ↑
- This Certified Refurbished product is certified factory refurbished and comes with a 90-day warranty
- 4K large screen experience: The 43" display with high-performance monitor scalar offers exceptional clarity up to Ultra HD 4K
The 43-inch IPS panel has a peak brightness of 350 cd/m2, a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 1,000:1 native contrast ratio, and a non-reflective, antiglare coating. While it doesn’t offer the slick bezel-free design used on the Dell’s own UltraSharp UP2715K ( at Amazon) and U3415W ( at Dell) models, it is still a nice-looking monitor. The big screen is housed in an enormous 31-pound silver-colored cabinet and is framed by half-inch black bezels.
Measuring 38.3 inches wide and 25.9 inches high, this monitor requires a lot of desktop real estate, but if you’re replacing four monitors, it may actually save you some space. The cabinet is supported by a matching stand that offers tilt adjustability, but lacks height, swivel, and pivot adjustments. It has four VESA mounting holes for use with an optional wall mount or articulating arm assembly.back to menu ↑
5.Acer SB220Q bi
- 21.5 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display
- And Radeon free sync technology. No compatibility for VESA Mount
The SB220Q employs a 21.5-inch (measured diagonally) in-plane switching (IPS) panel with a full HD native resolution (aka 1080p, or 1,920 by 1,080 pixels), at a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Pixel density is 102 pixels per inch (ppi), which is more than enough for everyday use.
At a given resolution, the smaller the screen size and the higher the pixel density should mean (in theory, at least) the sharper the image. For a 27-inch 1080p monitor, such as the Philips 272E1CA Curved Frameless Monitor, the pixel density is already down to 82ppi. You wouldn’t want to go any larger than 27 inches with a 1080p monitor.back to menu ↑
Best Monitors Setup for Programming – When programming or coding for long periods, it’s essential to have a comfortable monitor to keep eye strain to a minimum. It’s important to get a monitor that’s the right size, with enough screen real estate to have multiple windows open and still work comfortably without having to squint.