Best Programming Monitors

Best Programming Monitors – 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.HP VH240a 23.8-Inch

Pros & Cons

The VH240a employs a 23.8-inch (measured diagonally) in-plane switching (IPS) screen, with full HD/1080p resolution (1,920 by 1,080 pixels) and a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The panel has a respectable pixel density of 92 pixels per inch (ppi), which is more than enough for typical home or office use, though photo or video enthusiasts will likely want a screen with a higher pixel density.

As is typical of IPS displays, the VH240a has very wide viewing angles, rated at 178 degrees for both vertical and horizontal. I saw a minimum of color distortion or posterization, even when I viewed the screen from the most extreme off-center angles.

2.Dell UltraSharp U2720Q

Pros & Cons

A 27-inch flat IPS panel, the U2720Q packs in 3,840 by 2,160 pixels for UHD (a.k.a. 4K) resolution at a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Pixel density is 163 pixels per inch (ppi), the same as in other 27-inch UHD monitors such as the Lenovo P27u-10 and the UP2720Q mentioned above, and higher than the Dell UltraSharp 25 USB-C Monitor (U2520D)’s 117ppi and the Dell 27 USB-C Monitor (P2720DC)’s 108ppi.

(All else being equal, the higher the pixel density, the sharper that the text and other fine detail in an image should appear.) The U2720Q has a typical form factor for a Dell business monitor. The panel is set in a cabinet that is black in front, and gray and black in the back.


Pros & Cons

A few days before CES 2019, Samsung gave an early start with a range of new monitors, including the Samsung CRG9 (LC49RG90SSNXZA), an upgrade to the company’s massive 49-inch professional/gaming monitor, that offers an even higher resolution and slick design.

The older Samsung Lc49hg90dmnxza had a lower resolution that maxed at a 3840 x 1080 resolution, an equivalent of two 16:9, 1920 x 1080 displays fused together. Enter the 2019 Samsung CRG9, the company’s latest 49-inch monitor that bumps everything up to dual QHD, with a 32:9 aspect ratio and 5120 x 1440 resolution display. Simply said, two 2560 x 1440 QHD screens mashed together.

4.LG 27GL83A-B

Pros & Cons

The LG 27GL83A-B is a very good monitor with a 27 inch, 1440p IPS screen. It delivers a great gaming experience with extremely low input lag, an outstanding response time, and a few great gaming features. It supports AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology (VRR), but it’s also certified by NVIDIA to support VRR from recent NVIDIA graphics cards.

It has wide viewing angles, good reflection handling, and very good peak brightness, so glare shouldn’t be an issue. As a more budget-oriented model, it has a pretty basic stand, with limited ergonomics and no RGB lighting. Although it supports HDR, this doesn’t really add much, as it can’t get bright enough to deliver a true HDR experience and has a low contrast ratio.

5.BenQ PD2720U

Pros & Cons

The HDR compatibility is bolstered by a claimed 96% coverage level in the DCI-P3 gamut. BenQ also claims that this screen offers 100% coverage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB and Rec. 709 gamuts. The Acer claims similar figures, but the Philips can’t get anywhere near this – it only claims 100% in sRGB.

There are good features elsewhere. The BenQ is verified by CalMAN and Pantone, and it has the usual range of picture-by-picture options. In addition, the BenQ can split its screen in half and display different screen modes on each – so users can compare images. It’s also got a KVM switch, so two PCs on two panels can be controlled from one keyboard and mouse. Neither rival has any of these options.


Best Programming Monitors – 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.