Often forgotten, a good screen is essential to work comfortably. We have chosen for you the best monitors for office use.
If we often talk about screens through the prism of gaming, the development of teleworking reminds us that they are not used only for gaming. Unlike a PC monitor dedicated to gaming, for which reactivity is the most important thing, a screen dedicated to office use will be judged on other criteria. The available space is one of the major points, whether it is the diagonal or the resolution. We also keep an eye on ergonomics: a height-adjustable foot for example or a very practical pivot mode for certain types of documents.
We have therefore selected here office screens for all budgets and all uses.
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Iiyama Prolite XB3270QS-B1: the affordable large format
There is not necessarily need to empty your PEL to have a really large screen and this monitor is the perfect demonstration. The 32-inch screen in 16: 9 format adopts a WQHD definition (2560 x 1440 pixels) which represents a good compromise between readability and fineness of display.
IPS technology offers good viewing angles and rather faithful colors. The refresh rate goes up to 75 Hz, which is a little more comfortable than the classic 60 Hz. For the connection it is the minimum service: an HDMI connector, a DisplayPort and a DVI. If the design is spartan to say the least, we nevertheless appreciate the thin edges and the adjustable foot in all directions. It is certainly not the most advanced model on the market, but for this price there is no better.
Iiyama Prolite XB2783HSU-B3: the sure value
Having a small budget does not necessarily mean that you have to compromise with the quality of your screen. After all, we spend a lot of time in front of it. Although relatively affordable, this 27-inch 16: 9 model from IIyama offers good ergonomics, with a height-adjustable pivot foot and a small USB hub on the edge. Nothing very original for the connection, with HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA.
If the Full HD definition is clearly not very high, we can however enjoy very well calibrated colors as soon as the box is opened. VA panel requires we also benefit from a high contrast (around 2700: 1) as well as a refresh rate of 75 Hz.
Simple and efficient, the XB2783HSU-B3 is a great display for those looking for quality at a low price.
Samsung S34J550WQU: the ultra wide without compromise
The 21: 9 format is our favorite format for office automation, representing in our opinion the best compromise between workspace and clutter. Sold at a surprisingly low price, this monitor does however make some compromises on ergonomics, in particular without a height adjustment or a USB hub. That said, the design is elegant and the finish impeccable. The connection is limited to a DisplayPort connector and two HDMI inputs.
The VA panel is very satisfactory, its colors are relatively faithful and above all the contrast is very high. But above all, we appreciate the UWQHD definition (3840 x 1440 pixels) to benefit from a fine and readable image in all circumstances. If it’s a bit too slow for hardcore gamers, its 4ms responsiveness will be fine enough for casual gamers, especially with a 75Hz refresh rate.
Samsung gives us here a screen with unbeatable value for money. By adding an adjustable foot, it even becomes essential.
Dell UltraSharp U2722DE: luxury productivity
Dell is a benchmark in the monitor world, with a tradition of high quality panels coupled with simply perfect ergonomics. A good part of the editorial staff has been equipped with it for several years. The U27722DE is the latest version of the brand’s flagship model and features, as its name suggests, a 27-inch 16: 9 screen.
Using IPS technology, it adopts WQHD definition. The brightness is good, as is the colorimetry. After a calibration, the latter is also almost perfect, graphic designers will appreciate. Among its rare weaknesses, we notice a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a fairly average contrast inherent in IPS technology.
But where this model really shines is in its ergonomics! In addition to a very elegant foot, it has ultra-complete connectivity. Beyond the classic HDMI connector and two DisplayPort inputs, it uses the capabilities of USB-C to act as a real docking station.
With a single USB-C cable between the PC and the screen, we thus have 5 USB ports (including a USB-C), but also a Gigabit Ethernet connection and a 90 W power supply! The only thing missing: a card reader.
These capabilities make it the perfect companion for a laptop. However, its high price remains: we recommend that you wait for the very regular promotions at Dell to buy it.
Samsung C49HG90: the (very) large
Do you need (or want) a lot of space, but a multiscreen solution does not satisfy you? Look no further than the S49HG90 and its 49 inches in 32: 9 format. Let’s say it right away: with 140 cm wide you will need a large desk to go with it… and preferably deep. To connect, you will have the choice between Display Port, Mini DisplayPort and a pair of HDMI connectors.
Despite its size, the ergonomics are good, with an adjustable foot, full connectivity and even a built-in helmet holder. Well calibrated as a base, the VA panel offers high contrast and good brightness.
However, we are a little more divided by the 3840 x 1080 pixel definition. Practical for the game (in particular coupled with the refresh rate of 144 Hz. For pure office automation on the other hand this can lack a little smoothness, in particular if you do not have much perspective. Despite these few faults, we do not can only praise its display quality and versatility.
How to choose your PC screen for office automation?
Which screen format to choose?
Today, the most common format on the market is 16: 9. Very pleasant to consume content such as video, it is however not perfect for all uses and there are some alternatives.
- 16:10: supposed to replace 4: 3 in the 2000s, 16:10 has been swallowed up by a 16: 9 cheaper to produce. Its additional height is however very practical for working. It is thus possible to display two A4 pages side by side
- 21: 9: Originally used for Cinemascope films, 21: 9 has gained popularity in recent years. Often sold under the name of ultra wide, it has a pleasant width in play, but also to work.
- the 32: 9: the 21: 9 is still too narrow for you? So try 32: 9. The immersion and the workspace are logically even better, but the monitors of this type are very bulky.
What are the different panel technologies?
Several display technologies exist, all with their advantages and disadvantages. Here is a small list of those that we meet the most.
- TN Tiles: Very responsive and inexpensive these tiles are a good choice for gamers. On the other hand, their viewing angles, contrast and color rendering are poor. We therefore advise against them for office automation.
- IPS panels: often used on smartphones, IPS technology offers excellent color rendering and viewing angles. The contrast is however average and they are not the fastest. This makes it a good display for office automation and image work.
- VA panels: versatile, VA panels combine a rendering of these correct colors, wide viewing angles and above all good contrast. They are, however, fairly average in terms of responsiveness.
- OLED panels: Fairly common on high-end smartphones, OLED, on the other hand, remains very rare in the PC world. With vivid colors, infinite contrast and impeccable responsiveness, they are nevertheless ideal on paper for all purposes. LG did however announce some very interesting models at CES 2021.
Is a dedicated graphics card essential?
Gone are the days when some laptops struggled when plugging in a second screen. Nowadays, even the least powerful integrated graphics circuits don’t have to worry about making even a 4K display run smoothly for office or multimedia use.
A dedicated graphics card will however be useful if you plan to play recent titles or if you plan to connect more than two screens.
HDMI ou DisplayPort ?
The latest graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD mostly offer a single HDMI port for multiple DisplayPorts. There’s a reason for this: today’s DisplayPort standards [1.2 à 1.4] allow to carry more data than HDMI ports before its latest revisions [2.0/2.1]. It is therefore important to use DisplayPort on his screen (s) and on his PC to stream games with a high refresh rate and high definition. For consoles, you must obviously use the HDMI port, as on your TV.
For office use, the choice is simpler: the panels rarely go up at a high refresh rate, which makes it possible to use an HDMI cable almost anywhere. Note that the internal wiring is compatible between the different connectors. You can therefore use a DisplayPort to HDMI cable if your card no longer has HDMI outputs available. For laptops there are also USB-C cables to HDMI or DisplayPort for a few euros.