Trust me, you need an ultrawide. It gives you a lot more room for multitasking. I can have a spreadsheet on one side of the screen and a Chrome tab on the right to reference something else. Or two Chrome tabs side by side. This one from LG has a 2,560 x 1,080 pixel resolution, is VESA mountable if you want to put it on a monitor mount, and uses an IPS panel for nice colors and good viewing angles.
Dell UltraSharp 27-Inch Monitor for $360 ($140 off)
Amazon ($356), Dell
This Dell isn’t as big as the ultrawide, but the 27-inch screen is still large compared to most traditional monitors. You get a slim profile, a sharper 1440 pixel resolution, plus VESA mounting support. There are multiple DisplayPort and HDMI ports, and you can even swivel it into a portrait orientation in case you want to use it as a second monitor.
Samsung 24-Inch FHD Monitor for $90 ($60 off)
If you just want a reasonably small monitor that won’t take up too much desk space, this 24-inch Samsung should do the trick. For $90, you get an IPS LED panel with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, and a 75-Hz refresh rate that should help games look a little smoother (if your computer is powerful enough). There is no internal speaker here, but you can mount it if you want to clear even more desk space and get rid of the stand.
Asus 144-Hz 27-Inch IPS FHD Monitor for $200 ($100 off)
This VESA-mountable monitor is a step up from the one above and best suited for folks who play video games. It has a higher 144-Hz refresh rate, so if your computer is powerful enough, games will look and feel more fluid and responsive. The 1-millisecond response time means the screen shifts colors incredibly quickly. The screen itself is large at 27 inches, and while the 1920 x 1080 screen resolution won’t dazzle, the IPS quality should still produce good colors. There are built-in speakers, but they likely won’t sound very good (which is the case with most speakers in monitors).
Workstream by Monoprice Dual Monitor Desk Mount for $80 ($20 off)
Get rid of those pesky monitor stands! I did and it freed up a lot of room on my desk. I have the single monitor version of this VESA mount from Monoprice, and it allows me to easily adjust my monitor to whatever height or angle I want. This is the dual-monitor version if you have two big screens (up to 34 inches). If you have smaller monitors (27 inches or under), there’s a dual-monitor mount you can get. And if you only have one monitor, Monoprice’s single-arm mount will serve you well, but it’s not discounted.
Grovemade Monitor Stand for $96 ($24 off)
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