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The best large monitors to handle your school and remote work with ease

The best large monitors can make your school and work life easier with fast refresh rates, exceptional resolution, and more.
Written by Cliff Joseph, Contributing Writer
Reviewed by Nina Raemont
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 | Best large monitor overall
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BenQ PD3220U | Best BenQ large monitor
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Dell S3221QS | Best value large monitor
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Dell U3821DW | Best Dell large monitor
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Philips 346B1C | Best mid-range Phillips large monitor
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Philips 499P9H | Biggest large monitor
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Samsung 32M70A | Best budget large monitor
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HP U32 | Best large monitor for working from home
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LG UltraWide 5K2K | Best large monitor for two PCs
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It's common in many offices to see employees with two monitors sitting side-by-side on their desks. Multiple monitors can be useful for staying up to date with data displayed -- often in real-time -- on one screen, and more rote tasks like email and word processing on a second display. But why have two monitors on your desk when you can just have one? 

The latest trend in business monitors is for "multitasking" monitors -- large displays that provide enough room to fit several applications or windows on-screen at the same time. If you are a remote or hybrid worker you'll want a monitor in that home office of yours that offers a wide view without the clutter of two screens. 

Also: 5 best ergonomic office chairs

These versatile displays may include additional features, like the ability to create picture-in-picture (PiP) effects, where you concentrate on a primary app that's displayed in a larger window, while a smaller secondary window lets you keep an eye on information like share prices or emails. Some modern monitors also offer split-screen effects -- also known as picture-by-picture (PbP) -- that allow two computers to share a single screen. These features work best on larger displays, and the new generation of multitasking monitors generally starts at 32 inches and goes all the way up to 49 inches. Even so, these large displays can still take up far less space than a pair of 27-inch screens sitting together on your desk (especially if you're working from a makeshift office at home).  

Through extensive research, we've compiled a list of our favorite large monitors. Our pick for the best large monitor overall is Samsung's Odyssey Neo G9 due to its high-quality display and split-screen modes. Here's a guide to some of the best multitasking monitors for advanced knowledge workers and creative users. 

Best large monitors of 2023

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • High-quality Quantum Mini-LED display
  • Equivalent to two QHD monitors
  • HDR2000 and 240Hz refresh
  • Versatile split-screen modes
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • No built-in speakers
  • No USB-C connectivity
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Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 tech specs: Screen size: 49 inches | Panel type: Quantum Mini-LED | Resolution: 5120x1440 | Refresh rate: 240Hz | HDR: HDR2000 | Response time: 1ms

Samsung promotes the Neo G9 as a high-end gaming monitor with high-end specifications and a price to match. However, this 49-inch curved display works well for more down-to-earth applications, too. The Neo G9 is referred to as "DQHD" -- that's dual-QHD or the equivalent of having two 27-inch monitors with 2560x1440 resolution sitting side by side. That gives you plenty of room to view multiple documents and windows on the screen at the same time, so you can work on a spreadsheet or presentation, check your emails and news feed, and share price updates all at the same time. 

The curved screen fills your entire field of view so you can immerse yourself in your work with no distractions, and Samsung's Quantum Mini-LED technology provides an ultra-smooth 240Hz refresh rate and HDR2000 to provide a sharp, detailed image with bold colors and strong contrast. The display also supports 125% of the sRGB color standard, and 92% of Adobe RGB, so it'll be useful for a variety of design and graphics applications as well as more routine office work (and gaming).

You can also use the Neo G9 with two devices at the same time, such as a laptop and desktop PC together, and it has a picture-by-picture mode that splits the screen in half so your two PCs can work side-by-side on the same screen. There's also a picture-in-picture mode that lets you focus most of the screen on one device with the other device displayed in a smaller window in one corner. Other features include both a DisplayPort and two HDMI ports for connecting your PCs, two USB ports for your office accessories, and an audio connector for headphones or a set of external speakers.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Thunderbolt ports
  • HDR10 support
  • Dual PC control
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No VRR support
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BenQ PD3220U tech specs: Screen size: 31.5 inches | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (139.9ppi) | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Response time: 5ms | HDR support: HDR10 | Panel: IPS

BenQ is best known for affordable monitors and projectors, but it has also moved into creative markets with its DesignVue range of monitors. The PD3220U isn't the cheapest 4K display available, but the 31.5-inch screen provides plenty of room for graphics and video-editing and supports 100% of the sRGB color space, as well as 95% of the DCI-P3 standard used in the film industry. 

There are two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports, along with a USB hub that provides three USB 3.1 ports. BenQ also provides a "puck" -- a small dial that plugs into the display and allows you to control the on-screen menu system and other functions. 

If you want to multitask, you can connect two computers to the display and use the picture-in-picture (PiP) and picture-by-picture (PbP) features to share the screen. You can also rotate the screen by 90 degrees to switch to portrait mode. The PD3220U even includes a built-in KVM switch that lets you share the keyboard, video, and mouse between two connected computers. 

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Affordable
  • 4K
  • VRR support
Cons
  • Somewhat slow response time
  • No Thunderbolt ports
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Dell S3221QS tech specs: Screen size: 31.5 inches | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (139.9ppi) | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Response time: 4-8ms | HDR support: Yes | Panel: VA

Screens bigger than 27 inches used to be something of a luxury -- a status symbol for financial executives, for example. But widespread remote working has changed all that, and increased demand for larger displays has helped to bring prices down. Dell's new S3221QS is one of the most affordable 31.5-inch displays we've seen so far.  

Priced at just $424.99, the S3221QS delivers full 4K resolution (3840 x 2160, 139.9dpi). It also supports 99% of the sRGB color standard, and 90% of DCI-P3 so it can certainly handle graphics, video, and presentation work if required. 

There are two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort, and the S3221QS provides a split-screen mode that allows you to use the screen with two computers at the same time. There's also a picture-in-picture (PiP) mode that uses most of the screen for your main computer, while the image from a second device is displayed in a small window down in one corner. Stereo speakers provide audio output, and there are two USB 3.0 ports for your keyboard, mouse, or other accessories. 

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • USB-C charging and display connectivity
  • Great color
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No VRR support
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Dell U3821DW tech specs: Screen size: 38 inches | Resolution: 3840 x 1600 (110.9ppi) | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Response time: 5-8ms | HDR support: n/s | Panel: IPS

Unveiled at CES in January 2021, the latest addition to Dell's UltraSharp range is an impressive all-rounder that is suitable for a wide range of applications.  

The UltraSharp 38 U3821DW isn't the biggest monitor in the range, but its 38-screen inch offers near-4K resolution (3840 x 1600, 110.9ppi) with a 21:9 wide-screen aspect ratio that's ideal for juggling multiple apps and windows on the screen at once. It supports 100% of the sRGB color standard, so it works for a wide range of graphics and design applications. It also supports 95% of the DCI-P3 standard for video editing, and while it lacks the true 4K resolution that broadcast professionals will require, the UltraSharp 38 U3821DW will still be more than adequate for editing video for presentations and streaming content. 

It's well connected too, with two HDMI ports, DisplayPort and USB-C, as well as a four-port USB hub with a KVM switch that lets you connect two computers and share a single keyboard and mouse. There's even an RJ-45 Ethernet port to connect your PC or laptop to a wired network.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Built-in docking station
  • Great for CAD
  • Ergonomic stand
Cons
  • Not 4K
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Philips 346B1C tech specs: Screen size: 34 inches | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 (109.7ppi) | Refresh rate: 100Hz | Response time: 4ms | HDR support: n/s | Panel: VA 

The Philips 329P9H is an impressive monitor, but that model was expensive for a 32-inch display (and doesn't currently seem to be available in the US). The newer 346B1C provides a more affordable alternative for office work, priced at a competitive $505. 

The 346B1C steps up to an even larger 34-inch display, although the low price means that it can't offer true 4K resolution. Even so, the 3440-by-1440 resolution (109.7dpi) and widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio provide plenty of room for running multiple apps side-by-side. It also has a 100Hz refresh rate, anti-glare coating, and low-blue light mode to ease eye strain while you're working. The display supports 119% of the sRGB color standard and 90% of Adobe RGB, so it's well-suited to graphics work and editing photos.

The 346B1C is well connected too, with USB-C, HDMI, and DisplayPort for video input, along with a three-port USB hub and a KVM switch that will allow you to connect two computers and share a single keyboard and mouse.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Ideal for multitasking
  • Excellent color
  • Decent refresh rate and response time
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not 4K
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Philips 499P9H tech specs: Screen size: 48.8 inches | Resolution: 5120 x 1440 (109ppi) | Refresh rate: 70Hz | Response time: 5ms | HDR support: HDR 400 | Panel: VA 

Philips makes a number of curved monitors that are designed for gaming and video, but its top-of-the-range 499P9H is aimed at the B2B sector -- particularly financial institutions such as banks and trading floors, where multi-display setups are very common. 

The curved design is intended to occupy your entire field of vision, offering "optimal ocular comfort" by eliminating distractions so you can immerse yourself in a world of data. The 48.8-inch display provides 5,120-by-1,440 resolution (109ppi) with the same ultra-wide 32:9 aspect ratio found in similar 49-inch displays (which can be troublesome for Mac users, unfortunately). 

But, like Philips' more modestly sized range of "docking monitors," the 499P9H is packed with useful connectivity features, including two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort, as well as a USB-C port that can handle data, video, and laptop charging. 

There's also a built-in KVM switch that allows you to control two computers with a single mouse and keyboard, and a "multiview" feature that provides a split-screen option for viewing two computers on-screen at the same time. The Philips 499P9H even has a webcam for video conferencing, and Gigabit Ethernet for connecting to a wired network.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Adaptive picture
  • AirPlay compatible
Cons
  • Somewhat dim
  • Slow response time
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Samsung 32M70A tech specs: Screen size: 32 inches | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (137.7ppi) | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Response time: 8ms | HDR support: HDR10 | Panel: n/s

Samsung's latest M7-series monitor, the 32M7OA, is designed for multitasking and well-suited for both working and playing at home. Described as a "do it all screen," the M7 provides a 32-inch monitor with 4K resolution (3840 x 2160, 137.7dpi) that can run a variety of office and productivity software. Samsung doesn't mention the level of support for Adobe RGB or sRGB color standards, so the 32M70A won't be the best choice for professional-level graphics or video work, but it's hard to complain when this versatile display costs just above $300. 

The 32M70A scores in other areas, too, with impressive connectivity features including two HDMI ports and a USB-C port. Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11ac, Wi-Fi 5) allows the M7 to act as a kind of remote terminal for editing MS Office documents that are stored in the cloud, and there's Bluetooth 4.2 support too. And when you've finished work, the 32M70A includes Samsung's Smart Hub that effectively turns it into a smart TV for streaming Netflix, HBO, and other video services. Support for Apple's AirPlay lets this multi-faceted monitor stream audio and video from Apple devices, too. 

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Competitive price
  • 4K display
  • Screen pivots into portrait mode
  • Built-in USB hub
Cons
  • No built-in speakers
  • No split-screen mode
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HP U32 tech specs: Screen size: 31.5 inches | Panel type: IPS | Resolution: 4K | Refresh rate: 60Hz | HDR: HDR400 | Response time: 4ms

HP's U32 isn't as large or fully featured as some of its more expensive wide-screen rivals, but it gets all the basics right, and provides an attractive 4K display that is suitable for a wide range of tasks. The IPS display provides full 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160, with HDR400 to produce a bright, colorful image, and a blue-light filter to reduce eyestrain when you're working. 

The screen of the U32 is actually 31.5 inches in size, but that's still plenty of room to view multiple documents and windows on screen, or to perform detailed photo or video editing. It also supports 99% of the sRGB color standard, as well as 98% of the DCI-P3 standard used for video editing, so it'll be a good choice for designers, vloggers, and other content creators. And, unlike some of its larger rivals, the U32 also allows you to pivot the screen, switching between horizontal (landscape) mode and upright (portrait) mode, depending on the type of work you're doing.

 It's well connected, too, with a USB-C port that allows you to connect your PC and charge a laptop at the same time. You can also take advantage of the display's built-in USB hub, which provides three USB-A ports for your keyboard, mouse, and other office accessories. If your PC doesn't have USB-C, then the U32 also provides HDMI and DisplayPort connectors too, although these don't allow you to use the display's USB ports. The low price means that the U32 doesn't have any built-in speakers, but there's an audio output socket so you can use headphones or external speakers if you need to.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • High-quality 5K display
  • Ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio
  • Versatile display modes
  • Thunderbolt connectivity
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Only two USB-A ports
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LG UltraWide 5K2K tech specs: Screen size: 40 inches | Panel type: nano IPS | Resolution: 5120 x 2160 | Refresh rate: 72Hz  | HDR: HDR10 | Response time: 5ms

LG's UltraWide 5K2K display is fairly expensive, but it's bang-up-to-date with the latest Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. It also boasts a variety of display modes for people who want to work with two PCs at the same time.

As the name suggests, the 40-inch curved display -- or 39.7 inches to be precise -- has an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio, with "5K2K" resolution of 5120x2160. That's ideal for working with multiple documents and windows on screen all at the same time. The display includes one Thunderbolt 4 connector, one DisplayPort, and two HDMI connectors, so you've got plenty of options for connecting your PC.

Like many large monitors, the 5K2K display also allows you to connect two PCs at the same time, with a split-screen picture-by-picture mode that allows you to work with both PCs on screen at the same time. However, the 5K2K goes further than many of its rivals, with additional options for managing the screen layout. Along with splitting the screen in half, you can designate a primary PC to occupy the "main screen" with a 16:9 aspect ratio, while the second PC occupies a smaller 5:9 "sub-screen." You can also switch the main screen and sub-screen around if you need to take a closer look at one of your PCs. And, if you need even more screen space, there's a second Thunderbolt 4 port available that allows you to connect an additional display as well.

Throw in a set of built-in speakers, and a two-port USB-A hub for your office accessories, and the UltraWide 5K2K is one of the most versatile wide-screen displays currently on offer.

What is the best monitor?

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is the best large monitor, based on its features and price point. The largest monitor on our list also comes with the best resolution and refresh rate. Our table below shows how the best large monitors compare: 

Best large monitorsPriceScreen sizeResolutionRefresh rate
Samsung Odyssey$1,50049 inches5120 x 1440240Hz
BenQ PD3220U$1,10031.5 inches3840 x 216060Hz
Dell S3221QS$37031.5 inches3840 x 216060Hz
Dell U3821DW$1,20337.52 inches3840 x 160060Hz
Philips 346B1C$50534 inches3440 x 1440100Hz
Philips 499P9H$1,00048.8 inches5120 x 144070Hz
Samsung 32M70A$30532 inches3840 x 216060Hz
HP U32$41031.5 inches4K60Hz
LG UltraWide 5K2K$1,00040 inches5120 x 216072Hz

Which is the right large monitor for you?

Choosing the right monitor depends on the type of work you're doing. Business users may only require a large screen that can display multiple documents without any eye candy like HDR and super-fast refresh rates. 

In contrast, creative users will need a high-quality display that supports features such as Adobe RGB for accurate color reproduction, or the DCI-P3 color standard that's used for professional video editing. And, of course, editing 4K video will require a screen that has 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), and maybe even 5K resolution (5120 x 2880) in order to provide some extra room for editing tools and controls in your video software.

Choose this best large monitorIf you want or are...
Samsung OdysseyThe best overall large monitor. This monitor offers an immersive experience with its Quantum Mini-LED 49-inch curved display.
BenQ PD3220UThe best BenQ large screen available. This 4K display on a 31.5-inch screen gives you a pleasant viewing experience.
Dell S3221QSThe best value large screen. This monitor has a 31.5-inch display and is more affordable than other options.
Dell U3821DWThe best huge monitor for Dell users. The 37.5-screen inch offers near-4K resolution.
Philips 346B1CA great balance of value and performance. The monitor has a 3440-by-1440 resolution (109.7dpi) and a wide-screen 21:9 aspect ratio.
Philips 499P9HTimes Square for your home office. This top-of-the-range 499P9H monitor is aimed at the B2B sector -- particularly financial institutions such as banks.
Samsung 32M70ABest budget large monitor. This is a 32-inch monitor with 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) that can run a variety of office and productivity software.
HP U32The best monitor option for working from home. This monitor gets all the basics right with an attractive 4K display.
LG UltraWide 5K2KAn ideal monitor for two computers. This monitor has an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio, with "5K2K" resolution of 5120 x 2160.

How did we choose these large monitors?

  • Price: The displays that we include in this review cover a wide range of prices, with the less expensive models starting at around $500 and more expensive models costing around $1,800. 
  • Size: Some included displays are typically 30 to 32 inches in size, making them suitable for small businesses, self-employed people, or working from home, and fairly affordable. At the other end of the spectrum are displays that measure 40 inches or more, and the price reflects that. 
  • Use case: For business users who need to immerse themselves in financial data or engineers, designers, or video editors who need to create and edit detailed, high-resolution images, a high quality monitor is essential for everyday tasks. For people who simply need to juggle multiple pages but don't need sharp quality, a middle ground monitor will do the trick. 

Why buy a large monitor?

Many people now work with a two-display setup on their desk, so that they can view multiple applications and documents at the same time. 

However, the large monitors that we review here provide enough screen space that they can display all your apps and documents on a single screen, saving space in your office, and often also costing less than buying two separate displays. And, of course, the space-saving benefits of these displays are particularly useful for the many people who are now working or taking classes from home. 

Moreover, many of these displays also allow you to connect two PCs at the same time -- perhaps a PC and Mac combination for developers, or a laptop and desktop PC for business users.

What about connectivity in large monitors?

Connectivity is a key feature too, and many people can benefit from a display that provides a USB-C interface for their PC, along with the older DisplayPort and HDMI interfaces for older PCs. That's particularly important for laptop users, as a monitor with USB-C will also be able to charge your USB-C laptop as well. 

Additionally, many modern displays also include a built-in USB hub that provides additional USB ports for your keyboard, mouse, and other accessories. And don't forget the audio side of things too, as a built-in set of speakers will be useful for many displays that are used for presentations or video editing.

Are there alternative large monitors to consider?

Our extensive list contains many suitable options. However, if you would like another alternative, here is a good choice:

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