Us programmers sit hours on end staring at pixels on our screen. The fact that we’re actively focusing on and writing strings of letters rather than sitting back and watching Netflix puts even more strain on our eyes. So, in this guide, we’ve focused on bringing you monitors that aim to reduce eye strain, while staying useful for other use cases, such as gaming and media consumption.
For the all round best monitor, we recommend the Dell U2414H. You’ll find the best mix of pixel density, hinge flexibility with a nice industrial design.
However, if you want to read on to find a monitor that focuses on your priorities, or something that suits your budget, read on.
How to get the best monitor for programming in 2019?
When looking for a monitor, it’s a good idea to prioritise 5 different factors
- Screen size. 20” is regarded as a small size, while large, curved screens reach 40”
- Screen Resolution. With larger screens, pixel density becomes more important.
- How much you’re willing to spend. High end monitors start at $850, while cheaper options that are still worth your time are as low as $140.
- Connectivity. Depending on what inputs you need, some monitors are more or less flexible with USB-C connections or VGA cables.
- Audio. If you’re short on desk space, a good built-in speaker system can replace dedicated speakers.
- Display type. Visit a computer store and decide for yourself, do you prefer matte or glossy displays? For longer periods we recommend matte displays for how little glare they produce. This might help you reduce fatigue after a long day’s work.
The Best Monitors For Programming 2019
|IPS display||23.8”, or 60cm|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 at 60Hz refresh rate|
|Anti glare coating||Yes|
|Color space coverage||96% sRGB|
|Display||2560×1440, 32” Inch HDR 400 VESA Certified screen|
If you’re playing high intensity esports titles after your day of programming, this display from ASUS is perfect. Although its design might seem a bit garish, it is well built. If you own a NVIDIA graphics card, you make use of NVIDIA’s G-sync also.
The Best Widescreen Monitors for Programmers 2019
This ultrawide part of the market has become very popular with programmers, because it allows you to stack lots of tabs next to each other. It’s high price tag gets you a very well built machine that is perfect for media consumption after finishing up work, although you might not prefer it if you are serious about gaming.
|Display||34” size, 5160×2160, 60 Hz refresh rate, 5 ms (GtG) Response Time|
|Connectivity||Thunderbolt USB C, DisplayPort 1.4, USB Type C Inputs|
Budget Option: HP 24fh
The HP is a great budget option coming in at between $120 and $150. A popular option is to buy two of these and increase your screen space, which is much cheaper than buying one ultrawide. It will be great for working all day and consuming media, with good colors. It is limited to 60Hz and therefore 60fps in games, so do keep this in mind.
For work though, the HP 24fh is a great option with its anti glare screen which will be useful for programmers working all day or night. If you’re short on cash, this is miles better than a laptop screen.
|Display||IPS, 60.5cm size, 1920×1080, 60Hz|
|Connectivity||HDMI, VGA, USB 3.0|