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Best Monitors For Programming & Web Design

If you are a programmer, you probably know that screen estate is very important so you can see most of the code in an organized way. That’s why, our team decided to test & review the best monitors for programming that you can buy this year. We listed them based on their screen size, price:value ratio and more. Let’s take a look at them.

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5. Dell P4317Q

Best For Multi-Tasking

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

Programmers have special needs from a monitor such as multitasking features, lots of screen space, and great durability, because I have seen some raging programmers in my time punching and knocking screens, and I would advise you to not punch your monitor and just take a deep breath instead and try to relax.

Dell has plenty of monitors that are perfect for this category, and this time around I am going to introduce you with the beastly P4317Q, which sports a 43-inch display with Ultra-high-definition resolution a wide range of connectivity ports and plenty of features that make it an amazing multitasker.

The Dell P4317Q is truly a behemoth, a huge machine, there are a lot of TVs in the markets that come in a smaller size, however, Dell does it so well. With pretty streamlined and refined aesthetics, despite being so large, this monitor looks pretty clean and slick. It sports a dark silver back panel with the Dell logo on the top and half-inch bezels on the front face, with the buttons on the right-hand side.

The whole monitor measures 38.31×9.84×25.9-inches in total and weighs a hefty 40-pounds complete with the stand, so you have to take those factors into consideration before buying this monitor. The stand delivers plenty of stability but not a lot of adjustment, but it is okay considering its size. On the back, you will find plenty of connectivity ports ranging, from Display Port, Mini Display Port, HDMI port, VGA, five USB 3.0 ports, audio input, headphone port, and RS232 connection, and in its package, you will find tons of cables that will make things easier for you.

The biggest selling point of the Dell P4317Q is that you can use up to 4 sources at the same time with its splitting feature, for perfect productivity and multi-tasking. On top of this, the monitor is decently calibrated in its factory settings and it doesn’t need much tweaking on top of it.

It is equipped [ped with an IPS panel with a decent brightness of 380nits and a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and an aspect ratio of 16:9. The colours were pretty accurate in the sRGB colour gamut thanks to its 10-bit output, in addition to this, the 60Hz refresh rate and amazing viewing angles make this monitor a dream come true for everybody.

4. LG 34WK650

Best Ultrawide Option

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
80%
Value
85%

Ultrawide monitors are very attractive options for everybody these days as they deliver excellent wide-screen experience, that is suitable for programmers as well thanks to the screen real estate. One of the most notable options is the LG 34WK650 with its amazing color reproduction, brightness, AMD FreeSync, great refresh rate, HDR support, and an amazingly attractive price. On top of being the best Ultrawide model in this list, this LG monitor delivers amazing value for its price, that will please programmers that tend to game from time to time.

In the design and aesthetic department, the LG 34WK650 rocks a pretty clean look, with some futuristic paint job that will fit right into most desks. It has a 34-inch screen size with pretty slim bezels on the top and sides and little thicker one in the bottom housing the LG logo in the middle of it, it is worth mentioning that upfront it rocks a dark gray colour that makes this device look pricier than it is.

Out of the package, the monitor comes in three pieces that you have to attach yourself, and you have no need for any tools. The build quality is excellent, but then again we do not expect anything less from LG, the stand offers plenty of stability and adjustability, like height, tilt, and swivel for maximum comfort.

In terms of connectivity, this monitor is equipped with a DisplayPort and a pair of HDMI ports, and in the package, you will find white cables that go perfectly with the overall theme of the monitor. You will also find out that this model is fitted with two 5-Watt speakers that deliver some good sound, but not adequate for listening and such.

The LG 34WK650 is equipped with a 34-inch IPS panel with a native resolution of 2560×1080, a response time of 5ms, and a great refresh rate of 75Hz. While it is not capable of true HDR due to its 300 nits WLED backlighting and 1000:1 static contrast ratio, it delivers some great visuals for HDR content. One of the caveats of this monitor is its 82-pixels per inch density, making it not suitable for professional designers, but for casual use, it is still excellent.

3. BenQ PD3200U

Best For Graphical Programming

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

The BenQ PD3200U is one of the most capable monitors in the market, however, it is not the most versatile tool in the market. It delivers excellent performances that are perfect for videographers, photographers, designers, architects, and programmers that code in graphical languages such as Python. It has an amazing resolution, an amazing design that will fit right into your studio or desk, and it will deliver plenty of qualities for both business and leisure activities. Definitely one of the top choices.

One of the BenQ PD3200U’s main selling points is its KVM switch that allows you to plug a second PC or console and switch between two of the while using the same monitor and peripherals such as a mouse, keyboard, and headphones. On top of that, it has great cable management features, that deliver and reinforce its clean look, it has plenty of connectivity options such as a pair of USB ports, SD card port, two HDMI ports, DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort, and a 3.5mm aux port. Thanks to its 4K visuals and 60Hz refresh rate you can connect your PS4 Pro and Xbox One X for 4K gaming.

The aesthetics of this monitor really portray BenQ’s recent path, with classic and elegant lines that look modern and minimal, perfect in every aspect, and especially for minimal lovers. It is a quite large monitor with its 32-inch size, however, it doesn’t cover much foot space, and it is designed with productivity in mind, as the manufacturer said ‘simple, functional design for increased efficiency’, and I think that everyone would agree with that. It is pretty sturdy and stable as well, rocking a great adjustable stand and amazing build quality.

In the performance department, this monitor is a dream, delivering plenty of multi-tasking thanks to its screen real estate, allowing you to keep multiple windows open without putting strain to your eyes. It is worth mentioning that it is pre-calibrated in the factory, and I didn’t notice any need for tweaking, and it has plenty of good modes for various needs. For example, the CAD/CAM mode delivers you plenty of functionality for the CAD software.

Thanks to its 4K visuals and great colour reproduction, the BenQ PD3200U is one of the most desirable productivity monitors in the market. Definitely one of the best monitors for programming out there.

2. Dell U2415

Best Value

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

For the programmers on the budget, I have a great monitor that is extremely affordable and delivers amazing value for its price, its the Dell U2415, with its 24-inch size, 16:10 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1920×1200, making a perfect pick, as if it was tailored for the needs of programmers. Combined with its nice color reproduction, refresh rate and low response time, this monitor will deliver plenty of qualities in its low price.

In the design department, the Dell U2415 looks pretty good with its ultra-slim bezels on the sides and top and a slim band on the bottom with the Dell logo. The matte black and silver combination of colours on this monitor looks amazing. For the dual monitor setups, this is one of the best monitors thanks to its slim bezels.

The back panel is also pretty sharply designed, and it is very clean, keeping the great design language all around. The silver plastic stand delivers excellent stability thanks to its size and it delivers plenty of adjustabilities and it has a hole for cable management. Overall, I can say that this monitor has a great build quality and will stand the test of time, despite having an all-plastic build.

In terms of connectivity, this monitor is pretty good, having a wide range of ports consisting of two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, a Mini DisplayPort, a USB port, and an audio jack to complete the package. This is a nice selection that delivers plenty of versatility for casual and programming use.

This 24-inch IPS LCD monitor has a native resolution of 1920×1200 and has great viewing angles thanks to its IPS nature. On top of that, it offers a very low response time of 6ms right out of the box, combined with a refresh rate of 60Hz. It utilizes a WLED backlighting technology that delivers good contrast and pretty deep blacks, and it is worth mentioning that it delivers a colour reproduction of 99% of the sRGB colour gamut, which is exceptional for the price of this product.

1. Dell U3818DW

Best Overall

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

The best monitors for programming in this category come from Dell, especially its ultra-wide curved monitor the U3818DW. It delivers a lot of controls, accurate and precise colors, wide color gamut, cheaper than its competitors, and 4K resolution delivers amazing practicality and function for programmers and other users as well. One of the best multi-tasking monitors in the market.

First of all the Dell U3818DW looks amazing with its ultra-wide curved 38-inch screen, and like every other Dell monitor that is in the high-end of the price spectrum, this rocks a premium design and quality. It has amazingly slim bezels on the sides, meaning that if you want to use two of these side by side you will be amazed, however, it is worth mentioning that the monitor has a pretty thick profile measuring 2.2-inches from the side. It has a 2300mm-radius curve that is perfect for the size of the monitor and it doesn’t suffer from any image distortion.

The back panel has a pretty minimalistic design as well and has a pair of 9Watt speakers firing downwards for sound, and on the top, you will find the vents for heat management. The stand is amazing as well delivering plenty of stability for this behemoth and plenty of adjustabilities.

In terms of connectivity, this monitor is amazing having the KVM feature that allows you to use two computers with the same set of peripherals, just amazing and eliminates the clutter from your deskspace. It has a wide range of ports consisting of a pair of HDMI ports, DisplayPort, a USB Type-C port and a pair of 4 USB ports, to deliver plenty of versatility.

The Dell U3818DW is equipped with a 38-inch LED monitor with a resolution of 3840×1600 pixels, it has a brightness of 350 nits at max and a contrast ratio of 1000:1 displaying excellent blacks. On top of that, it has excellent colour reproduction and delivers pleasing visuals with colours popping all over the screen.
If you want the best for programming, the Dell U3818DW is the perfect tool for you, but beware of its premium price.

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