Monitors to boost your workday productivity

More screen space means an end to flicking through multiple windows and a smoother workflow.

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What you should be looking for in a monitor.Samuel Bourke via Unsplash

Multiple monitors were once the preserve of city types who would have at least three covered with incomprehensible graphs and spreadsheets, but with more and more of our work happening in the online space—whether it’s project management systems accessed company-wide, emails, or social media—it makes sense to make that visual space as large as possible. Many multi-screeners choose to dedicate one screen to communications and work on another, or to keep reference windows open on one while working on another. If you’ve got the space, it could be the work productivity hack you need.

Dell SE2419Hx 23.8" IPS Full HD (1920x1080) Monitor, Black
Easy on the peepers.Amazon

Before you go out to purchase a new monitor, keep in mind how you’re going to attach it to your existing set up, and whether the cables you’ll need are included with the monitor, or whether you’ll have to purchase them separately. There are a variety of input connections that you might find on your monitor, with the most common being HDMI, VGA, DVI, or display port, and increasingly you might also find USB connections too. As for image quality, if you want HD, you should be looking for a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080. This 24-inch LED monitor by Dell offers a resolution of 1080p in full HD, with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio. It’s affordable, too.

Samsung C27F390 27-Inch Curved LED Monitor - HDMI, VGA, Black Gloss
Reduces strain on the eyes.Amazon

Curved screens have had a lot of press in the world of entertainment because, whether you’re watching a film or playing a game, they offer a far more immersive experience. But there’s also an argument that even in the workplace, a curved screen could offer advantages, because of the fact that when you’re looking at a curved screen, you don’t need to move your eyes over it as much to capture all the information. One study suggested that users found information 24 percent on a curved screen than on a flat screen—and because you’re not having to use your eyes as much, a curved screen is less likely to cause eye strain. This 27-inch monitor by Samsung is a solid option.

BenQ GW2780 27 Inch 1080p Eye Care LED IPS Monitor
Best base design.Amazon

Even if you’re not opting for a curved screen there are various features that you can look out for that will help protect your eyes from eye strain when working for hours at a time. Look for technology like that found in this monitor, which boasts brightness adjustments according to what’s on screen, so you don’t get too much glare if you’re looking at a bright background. It also comes with filters that allow you to adjust the amount of blue light being emitted, which can cause eye fatigue and irritation.