Best Monitors for Programming To Buy In 2020: 5 Ultrasharp Monitors For Coding

Changing times always inevitably bring with them changing needs, and with such changing needs, you are ultimately met with the option of choice. For those of us, that live the virtual life, such a choice generally develops in the criteria of monitors. Call them programmers, coders or developers, they all rely heavily on their screen for most of what they output. The monitor could be perhaps the most important part of the professional’s tools. Relying on what you see, see more and to be able to stare for long hauls generally is the name of the game.

Contrary to what some may think, there is no “best” size for a monitor. This is an issue of personal preference. Some people don’t even get bothered by small laptop screens while others may struggle to operate large 32-inch screens. For most people, the screen should not be too small and should not be too large either. If it’s too small it becomes a hindrance for most users, as there is not enough code or data covered. But if it is too large, you just kind of have to cover a lot of space with your eyes, which may not only sprain your neck but also tire you out. After much research, testing and use we decided on what would be the some of the best options to go for regarding monitors for programmers.

1. Dell UltraSharp U2415

Bang for buck performance

  • Very durable build quality
  • A lot of adjustability options for comfort
  • Great value for money
  • All rounded performance
  • Comes with only the basic features

Size: 24 inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 | Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel: IPS

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The first monitor we consider in our list is the Dell Ultrasharp U2415. We would like to add that for programmers the most important aspect is getting the job done, and no one addresses that aspect better than the Dell Ultrasharp series. Dell has always produced amazing, durable and efficient monitors and any monitor in this series really fulfills those aspects. We went for the 24-inch monitor as we believe this is probably the best one in that size out there.

The greatest part about this monitor is the fact that it is extremely, and we mean extremely adjustable. It comes with the trademark dell detachable stand. The stand can be rotated, the screen can be rotated, and the height can be adjusted. Even the viewing angle can be altered to match one’s needs. It’s perfect to get the job done and it can be integrated into any kind of setup you may have. However, that means that this monitor comes with only the very basic and essential features. For a programmer, this certainly will not be a problem but for those looking to get a well-rounded performance, the U2415 might disappoint you just a little.

The Ultrasharp series sports a very standard and common Dell design. It has a very thin bezel and a very professional look. The OSD menu can be accessed via the many touch buttons located at the bottom right side. Some people like the more “responsive” actual buttons over touch controls for this but that is merely a formality. Not only is this monitor affordable, but it is also excellent at getting the job done.

As far as the display goes, this monitor gives excellent quality pixels on its IPS display panel. It is also slightly larger than a normal 24-inch monitor, which also adds to its value as the viewing area is larger. The aspect ratio is 16:10 and the resolution at hand is 1920 x 1200, meaning there is more area for more lines of code. The colors are crisp and clear, the text in any form is legible quite easily from all sides. The monitor is not specifically built for gaming as its only 60hz supported, but it does give quite excellent vibrant colors if you do casual gaming.

2. HP VH240a

Your multi-tasking companion

  • Stand and build quality are quite exceptional
  • Essential features at a low cost
  • Thin bezels are ideal for multi-monitor displays
  • Good viewing angles
  • Comes with only HDMI and VGA port

Size: 24 inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Ports: HDMI, VGA | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel: IPS

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The second monitor we have listed is the HP VH240a. This monitor is one of the most affordable products we have ever seen to deliver such fantastic results. HP has done a great job with this one. It is super affordable, and the best part is it does not negotiate the price with lower quality, this is a fully-fledged effective monitor.

The HP VH240a does not boast the highest specifications known to man, but it does enough to get the job done at a starter level. It has a 1080p resolution at 60 hertz, so nothing special here. What makes this special is the fact that you all the necessary basic features at a very low price, without any compromise in quality. There is one catch with this and that is that the HP VH240a only comes with one VGA and one HDMI port. That’s it. This does restrict connectivity options by a bit. The color quality of this product is surprisingly top-notch and the resulting images are very clear. With a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and an aspect ratio of 16:9, you’re getting everything that you could need with a friendly price tag.

Speaking of standing out, this monitor also delivers us something some pricier monitors don’t, we get a fantastic stand. The stand is sturdy and durable; it doesn’t budge unless it is supposed to. The stand is also adjustable in height and in viewing angles. It can again be rotated. The flexibility features of a programmers monitor cannot be understated as they are usually used in combination of other monitors. Programmers use 2 monitors mainly because sometimes the work they do requires multitasking. Multitasking is very effective when done on two separate screens. Instead of an everlasting cycle of swapping tabs, you can simply have it all open on two separate screens without them interfering with the other.

This monitor would be best used as a monitor in a multi-monitor setup, as a secondary monitor. It can also be used by beginners as they will have no issues or quarrels with this product. When their need arises they can always go to multiple monitor setups like programmers usually end up with.

3. ASUS PB287Q

4K at 60Hz!

  • 4K resolution at 60Hz with DisplayPort
  • Supports picture in picture and picture by picture
  • Fantastic color and picture clarity
  • Poor viewing angles
  • OSD button placement is very strange

Size: 28 inch | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort, HDMI/MHL | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel: IPS

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The third monitor in our list is in our opinion what the most effective 4k monitor would be for programmers. If you have a GPU that can run it, the ASUS PB287Q priced at about the 370$ mark. 4k monitors are more of an enthusiast item and can seem a bit overkill for programmers. But no one can deny that they are incredibly appealing. They offer way higher resolution, so more viewing area, which results in way more lines of code. The vast screen real estate can be used in multiple ways. ASUS has become one of the best monitor manufactures and you can clearly see why.

The monitor comes with a very well built body. It’s not thin bezel, but it’s not too thick either. The build quality is great. The best part about the physical build would definitely be the adjustable stand. The stand is always one of the most important factors of any monitor really, not just programmer’s monitors. It can be angle adjusted, height adjusted and can even be freely rotated to offer better ergonomics.

Since this is a larger monitor at 28 inches, the effectiveness of the stand was a must. ASUS offers 4K resolution at 60 hertz with the ASUS PB287Q. This is a big plus, as a lot of the 4k monitors are going at 30 hertz, the difference is quite large. You also get cool features such as picture in picture or picture by picture; this makes multitasking and programming work easier on a large screen. For those of you that like built-in speakers, this monitor has that too. There are 3 ports, the Display port and 1x HDMI and 1x HDMI/MHL.

There is one big drawback though; the monitor is not IPS display. This means that the viewing angles are drastically reduced. If you see it from different or narrower angles you will not see very good color results, which is as expected from non-IPS monitors. The neat stand, that allows you to adjust the screen to your viewing angle or it may have become a real issue. OSD button placement is very strange. ASUS placed the buttons at the back, how can someone effectively use buttons he can’t see? You literally have to feel for them and hope you press the right one.

All things considered, the results of this monitor are fantastic. The colors and image feel great, and results at 60 hertz are quite nice. So having said all that, we need to see whether 4k monitors are a real necessity or not? From a programmers point of view, the only real bonus you get with 4k monitors is more space on the screen, or as they like to call it screen real estate. You can solve that issue with a dual monitor setup as well. Programmers need to see code clearly, without straining their eyes or tiring them out. 4k does not really help with that unless you plan on keeping one large monitor for main purpose instead of multiple monitors or if you are not really constrained by a budget.

4. LG 32MA68HY-P

Real estate for easy multi-tasking

  • Plenty of connectivity options
  • 32-inch screen size is ample for programmers
  • Resolution is low for a 32-inch monitor
  • Picture quality is not that great
  • Low color gamut

Size: 32 inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel: IPS

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We just had to include a large flat screen in our list and here we have at a fourth edition the LG 32MA68HY-P. LG is a master of screen making. They know what they are doing with large screens as is the case in the LG 32MA68HY-P. The monitor offers a very sleek shiny/ glossy design which is not over the top and looks really sweet. The monitor also comes with HDMI and VGA input along with USB connector ports and a USB hub port for connection to your PC. This is one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest products in this size at this price. The price to product ratio is very good, that is the most single defining reason we selected this in our list.

The monitor offers split-screen features, which allow you to effectively allocate screen space to apps. This is a massive feature for programmers while using a large monitor. This alone has the potential to make a large monitor successful. Although the monitor does not have too high of a resolution at about 1080p at 60 Hz, you can use the split-screen feature to multitask and open different apps very easily and effectively as this is a large screen. This screen would also help at 1080p entry-level gaming. The IPS panel offers excellent viewing angle as well however the picture quality and color gamut is quite low. All of this makes effects programmers in a positive way as they can see the code better due to a larger screen and clearer colors and images.

If you sit too close to your screen this might be too big and troublesome for you due to its large size. The stand of the monitor does not offer too much versatility. It is not height adjustable, nor is it rotatable. Those both things mean a lot to programmers but with a screen this size, you are not looking to pair it up in a dual monitor setup anyway. The screen can be wall-mounted with easily mountable screw holes at the back. While it may not offer more lines of code, it does offer a larger screen, with clear images and a split-screen app to entice professional multitasking work.

In the end, the value of money this product gives you is insane. You can get a 32-inch monitor with 1920 x 1080 resolution with a not so expensive price. However, you must ask yourself whether that’s really what you want. For a 32-inch monitor, the 1920 x 1080 resolution seems just a little too low. The screen size will leave you with plenty of real estate to split multiple windows and work simultaneously. But, that comes by cutting down on high resolution which this monitor could have benefited from.

5. LG 34UC98-W

Flashy curved monitor

  • Fast charging USB ports
  • Screen Split 2.0 allows for easy window management
  • Actual use for programmers is limited
  • Very expensive
  • Suitable only for those who want high-end features for gaming along with crisp picture quality

Size: 34 inch | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 | Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort, ThunderBolt | Aspect Ratio: 21:9 | Panel: IPS

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What we have as a fifth item in our list is a very tempting and stunning curved monitor by LG. The LG 34UC98-W is a 34 inch wide curved monitor. Before we go further we need to discuss whether a curved monitor has an impact on programming at all.

The major thing that programmers can find attractive in a curved monitor is that this can reduce eye strain and neck strain. That can make professional work really less taxing and far more enjoyable. More practically though programmers are concerned with code, and how many lines of code such a monitor can display. Since the monitor cannot be rotated, naturally the amount of lines is not affected. So, unless a user intends to go from a dual monitor setup to just a single curved monitor setup, this won’t work. A single curved monitor takes up less space than a dual monitor setup. It also looks better and cleaner.

The LG 34UC98 is a beautiful design concept which comes with an elegantly designed stand, which is also curved. The stand is height and angle adjustable to a certain degree. The monitor comes with multiple connectivity features through 2 thunderbolt ports, 2 fast-charging USB ports. The visual input ports are Display port (which supports Free-Sync) and 2 HDMI ports. You have a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9 on this bad boy.

The color quality and image of the screen is absolutely stunning. As far as programmers go, however, you also get a one really cool feature which is the Split Screen 2.0. You can arrange all your windows in many ways in order to properly allocate your screen real estate to suit your needs. This eliminates the need for multiple monitors side by side and frees up space. It also reduces eye strain and is generally more pleasing to work with.

One thing to note is that while programmers might find it useful, it is generally an unsuitable product for designers and such as curved monitors straight lines can also appear to be curved. It creates a very real issue, which we believe can only be resolved over time as more and more of curved products are made. This can be really good if you plan on using it for gaming, media content, and movies along with programming as it is primarily designed for those purposes. That is where it truly shines. Fast charging ports are a big plus for programmers as well. Ability to charge your phone etc while working easily.

Blair Lee

A naturally curious mindset and a keen passion of keeping in touch with all the worldly trends, Blair Lee has put two and two together to find a way that has combined the two things he just can't stay away from- writing and computers!

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