Best Monitor for Programming and Coding

best monitor for programming

We know you came here to find the best monitor for programming and coding in 2017. We update the table below, which shows our top programming monitor picks today.

AOC i2367Fh Frameless LED-Lit Monitor23"1920 x 1080IPSVGA, 2 x HDMI
Acer R240HY bidx23.8"1920 x 1080IPSVGA, DVI, HDMI
ASUS PB278Q27"2560 x 1440IPSVGA, HDMI, DVI, Dport
Dell UltraSharp U3415W34"3440 x 1440IPSHDMI, Dport, Mini Dport
Dell P2715Q27"3840 x 2160IPSDport, Mini Dport, HDMI

Using the table above, you can find the best monitor for programming 2017. We included 1080p monitors, 1440 displays and 4K UHD monitors as well for those of you interested in a high-resolution Ultra HD 4K display. If you are wondering now: What is the best monitor for programming and gaming today? The answer can be found in the table above as those are our top picks.

When it comes to programming, having the right monitor is critical, especially when the work includes encoding thousands of lines of code for several hours. In most cases, it is even preferred to have more than one monitor for programming work. But what are the best monitor for programming and coding? What should you be looking for when choosing monitors for programming? If you are going to have more than one, what kinds of monitors are best for split screens? If you’re working on a budget, what is the best monitor for programmers? These and many more factors need to be considered when purchasing a monitor specifically for programming and coding. Perhaps there’s even a gaming monitor suited for programmers as well?

Among the most important factors to consider when buying a monitor includes its screen size, bezel size, resolution, brand, input ports, and monitor stands. Then when you have all this figured out, you still have to consider other factors such as the display panel, split screen or multi-monitor setups, rotation, title, and more. While it is possible to have two different brands of monitors, it is always better to have two monitors of the same brand for better compatibility and efficiency. These are just the sort of details that you have to consider when shopping around for the best monitor for programming and coding. Here is a short guide on the best monitors out there for your programming needs – the list at the top of this page shows the absolute best monitors for programming and coding that we could find in 2017.

These choices at the top are among the best monitors for programming and coding, and they can be used as a solo monitor or as part of a pair or trio of monitors. As you can tell from the information in the table, the smallest screen size is the AOC monitor with just 23 inches, but all of them are set for at least 1920×1080 resolution. All of these monitors also have IPS panels and HDMI input port compatible. With each of these monitors, you get the most ‘bang out of your buck’. Now let’s take a look at some other factors to consider when purchasing a monitor for programming.

Size and Resolution

When it comes to writing code, you will need a monitor that has high resolution to keep your eyes fresh even after hours of just staring at codes on the screen. And while high resolution can be set up on smaller screens and monitors, the bigger your screen, the better it will be to setup optimum resolution. A bigger workspace is better for any job or task, and the same applies to programming. The bigger your screen, the easier it will be to work. It also allows you to have multiple windows up at the same time without having to sacrifice quality and resolution. That being said, having two or more monitors is even better, as it essentially doubles your working space, giving you even more space to work on several windows and several screens simultaneously.

For the most users, the optimum size of a monitor is anything 23” and bigger. Anything smaller than that is unacceptable if you want to make the most of your time and money. The optimum resolution would be 1920×1080 and above. If you don’t have the desktop space for two monitors, but you want to have just one of the best screen size and resolution monitor, then go for the Ultrawide monitors (32-34”), such as the Dell UltraSharp U3415W Curved LED-Lit Monitor show above.  If are sure that you will be doing dual screens or more than 2 screens, then going for a 1080p monitor is okay. If you don’t mind spending for your monitors, then definitely go for dual 1440p monitors.

Display Panel

Display panels are also one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a monitor for coding and programming. When it comes to a monitor setup for programming, you have 3 choices right now. There is Twisted Nematic or TN monitor, the Vertical Alignment or VA monitor, and the In-Plane Switching or IPS monitor. TN display panels were among the most common and widely used panels for LCD monitors. But the main problem with this panel is that there are limited viewing angles. This can be seen most commonly among laptops wherein there are viewing angles that distort the hues and of the screen image.

VA panels are better when it comes to color reduction, saturation, and viewing angles, but they have generally lower response times. This may not matter when it comes to coding and programming, but you always want to have the best. But if you don’t have the budget to go IPS, shelling out for a VA display panel is still a good choice. IPS is far and away the best choice for modern monitors. That is why all of the monitors mentioned above have IPS panels, for the best in LCD lighting, optimum resolution, response time, and multi-angle displays. This is so that you can make the most of the screen and get the best possible contrast and brightness, which can be very helpful in programming and coding. If you want to go the extra mile and really spend on the best display panels, there are also curved screens for computer monitors.


best monitor for programming 2017

One of the most overlooked aspects of buying a monitor is the input ports on the back or side of the monitors. But it should be one of the first things you look at when you purchase a monitor. If you are going to be using a monitor as an extension of your laptop, then knowing what kind of input your monitor has is very important. Most of the latest laptops will only have HDMI ports of them, so make sure that the monitor that you choose to purchase is compatible. Other available input ports are the traditional VGA ports, DVI ports, and mini-HDMI ports. Manufacturers should also be considered when selecting monitor input. If you plan to use your monitor as an extension for an Apple desktop or laptop, then you have to make sure that it has a Thunderbolt port. Inputs are also important when you are considering having multiple monitors. Make sure your desktop or laptop has enough ports to support more than one monitor. The most common input among all monitors is input ports for HDMI and VGA. As you will notice with the monitors that we have presented above, almost all of them are HDMI compatible, with the Dell monitors also having DisplayPort input ports on their monitors.

Monitor Stand

best monitor for coding

Another overlooked aspect of monitors is its monitor stands. Even if programmers ideally work with a stable and unmoving screen, you should still know if you have a pivoting monitor or a rotating monitor. In some cases, some programmers rotate their screens until they have a vertical computer monitor to get more vertical space when coding long lines. This can be very useful, especially if you are the type of programmer that writes long pages of codes. But if you plan to use multiple monitors, it is also better to have monitors with stands that allow them to be rotated for optimum multiple monitor position. This usually means having them at the portrait view monitor angle, side by side with your other monitor. All of the monitors that we have listed can be tilted and rotated to the preference of the user.


When it comes to getting the best monitor for programming and coding, bevels should also be considered.  Bevels are the thin colored panels located at the edges of the actual monitor. In simpler terms, it’s the casing or border that surrounds the actual monitor screen. This many not matter to most people who buy monitors, but it is actually an important factor for those that are planning to purchase 2 or more monitors. Having thinner, or smaller, bezels means that it will be easier to combine two or more monitors together to create the illusion of having one large seamless monitor. Having thinner bevels also maximizes the real space taken up by your screen on your desktop. Meaning out of the actual 23-34 inches of real space that the monitor takes up, the actual screen should take up 96-98% of that space.

This may seem like an unimportant aesthetic factor, but it could be something to look at when you make your decision on what monitors to buy. This can also be useful for programmers that have multiple windows open at the same time. This makes your entire desktop look wider and saves a lot of time from having to “alt-tab” from one window to another. From the monitors that we have selected, you will notice how the bevels of the two Dell monitors go well together, if you decide to have multiple monitors. Also, the Acer R240HY bidx Widescreen Display has the smallest bevel size and thickness out of the monitors that we have selected.

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