Good monitors have one high resolution, a large screen and ideally a height-adjustable stand. Stiftung Warentest tested 17 models in different sizes – the majority did well. Read here what is important when making a purchase and which screen is the test winner.
Finding the right monitor for the computer is not an easy task at first glance. The selection is huge, the sizes vary and the functions are often confusing. The decision is easier with a few tips: The resolution is full HD for most office applications, if you watch films and play games, you can also upgrade to a model with a 4K resolution or use a curved “curved” screen. In addition, the reflections should be low and the stand should be height-adjustable. A high refresh rate helps with fast scrolling.
The high refresh rate is also important for games on the PC. It is given in Hertz. Normal PC monitors for the workplace usually do not manage to display fast movements sharply. Therefore, you should choose a monitor that is particularly suitable for gaming and also has a low response time. In the test, Stiftung Warentest focuses primarily on classic monitors for the workplace.
The Stiftung Warentest has in their “test” issue 09/2021 Checked the monitors and gave a positive verdict: 16 models performed well.
Ergonomics are just as important at work and at home in front of the screen as a good monitor. It is gratifying that the testers did not find a single device with a serious defect. 16 devices scored “good”, only one device achieved the grade “satisfactory”. The picture quality, handling, versatility and power consumption were tested.
In the size up to 24 inches, the wins Samsung F24T452FQU with the “test” quality rating “good (1.9)”. It achieves at least good results in all test criteria, even the grade “very good” in terms of power consumption. With a screen diagonal of 61 centimeters, it is a comfortable size and has a Full HD resolution.
The award winner is the BenQ GE2475H with the “test” quality rating “good (2.5)”.
If you need more space and have a large desk, you can use a 27-inch monitor. The test winner in this size is the BenQ PD2705Q with the “test” quality rating “good (1.9)”. The larger models also have a higher resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.
Samsung is at the forefront of the 32-inch screen giants. the F32TU870VU achieves the “test” quality rating “good (2.1)”. With a high 4K resolution and a screen diagonal of 80 centimeters, it is almost at TV level. However, this also leads to higher power consumption.
The test verdict: Stiftung Warentest rates it as “good (1.9)” and praises the good viewing angles, high brightness and low power consumption.
Product Details: The model has hardly any weaknesses and is a good all-rounder. With a 24-inch screen diagonal (61 centimeters), it offers Full HD resolution and low power consumption of just 16 watts. The IPS panel achieves a good contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a maximum brightness of 250 candelas per square meter (cd/m²).
The refresh rate of 75 Hertz (Hz) is on a good level for an office screen. In addition, a blue light filter is integrated, which should protect the eyes in the evening and show the colors warmer. This is intended to reduce sleep problems and headaches caused by long periods of screen time.
Other plus points: The stand is height-adjustable and the monitor can be tilted up to 25 degrees. The monitor has two HDMI inputs, a display port and two USB ports on the back.
Information: The test winner has a sister model, the Samsung LF24T452FQR, which has identical features.
The test verdict: The cheapest monitor in the test scored “good (2.5)” with the “test” quality rating and also achieved the sub-grade “good” in the image quality rating. However, with only two HDMI ports, there are penalties for versatility.
Product Details: BenQ’s screen scores with good image quality, few reflections and the low price. The IPS panel ensures good contrasts (1000:1), the Full HD resolution is absolutely sufficient for the size and for office applications.
With the narrow edges, the device also looks very modern. A blue light filter is integrated and the brightness is on par with the competition at 250 cd/m². The refresh rate is slightly weaker at 60 Hertz.
One disadvantage is the stand: it is not height-adjustable. So you can not adjust the monitor individually. However, the screen can be tilted up to 22 degrees.
The test verdict: When it comes to monitors with a 27-inch screen diagonal, the BenQ PD2705Q is at the forefront. The device achieves the “test” quality rating “good (1.9)” and convinces with a good picture and very good versatility.
Product Details: A diagonal of 69 centimeters offers plenty of space for programs and is also sufficient for several windows. The test winner from BenQ has a higher resolution than the small monitors and resolves in WQHD with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. The brightness of up to 300 cd/m² is also positive. This model also has a blue filter, an IPS panel and achieves a refresh rate of 60 Hertz.
The monitor is height-adjustable and tiltable for good ergonomics at the workplace. On the back, the screen has an HDMI port, a display port and a USB-C input.
The test verdict: Grade “good (2.1)” for the large Samsung monitor with a screen diagonal of 80 centimeters. The testers praise the good picture and the high 4K resolution.
Product Details: With 32 inches, the Samsung model is one of the giants and is particularly useful for film editing and photo editing. With 80 centimeters you have more than enough space for multitasking and you can also conveniently display several windows side by side.
With 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, the monitor achieves the very sharp 4K resolution. The contrast ratio is 2,500:1, the maximum brightness is 250 cd/m².
It has an HDMI and DisplayPort connection and two fast Thunderbolt inputs. The stand is height-adjustable and the screen can be tilted up to 14 degrees. In addition, a blue light filter is integrated and it supports HDR10 for high contrasts.
For the home office, we choose the Test winner from Samsung and the identical sister model. They offer good image quality, are tiltable and height-adjustable and, at 24 inches, are not too big on the desk. With the Full HD resolution, they are also sufficient for most office tasks. Also the Price tip from BenQ is a good choice if you can do without the height adjustment. If you mainly rely on a large display, this is recommended Samsung model with a mighty 32 inches, which also offers the higher 4K resolution.
Since the monitor is used for several hours in the home office, you should pay particular attention to a high resolution. Blurred text and images disrupt concentration. Therefore, grab at least one model with Full HD. A good start is a display with a 24-inch diagonal and Full HD resolution.
The larger the screen, the higher the resolution should be. From 27 inches, monitors with at least 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (WQHD resolution) or even better 4K with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels are recommended. For special tasks such as image editing or video editing, you should always use a model with 4K resolution.
In addition to the resolution, the connections and other functions also play a role in the purchase. Look for at least one HDMI port. A DisplayPort and USB-C are also useful for even more flexibility.