Best work-and-play monitors for your home office setup

If you work and watch your favorite content in the same space, you'll want to have a look at today's roundup. It's all about monitors that are great for work and entertainment. So keep reading for displays that will help you get more out of your home office setup.

Best work-and-play monitors for your home office setup
Samsung Odyssey G9 curved gaming monitor in white

When your office is at home, it’s nice if your tech can be multipurpose. That way, your devices don’t start to take over the house, and you can switch seamlessly from one activity to the next. Specifically, we’re talking about monitors that are good for work as well as entertainment. Work-and-play monitors help you view multiple spreadsheets or design layouts at once. They also double as great additions to your PC gaming setup and lend a more cinematic quality to your videos. In 2021, there are a lot of these monitors to choose from.

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You could go for a curved monitor that’s great for multitasking. This one covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, keeping all of your projects visible. After work, you can use it for gaming. And this 4K gaming monitor comes with two HDMI 2.1 ports, letting you play games on the latest consoles without any compromises. From curved monitors to displays that are gentle on the eyes, we’ve got some great ones for work and entertainment on the list below.

ASUS ROG Swift 32-Inch 4K Monitor

First up on our list of work-and-play monitors for your home office setup is the ASUS ROG Swift 32-Inch 4K Monitor. This monitor lets you run games in 4K from a compatible Windows PC, Xbox Series X, or PS5. With Display HDR 600 support, NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility, and a 160% sRGB color gamut coverage, it gives you crisp, vivid images.

Samsung Odyssey G9 Curved Gaming Monitor

With its futuristic design, the Samsung Odyssey G9 Curved Gaming Monitor adds a whole new look to your desk. This 49-inch monitor immerses you in your content thanks to its curved screen that matches the contours of the human eye. A QLED resolution provides a lifelike image quality.

Acer Nitro XV282K KV Monitor

Get incredible detail with the Acer Nitro XV282K KV Monitor. That’s thanks to its 4K UHD (3,840 by 2,160) IPS panel. And with the 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, it’ll give you sharp visuals. Best of all, this monitor has TÜV Eyesafe certification and other technologies that reduce eye strain.

Acer Nitro XV282K KV series monitor

Acer Nitro XV282K KV monitor on a nature background

LG UltraFine OLED Pro 4K Monitor

The LG UltraFine OLED Pro 4K Monitor has OLED screen tech similar to a TV. In fact, it has over 8 million pixels that dim individually. It has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 99% of the DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB color spectrum, and plenty of ports. Best of all, with the 31.5-inch screen size, it’ll give you plenty of room for your work and games.

Lenovo L24i-30 Monitor

Complete work and school tasks at home easily with the Lenovo L24i-30 Monitor. This work-and-play monitor gives you borderless Full HD resolution and offers in-plane switching for crisp images. Lenovo ARtery software optimizes the performance of the monitor and your desktop. It also has TÜV Rheinland Eye Comfort technology to protect your eyes from harsh blue light. Finally, its stylish design looks great in any room of your home.

Lenovo L24i-30 monitor

Lenovo L24i-30 monitor in a workspace

LG UltraGear 4K Gaming Monitor

Another great product on our roundup of work-and-play monitors is the LG UltraGear 4K Gaming Monitor. Meanwhile, with a brightness of 400 nits, it has enough light for a dark room. The Nano IPS screen provides accurate colors and 98% of the DCI-PS color space. It’s ideal for users who enjoy bright, vivid visuals. This monitor has also been tested to reduce screen tearing and stutters.

LG UltraWide 38WN95C Multitasking Monitor

Have more space to get work done with the LG UltraWide 38WN95C Multitasking Monitor. It has a 21:9 aspect ratio and a high-resolution display. The 38-inch curved display uses Nano IPS technology, letting you see more while working on multiple projects at once. And, when it comes time for gaming, this monitor is NVIDIA tested to minimize screen tearing and stuttering.

LG UltraWide 38WN95C multitasking monitor

LG UltraWide 38WN95C multitasking monitor in a home office

HP U27 4K Wireless Monitor

The HP U27 4K Wireless Monitor is another excellent monitor on our list of work-and-play monitors. It has reduced latency, letting you complete tasks wirelessly and stream high-quality content. Also, with 4K HD visuals, it gives you lifelike images and videos. What’s more, with downward-firing speakers, the audio fits the visuals. There’s even a height-adjustable stand, keeping you comfortable all day.

BenQ EX2780Q Gaming Monitor

A great monitor for gamers, the BenQ EX2780Q Gaming Monitor has HDRi for a competitive advantage. This built-in sensor detects ambient light levels and adjusts on-screen images. You also get a 144Hz refresh rate and a 16:9 image quality. Plus, it comes with USB Type-C, HDMI, and DP ports.

BenQ EX2780Q Gaming Monitor

BenQ EX2780Q gaming monitor on a desk

Dell S2721QS 4K UHD Monitor

Another great work-and-entertainment monitor is the Dell S2721QS 4K UHD Monitor. This 27-inch 4K monitor matches your work and content-viewing needs. It supports HDR content playback and looks great at any angle thanks to the IPS technology. You also get a smooth, tear-free experience with the AMD FreeSync technology. Furthermore, with pivot, tilt, and swivel options, this monitor adjusts to a height that’s comfortable.

Dell 27 4K UHD Monitor

Dell S2721QS 4K UHD monitor in a home office

Dell U3419W UltraSharp Curved USB-C Monitor

The Dell U3419W UltraSharp Curved USB-C Monitor U3419W features a curved 34-inch screen for immersive visuals and an improved field of vision that helps you focus on your work. It also allows for a panoramic, cinematic experience. What’s more, you’ll boost your productivity with the USB connectivity, allowing you to connect your laptop to the monitor and charge up to 90W from a single source.

Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved USB-C Monitor U3419W

Dell U3419W UltraSharp curved USB-C monitor with a user at work

BenQ PD3200U DesignVue Monitor

The final product on our list of the best monitors for work and play is the BenQ PD3200U DesignVue Monitor. This 4K monitor has absolute color precision and detailed high resolution; it makes visual effects, graphics, and photos look their best, so it’s ideal for creatives. Plus, it also has an ergonomic design and low blue light to make hours of viewing easier.

BenQ DesignVue Monitors PD3200U

BenQ PD3200U DesignVue monitor on a white background

So, are you ready to upgrade your home office monitor to one that can also keep up with your gaming and content viewing? We sure are. Let us know in the comments which of these monitors you liked the most.

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Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she's not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters.
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