Programming is possible on nearly any monitor, but most programmers prefer a big, pixel-dense, attractive screen that can render tiny code with clarity and display numerous windows at once. Prolific multi-taskers, many programmers also go all-in on multiple displays and use two or three monitors at once.
This guide will help you find a great monitor that can handle all the above—and at a reasonable price.
For even more monitor recommendations, check out our roundup of the best monitors across all categories.
1. Asus ProArt PA348CGV – Best monitor overall for programming
- Excellent SDR image quality
- Sturdy, hefty design
- Wide range of customization
- 120Hz refresh rate
- USB-C hub lacks video-out or ethernet
- HDR is merely passable
The Asus ProArt PG348CGV is an excellent monitor for programming—and many other tasks.
This is a 34-inch ultrawide monitor with a resolution of 3440×1440, which provides plenty of display space and pixel density for viewing multiple windows or large amounts of code. It also has a USB-C port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode and 90 watts of Power Delivery. That’s great for easily docking a USB-C-compatible laptop.
Though ideal for programming, the ProArt PG348CGV excels in any task thrown at it. It has accurate color and a wide color gamut, so it’s great for photo, video, and graphics editing. The monitor also has a 120Hz refresh rate and supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, which makes it a solid choice for gaming.
Its price seals the deal. Available for $749.99, the ProArt PG348CGV is less expensive than similar competitors. In fact, it overdelivers compared to most alternatives: Many ultrawide monitors offer similar image quality, a high refresh rate, or USB-C, but very few offer all three.
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2. Dell U3223QE – Best 4K monitor for programming
- IPS Black panel fulfills its promise
- Accurate color with wide gamut
- High brightness in SDR
- USB-C hub with 90 watts of power
- Edges of display are noticeably bright
- HDR performance disappoints
- Only a 60Hz panel
If you want a standard widescreen monitor for programming, or prefer the pixel density of