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Four computer monitors to seriously upgrade your home office

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An additional monitor can expand your workspace without the expense of a new desk or computer. If you typically use a laptop, but want a larger screen at home or at your office, a larger display at eye-level can also help you sit up straight instead of hunching over your laptop. Some elements to pay attention to: size, available adjustments, resolution, and speed. Below are a few monitors we recommend.

The HP 23.8-inch monitor is the most basic and most affordable option on this list. It comes with basic brightness and contrast features as well as tilt and height adjustment. If you’re not too picky about resolution or speed and just need a monitor for internet browsing and emails—and not, say, photo editing—this one will do the job.

This Asus monitor works exceptionally well for gaming. You can get this one with either a 24-inch or 27-inch screen, and it comes with either a 75hz refresh rate. For comparison, the HP 23.8 inch monitor is 60hz, which tends to be the average refresh rate for monitors. The monitor itself comes with a lot of flexibility. The height is adjustable by 5.1 inches, which is about the average height of a desk stand. The screen also tilts 90 degrees.

a screen shot of a computer: A simple monitor with tilt options. © Amazon A simple monitor with tilt options.

The Dell UltraSharp is a good choice if you’re looking for a monitor with exceptional resolution. It’s 27 inches, which is probably more than you need if you tend to only keep one window open at a time, but is ideal if you’re going back and forth between two different windows and need both open. The height is adjustable (5.1 inches), and the screen tilts, pivots, and swivels up to 40 degrees both ways.

a screen shot of a computer: An ideal choice for gaming. © Amazon An ideal choice for gaming.

If you’re staring at your screen all day long, a curved monitor might be a good option to consider as a way to relieve eye strain. The curve also helps this 27-inch monitor fit on your desk.

a close up of a computer: A curved monitor can help reduce eye strain. © Amazon A curved monitor can help reduce eye strain. a flat screen tv: You can adjust the height up to 5.1 inches. © Amazon You can adjust the height up to 5.1 inches.

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