The best monitors for programming
Laptop, external monitor, twin, ultrawide…
options options options! All this years I’ve seen people coding in many ways, each programmer is a different world and there’s no such a thing as the best monitor for all, but maybe the best monitor for each situation.
I have changed my own favorite monitor setup several times, from dual monitor to single to my current LG ultrawide that I love.
We’ll see the best monitors for each setup, let’s see if we can find yours!
Ultrawide curved 38″ monitors, huge! the best of the best
This is my current choice, now that I have a big table I wanted to have what this days seems to be the best option, a curved ultrawide, and I cannot be happier.
1.1. Best for the money: LG 38UC99-W curved ultrawide
It’s incredible that you can get this huge curved ultrawide for this price. It’s huge, it’s price is under all of its competitors and it’s curved! I’m right now writing this article in front of one and I’m really happy with it.
My old Macbook Pro Retina 15 from mid 2012 (it’s the first retina model) works perfect with it through the mini display port, including the wonderful speakers that use the same cable.
- 38" 21:9 UltraWide Curved WQHD+ IPS Display
- Response Time: 14ms / 5ms GTG, 1ms Motion Blur Reduction
- USB Type C & USB 3.0 Quick Charge
- AMD FreeSync Technology
- Bluetooth Speakers with Rich Bass (10W x 2)
1.2. The new LG: 38WK95C-W
Yes, it’s new and better, but no more so “cheap”, it’s no longer that huge curved monitor with that awesome price.
- Brand LG, Model 38WK95C-W
- Cabinet Color Silver / Black, Usage Consumer, Screen Size 37.5", Widescreen Yes, Recommended Resolution 3840 x 1600,
- Response Time 5ms (GTG), Aspect Ratio 21:9, Panel IPS, Display Type WQHD+, Adaptive Sync Technology FreeSync (AMD Adaptive Sync), Curved Surface Screen Curved,
1.3. Quality: DELL U3818DW
With the same 38 inches as the previous LG models, Dell’s one has a price far away from them.
Ultrawide 34″ curved monitors, not so big
2.1. Best for the money: Dell U3415W
With an incredible price, high colour fidelity and a nice design, this is your bet if you want the best for the money.
- Compliant Standards: Plug and Play, RoHS, TCO Displays. Input Connectors: 1 DP 1.2 (HDCP 1.4) / 1 mDP 1.2 (HDCP 1.4) / 1 DP 1.2 (out) with MST (HDCP 1.4) / 1 HDMI 1.4 (MHL 2.0) / 1 HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 1.4) / 4 USB 3.0 downstream ports with 1 x BC1.2 charging capability at 2A (max) / 2 USB 3.0 upstream ports
2.2. Low price, still good quality: Samsung CF791
If you want a 34″ curved you can be sure you won’t fail with this, it is a Quantom Dot Display, this means that it converts the backlight to emit pure basic colors, so brightness and colors are specially good.
- 1500R Curvature 34" Widescreen Monitor
- Quantum dot technology supporting sRGB 125%
- 21:9 aspect ratio for powerful multi-tasking
- 100h Hz Screen Refresh Rate & 4ms Response Time
- Tilt: Has up : -14˚(±4˚) to 22˚(±4˚), Has down : -2˚(±4˚) to 34˚(±4˚)
2.3. Cheap cheap cheap!! LG 34UC79G-B
Don’t wanna spend much money but still want something decent? 34UC79G-B is for you, good image quality with IPS and AMD FreeSync! (no speakers).
- 34 inch 21:9 ultrawide curved IPS gaming monitor
- AMD FreeSync technology,Response Time:14ms / 5ms GTG.OS Compatibility Windows
- 1ms motion Blur reduction,144 Hertz refresh rate
- DIMENSIONS With Stand (WxHxD) : 32.7 x 17.7 x 11.0 Inches (down) : 15.7 Inches (up), Without Stand (WxHxD) : 32.7 x 14.6 x 3.0 Inches