The 5 Best Monitors for Excel and Spreadsheets (2023 Update)

Written by co-founder Kasper Langmann, Microsoft Office Specialist.

Studies show that going from 1 to 2 monitors can increase your productivity by up to 42%.

You definitely don’t wanna miss that productivity increase!

So, if you’re looking into the best monitors for switching to a dual monitor setup (or triple!) – or want to upgrade your single-monitor setup – we’ve got you covered😊

Do note that we’re looking for the best monitor for work (especially work involving spreadsheets). Not the best gaming monitor.

⚠️SPOILER ALERT⚠️

My favorite monitor is the Dell S2722QC.

It has a great screen size (I love dual 27″), small bezels, exactly the resolution I need, and it looks beautiful.

I’ve found the 5 best monitors based on value-for-money, resolution, build quality, ports, features, and design. Let’s get into it…

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

This list was last updated on May 21st, 2023.

1. Dell S2722QC (best 27″)

Starting with one of the best monitors for Excel on this list, and my personal favorite, the Dell S2722QC will surely take your productivity to the next level.

Just look at this beauty!

Dell S2722QC - great 4k monitor for multiple monitor setup - best monitor on this list

Dell is known for quality products – and this is definitely in line with that.

With 27″ you can opt for a dual monitor setup, or you can stick with just 1. Either way, you got plenty of screen real estate to work with. And it fits plenty of columns and rows in your spreadsheet.

Score on review parameters

  • Resolution: 4k UHD (3840 x 2160). Great picture quality. Very thin bezels on 3 sides.
  • Value for money: At ~$400 USD, this is not a cheap monitor. But very good value for money.
  • Build quality: Great build quality. This monitor will last a lifetime.
  • Input ports: HDMI and USB-C. Good enough for most.
  • Features: Built-in speakers, very adjustable stand, USB output ports for charging stuff.
  • Design: This monitor has a quite nice design. Looks professional and premium.

Overall Spreadsheeto rating: πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š (6/6)

Favorite monitors are really subjective – but this one takes the cake for me. There’s plenty of screen space for multiple windows with Excel spreadsheets or whatever is needed for your daily work.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

2. ASUS ProArt PA248QV (best 24″)

We’re stepping down ~3 inches and ~$200 from the 1st pick.

This Asus full HD monitor is great for dual monitors (and Excel loves two monitors) because it’s “just” 24″ and it’s quite cheap compared to its good build quality.

It’s one of the best-reviewed monitors on Amazon – and with good reason.

ASUS ProArt PA248QV - full hd screen resolution - great business monitor

Dell is known for quality products – and this is definitely in line with that.

With 27″ you can opt for a dual monitor setup, or you can stick with just 1. Either way, you got plenty of screen real estate to work with. And it fits plenty of columns and rows in your spreadsheet.

Score on review parameters

  • Resolution: Full HD resolution (1920 x 1200). Great picture quality. Thin bezels on 3 sides.
  • Value for money: At ~$200 USD this computer monitor is great value for money.
  • Build quality: Great build quality. This monitor will last until you grow tired of 24″ πŸ˜‰
  • Input ports: HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C connectivity. Almost can’t ask for more.
  • Features: Built-in speakers, fairly adjustable stand, USB output port for charging stuff.
  • Design: Looks pretty good in my opinion.

Overall Spreadsheeto rating: πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š (6/6)

Definitely one of the best 24 inch monitors I’ve ever tried. Great if you prefer one or more “smaller” screens, instead of a large screen.
Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

3. ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ 49″ (best ultrawide)

If you want the best from multiple monitors but without the feeling of having multiple screens, you should definitely consider getting this ASUS ROG ultrawide monitor.

The ASUS ROG Strix 49-inch monitor is the best value-for-money ultrawide monitor you can get.

In my opinion, the best ultrawide monitors are what they say they are: ultra wide.

It simply can’t replace having multiple monitors unless it’s more than 40″.

Note: that this is a curved monitor. Some like it, some don’t. But at this size – it’s a must.

ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ - best ultrawide monitor - huge screen size on a curved monitor

Score on review parameters

  • Resolution: FDHD (3840 x 1080). Not the best screen resolution – but for work, you won’t notice it’s not 4k.
  • Value for money: At ~$800 USD this is actually pretty cheap for an ultrawide monitor of this quality.
  • Build quality: ASUS ROG products are built to last – and this is too.
  • Input ports: HDMI and DisplayPort. Good enough for most.
  • Features: Somewhat adjustable stand, USB ports for charging things.
  • Design: Good but not great.

Overall Spreadsheeto rating: πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ€ (5/6)

Say goodbye to your dual monitors and hello to having full control over window sizes of any application. This is really handy when having lots of columns in your spreadsheets!

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

4. Amazon Basics 24″ (best budget monitor)

If you’re on a tight budget but still want a multiple monitor setup, Amazon got you covered with its Amazon basics series.

Yes, you heard me right.

Amazon actually made a 24″ monitor. And it’s quite good (and cheap!).

amazon basics - best business monitor on a budget - decent screen size

I can’t emphasize enough how awesome this cheap monitor is. If you’re just working from your laptop screen right now, I encourage you to add this for just $100 and you’ll have a two-monitor setup with this and your laptop screen on the side.

Score on review parameters

  • Resolution: Full HD (1920×1080). Decent picture quality. Very thin bezels on 3 sides.
  • Value for money: At ~$100 USD the value is off the charts.
  • Build quality: Great build quality. This monitor will last a lifetime.
  • Input ports: HDMI and AVG. Would’ve been nice with a DisplayPort and/or USB-C port.
  • Features: Built-in speakers, adjustable stand (only tilting, though).
  • Design: For the price, the design is fantastic! It’s on par with monitors that are double the price. The “Amazon basics” logo will throw some people off, though.

Overall Spreadsheeto rating: πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š (6/6)

For ~$100 a piece, you can get a 3-monitor setup for $300!

The price/quality ratio is off the charts with this budget monitor – so it’s definitely a top contender for the best computer monitor currently.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

5. KYY Portable Monitor 15.6″ (best portable)

With many people working from home, employers around the globe worry about the productivity of their employees.

And some of the potentially lost productivity can come from people having inferior work setups.

If you have a hard time fitting 2 or 3 business monitors in your home – a portable monitor might be easier for you to manage.

This doubles as a nifty tool for when you’re working from different places, or on vacation.

This is the best portable monitor we’ve reviewed.

KYY - good for a portable multiple monitor setup

Score on review parameters

  • Resolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080). Good picture quality. Screen real estate is limited with less than 16 inches.
  • Value for money: It’s a niche product, so if you need it – you need it. But generally, it’s not great value for money compared to a “real” monitor.
  • Build quality: Good built quality. But it’s not a product designed for heavy long-term usage.
  • Input ports: Mini HDMI and USB C. Not fantastic.
  • Features: Portable.
  • Design: Pretty good!

Overall Spreadsheeto rating: πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ€πŸ€ (4/6)

If you don’t have much space, or need a “to go” monitor for business trips or working when you’re on vacation – this monitor could very well be worth the $160.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Setting up your monitor for Excel work

As you might expect, more screen space is better for Excel (and most other things).

That’s why a lot of people opt for ultrawide monitors to increase their productivity. I personally use 3 monitors instead of ultrawide.

In addition, you should also look into the resolution a monitor has.

Wider monitors with a higher resolution will give sharper details when looking at the monitor.

However, a 4k monitor costs more than a Full HD monitor.

How an ultrawide monitor looks like

If your purpose in buying a monitor is to do Excel and spreadsheet tasks, a 1080p resolution (full HD) is good enough.

If you don’t want to spend $800 on an ultrawide monitor, you can get the same (or more!) screen space with a multi monitor setup – much cheaper.

Upgrading your setup further

Alright, so you know the best monitor for your preference.

Now what?

Now it’s time to level-up your setup even further by getting the best laptop or a new keyboard/mouse!