The 7 Best Monitors for Excel and Spreadsheets

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

Getting the right monitor for your daily Excel work is one of the biggest productivity hacks.

I’ve been using 2 monitors for years, and I can’t imagine going back.

My favorite monitor is by far the ViewSonic VP3881.

It’s ultrawide, has a fantastic resolution, and looks great.

I’ve found the 7 best monitors based on everything from their aspect ratio, price, resolution, and design. Let’s get into it…

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

This list was last updated on November 6th, 2020.

1. ViewSonic VP3881

Starting with the best monitor on this list, the ViewSonic VP3881 will surely take your productivity to the next level with it’s 38” ultrawide monitor with a 3840 x 1600 pixes screen resolution.

With this monitor, there’s no need for you to set up dual monitors since this alone will cover a lot of Excel columns at once!

This monitor is equipped with:

  • Two HDMI 2.0 ports
  • DisplayPort 1.4
  • A USB type C port
  • 4 USB 3.1 ports
  • and even 2 integrated speakers.

In case it’s not that clear from the images shown here, this ViewSonic monitor has an immersive curved screen design that would enable you to check on your reports with a panoramic view in incredible detail.

If you’re in for the best monitor you could use for Excel work, this is perfect for you. Note that although the prices may vary from time to time, this is the most expensive item in this selection.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

2. LG 34WN80C-B

If you’re looking for something cheaper with a similar punch, this LG 34WN80C-B monitor is what you’ve been looking for.

LG 34WN80C-B is a 34” ultrawide monitor with a 3440×1440 screen resolution that’s perfect for working with reports with dozens of columns.

Aside from being cheaper than the ViewSonic monitor, it also has the most cost-efficient IPS model on the market.

Since this monitor is using IPS panels (which stands for In-Plane Switching), expect to have superior viewing angels without those washed-out look you get on low budget monitors.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

The LG 34WN80C-B is also a curved screen monitor with excellent features such:

  • Calibrated picture presets
  • On-screen control
  • Screen split, and more.

You will also find excellent connectivity features on this monitor that are more or less similar to ViewSonic.

In terms of design, you can elevate the screen of this monitor up to 110 mm and tilt it by -5°/15° which helps adjust the screen to your eye level.

3. ASUS VG289Q

Moving into the mid-range monitors, the ASUS VG289Q is on the top of my list as it is considered the most cost-efficient 4K monitor on the market.

This is a 28” HDR monitor with a 3840×2160 screen resolution.

It has:

  • 10-bit color support
  • 4K UHD resolution
  • 157 PPI (Pixels Per Inch)
  • High Dynamic Range with 90% color gamut and contrast performance

ASUS made sure that anyone using this monitor will have a good viewing experience due to its ergonomically-designed stand which allows easy title, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment.

Although ASUS TUF Gaming VG289Q is designed for gaming, you would still benefit from its features when working with spreadsheets due to its excellent value for the price.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

4. BenQ PD3200U

If you need more viewing space than what the previous ASUS monitor is offering, then check out this BenQ PD3200U monitor.

It’s still a 4K monitor, with an IPS panel running on 10-bit color depth, factory-calibrated 100% sRGB, and 709 color gamut. The difference is, this is a 32” monitor, 4 inches more than the previous entry.

Amazingly, this BenQ monitor has a KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) switch that will let you control multiple devices with one set of keyboard and mouse. The only condition is that both devices should be connected to the monitor.

In addition, it also has a smart screen orientation sensor wich auto-rotates the source content to display images in full context.

More importantly, staring at the monitor for hours working with your data strains the eyes. This monitor is equipped with an eye-care technology and a low blue light technology that filters harmful blue light.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

5. AOC CQ27G1

The AOC CQ27G1 monitor is one of the most affordable 27” monitors you can find with a 2560×1440 pixel resolution. Like the ASUS monitor, this AOC monitor is also marketed as a gaming monitor.

Unlike most of the monitors listed here, this one has a curved VA (Vertical Alignment) panel, as opposed to an IPS panel that most of the monitors on this list have.

With this panel, you’ll enjoy 8-bit color depth with 122% sRGB color gamut, giving you vibrant and rich colors while you work.

In terms of design features, this AOC monitor is also curved, which gives you a panoramic view. It also has thin bezels and a sturdy metal stand which allows you to adjust its height, swivel, and tilt.

Overall, this monitor is actually quite good considering its low price.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

6. LG 29WK600

Earlier, you have read about ultrawide monitors with 4K resolution. This one, the LG 29WK600 monitor, is also an ultrawide monitor minus the 4K resolution.

With this, you get a 21:9 aspect ratio (compare that with the normal 16:9 widescreen ratio) with a 2560×1080 screen resolution. Still excellent for working with Excel and spreadsheets.

This LG monitor has very thin bezels around the edge of the screen which gives you extra workspace and a wider view.

In terms of connectivity, you will find 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone jack, and two speakers.

Consider this LG monitor as one of the cheapest ultrawide monitors you will find enabling you to work with reports at a glance.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

7. Acer CB242Y

Lastly, consider this Acer CB242Y monitor if you’re planning on building a multi-monitor setup. To this date, this is one of the best 24” IPS monitors out there.

Its picture quality is also awesome, considering its low price. It has 1080p resolution, 8-bit color depth, and 250-nit peak brightness.

The reason why many people opt to buy this Acer monitor is its ability to turn into a vertically-oriented monitor, which is ideal for writers and programmers. Working with Excel, you would see more than twice the normal number of rows at a glance.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Since this is a lower range monitor, expect to find fewer connectivity options.

Here, only one VGA port and one HDMI 1.4 port are available.

Setting up your monitor for Excel work

As you might expect, seeing more at a glance is ideal.

That’s why a lot of people opt for ultrawide monitors to increase their productivity (I personally use 2 monitors!).

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, those with higher resolutions also cost more.

How an ultrawide monitor looks like

If your purpose in buying a monitor is to do Excel and spreadsheet tasks, a 1080p resolution is more than enough.

With that said, we highly recommend looking into your budget as well. You can definitely still set up a productivity workspace even without using ultrawide monitors.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

The solution — set up a dual, or even a triple-monitor workspace.

Check out this guide from Windows Central on how to set up multiple monitors on Windows 10.

How a dual monitor setup looks like

If you’re on Mac, they also have a nice guide on how to connect another display and choose how those displays work together.

Finally, let’s look at a few other ways you can upgrade your setup!

Upgrading your setup further

Okay, so now you know I highly recommend buying the ViewSonic VP3881 (if you have the budget). It’ll give you the best view possible, not only for Excel but for other work-related tasks as well.

If you prefer an ultrawide monitor that’s not as expensive as the ViewSonic monitor, then LG 29WK600 will do just fine for office work.

But if you’re thinking about building a multi-monitor setup, the Acer CB242Y monitor is perfect for the job. Not only because it’s cheap, but the overall price value you will get from this monitor is incredible.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Alright, so you know what monitor to get.

Now what?

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

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