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Top 10 Monitors For Programmers to Buy in 2020

All the great monitors that you can buy this 2020 and use for programming are listed in this post. The units presented below should all be available for purchase in your region, and in case you can't find the one you wish to purchase, then you can always go for the second choice as there aren't too many differences between all the models we presented below.

If you're a programmer, then you are surely sitting in front of a monitor for long periods of time, which means that you need to work on a monitor that is larger than normal and with features that will greatly reduce the eye strain and fatigue. Any monitor that you decide to buy in order to program using it should be offering flicker-free and excellent color performance, so that your eyes won't be affected. Below you can find some of the ten best monitors you can use when coding, and note that these are listed randomly, as each model will be better at one specific thing and lack performance in others.

LG 27UK650-W - 27" 4K UltraHD 3840x2160 IPS Panel

Size
27"
Panel
AH-IPS
Refresh Rate
61 Hz
Min Response Time
5 ms
HDR
HDR10
Screen Aspect Ratio
16:9
Screen Resolution
3840 x 2160

The 27UK650-W LG measures 27 inches diagonally and it offers a 4K 3840 x 2160 maximum screen resolution, IPS panel, AMD FreeSync support, Flicker-free, HDR10, 99% sRGB color gamut, frameless design on 3 sides, Reader Mode, Black Level, Factory Calibrated, Super+ Resolution, 10bit color depth - 8bit + A-FRC, 350nits brightness, 5ms response time, Anti-glare, VESA 100X100 wall mount support and excellent wide viewing angles.

In terms of connectivity you can find DisplayPort, HDMI, and one headphone jack. This monitor offers great color accuracy, good blacks and great picture quality, so you won't have any problems coding using it. At the moment this post was written it was available for $400.

LG 32UD99-W - 32" 4K UltraHD 3840x2160 IPS Panel

Size
32"
Panel
IPS
Refresh Rate
61 Hz
Min Response Time
5 ms
HDR
HDR10
Screen Aspect Ratio
16:9
Screen Resolution
3840 x 2160

The LG 32UD99-W is a great monitor when it comes to coding, as it offers a bigger 32-inch panel with a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160. If you're not a fan of multi-monitor setups then this unit should provide enough work space for a couple of tasks. However, for coders the multi-monitor setup is a must, and you can easily pair it with other monitors due to it having slim bezels.

Other features of the LG 32UD99-W: HDR 10, IPS panel, 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, pivot and height adjustment support, 5ms GTG response time, 2x5W speakers, USB Type-C, color calibrated, AMD FreeSync, Flicker-safe, Black Stabilizer, DisplayPort, USB3.0 quick charge support, and 350 nits brightness.

LG 32UD59-B - 32" 4K UltraHD 3840x2160 VA Panel

The UD59-B monitor by LG offers a 32-inch VA panel that is offering better contrast ratio and deep blacks with excellent black uniformity in a dark room.

This monitor offers a 4K UltraHD maximum screen resolution, 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, AMD FreeSync, Super+ Resolution, Flicker-safe, Factory calibrated, 10bit (8bit + A-FRC) color depth, 60hz refresh rate, 5ms GTG response time, 300 nits brightness, 16:9 aspect ratio, 3000:1 contrast ratio, anti-glare, good wide viewing angles, one DisplayPort and two HDMI ports.

Dell UltraSharp U2515H - 25" QHD 2560 x 1440 IPS Panel

Size
25"
Panel
AH-IPS
Refresh Rate
86 Hz
Min Response Time
6 ms
Screen Aspect Ratio
16:9
Screen Resolution
2560 x 1440

The Dell U2515H is using a 25-inch IPS panel that is supporting a maximum screen resolution of 2560 x 1440 QuadHD. Since the panel is IPS you will get excellent wide viewing angles, anti-glare, Flicker-free, 350nits brightness, 6ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 16.7M colors, 16:9 aspect ratio, and support for adjusting its tilt, swivel and height position. The monitor is also wall mountable as it is VESA 100x100 compatible.

When it comes to connectivity you will find one DisplayPort 1.2, one mini DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 1.4 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, and one headphone out jack. Despite the monitor having a low contrast ratio you will still get good picture quality and the 1440p resolution should help you with the work space.

Dell UltraSharp U3818DW - 38"  WQHD 3840 x 1600 Curved IPS Panel

Size
38"
Panel
AH-IPS
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Min Response Time
5 ms
Screen Aspect Ratio
Screen Resolution
3840 x 1600

The UltraSharp U3818DW by LG is one of the best monitors that you can get to increase your productivity when coding. Please note that the price of this model is listed somewhere around $1000, which might be considered pricey by some, but it is worth it as it comes with a 38-inch IPS panel and 1600p screen resolution.

Just like all the other models above and below you will get picture-in-picture support and other cool multitasking features that will greatly improve your experience when using this monitor. Other features that you will get when buying this monitor: 21:9 aspect ratio, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350nits brightness, 1.07 billion colors, 5ms fast response time, anti-glare, and support for adjusting its tilt, swivel and height position.

DELL UltraSharp U4919DW - 49" 5120x1440 UltrawideQHD Curved IPS Panel

Size
49"
Panel
IPS
Refresh Rate
86 Hz
Min Response Time
5 ms
Screen Aspect Ratio
36:10
Screen Resolution
5120 x 1440

In case the above 38-inch monitor isn't enough for your taste, then you can always choose to go bigger and get an even bigger model like the UltraSharp U3919DW model instead. Note that the pricing for this unit starts from $1200 and you will have to make some room on your desk, as it measures no less than 120cm wide.

The Dell U3919DW offers the following other features: LED-lit IPS panel with excellent wide viewing angles, 32:9 aspect ratio, 60hz refresh rate, 350nits brightness, 5ms fast response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, USB-C, HDMI, DisplayPort, 3800R curvature radius, anti-glare, and support for adjusting its height, tilt and swivel position. The monitor offers five USB3.0 downstream ports, and two others that can be used for upstreaming.

DELL UltraSharp U2415 - 24" WUXGA 1920x1200 IPS Panel

Size
24"
Panel
AH-IPS
Refresh Rate
76 Hz
Min Response Time
6 ms
Screen Aspect Ratio
16:10
Screen Resolution
1920 x 1200

After the huge models listed above we thought about listing a smaller, more compact monitor, too. The Dell U2415 comes with the following functions and features: a 16:10 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1200 screen resolution aka WUXGA resolution, anti-glare flat IPS panel, 6ms GTG response time, 60Hz refresh rate.

The stand on this model offers support for adjusting its tilt, pivot, swivel and height positions. Also it is VESA 100X100 wall mountable, and it offers support for connecting it to computers via two HDMI connectors, one MiniDisplayPort, one DisplayPort 1.2, five USB 3.0 ports to be used for downstreaming, one USB3.0 with battery charging support, and one USB 3.0 upstream port.

DELL U2518D - 25" QuadHD 2560x1440 IPS Panel

Size
25"
Panel
AH-IPS
Refresh Rate
76 Hz
Min Response Time
5 ms
HDR
HDR10
Screen Aspect Ratio
16:9
Screen Resolution
2560 x 1440

The Dell U2518D offers a bigger screen than the U2415 model above, and it uses a bigger screen resolution set at 1440p. This model is decently priced and it is a popular choice among coders as it uses a clean design with good ergonomics. This monitor comes with 16:9 aspect ratio, IPS panelw ith great wide viewing angles, it is LED-lit, 350 nits brightness, 118 ppi, 5ms GTG response time, 99% sRGB, 80% DCI-P3, and Delta E <2 color calibration.

Samsung C49RG9 - 49" 5120 x 1440 Curved VA Panel

Size
49"
Panel
SVA
Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Min Response Time
4 ms
HDR
HDR10 DisplayHDR 1000
Screen Aspect Ratio
36:10
Screen Resolution
5120 x 1440

If you're not satisfied with the 49" Dell model listed a few lines above, then we thought that you might want to take a look at this other 49-inch monitor, the Samsung C49RG9 model instead. The curvature radius on this model sits at 1800R.

The CRG9 Samsung monitor offers 49-inches diagonally, 120hz refresh rate, and a maximum screen resolution of 5120 x 1440. The panel on this model is VA, so it should offer excellent brightness and tons of workspace that you can use to the maximum when multitasking. If you decide to get this Samsung model, then you should that the pricing is currently set at around $1300, but you will at least get one of the best monitors possible.

Acer Predator Z35P - 35" UWQHD 3440x1440 Curved VA Panel

Size
35"
Panel
AMVA
Refresh Rate
100 Hz
Min Response Time
4 ms
Screen Aspect Ratio
21:9
Screen Resolution
3440 x 1440

This monitor is a curved one with a curvature radius of 1800R, and it measures 35 inches diagonally. The panel is VA, so it should offers good picture quality, great contrast and excellent performance in dark rooms.

With Acer Predator Z35P you will also get the following other goodies: 4ms GTG response time, LED-lit VA panel, 300 nits brightness, NVIDIA G-Sync variable refresh rate, overclockable 120Hz refresh rate supported via DisplayPort input, Ultra Low Motion Blur, one HDMI port, one DisplayPort input and USB 3.0.

These were all the monitors we had for those of you that are looking to purchase a brand new monitor that can be used for improving your productivity during long hours of continuous coding. We hope that you've found your new favorite monitor. Note that all the prices listed above are those that were found on Amazon at the time this post was created.

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