When shopping for a new monitor, degrees of swivel, tilt, and pivot aren't usually at the top of the wish list. But ergonomic options are important for the comfort and placement of your work space. Some monitors are designed with no options for adjusting your physical viewing experience, and an inefficient monitor setup can result in bad posture,, and other physical discomfort.
Whether you use your monitor for work or play, these models are chock-full of ergonomic features to maximize productivity by reducing fatigue and discomfort. Make sure to click on the photos of each monitor to see a demonstration of how they work.
What the HP ZR2740w lacks in screen customizations and connections, it makes up for in ergo options. As one of the most affordable extreme-definition monitors, the 27-inch HP ZR2740w maximizes the user experience with 90-degree pivot, 35-degree back tilt, 4-inch screen height adjustment, and 45-degree left and right swivel. The build of the monitor's body feels solid and strong with a giant 13.2-inch-wide foot stand that ensures high stability of the 2,560x1,440-pixel-resolution IPS screen.
The Dell UltraSharp U2412m is an unexpectedly light IPS monitor with excellent ergonomic support and good performance. The ergonomic options include a 90-degree pivot, 45-degree left and right swivel, 20-degree back tilt, and a screen height adjustment range of 4.8 inches. There is no HDMI connection, and the performance isn't up to par with high-end IPS panels, especially when it comes to viewing angles, but the thoughtful design matched with the array of OSD features make the Dell UltraSharp U2412 a great deal.
The 27-inch Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D's great performance matches its great set of ergonomic options. Its wide stand makes it stable, and it features a 90-degree pivot, 45-degree left and right swivel, a 20-degree back tilt, and it allows for height adjustability of 5.7 inches. The monitor is aimed toward professional graphics work with its full-HD resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels. The monitor lacks an HDMI option but otherwise offers great performance with a well-designed build.
Asus offers a worthy option for your workspace in the PA248Q monitor. Aside from its decent performance at a good price, the 24-inch, eco-friendly, 1,920x1,200-pixel-resolution, LED-backlit monitor is also ergo-friendly, with left and right swivel of 60 degrees, tilt back of 20 degrees, and pivot of 90 degrees. Its screen height can be adjusted by about 4 inches, and the pedestal is squarish and flat, which results in some wobbling if bumped when the monitor is at full height but not so much at its lowest.
As a great entry point for those in the market for an extreme-definition monitor, the 27-inch Asus PB278Q sports a PLS panel with a sharp resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels that produces rich and accurate colors. The PB278Q can swivel left and right, tilt back 20 degrees, tilt forward 5 degrees, pivot 90 degrees, and its screen height can be adjusted by about 4.5 inches. The entire chassis swivels when rotated instead of just the screen, and because of a few design issues (the swivel mechanism under the monitor's eye-catching pedestal keeps the stand from sitting completely flat), some wobbling is possible if the monitor is knocked from the sides.
For excellent performance across the board, look no further than the Dell UltraSharp U2713HM. The 27-inch extreme-definition monitor features a screen resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels, useful screen options, and an impressive array of connections. The monitor packs all of the ergonomic options with a 90-degree pivot, 45-degree left and right swivel, and 20-degree back tilt. It has 4.5 inches of screen height adjustment, with panel-to-desktop space measuring 1.7 inches at the bottom and 6.2 inches at the top. For a price currently less than $650, it's definitely the monitor to get if it meets your budget.