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Set up a Surface Pro workstation with one of these external monitors

Monitors for Microsoft Surface Pro
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Adding an external monitor to the Surface Pro lineup — including the Pro 7 and Pro X — can turn it into a true workspace at home or the office. Sure, Pro devices have beautiful touch displays, but having all that extra screen real estate can really boost productivity. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best external monitors for your Surface Pro. Note that you may need an adapter to connect some of these monitors to your Pro, which uses a Mini DisplayPort or USB-C for video out.

Editor’s pick

Dell’s U2419HC 24-inch monitor has a 1920×1080 resolution and IPS panel with 99% sRGB color coverage for an excellent picture. If you’re looking to create a multi-monitor daisy chain from your Pro 7 or Pro X, this will do the trick, thanks to DP Out support. It also has a ton of other ports (including USB-C) and is VESA compatible for mounting.

Staff pick

Don’t have much room on your desk? This 24-inch ViewSonic monitor has a 1080p display with TN panel, 2ms response time, and 75Hz refresh rate. It also has AMD FreeSync, though that should only apply with connected gaming PCs. Connect with either HDMI or VGA.

4K monitors are an excellent investment in the future, and HP’s Z27 is one of the best around. It has a minimal bezel around the 27-inch display, color reproduction is nearly perfect, and the adjustable stand lets you get the proper angle. Connect with HDMI, DisplayPort, or USB-C.

An ultrawide display lets you truly get down to work, and this option from BenQ is well worth the asking price. It has a 3440×1440 resolution, 4ms response time, 100Hz refresh rate, HDR10 certification, and a 1800R curve to pull you in. Ports include USB-C, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.4 for input and USB-A and USB-B outputs.

A 27-inch monitor is the right size for many people, but the higher price can be restrictive. BenQ’s PD2700Q tries to narrow the gap, bringing a 1440p IPS display with perfect sRGB color reproduction. It’s stocked with features designers will love, and you can connect with DisplayPort, HDMI, and Mini DisplayPort.

If you love Dell’s UltraSharp lineup but don’t need a huge monitor, there’s the 24-inch U2415. You still get almost no bezel at all, a stand that can be adjusted for tilt, swivel, and pivot, and VESA compatibility. Connect to this 1200p display (16:10 aspect ratio) with HDMI or DisplayPort and enjoy near-perfect sRGB color reproduction.

The Surface Pro is portable by design, so you might be looking for a new display that can tag along. Lenovo’s ThinkVision M14 is ultralight, yet it has a 14-inch 1080p display with 99% sRGB color and 300 nits brightness. Connect with one of two USB-C ports, prop it up with the swivel stand, and enjoy an extra display for bonus productivity.

If we’re making some suggestions

Any of the monitors in this roundup can make an ideal addition to your Surface Pro, which are some of the best Windows laptops out there, including the refreshed Surface Pro 7 and Pro X, but there are a couple that we suggest to take a look at first.

Dell’s 24-inch UltraSharp U2419HC brings a colorful picture, high-end build quality, and a ton of ports to the table, making it the best all-around pick for most people. Keep it on the adjustable stand or mount it on the wall to save space on your desk. If you’re interested in connecting dual 4K displays from your Pro 7 or Pro X with a single USB-C port, this monitor will do the trick to start a multi-monitor daisy chain.

If you’d like native USB-C connectivity to work easily with the Surface Pro 7 or Pro X, HP’s Z27 is also an outstanding 27-inch choice. It has almost no bezel, a stunning picture with near-perfect color reproduction, and an adjustable stand so you can get a couple set up next to each other for a true workstation.

If 27 inches is a bit too big, and you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars, the 22-inch ViewSonic VX2457-MHD makes a better choice. It’s inexpensive, and it has a 1080p TN panel, 75Hz refresh rate, and 2ms response time. The stand can be adjusted, and it includes AMD FreeSync support if you have a secondary gaming PC with AMD hardware.

Despite being good on their own, Surface Pros get better when you attach the best Surface Pro accessories like these external monitors to it. You can also get docks, cases, and more.

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This post was written by Cale Hunt and was first posted to WindowsCentral

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