Best External Monitors for Surface Book 2 Windows Central 2020

Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is undeniably one of the most powerful modular laptops on the market, and its display — available in two sizes — is absolutely gorgeous. However, there are plenty of times when extra screen real estate can make a big difference in productivity. And if you have room for a workstation, you might be looking for some external monitor suggestions. I've rounded up here the best for a variety of budgets and usage scenarios.

Multipurpose QHD: Dell UltraSharp U2719D

Editor's pick

Dell's U2719D 27-inch monitor has a 2560x1440 resolution and IPS panel for a stunning picture, and its lack of bezel makes it seem like the picture reaches edge to edge. Connect with HDMI or DisplayPort, take advantage of five USB-A 3.0 ports, and mount the monitor easily thanks to VESA support.

$380 at Dell

24-inch gaming: Dell S2417DG

Staff gaming pick

Considering the price, Dell's 24-inch G-Sync gaming monitor delivers a lot. It has a 165Hz max refresh rate, a 2560x1440 resolution, and a 1ms response time. Rotate the stand for landscape or portrait mode, and connect with HDMI, DisplayPort, and four USB-A 3.0 ports.

$409 at Dell

Slim 4K: HP Z27

HP's Z27 is an excellent general-purpose pick for most people thanks to a beautiful slim build with adjustable stand, wide viewing angles thanks to an IPS panel and USB-C connectivity. It has superb color and contrast for a vivid picture, a 60Hz refresh rate, an 8ms response time for smooth visuals, and it comes with HP's Zero Bright Dots warranty, which will replace your monitor if there's one full-pixel defect.

$539 at HP

Budget 24-inch: ViewSonic VX2457-MHD

The Surface Book 2 isn't cheap, so it's understandable if you're looking for a budget monitor. This option from ViewSonic is one of the best around, with a 1920x1080 resolution, 2ms response time, and preset modes for several uses. Ports include VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

$140 at Amazon

Best for design: BenQ PD2720U

If you need a professional-grade monitor with precise sRGB, AdobeRGB, and DCI-P3 color reproduction, BenQ's PD2720U is a great pick. The 27-inch display has a 4K resolution, HDR10 support, and unreal color. Connect with HDMI, DisplayPort, or Thunderbolt 3.

$1,000 at Amazon

Curved gaming: AOC Agon AG273QCG

This AOC Agon monitor's 27-inch TN panel is curved to better take in all the action, and it's supported by an adjustable stand with RGB lighting on the back. The 2560x1440 resolution is brilliant, it has a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time for a smooth picture, and it features G-Sync compatibility to match up with the hardware in your Surface Book 2. Connect with DisplayPort or HDMI.

$480 at Amazon

Portable 14-inch display: Lenovo ThinkVision M14

Lenovo's ThinkVision M14 is our top pick for a portable display. It weighs just 1.26 pounds (570g) making it easy to carry around with your Book 2, it comes with a matte 1080p display with IPS panel, and its built-in stand keeps it at a proper angle for easy productivity. Connect with USB-C and enjoy 99% sRGB color.

$249 at Lenovo

Ultrawide picture: LG 25UM58-P

For getting more done at once, this 25-inch ultrawide monitor from LG allows you to split the screen up to four times. It has a resolution of 2560x1080 with a 21:9 aspect ratio, an IPS panel, and two HDMI ports for connecting two PCs at once. Enjoy a refresh rate of 60 Hz and 99 percent sRGB color reproduction.

$167 at Amazon

If we're making some suggestions

All of these monitors can deliver a satisfying experience. But we don't blame you if you're still unsure of which one you'd like to spend your money on. If you need a monitor that can handle just about anything you throw at, Dell's UltraSharp U2719D is a tremendous multipurpose pick. At 27 inches it's an ideal size, it has a 2560x1440 resolution and IPS panel for a beautiful picture, and Dell has done a great job of removing bezel almost completely. Overall, it's a beautiful monitor that can fit into any home or office.

On the other hand, if you want to push your Surface Book 2's hardware with some gaming, Dell's S2417DG is happy to oblige. It features G-Sync compatibility that works in tandem with your NVIDIA graphics card (GPU) for tear-free visuals, plus it has a maximum 165 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time to further offer a smooth gaming experience. It's also relatively affordable compared to a lot of gaming monitors that offer the same specs.

Because of the port selection on the Surface Book 2, you might consider picking up a Surface USB-C to HDMI adapter or Surface USB-C to DisplayPort adapter to make connecting much easier. You might also consider checking out a functional docking station for far better connectivity options.

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