Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is undeniably one of the most impressive 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.

27-inches of 4K

LG 27UD68P-B

LG's 27-inch 4K display has outstanding color (great for multimedia editing), a 60 Hz refresh rate, and almost no bezel at all. It's mounted on an adjustable stand so it can fit in with multi-monitor setups. It comes with two HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.2, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

$500 at Amazon

27-inch QHD multipurpose

Dell UltraSharp U2715H

Dell's 27-inch UltraSharp has almost no bezel around the 1440p IPS display with 6 millisecond response time. It delivers a beautiful picture on an adjustable stand, and you get HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort, and five USB-A 3.0 ports for connectivity.

$475 at Amazon

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 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD) resolution, 2 millisecond response time, and preset modes for a number of uses. Ports include VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

$139 at Amazon

24-inch QHD gaming

Dell S2417DG

Considering the price, Dell's 24-inch G-Sync gaming monitor delivers a lot. It has a 165Hz max refresh rate, a 2,560 x 1,440 (QHD) resolution, and a 1 millisecond response time. Rotate the stand for landscape or portrait mode, and connect with HDMI, DisplayPort, and four USB-A 3.0 ports.

$380 at Dell

Best for design

BenQ SW2700PT

The Surface Book 2 has the hardware inside to act as a PC for multimedia editing, and this monitor is a perfect companion. It has near-perfect color reproduction, a QHD resolution, and a 60 Hz refresh rate. Ports include HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI.

$599 at Amazon

Compact budget

HP 22er

Those without much room on their desk can take advantage of HP's 21.5-inch monitor with minimal bezel and great price. It has a 7 millisecond response time and an IPS panel for great viewing angle, plus it has VGA and HDMI ports for connecting your Surface Book 2.

$119 at Amazon

Portable 15.6-inch display

ASUS ZenScreen

It's not a big display, but the ZenScreen is a simple way to add twice as much screen real estate while you're on the go. It connects with USB-C, it has an FHD resolution with IPS panel, and it weighs less than two pounds, making it easy to slip into a bag alongside your Surface Book 2.

$237 at Amazon

Ultrawide picture

LG 29UM68-P

This relatively affordable ultrawide monitor has an FHD resolution, 75 Hz refresh rate, 14 millisecond response time, and extra features like black stabilizer and dynamic action sync for a better overall picture than your standard monitor. It's 21:9 aspect ratio lets you fit plenty on the display, and it has DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI for connecting your laptop.

$300 at Amazon

Don't forget an adapter for best connectivity

These monitors are all great for a number of different scenarios, but you might consider picking up a $40 Surface USB-C to HDMI adapter or $40 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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