Best External Monitors for Surface Book 2 Windows Central 2019

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.

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.

$450 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.

$400 at Dell

Slim 4K: HP Z27

HP's Z27 is a great 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.

$549 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 a number of uses. Ports include VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

$139 at Amazon

Best for design: BenQ PD2700U

If you need a professional-grade monitor with perfect sRGB and Rec. 709 color reproduction and HDR10 support, BenQ's PD2700U is a great pick. It has a slim bezel, the stand is adjustable, and the IPS panel provides wide viewing angles. Choose from preset color modes for design and editing tasks, and connect with DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort.

$540 at Amazon

High-end 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 compability to match up with the hardware in your Surface Book 2. Connect with DisplayPort or HDMI.

$650 at Amazon

Portable 15.6-inch display: ASUS ZenScreen Go

It's not a big display, but the 15.6-inch ZenScreen Go 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. It also has a built-in battery so you don't drain your laptop on long trips.

$290 at Amazon

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 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.

$169 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 on which one you'd like to spend your money. If you need a monitor that can handle just about anything you throw at, Dell's UltraSharp U2719D is a great 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 compability 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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