Best External Monitors for Surface Book in 2018

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.

Note: Consider the Surface Dock (about $200) for easy hookup of external monitors to your Surface Book 2. You can likewise have a look at the Surface USB-C to HDMI adapter (about $40) for a cheaper alternative.

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Dell Gaming S2716DG

Dell Gaming S2716DG

With up to an NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card (GPU) in the 15-inch Surface Book 2, you might be interested in some gaming while you're not hard at work. In that case, check out Dell's S2716DG monitor with G-Sync technology (about $570).

It was chosen as our top pick for a G-Sync gaming monitor, thanks to a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, 27-inch 1440p panel, and plenty of connectivity options including DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB-A 3.0.

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BenQ PD3200U

BenQ PD3200U

The Surface Book 2 has the power for some specialized tasks, including design and multimedia editing, and you might be interested in a monitor that can keep up. The BenQ PD3200U (about $800) has a 32-inch display with a 4K resolution, 4ms response time, and 60Hz refresh rate.

This is a beautiful monitor, and was chosen as our pick for best professional 4K display. Connect via DisplayPort, HDMI, or DVI, and take advantage of a 3.5mm audio jack built right in.

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Dell UltraSharp U2715H

Dell UltraSharp U2715H

For many people, 27 inches seems to the sweet spot for external displays, and there's none that really match Dell's UltraSharp U2715H for price (about $460) and performance. This is our pick for best 27-inch monitor thanks to the 1440p IPS panel, 6ms response time, and fully adjustable stand.

It has barely any bezel around the outside, and it has lots of connectivity options, including two HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort, and five USB-A 3.0 ports.

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AOC I2267FW

AOC I2267FW

The Surface Book 2 doesn't come cheap, and you might be looking for an option that doesn't cost a lot. Enter the AOC I2267FW (about $120), chosen as a top pick for a display less than $200.

Despite the low pricing, you're still getting a 22-inch, 1080p IPS panel, a 5ms response time, and a thin bezel. Connections are a bit dated — VGA and DVI — but for this price, you can no doubt afford an extra adapter.

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LG 29UM68-P

LG 29UM68-P

So, do you go with two external monitors or a single ultrawide monitor? It's a big question, but if you like less hassle while maintaining a lot of screen real estate, you might be more interested in the latter option. LG's 29UM68-P (about $240) is certainly a contender, and was chosen as a top pick in our roundup of the best ultrawides in 2018.

You're looking at 29-inches of 1080p greatness, and you can connect with DVI, DisplayPort, or HDMI. With beautiful color and contrast and plenty of software goodies for tweaking your picture, this monitor is hard to beat at this price.

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