Best External Monitors For Surface Pro

What are the best external monitors for my Surface Pro?

The Surface Pro really has all the tools necessary to be your number one device, including a beautiful 12.3-inch PixelSense display, but that doesn't mean you won't be setting up a workspace at home or the office. In that case, you're probably looking for an external monitor — something that lets you get more done thanks to its size and its resolution. To help with your setup, here are the best external monitors for your Surface Pro.

Note: You may need an adapter for some of these monitors. The Surface Pro uses a Mini DisplayPort for external displays.

AOC Q2577PWQ

AOC Q2577PWQ

The Surface Pro doesn't come cheap, so if you're looking at picking up a monitor shortly after picking up the laptop, a budget option will no doubt be tempting. In this case, with the AOC Q2577PWQ (about $250), you're still getting a fantastic product.

We chose this as our top pick for an affordable monitor, focusing on the IPS panel, QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, and 5ms response time. Seeing this 25-inch display in real life will hardly make you think budget. Ports include VGA, DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI, so you have a few options here when it comes to connecting.

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Dell P2715Q

Dell P2715Q

Want to bask in the glory of 4K? Dell's P2715Q (about $520) is a great monitor that doesn't cost a fortune. This 27-inch display is all about color, offering 99-percent sRGB right out of the box. The Wirecutter liked it so much they named it their top overall choice for a 4K monitor, stating:

The Dell P2715Q has everything you need in a 4K monitor. As a 27-inch IPS monitor with a 3840x2160 resolution, it offers lots of desktop space and fantastic image quality for 4K movies, YouTube videos, and gaming.

Ports include HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, and four USB 3.0 to ensure you can connect the monitor as well as a bunch of other accessories.

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BenQ SW2700PT

BenQ SW2700PT

If you're a professional photographer or designer, you're no doubt happy with the power and performance that the Surface Pro brings. If you'd like to move onto a larger display for easier editing, the BenQ SW2700PT (about $600) is your best bet.

Chosen as our top choice for best professional monitor, we love the 100-percent sRGB and 99-percent AdobeRGB color right out of the box. This monitor's 27-inch IPS display has a matte finish and a wide viewing angle, and the QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution is crisp and clear. For connectivity, we have the usual DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

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BenQ XR3501

BenQ XR3501

For some people, any monitor less than 30 inches is a waste of time. Sound like you? If so, take a look at the BenQ XR3501 (about $560). This 35-inch, ultra-wide monitor has a 21:9 aspect ratio but is curved so you can still easily see everything. Tom's Hardware chose this as their top pick for a 35-inch gaming monitor, stating:

If you're already a fan of the curve, you'll love this screen. And if you don't need the frame rate matching, it serves up a fantastic image.

The Surface Pro is no gaming juggernaut, but thanks to the 1080p resolution, you'll be able to still put up some decent graphics if you do decide on some light recreation. If not, the monitor will serve you well for whatever you ask it to display. Ports include two HDMI, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort.

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Dell UltraSharp U2715H

Dell UltraSharp U2715H

A lot of people love 27-inch monitors because they seem to be both a perfect size for work and a perfect fit for a desk. As far as monitors this size, Dell's UltraSharp U2715H (about $445) is a stunner. It has a 1440p resolution that's suitable for gaming or for work, and the IPS panel delivers wide viewing angles and great color.

We like this UltraSharp display so much, we chose it as our top pick for a 1440p monitor. For ports, you have plenty, including two HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort, and five USB 3.0 for all your other peripherals.

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HP 22er

HP 22er

Space is often limited on a desk — especially if you're looking at a dual-monitor setup — so a 21.5-inch display might be required. Chosen as our top pick for a budget 21-inch monitor, the HP 22er costs about $120.

It has a very thin bezel, an IPS panel for great viewing angles and color, and it has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution for a crisp picture. Ports on the back include HDMI and VGA; not a huge selection, but this monitor is really thin.

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ACER G257HL

ACER G257HL

If you don't care about all the bells and whistles many of these other monitors have, you can save yourself a lot of money by going with something basic. Enter ACER's G257HL (about $140). We chose this as our top pick for a monitor less than $150, and for good reason. You're still getting 25 inches of 1080p display with a 4ms response time, and there are both HDMI and DVI inputs.

This is about as good as it gets for this price, and keep in mind you could get two of these monitors for the same price as other budget options. That would look good on your desk, wouldn't it?

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More resources

Be sure to have a look at our roundup of the best Surface Pro accessories and the best USB 3.0 hubs, and to help get an external monitor and your other peripherals working together, be sure to have a look at the best docking stations available now.

Updated September 29, 2017: We've reviewed this list to ensure you're still getting a wide range of great monitors for your Surface Pro.