How to Choose a Proper Monitor for Coding?

Monitor setup

It is one of the foremost aspects to consider. Many developers preferred to have dual monitor setup for that needed extra flexibility and to increase productivity. Setting multiple monitors has never been as easy as now.

Programmers can enjoy many perks by setting multiple monitors like using multiple programs in different screen (one of coding and another for testing). It is always better to have that extra real estate. Due to increase flexibility and collaboration any programmers can expect a significant increase in efficiency.

Setting up dual or triple 1080p monitors has been one of the favored arrangement among programmers. An FHD monitor is good enough to carry on the load of programming software and is also cost effective. Well, if you have a budget for it, 1440p monitors or 4K UHD monitors bring your level of work into new heights.

Screen size and Resolution

You can definitely open multiple windows at the same time in any size monitor. But when it comes to quality and clarity, that’s where the problem starts to emerge. So what is the best monitor size and resolution for programming and coding?

Simply, an ideal monitor allows you to comfortably read and write without any eye strain. So, in our research, we came to conclude that 24 inch monitor place you in the right position. Anything above 24-inch is even better. But how about the screen resolution. Is 4k worth of programming and coding?

To achieve best picture quality and color accuracy the screen size should match the screen resolution as follows:

  • 24-inch: FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • 27-inch: WQHD (2560 x 1440)
  • 32- inch: 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)

Now it all depends on your budget, personal style and physical space. If you don’t have space for dual monitor, we recommend getting 32-inch or above with 4K resolution. But if space is not your concern and you are just starting your career as a programmer or a student, then budget might be. So, 2 X FHD (1920 x 1080) monitors are pretty cheap nowadays. For professionals, we recommend 2560 x 1440 resolution dual/triple monitor set up.

Panel type TN Vs. IPS

When it comes to coding any language like Java, Ruby, C, C++, C#, visual studio, Android studio, Android development, objective-C, Python, you will only need a 60Hz monitor. The 120 Hz and 144Hz monitors are only for gamers. But you can’t compromise on the display panel. Selecting a right display will get you better-enhanced color accuracy and better viewing angle.

Conventionally, a Twisted Nematic (TN) is preferred for its low response time, energy efficiency and cheaper cost. However, inferior color reproduction and narrow viewing angle limit a TN panel monitor.

Nowadays, an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel has really filled up the gap left by TN panel. It has better color reproduction, worthy response time and wide viewing angle. Any low cost IPS panel will support 8 bit look-up table (LUT) and have color reproduction that ranges from 16.7 million to 1.7 billion. In turn, a TN panel comes with 6-bit support that limits its color gamut to only 262 thousand colors. Hence, you should definitely get In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel monitors for your programming and coding work.

Monitor Stand

Another important factor to be considered is monitor stand. As this is one of the most ignored factors, but is equally important, if you don’t want to expense $100 more on custom monitor stand.

Many programmers prefer vertical position, as it will give 50 percent more space for long line coding. If you are one of those you should look for a monitor with pivoting attributes. Well, if you are trying to set up dual or triple monitor, you should go with a rotating monitor with VESA compatible mount.


You will be connecting it to a wide range of computer peripheral. You should look for a monitor that is geared with all the standard ports. The most common of all is an HDMI port. It allows you to connect with any modern laptop without any hassle.

If you have a Mac, then we suggest monitor with thunderbolt support. Other commonly used ports are VGA, DVI and a display port. Display port is fairly new technology. It can support 4K at 60Hz and also you can connect multiple monitors through a single display port.