The Best Computer Monitors for Business in 2023
So much of your day-to-day work happens with your eyes. Your workspace may have a powerhouse PC with a ton of storage, an excellent keyboard and mouse, and even a comfy chair, but if your monitor isn’t the right fit for what you do, your productivity will suffer.
For a better display that lets you get more done, you want a model that offers the specific features you need, at the right size, resolution, and cost. And if you’re an IT professional tasked with buying a host of monitors for your business or for a fleet of home-based workers, basic functions and price are what matter most. You’ll also have to determine what size panel works best for each employee, which features will help enhance productivity, and what kind of warranty you need.
In this guide, we’ll show you what to look for when shopping for a desktop monitor for work, whether these days that’s in a batch for an office or as single panels for remote-working folks. We’ll start below with our top picks among office-appropriate monitors we’ve tested. Read on for our labs-tested favorites, followed by the buying basics you should know when shopping for one. Also note: At the very end of this article is a detailed specifications breakout, in a handy chart format, of our top choices.
Deeper Dive: Our Top Tested Picks
HP 24mh 23.8-Inch Display
Best Overall Value Basic Monitor for Business
HP’s 24mh IPS-based budget monitor is surprisingly feature-rich for its price, packing three inputs, a stand with ergonomic chops, and built-in speakers. Plus, the panel delivers a high contrast ratio and stellar sRGB color coverage for the money.
- Excellent sRGB color coverage
- High contrast ratio for an IPS monitor
- DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA connectors
- Stand supports height, pivot, and tilt adjustment
- Built-in 2-watt speakers
- Warranty limited to one year
- Brightness fell short of its rating
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Best Monitor for Extremely Tight Budgets
The Dell SE2419HR is a solid 24-inch budget IPS monitor for business or home use. It lacks many convenience features found on more expensive displays, but it won’t cost you much.
- Low price
- IPS panel
- Wide viewing angles
- Good OSD menu system
- Stylish design for an inexpensive monitor
- Limited port selection
- So-so color coverage
- Tiny OSD buttons
- Ergonomic features limited to tilt adjustment
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HP E27m G4 QHD USB-C Conferencing Monitor
Best Docking-Station Monitor (With Webcam)
The HP E27m G4 QHD USB-C Conferencing Monitor enhances your video calls with a high-res webcam, dual mics, and powerful stereo speakers, plus the connectivity of a USB-C docking-station display and a full range of ergonomic features. A short standard warranty and primitive OSD buttons are our only quibbles.
- 27-inch QHD panel with good sRGB color coverage
- 5-megapixel tilt-adjustable webcam
- Dual 5-watt speakers and echo-canceling microphones
- USB-C port with power delivery and DisplayPort, plus four-port USB-A hub
- Ethernet connectivity
- Ergonomically friendly stand
- Small buttons inconveniently placed
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Philips Brilliance 279P1
Best Docking-Station Monitor (No Webcam)
Chock-full of features and shining with solid brightness and color coverage, the Philips Brilliance 279P1 is an excellent entry in the growing category of docking-station monitors.
- IPS screen with UHD resolution
- High pixel density
- Excellent sRGB color coverage
- Ergonomically superior stand
- USB hub and built-in speakers
- Four-year warranty
- Buttons for OSD control are less than ideal
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Dell 27 USB-C Monitor (P2720DC)
Best Monitor for Easy Dual-Display Setups
4. 0 Excellent
The Dell 27 USB-C Monitor (P2720DC) offers a broad port selection, a range of ergonomic features, and bright, realistic-looking colors. Its practically automatic daisy-chaining to a second display is a bonus.
- Supports easy daisy-chaining of a second monitor.
- Wide selection of ports.
- USB-C port can charge devices including laptops.
- Height, tilt, swivel, and pivot adjustment.
- QHD (1440p) resolution.
- Good color accuracy for business use.
- A bit pricey.
- Lacks built-in speakers.
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HP Z27k G3 4K USB-C Display
Best 4K Monitor (Without Calibrator) for Creative Pros
HP’s Z27k G3 4K USB-C Display, a feature-rich productivity monitor, covers the full sRGB color gamut, and it has an ergonomically friendly stand and a wide range of ports. It’s solid on accuracy and connectivity, too.
- UHD (4K) resolution
- Full-gamut sRGB coverage and accurate colors
- USB-C port supports 100 watts of power delivery
- Stand has full set of ergonomic features
- Above-average contrast for an IPS monitor
- A bit pricey
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Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor (UP2720Q)
Best 4K Monitor (With Built-In Calibrator) for Creative Pros
The Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor (UP2720Q) is one of the only monitors in its price range with a built-in calibration tool, which automates and simplifies the task of preserving a panel’s color accuracy.
- Includes integrated calibration tool
- Very good color accuracy results
- Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports
- Intuitive OSD navigation
- Height, tilt, swivel, and pivot control
- Does not include the CalMAN software it integrates with
- Low brightness for a professional monitor
- Tested contrast ratio considerably lower than its rating
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Lenovo ThinkVision M14
Best Portable Monitor
4. 0 Excellent
Thanks to its easy portability, high-quality 14-inch panel, and USB-C connectivity, Lenovo’s ThinkVision M14 is a winning choice as a portable monitor for business or personal use.
- Compact and very lightweight.
- Bright for a portable monitor.
- Good color fidelity.
- Wide range of tilt angles.
- Includes protective sleeve.
- USB connectivity only.
- Limited OSD controls.
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Dell UltraSharp 43 4K USB-C Monitor (U4323QE)
Best Large-Screen Productivity Monitor
The Dell UltraSharp U4323QE is the 4K productivity monitor to beat, with an enormous 43-inch display that can be divided into quadrants (each with its own input) and plenty of ports.
- 43-inch IPS screen in UHD (4K) resolution
- Plenty of ports, including Ethernet, DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB-C
- Supports tiled windows from up to four input sources
- Excellent sRGB color coverage
- Mini-joystick controller
- Stand offers only modest ergonomic adjustments
- Most ports are tricky to access
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Best Monitor for Desktop Touch Input
4. 0 Excellent
The ViewSonic TD2455 isn’t cheap for a 24-inch monitor, but its touch screen, remarkable tilt range, and presentation-friendly features (such as support for daisy-chaining monitors, or connecting to a projector) make it well worth the price for those who need hands-on input from the desktop.
- Touch screen supports gesture-based finger or stylus use
- Dual DisplayPort connectors allow daisy-chaining of monitors or the addition of a projector or interactive whiteboard
- Stand has an exceptional tilt range
- Costly, in a relative sense, for its screen size and resolution
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LG UltraFine 4K Display (24MD4KL-B)
Best Monitor for Pairing With Recent Macs
LG’s UltraFine 4K Display (24MD4KL-B) is a pin-sharp, if pricey, pick as a Mac-friendly monitor, designed to pair with an Apple desktop or laptop equipped with Thunderbolt 3.
- Super-high pixel density.
- Lofty brightness ceiling.
- Seamless integration with macOS.
- USB-C port can charge devices, including laptops.
- Good color accuracy.
- Decent built-in speakers.
- On the pricey side.
- Aesthetic doesn’t quite sync with current Macs.
- Limited port selection.
- Meager warranty.
- Functions may be limited with Windows PCs.
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Apple Pro Display XDR
Best Mac Monitor for Pro Content Creators
Apple’s Pro Display XDR provides exceptional color accuracy and build quality at a price that’s quite competitive with those of reference-grade pro monitors. It’s exquisite enough that swallowing the wildly extravagant cost of its Pro Stand is worth it.
- Exceptional color accuracy.
- DisplayHDR 1600 looks incredible.
- High contrast ratio.
- Sturdy build.
- Beautiful design.
- Functionality with Windows in Boot Camp, or with specialized broadcast-workflow hardware.
- Super-expensive stand.
- No input alternatives to USB-C.
- Matte-panel version costs $1,000 more.
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Buying Guide: The Best Computer Monitors for Business in 2023
Most businesses operate within a strict capital budget, so it’s important to spend your money wisely. A basic 24-inch monitor can cost anywhere from $100 to $175. If you require more screen real estate, a basic 27-inch panel will run you anywhere from $140 to $220.
If you want to replace a dual-monitor setup with a single display, consider going with an ultrawide monitor. For around $350, you can get a 34-inch ultrawide panel that lets you easily view several windows side by side. For those who have the room (and cash) to spare, 43-inch ultrawide business models start at about $600, while gigantic, sprawling 49-inch models start at around $1,000.
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A subset of ultrawide models support taking in multiple input sources and viewing them side by side onscreen, or via insets. Not all ultrawides support simultaneous display from more than one source; look for monitors that support PbP (“picture by picture”)—in which the screens from each source are displayed side-by-side—or PiP (“picture in picture”), in which video from one source runs in an inset box on the screen showing content from the other source. Bear in mind that displaying multiple video sources onscreen at the same time is not a given; you have to look for that feature if you need it.
Also, note that the screens on many new panels larger than 30 inches are concave, with the left and right edges curving slightly toward the user. These curved monitors provide a more immersive experience than flat panels and reduce distortion at the screen’s edges.
As always, be prepared to spend more for monitors with high-end, high-resolution panels and features such as height-adjustable and pivoting stands, or picture-in-picture functionality. For example, a high-end, 27-inch Wide Quad High-Definition (WQHD) monitor will cost you at least $200, while 34-inch Ultra High-Definition (UHD) or 4K displays with all the trimmings start at about $350. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend big bucks for a sizable midrange UHD monitor; plenty of 27-inch models are available for around $300 if you shop wisely. And it’s very likely that you can get by with a native resolution much lower than UHD. (More on that in a moment.)
While it’s always nice to work with a big screen, it’s not always practical or cost-effective, depending on your budget and available workspace. A 24-inch widescreen (the smallest size of mainstream desktop monitor we cover, or recommend), starting at about $100, is a good fit for users who need to have more than one window open at any given time but have limited space. If there’s room (and budget), a 27-inch screen (starting at about $150) is even better for multitasking, while a 34-inch ultra-wide panel ($300 and up) is a space-saving alternative to a dual-monitor setup.
Which Panel Technology Is Best in a Business Monitor?
The most common monitor panel technologies relevant for business use are in-plane switching (IPS), vertical alignment (VA), and twisted nematic (TN).
IPS excels at accurate color and grayscale performance, and it delivers wide off-center viewing angles, while VA is known for exceptional contrast. Though they are occasionally used on business models, TN panels are best known for their gaming-friendly attributes: high refresh rates, and fast response times. TN panels used to be, on the whole, the least expensive to produce of the three, but now that they’re closer in price, TN panels for business use have largely been superseded by VA and (especially) IPS ones.
IPS has largely become the default choice for mainstream business displays, and you should have no qualms about opting for IPS barring specialized content-creation concerns. A recent IPS variant, IPS Black, offers far better contrast than traditional IPS panels thanks to its ability to render deep black tones. Other less-common panel technologies include patterned vertical alignment (PVA), multi-domain vertical alignment (MVA), indium-gallium zinc oxide (IGZO), and the emerging technologies of full area local dimming (FALD) and mini LED. The latter two promise exceptional color accuracy and high contrast ratios through their ability to control small groups of LEDs at the back of the panel.
Last, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology, which has been used in TVs, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and most recently, a few laptops, is slowly entering the monitor arena. OLED panels provide excellent contrast and color coverage, but their price has been an obstacle for them to take hold in the market. Although you’ll spot OLED screens as an option in a handful of pricey business laptops, they’re not much of a factor in stand-alone business monitor panels (yet). FALD, mini LED, and OLED will only matter to serious graphics pros and video makers.
What Screen Resolution to Get in a Business Monitor?
These days, nearly every monitor is capable of displaying content in high definition—specifically, what’s known as full HD or 1080p resolution, meaning 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. You may find some aging, dirt-cheap displays that peak at 1,366 by 768 pixels or 1,440 by 720 pixels; give them a hard pass.
For basic office use, 1080p resolution should suffice, in a monitor up to 27 inches in panel size. You can also find roomy 32-inch-class monitors with 1080p native resolution, and they are perfectly fine for everyday use, though 1080p may look a tad coarse at that screen size to discriminating eyes, especially for displaying fine text.
Users who work with detailed images or large spreadsheets may want to go with a WQHD monitor, which offers 2,560-by-1,440-pixel resolution, typically at a diagonal screen measurement of 27 to 32 inches. (This resolution is also called “1440p.”) Some ultrawide variants of this resolution go up to 49 inches in size with 5,120-by-1,440-pixel resolution, which is great for multitaskers, who will be able to keep several windows open onscreen, side by side, at once, or stretch a spreadsheet out. Ultrawide models are a good alternative to a multi-monitor array.
UHD resolution, also known as 4K (3,840 by 2,160 pixels), is a boon to graphic designers and photographers. UHD monitors are available in a variety of sizes ranging from 24 inches up. However, for everyday productivity use, UHD is mostly practical only at sizes of 32 inches and up. Multi-windowing at 4K and smaller screen sizes will tend to lead to some quite small text.
What Ports and Features to Look for in a Business Monitor?
As is usually the case with features, the more you get, the more you’ll pay. A display with a highly adjustable ergonomic stand—one that not only lets you adjust tilt, height, and swivel but also pivots between landscape and portrait orientations—will cost a good deal more than a display that has only a tilt adjustment.
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The same goes for ports. You might still see the occasional DVI or VGA port, but your monitor should connect to your PC via an HDMI cable or a DisplayPort cable. (Indeed, one of these interfaces is generally a necessity for resolutions above 1080p.) A growing number of monitors add USB Type-C ports with DisplayPort functionality, which, with a properly equipped client PC or laptop, can let you push the video signal over this interface.
Some monitors have USB hubs that let you plug USB thumb drives or other devices into more convenient ports on the monitor instead of reaching around the back of your PC; such a display will have both a USB upstream port (for connecting the monitor and computer) and one or more USB downstream ports (for thumb drives and other peripherals). Don’t confuse these USB ports, however, with USB-C video-signal connectivity.
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On USB Type-C-capable monitors, sometimes that same connection can act as the video-signal carrier and the data conduit, and often can supply power to run or charge your computer as well. You’ll want to look at the specs or product description carefully for details on that. These kinds of functionality are often dubbed “DisplayPort over USB” and “USB Power Delivery (PD),” respectively.
Some monitors, especially Mac-friendly ones, have Thunderbolt ports, Many of these are Thunderbolt 3, but we are seeing some with Thunderbolt 4, as well. They offer a speedy connection when paired with a computer with Thunderbolt ports, which includes recent Macs and some Intel-CPU (but not AMD-based) machines. You can identify a Thunderbolt port by its lightning-bolt icon; check the computer’s specs if you’re not sure. A Thunderbolt port is physically the same as a USB-C port, but there is no guarantee that a Thunderbolt monitor will work as fully intended if connected to a non-Thunderbolt-supporting USB-C port. You do pay a premium for monitors with Thunderbolt ports, so be sure you can use such a connection before you invest in a Thunderbolt display.
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If you spend an inordinate amount of time in front of a screen, you may want to consider a model that offers a “low blue light” setting that can help reduce eyestrain and fatigue. And if you require accurate colors, look for a monitor with an extensive menu of image settings and color palettes.
We generally test each business monitor in three color spaces: sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3. sRGB is the de facto color standard for web-based photos and numerous other purposes, and is the most generally useful and applicable of the three. Adobe RGB has a much wider color gamut than sRGB, but it is mostly used for select graphic arts purposes such as print photography. Last, DCI-P3 is a color space designed for cinema video and is used mostly by videographers and filmmakers. A few high-end models come with a built-in or separate color-calibration hardware tool, but third-party calibration solutions are available as well. For ordinary productivity work, that’s not needed. (See more about how we test monitors.)
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Built-in speakers can reclaim valuable desktop workspace, but the ones in monitors, especially business-oriented panels, are typically underpowered and tinny-sounding. If your management doesn’t want employees listening to music in open air at their desks, look for a monitor without embedded speakers. The same goes for built-in webcams, which are much less common; they can be useful for videoconferencing, but you’ll want to be sure you need them before springing for the extra cost.
If you plan on using wall-mounting kits or articulating arms to conserve desk space, make sure the monitors are equipped with VESA-compliant mounting brackets or holes. Last, look for at least a three-year warranty that covers parts, labor, and backlighting.
So, What Is the Best Business Monitor to Buy?
To get you started, we’ve listed some of our top-rated business monitors in a variety of sizes and price points. Also, be sure to check out our overall monitor favorites for a wider selection that includes entertainment panels, and our subselection of portable monitors if you need a small panel you can take on the go.
Monitor Office compatibility and deployments by using Office Telemetry Dashboard – Deploy Office
Applies to: Office 2019, Office 2016
- Office Telemetry Dashboard is no longer supported in Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (as of Version 2208), and is removed in Version 2301 (and later).
- For more information, see Removal of Office Telemetry Dashboard from Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise.
After you deploy the components of Office Telemetry Dashboard and the agents have collected data, you can use Office Telemetry Dashboard to investigate stability issues for Office documents and Office solutions. You can also use Office Telemetry Dashboard to see the status of Office deployments. This article helps you navigate the worksheets in Office Telemetry Dashboard, use filters to adjust how data is displayed, and troubleshoot common error messages that are shown in Office Telemetry Dashboard.
- Office Telemetry Dashboard is an on-premises tool that collects inventory, usage, and health data about the Office documents and solutions, such as add-ins, used in your organization. The data is primarily designed to help your organization with application compatibility testing.
- Data collected for Office Telemetry Dashboard is stored in a SQL Server database controlled by your organization and the data collected is not sent to Microsoft. For more information, see Data collected by the agent for Office Telemetry Dashboard.
- Data collected for Office Telemetry Dashboard is different than Office diagnostic data, which can be sent to Microsoft. For more information about Office diagnostic data, see Overview of privacy controls for Microsoft 365 Apps.
- Settings used to manage Office Telemetry Dashboard have no impact on Office diagnostic data and vice versa. For more information about managing Office diagnostic data, see Use policy settings to manage privacy controls for Microsoft 365 Apps.
Open Office Telemetry Dashboard and connect to the database
After the Office Telemetry Dashboard components are deployed, you are ready to start Office Telemetry Dashboard and connect to the database.
To help you get started, view this short video called Quick tips for Office Telemetry Dashboard navigation .
Short video about Office Telemetry Dashboard navigation
Although this video is for an earlier version of Office, the information also applies to newer versions of Office.
The way you start Office Telemetry Dashboard depends on the operating system you’re using. The following table lists and describes the procedures for each supported operating system:
To start Office Telemetry Dashboard
|Operating system||How to start Office Telemetry Dashboard|
|Windows 10, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2||From the Start menu, choose All Programs, then Microsoft Office 2016 Tools, then Telemetry Dashboard for Office 2016.|
|Windows 8.1||On the Start screen, right-click the background or swipe in from the top or bottom to display the app bar, select All apps, and then select Telemetry Dashboard for Office 2016.|
|Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2||Swipe in from the right edge to show the charms and then select Search to see all the apps that are installed on the computer. Next, choose Telemetry Dashboard for Office 2016.|
For Office 2019, look for Telemetry Dashboard for Office under Microsoft Office Tools.
- Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 ended on January 14, 2020.
- Support for Windows 8.1 ended on January 10, 2023.
To connect to the database
On the Getting started worksheet, choose Connect to Database.
In the Data connection settings dialog box, enter the name of the SQL Server server and database where data is stored, and then choose OK.
After you connect Office Telemetry Dashboard to the database, new worksheets are added to display information about Office documents, solutions, and other information. If you haven’t yet deployed Office Telemetry Dashboard components, or if data isn’t populating the dashboard as expected, see Deploy Office Telemetry Dashboard.
Navigating in Office Telemetry Dashboard
After all components are deployed and you connect Office Telemetry Dashboard to the database, new worksheets are added to display information about documents, solutions, and other information. The navigation pane on the left side of the Office Telemetry Dashboard window is the primary way to navigate through the worksheets in the dashboard. You can also use the navigation pane to change the data range and label filters.
To learn more about the worksheets in Office Telemetry Dashboard, visit these resources:
This article includes a brief overview of the worksheets and how to use them in Learn about the Office Telemetry Dashboard worksheets. The rest of this article tells you how to adjust filters, how to determine overall Office stability, and how to investigate unstable documents and solutions.
You can dig deeper by reading Office Telemetry Dashboard worksheets which describes every worksheet in Office Telemetry Dashboard in detail. This is helpful if you want more information about the columns and data shown in a worksheet.
Custom reporting and database schema reference for Office Telemetry Dashboard helps you create custom reports in Office Telemetry Dashboard using a PivotTable report. Custom reports can help you customize how data is displayed for different business purposes. For example, you can view all Warning errors for Excel in a certain business group, create a list of all solutions that use unregistered ActiveX controls, and more.
Learn about the Office Telemetry Dashboard worksheets
The following table briefly describes the primary worksheets in Office Telemetry Dashboard. For more detailed information about the worksheets, see Office Telemetry Dashboard worksheets.
Overview of Office Telemetry Dashboard worksheets
|Overview||Provides a quick view of the health of Office documents and solutions and a view of deployment trends. The links on this worksheet help you investigate Office compatibility and stability issues in your organization.|
|Documents||Helps you investigate which Office documents are the most heavily used and identify documents that are experiencing issues.
This worksheet shows Office documents that were detected in the Most Recently Used (MRU) files in the local registry of monitored clients that run Office and earlier supported versions of Office.
The list also contains load events for monitored clients that run Office. Select any of the value links to open a worksheet that provides more detail. For example, in the Total Users column, you can select any number to view the users who have that file in their MRU list.
|Solutions||Shows details about solutions, such as COM add-ins, that were detected on monitored computers. This worksheet also shows data about load events on monitored client computers that run Office.
Check the Critical column for a count of the number of unique users who have hit critical errors that the solutions are causing on Office clients. By reviewing critical errors and the number of users affected, you can decide whether to forcibly block add-ins that are crashing for many users. To do so, choose the Add-in management mode link at the top of the worksheet.
You can also investigate performance issues that might be causing a solution to take a longer time to load than expected on some computers. The load time values that are displayed in this worksheet are statistical averages. Select on of the value links to see individual user load times for a particular document.
|Telemetry Processor||Lists the servers that run a processor, the number of users and computers that are monitored, and the date and time of the last update.|
|Deployments||Lists the versions of Office that are detected and other details, such as architecture type and number of unique instances of each version.|
|Custom report||Helps you to create a PivotTable report so that you can customize how you view the data in Office Telemetry Dashboard. Create a custom report if the Documents and Solutions worksheets don’t display data in the way that you want to view it. To learn more, see Custom reporting and database schema reference for Office Telemetry Dashboard.|
|Getting started||Provides step-by-step guidance to deploy Office Telemetry Dashboard components.|
|Office Telemetry Dashboard guide||Provides a brief tutorial on Office Telemetry Dashboard concepts.|
Use filters to adjust what’s shown in an Office Telemetry Dashboard worksheet
In the navigation pane on the left side of the dashboard, there are filters called Label1, Label2, Label3, Label4, Date range, and View. You can use these filters to change the scope of the data that is shown in a worksheet. Any time that you change a filter, you must select the Refresh button to refresh the data in the content pane. The Refresh button is located in the upper-right corner of most worksheets. When you refresh the data, the sorting order is automatically reset. You can verify when the content pane was last updated by referring to the time stamp that is located below the Refresh button on the navigation pane.
Use the Label filters to filter data by department, location, or deployment group. These filters are available for most worksheets.
The Label filters are populated by data that is specified in the <TAG> fields when you deploy the agent on client computers. For more information on how to set these fields, see Office Telemetry Agent.
Date range filter
Use the Date range filter to choose the date range for the data that you want to view. This helps you watch trends over longer periods of time, or drill down and find more recent data for analysis.
The graphs on the Overview worksheet, such as Documents and Solutions stability and Office deployment trend, show data that extends back to four times the selected date range in the navigation pane. This provides better context when you graphically display the data and trends for analysis. For longer date ranges, there might be a small delay before the results are displayed in the content pane.
The Overview worksheet supports changing the date range to Last 7 days, Last 1 month, or Last 3 months. A snapshot of the database is taken every evening at midnight (local server time). It is used to compose the graphs and data that are shown on the Overview worksheet. Therefore, the Overview worksheet isn’t real-time, but is, instead, based on nightly snapshots.
- The View filter on the Documents and Solutions worksheets allows you to select pre-scoped views that help you analyze data. Here are the options that you can choose from:
- Frequently used displays all documents or solutions that were used within the selected date range, sorted by total number of users.
- Frequently used by Office 2016 and later displays all documents or solutions that were used by Office within the selected range, sorted by total number of users of Office.
- Attention items displays all documents or solutions that have critical issues that were found within the selected date range.
- Stability – Top 400/100 displays the documents (up to 400) or solutions (up to 100) that have success rates that are less than the target threshold (95% for documents, 99.9% for solutions).
Determine the overall stability of Office documents and solutions throughout your organization
The Overview worksheet allows you to quickly understand how your critical documents and solutions (add-ins) are behaving on users’ computers. Instead of browsing the Documents and Solutions worksheets, which show you item-by-item status, you can open and refresh the Overview worksheet to see a high-level view of document and solution stability.
The following screenshot shows the Overview worksheet.
The Overview worksheet in Office Telemetry Dashboard
The four numbers that are highlighted at the top of the content pane show the number of stable and unstable documents and solutions. If you see a high unstable count, you should investigate to find out what is occurring.
The metrics for stable versus unstable are calculated by determining whether the documents or solutions have success rates that meet the following thresholds:
95% for documents
99. 9% for solutions
If a document or solution meets these thresholds, they are considered stable. If they don’t meet these thresholds, they are considered unstable. The success rate is determined by the percentage of sessions where the document or solution operated without encountering a critical issue. The critical issues that are tracked by Office Telemetry include application crashes, Office object model calls that would definitively fail for compatibility reasons, and more. A session is defined by the opening of a document or solution or an elapsed 24-hour period where the document is open.
You can use the filters in the navigation pane to focus on specific business groups in your organization or customized date ranges. For example, you might want to know how well the new Sales reporting solutions for Office are performing since their deployment last month. You can select the Last 1 month date range, and the appropriate Label for the Sales team’s computers. After you select Refresh, the Overview worksheet view shows you a high-level view of document and solution stability for the Sales team’s Office deployments. From there, you can decide your next steps.
In addition, the Overview worksheet view provides a summary of the top 400 frequently used documents and the top 100 frequently used solutions. Research indicates that these numbers represent the average number of documents and solutions in any given enterprise department that are frequently used.
Built-in documents and solutions that are provided by Microsoft aren’t included in the top documents and solutions counts that are displayed on the Overview worksheet.
Drill down to investigate unstable documents or solutions that require your attention
After you know the number of unstable documents and solutions, you can drill into the details. On the Overview worksheet, select a value to see a detailed list of stable or unstable documents or solutions. The following graphic shows how to view the unstable documents by selecting the corresponding value ( 23) on the Overview worksheet.
How to choose a value on the Overview worksheet to see unstable documents
After you click the link for unstable documents, the Documents worksheet appears. The worksheet is filtered to show the 23 unstable documents. The following screenshot shows an example of this filtered view. Although it isn’t obvious in the screenshot, only 23 documents are listed, sorted by most unstable.
Unstable documents that are shown in the Documents worksheet
Remember that when you select a link on the Overview worksheet to see details about documents or solutions, the contents pane displays a filtered view. Select the message bar at the top of the header pane to see the full list of all items for that worksheet.
Back on the Overview worksheet, under the stable and unstable counts, you can see the trend charts that show how these counts increased or decreased over past periods. If you see the trend line pointing down to indicate a decline in stability, this indicates that recent changes are triggering issues for your documents and solutions. As shown in the following screenshot, the date range that is displayed in the trend chart shows an expanded range that is four times longer than the selected date range. This provides better context to view the overall trend data.
How trend data is illustrated on the Overview worksheet
View the progress of Office deployments in your organization
You can track your overall Office deployment progress by looking at the chart at the lower part of the Overview worksheet. This shows the number of users who are running each Office version and how the Office deployments have changed over time. By using this chart, you can quickly check the deployment status and share progress with your stakeholders.
The date range that is displayed in the deployment trend chart shows an expanded range that is four times longer than the selected date range. This provides better context to view the overall trend data.
The following image shows an example of the Office deployment trend chart on the Overview worksheet.
Office deployment trend chart on the Overview worksheet
Troubleshoot error messages that are shown in Office Telemetry Dashboard
As you use Office Telemetry Dashboard, you might notice error messages that are shown in yellow banners at the top of the dashboard. The following sections describe common error messages.
You see the error message “The Telemetry Dashboard COM add-in is not enabled or installed.”
When you view a worksheet in Office Telemetry Dashboard, you might see the following message:
COM add-in error message
To resolve this issue, enable the Office Telemetry Dashboard COM add-in that is available in Office Professional Plus 2019, Office Professional Plus 2016, or Office Standard 2016.
To enable the Office Telemetry Dashboard COM add-in
Start Office Telemetry Dashboard by choosing Telemetry Dashboard for Office 2016 in the All Apps page in Windows 8. 1, or by choosing Telemetry Dashboard for Office 2016 from the Start menu under Microsoft Office 2016 Tools in Windows 10 or Windows 7. For Office 2019, look for Telemetry Dashboard for Office under Microsoft Office Tools.
Select the Let’s get started button.
In the Getting Started worksheet, select the Click here to use saved copies of Telemetry Dashboard banner that is shown in the following screenshot.
Message that enables saved copies of Telemetry Dashboard
Reopen the Office Telemetry Dashboard Excel worksheet that had the error message.
You see the error message “Telemetry Processor service(s) have errors.”
When you view a worksheet in Office Telemetry Dashboard, you might see the following message:
Office Telemetry Processor error message
This error message is displayed when no agents have reported any data to the dashboard, or if the processor hasn’t inserted any data to the database for a day.
For more information, see the log file (%windows%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Local\Temp\dperrorlog.txt on the computer where processor is running).
In addition, do the following:
Verify the network connection between the processor and the Office Telemetry Dashboard is working as expected.
In Service in Control Panel, verify that the Office Telemetry Processor service is running.
Verify that the SQL Server server is running correctly.
Verify that the data in the shared folder that was reported back from the agent was processed correctly. If there are many folders and files in the shared folder that weren’t processed for more than 2 hours, the processor isn’t working correctly.
For more information about how to troubleshoot the processor, see Troubleshooting Office Telemetry Dashboard deployments.
- Guide to Office Telemetry Dashboard resources
- Assess Office compatibility
- Deploy Office Telemetry Dashboard
- Office Telemetry Dashboard worksheets
How I organized my office at home by connecting a large monitor to my laptop
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Author: Vasily Imaev, remote editor
I switched to remote work even before quarantine, in 2019year when he changed jobs: it is not necessary to go to the office here. My main task is to create articles, social network posts, scripts and other texts. If a graphic designer or video editor initially needs a serious set of equipment and a comfortable place, then a laptop and a sofa are enough for an editor. For a long time I worked like this, without even thinking about organizing a home office. I started to equip a corner for work only in the spring of 2020, when the self-isolation regime was introduced, and my girlfriend also switched to working from home. First of all, we bought a long table and chairs to work together. A year later, I got a 32-inch Samsung monitor – and my neck immediately stopped numbing. I tell you how I arranged everything and whether it made sense (spoiler – it was).
On the one hand, working with just one laptop gives freedom: take it anywhere, place it on your lap and work. When typing, the hands are in a relatively natural position and do not get tired. But my back and neck begin to ache, and you don’t notice it right away – it took me a year to realize the problem. Then I began to notice that I was constantly sitting with my back bent and flexing my neck to see what was happening on the 13-inch screen. And you curl up everywhere: in transport, on the couch, and even at the table.
So, it all started with the purchase of a desktop. When the girl returned to the office, it was completely at my disposal. Around this time, I began to re-take “Keyboard Solo” – a course of exercises for teaching blind typing. After watching a video about the correct fit, I realized that I was sitting at the computer not ergonomically – the elbows were too wide apart, the neck was bent, and the eyes were too close to the screen.
From that moment on, I tried to keep my posture straight: I kept my back straight and took short breaks every 25 minutes spent in front of the screen. But this was not enough, because even when you straighten your back, you have to tilt your neck to look at the display.
In the end, I decided to get a keyboard: it would allow me to move the screen further away and set it correctly so that the top was on the same level with my eyes. I put off the purchase for a long time, until in February 2021 the keys began to stick on the laptop. In order not to give the device to a service center, I nevertheless purchased a wired mechanical keyboard, which cost three times cheaper than the threatened repair. I took the keyboard without a numeric keypad – this way I saved space on the table and increased the space for working with the mouse.
Thanks to the external keyboard, we finally managed to place the laptop screen a little further away from the eyes. But then the home office still faintly resembled a comfortable workspace – at least, because there was no bracket: you had to hoist the computer on an impromptu stand made of books. The solution is interesting, but it has a couple of drawbacks. Even on a spacious table, this design takes up too much space. The laptop also staggered, because I have few A4 books.
I never bought the bracket. Instead, I tried to use an external monitor: it is larger and immediately on the stand. I was the first to connect my old 22-inch Samsung 2233NW to my laptop. It really became more convenient to work, but it could not do without a minus: since the display is far from new, the picture quality turned out to be below expectations.
So I bought something newer: a 32-inch Samsung S32AM7000UI smart monitor. It turned out to connect it to a laptop in two ways: via an HDMI cable and wirelessly, using AirPlay 2 technology. Thanks to it, the Samsung monitor is synchronized with Apple devices in no time, and I’m just working on a MacBook Pro.
For me, the main advantage of the new monitor was the size. The workspace has quadrupled compared to the laptop display – very convenient when, when preparing an article, you need to simultaneously search for information in a browser, presentation, and text document. In addition, I was pleased with the heavy stable monitor stand – this is not a stack of books for you.
It’s also great to watch movies on this screen, thanks to UHD resolution and superb sound quality from built-in speakers. I don’t even remember the last time I turned on the TV: Smart TV applications are available on the screen, and a remote control is included: the new Grand Tour series on Prime Video and Miracle Workers on Kinopoisk are just a few clicks away. You can watch them without a laptop: just connect the monitor to a Wi-Fi network and launch your favorite video service – from YouTube to Netflix.
What’s there: you can even work without a computer. To do this, you need to get a wireless mouse and keyboard, such as the Samsung Trio 500. Then connect your Galaxy Note20, TabS7 or Galaxy Z Fold2 smartphone using the Wireless DeX application to the monitor and use it as a PC. I haven’t tested this feature yet, but I’ll definitely try it sometime. It’s interesting!
In the meantime, you can watch the series, the main thing is not to forget about work breaks.
32″ UHD SMART Monitor S32AM700UI (Tizen OS)
*Galaxy Z Fold2
*Samsung Trio 500
- Work from home
- Smart House
How to choose a budget monitor for the office
Arranging several workplaces in the office is a time-consuming and expensive task. One of the aspects of the choice is a monitor: a fairly high-quality one, but a budget one. Let’s take a look at this aspect today. How to get several excellent monitors for the office and not spend the entire budget of the company on it.
For office work, several parameters are important – these are resolution, diagonal, brightness, available connectors and type of stand.
Consider first of all the diagonal – the larger it is, the more windows can be opened at the same time. For standard work with documents, websites and texts, high resolution is not necessary – that is why only Full HD monitors are listed in the article. This is a fairly common, modern and budget resolution, which is ideal for office tasks.
Brightness and contrast are responsible for color reproduction – the higher these two indicators, the better the image. The brighter the monitor, the easier it will be to work at a window or in a brightly lit room. Contrast, on the other hand, is responsible for the lightest and darkest points on the screen – on a monitor with low contrast, black will look like dark gray.
Please note that “dynamic contrast” is often found in the description of technical characteristics. Manufacturers use this ratio for marketing purposes: usually the contrast ratio is listed as 1000:1 or 3000:1, but thanks to dynamic contrast, the attention-grabbing 20,000,000:1 appears in the description. High “dynamic contrast” is not a guarantee of a perfect picture on the monitor, so the parameter is not worth close attention.
It is also important to mention the connectors that monitors are usually equipped with.
The first of these is the outdated VGA (D-Sub) and the DVI that replaced it. The next type of ports are HDMI and DisplayPort, which transmit video and audio. Before buying a monitor that only has a D-Sub connector, you need to weigh the pros and cons: on the one hand, you will win in price right now, on the other, you will have to spend more money when upgrading your PC in the long run.
Let’s move on to the models – most often, they are presented in three diagonals.
There are six monitors with TN matrix type: three models can be tilted back and forth with a stand. Such a matrix is characterized by high speed, but it does not have an ideal color reproduction. These are the monitors:
– Acer V226HQLB with one D-Sub port;
– Acer V226HQLBID , which has one D-Sub, DVI and HDMI each;
– HP 22y which has one D-Sub and one DVI each.
The models listed above have a brightness of 250 cd/m².
In three more models, the stand supports height adjustment and screen rotation in portrait mode. These are models such as:
– Viewsonic VG2233 , which has one D-Sub and one DVI port each;
– Benq BL2205PT – one each D-Sub, DVI and DisplayPort, as well as built-in speakers;
– Viewsonic VG2233MH – One each D-Sub, DVI and HDMI, as well as built-in speakers.
With the IPS matrix type, there are four models in the catalog – this type of matrix is slower, but has high-quality color reproduction.
The monitors listed below have one each of D-Sub, HDMI and DisplayPort. You can adjust the height and rotate the screen to portrait mode. Brightness – 250 cd / m²:
– Iiyama XUB2292HS with built-in speakers;
– Dell P2219H and Lenovo ThinkVision T22i with integrated USB hub;
— Viewsonic VG2239SMH-2 with built-in speakers and USB hub.
Let’s move on to monitors with a VA matrix – this is a kind of intermediate link between TN and IPS. Monitors can be tilted back and forth using the stand. The brightness of all models is from 200 to 250 cd / m²:
– Acer V226HQLBBD and Acer V226HQLabd – one D-Sub and one DVI port installed;
– HP ProDisplay P223 – one D-Sub and one DisplayPort installed;
– HP ProDisplay P224 – one D-Sub, HDMI and DisplayPort installed;
– Iiyama XU2294HSU – one D-Sub, HDMI and DisplayPort port each, the model is also equipped with built-in speakers and a USB hub.
A fairly common diagonal for budget Full HD monitors. Three models are presented with the TN matrix type – as we said above, this matrix differs in speed, and not in color reproduction. The brightness of these three models is 250 cd/m². The monitor can be tilted back and forth using the stand. Three models with TN-matrix differ in connectors:
– HP ProDisplay P232 – one each D-Sub and DisplayPort;
– Acer V246HLBMD – one D-Sub and DVI port each, as well as built-in speakers;
– Acer V246HLbd – has one D-Sub and DVI port each.
Most 23- and 24-inch monitors are equipped with type IPS matrix – such matrices are distinguished by correct color reproduction. These monitors have a brightness of 250 cd/m².
They are also equipped with a stand with which you can adjust the height and rotate the screen to portrait mode:
– Asus BE239QLBH and Philips 241B8QJEB – one each D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. The model is equipped with built-in speakers and a USB hub.
– Benq BL2480T – one each D-Sub, HDMI and DisplayPort. The model is equipped with built-in speakers.
– Philips 243S7EHMB – one each D-Sub and HDMI. The model is equipped with built-in speakers.
– Philips 243S7EYMB has one each D-Sub and DisplayPort. The model is equipped with built-in speakers.
Three more models have the same parameters, but a different type of stand, with which you can tilt back and forth using the stand:
– Acer V247Ybip – one D-Sub, HDMI and DisplayPort installed.
– Benq BL2480 – one D-Sub, HDMI and DisplayPort each, as well as built-in speakers.
– Lenovo ThinkVision E24-10 – One D-Sub port and one DisplayPort installed.
The last type of matrices for 23-24 inch monitors are VA matrices. Consider three such models with a brightness of 250 cd / m², they differ in connectors and stand type:
– Iiyama X2474HV-B1 – one D-Sub video port and a stand with a tilt back and forth.