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The 5 Best Monitors For Dual Setup - Spring 2019
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Best Monitors For Dual Setup
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Dual monitor setups provide a great deal of freedom and make it much easier to multitask, as well as provide a more immersive gaming experience. When shopping for monitors for a dual setup, the selection criteria are a bit different. Most people look for thinner bezels, so there is less space between the displays. Dual monitor setups can either be VESA mounted, or simply displayed side-by-side on the same desk, in which case great ergonomics are a must.

We've reviewed 67 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for a dual setup to purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best office monitors, best ultrawide monitors, and best 34 inch+ monitors.

  1. Best Dual Setup Monitor: Dell U2718Q

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    The Dell U2718Q is the best monitor for a dual setup that we've tested so far. It's a 27", 4k monitor, which on its own is great for multitasking. This monitor has great ergonomics, perfect for a side-by-side setup on a desk, as you can easily adjust each monitor to the perfect viewing position. It can also be VESA mounted if you want to save as much space on your desk as possible.

    This monitor has very thin bezels, which is great, as they aren't very distracting with two monitors side-by-side. There's no DisplayPort out port, so each monitor has to be connected with its own dedicated cable to your PC, and it only has one HDMI and one DisplayPort connection, which could be limiting for some users.

    Overall, this is a very good monitor for most uses, and is a great choice for a dual setup office monitor.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Dell U2518D

    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If you like the versatility of the Dell U2718Q but want something a bit cheaper, check out the Dell U2518D instead. This monitor has a smaller, lower resolution screen, but still provides a clear, sharp image, which is great for office work. Like the U2718Q, it has great ergonomics and thin borders, which is extremely important for a dual setup. This monitor also has a few great convenience features, including a DisplayPort out port, so you can connect both monitors with only one cable going to your computer.

    See our review

  3. Best Dual Setup Gaming Monitor: Dell S2417DG

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    If you want a more immersive gaming experience, the Dell S2417DG is the best dual setup gaming monitor that we've tested so far. This monitor has excellent ergonomics, very thin borders, and can be VESA mounted, making it a breeze to place it in an ideal position.

    This monitor delivers much better gaming performance than the Dell U2718Q. It has an outstanding response time, delivering crystal clear motion with very little blur, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature to further improve motion handling. It also has an extremely fast refresh rate and outstanding low input lag.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't look quite as good in a dark room, as the TN-type panel can't deliver true blacks and has poor black uniformity. Overall, though, it's a great gaming monitor and a very good choice for a dual monitor setup.

    See our review

  4. 4k Alternative: LG 27UK650-W

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the gaming performance of the Dell S2417DG but want a higher resolution screen, check out the LG 27UK650-W instead. This 27", 4k monitor isn't quite the gaming powerhouse of the Dell, but it has an excellent response time, low input lag, and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.

    Like our other top picks, this monitor can be easily adjusted to an ideal viewing position, although it doesn't swivel, which might make it a bit more difficult.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Monitor For Dual Setup: Dell U2415

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.4
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 1920x1200
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If you want a dual monitor setup without breaking the bank, the Dell U2415 is the best budget monitor for dual setups that we've tested so far. A bit smaller than our other picks, this monitor has a 24" screen, and a simple 1920x1200 resolution, slightly taller than typical 1080p monitors. Like most Dell monitors, it has great ergonomics, and both monitors can easily be adjusted to the ideal viewing position if you're not planning on VESA mounting them.

    Despite the budget price, this monitor delivers decent picture quality that should please most office users. It has decent peak brightness, outstanding wide viewing angles, and good reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues using your monitors in a bright room.

    Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room. Overall, though, it's a very good choice for a dual setup office monitor.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ROG PG279Q: Great ergonomics, but the borders are a bit thicker and more distracting. See our review
  • Dell U3818DW: The large format and thicker borders of this monitor aren't ideal for a dual setup. See our review
  • ASUS VG279Q: Great gaming monitor for a dual setup, but the 1080p resolution might be disappointing. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for a dual setup that are currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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