The best dual monitor setups provide a great deal of freedom, make it much easier to multitask and 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's 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 over 110 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for a dual setup to purchase. See also our recommendations for the best office monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best 34 inch+ monitors.
The best dual setup monitor we've tested so far is the LG 27UK650-W. It's a very good overall model with an impressive 4k display, great color accuracy, and wide viewing angles.
It has a sleek and modern design that fits into any office environment. It has great brightness and decent reflection handling, so it should be able to combat glare in most moderately-lit office spaces. Text looks extremely clear thanks to the high resolution, and the out-of-the-box color accuracy is great, so you won't need to get it calibrated if you don't want to. As is the case with most IPS panels, the viewing angles are great, which is important if you won't be directly facing the screen, but that comes at the cost of its contrast ratio, which is mediocre, so blacks appear gray.
Unfortunately, the ergonomics are disappointing, especially if you need to place it how you like in a multi-monitor setup. Although it supports HDR, it fails to bring out highlights as it doesn't get very bright, and it can't display a wide color gamut either. Regardless, this is a great office model that's one of the best monitors for dual setup.
If you prefer a monitor for your dual setup with better ergonomics, the Dell U2718Q is a great choice. The out-of-the-box color accuracy isn't as good as the LG 27UK650-W, but the Dell's stand allows for far more adjustments. It has a wide swivel range and can be rotated into portrait mode both clockwise and counterclockwise, while the LG can't swivel and can only rotate clockwise. Besides the better ergonomics, the Dell also has a 27 inch, 4k display, which is great for multitasking and has good viewing angles and good peak brightness, but sadly its reflection handling is sub-par.
If you're looking for the best monitor for a dual setup, look into the LG, but if you want a stand with better ergonomics, consider the Dell.
The ASUS VG279QM is the best dual monitor setup for gaming that we've tested so far. It's a well-built gaming model with outstanding ergonomics, so you shouldn't have any issues placing the screen in an ideal viewing position. It has wide viewing angles, so even if it's your secondary monitor and you're viewing it at an angle, you get the same great image accuracy as if you were sitting right in front of it.
It has a native 240Hz refresh rate than can be overclocked to an incredible 280Hz. It has native FreeSync support and it's compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards. The response time at its max refresh rate is incredible, one of the best we've seen on a monitor so far, resulting in almost no motion blur and it remain outstanding even at 60Hz. Its input lag at 280Hz is also really low, but it dramatically increases at 60Hz, so it's not ideal for console gaming. The picture quality is great, as it has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, and it performs well in bright rooms because it gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling.
Unfortunately, its 1080p resolution may be too limited for those looking to multitask, but it doesn't put too much stress on your graphics card when gaming. It also has a low contrast ratio, which is expected from an IPS panel. It also has built-in speakers, great if you don't have space on your desk for dedicated speakers. All in all, this is one of the best monitors for dual setup that we've seen so far.
If you prefer a monitor with native G-SYNC support to take full advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card, check out the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG. Its 165Hz refresh rate is lower than the 280Hz ASUS VG279QM and it has much worse out-of-the-box color accuracy, but it has a higher 1440p resolution. It has everything most gamers need in a monitor, such as an outstanding response time, a Black Frame Insertion feature, and a low input lag that stays low even at 60Hz. It also has wide viewing angles and it performs well in bright rooms because it has great reflection handling. Sadly, it doesn't support HDR, and like the ASUS, it has a low contrast ratio. On the upside, it has RGB lighting on the back panel, setting the mood in your gaming setup.
If you want the best monitor for dual screen gaming, check out the ASUS, but if you want something with native G-SYNC support, check out the ViewSonic.
The best budget monitor for a dual setup is the ASUS VG279Q. It's a good overall 1080p model with excellent gaming performance, outstanding ergonomics, very wide viewing angles, and fairly thin bezels.
It has an IPS panel, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the side, which is great if this is going to be a secondary monitor. The stand allows for a wide range of adjustments and it's good to place in a bright room thanks to its great peak brightness and good reflection handling. If you're a gamer, the response time is excellent, and even at 60Hz, motion looks clear, which is great for console gamers. The input lag is extremely low and it supports FreeSync VRR for nearly tear-free gaming.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR and the 1080p resolution may be too limiting for some. It also can't display deep blacks when viewed in the dark, which is expected from an IPS panel. On the upside, it has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you won't have to get it calibrated if you don't want to. All in all, it's very good for its price, making it the best monitor for dual setup in the budget category.
08/24/2020: Replaced the Dell S2417DG and the Dell S2716DG with the ASUS VG279QM and the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG. Added the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q to Notable Mentions.
06/23/2020: Replaced the Dell U2415 with the ASUS VG279Q as the budget pick.
04/24/2020: Added LG 27UK650-W as the main pick, moved the Dell U2718Q to an alternative pick, and the Dell U2518D was moved to notable mentions.
11/07/2019: Minor text and structure changes; replaced 4k Gaming Alternative for Bigger Gaming Alternative, as 4k dual gaming setup is uncommon and difficult to drive with current hardware.
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.