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'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 100 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 monitor with an impressive 4k display, great color accuracy, and wide viewing angles.
This monitor has a sleek and modern design that fits into any office environment. This monitor has great brightness and decent reflection handling, so it should be able to combat glare in most moderate-lit office spaces. Unfortunately, the ergonomics are disappointing, especially if you need to place it how you like in a multi-monitor setup. Text looks extremely clear with the high resolution and the out-of-the-box color accuracy is great, so you won't need to get the monitor 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. 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 monitor that is one of the best monitors for a 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 Dell S2417DG is the best monitor for dual setup for gaming 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 and LG 27UK650-W. 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. It can also get really bright, enough to combat glare if you want to use it in a bright room.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look quite as good in a dark room, as the TN panel can't deliver true blacks and has poor black uniformity. Overall, this is a great gaming monitor and a very good choice for a dual monitor setup.
If you want an even bigger monitor for a dual setup, check out the Dell S2716DG. It doesn't get as bright as the Dell S2417DG, but its response time at its max refresh rate and at 60Hz are both some of the best response times we've seen on a monitor so far. It has a 144Hz refresh rate with native G-SYNC support and an incredibly low input lag, so even the most serious of gamers should be pleased with this. Like the smaller Dell, the TN panel doesn't produce a good image as it has a low contrast ratio, uniformity issues, and a mediocre horizontal viewing angle. On the upside, it has a USB hub that you can use to charge your mobile devices or controllers.
On the whole, the S2417DG is the best gaming monitor for a dual setup that we've tested so far, but if you want something bigger, consider its bigger variant, the S2716DG.
The best budget monitor for a dual setup is the ASUS VG279Q. It's a good overall 1080p monitor 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 a good monitor 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 might 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, this is a very good monitor for its price, making it the best monitor for dual setup in the budget category.
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.