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-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. 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 viewing angles aren't as wide as the LG 27UK650-W, but that shouldn't be a problem as the stand on the Dell 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 gaming monitor for dual setup 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.
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, though, this is a great gaming monitor and a very good choice for a dual monitor setup.
If you want an even bigger monitor to deliver a more immersive gaming experience, then check out the Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG. Its black uniformity is worse than the Dell S2417DG, but the two monitors have very similar performance, and the difference comes down to size. The larger monitor has a 1440p screen with a max refresh rate of 144Hz and supports G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. It has an amazing response time with very little motion blur, plus the incredibly low input lag should please most gamers.
Unfortunately, the TN panel delivers a poor contrast ratio and there's no local dimming feature, so blacks look gray when viewed in dark rooms. If you're looking for the best dual setup gaming monitor, the S2417DG is a good choice, but if you want a bigger screen, look into the S2716DG.
The best budget monitor for dual setup we've tested so far is the Dell U2415. It's a decent monitor overall, with decent brightness suitable for most offices, and a low input lag, which is good for gaming. It has a unique 1200p resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio that allows you to display more on your screen, minimizing the need to scroll up and down. Finally, its great ergonomics allow you to place each monitor in the ideal position for your dual setup without much effort.
Unfortunately, just like most IPS monitors, it isn't the best choice for a dark room as blacks aren't uniform and look more like gray. Also, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like FreeSync variable refresh rate to enhance your gaming experience.
Overall, if you want a set of decent monitors for building a dual setup that won't break the bank, this one is a good way to go.
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.
03/03/2020: Minor text changes to enhance clarity.
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.