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 over 85 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, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best 34 inch+ monitors.
The Dell U2718Q is the best monitor for a dual setup that we've tested so far. The 27 inch, 4k display provides an excellent amount of screen real estate, which is great for multitasking. It can be VESA mounted, but the stand has great ergonomics and can easily be adjusted to the ideal viewing position without having to buy a dual monitor VESA arm.
This monitor has decent overall picture quality but doesn't look the best in a dark room, where blacks appear gray due to the low native contrast ratio. It performs much better in a bright room, with very good peak brightness, wide viewing angles, and decent reflection handling.
Unfortunately, although this monitor supports HDR, there is little benefit to using it in this mode, as it can't display a wide color gamut and can't get very bright in HDR. Overall, though, it's a very good monitor for almost any use and is a great choice for a dual setup office monitor.
If you want something cheaper than the Dell U2718Q, check out the Dell U2518D instead, which is still one of the best monitors for dual setup. This monitor is slightly smaller, but overall it's a good monitor for most uses. It has wide viewing angles, a flicker-free backlight, and great low input lag. Like the other Dell, it has very thin borders on four sides and it can be VESA mounted, which is great for a multi-monitor mounting arm. If you're not planning on VESA mounting it, the stand has great ergonomics, so it can easily be placed in the ideal viewing position.
Overall, the Dell U2718Q is slightly better for most people, but if it's too expensive and you don't need a large monitor, the U2518D is a good alternative.
If you want a more immersive gaming experience, the Dell S2417DG is the best 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. 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.
If the Dell S2417DG is too small for your gaming needs, then the Dell S2716DGR is a good pick. It's essentially a larger variant that will perform similarly, though peak brightness and black uniformity are slightly worse. This monitor also sports a TN panel, meaning that contrast ratio is quite poor. However, TN panels are known for their incredible response time, which is generally better than both VA and IPS monitors.
Although this monitor is a bit more expensive than the Dell S2417DG, the Dell S2716DG is a good pick for most dual monitor gaming setups if you're willing to compromise on black uniformity.
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 inch screen and a 1920x1200 resolution. The 16:10 aspect ratio is great for productivity, as the vertical real estate allows you to see more without having to scroll as much. 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 monitor 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.
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.
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.