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The 5 Best Monitors For Dual Setup - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best Monitors For Dual Setup

The best dual screen monitor setups provide a great deal of freedom, making it much easier to multitask, and they provide a more immersive gaming experience. When shopping for monitors for a dual setup, the selection criteria are a bit different than if you were looking for a monitor on its own. You'll want to look for thinner bezels, so there's less space between the displays. Dual monitor setups can either be VESA mounted or displayed side-by-side on the same desk, in which case great ergonomics are a must.

We've tested over 225 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for dual setup to buy. See also our recommendations for the best office monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best vertical monitors.

  1. Best Dual Setup Office Monitor

    The Dell S2722QC is one of the best monitors for dual setup that we've tested, especially for office use. It's an impressive office monitor with a 4k resolution and, combined with the 27 inch screen, has a very high pixel density. This means that it has incredible text clarity, meaning text is legible, and the screen size is big enough for opening two windows side-by-side. Even if you want to open full-size windows with two screens next to each other, it has very thin bezels.

    It has a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, so you can connect your laptop via USB-C and display an image from it. It supports up to 65 W of power delivery, so you can charge your laptop while working, and it has a USB hub if you want to connect your peripherals like a mouse or keyboard. You won't have any issues placing it in an ideal viewing position because it has a versatile stand, and it has wide viewing angles if you want to share the screen with someone else.

    Unfortunately, it only has decent out-of-the-box accuracy and a limited Adobe RGB color gamut, meaning it's not a good choice for photo editing. It also has limited gaming features, but that's normal for a 4k office monitor. All in all, it's the best office monitor for dual setups.

    See our review

  2. Best Dual Setup Vertical Monitor

    The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is the best vertical monitor to use in a dual setup. If you like to turn one or both of your monitors in a vertical orientation, so you don't have to turn your head as much, then this one is a great choice. It's mainly an office monitor, and even if it has a lower 1440p resolution than the Dell S2722QC, it still has decent text clarity.

    The stand is extremely versatile as you can turn it into portrait orientation in either direction, which is great as the inputs are bottom-facing, and you can choose which side to have them on while using it vertically. It even has a really wide swivel range, making it a great choice if you need to occasionally turned the screen to show a coworker or client, and it also has wide viewing angles so that the image remains accurate when viewed from the sides.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't have many extra features, like Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, but it has a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and up to 65 W of power delivery. If you're a photo editor, you'll appreciate the excellent accuracy and fantastic color gamut; however, it doesn't support HDR. Overall, it's a great choice if you want to use it in a vertical orientation.

    See our review

  3. Best Dual Setup Gaming Monitor

    The best dual monitor for gaming we've tested is the ASUS VG279QM. It's an excellent gaming monitor with an extremely fast 240Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 280Hz, and it has outstanding motion handling, resulting in crystal-clear motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It has outstanding ergonomics, thin bezels, and it can rotate to portrait orientation in either direction, so you can choose which way you want the inputs to face.

    It has low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience, and it supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rate technology, resulting in a near tear-free gaming experience if the frame rate of your game drops. It also has good connectivity with one DisplayPort input and two HDMI ports. However, it doesn't support daisy-chaining, so you'll need to ensure your source has multiple output ports or that your other monitor supports daisy-chaining if you want a multi-monitor setup.

    Unfortunately, it's not as well-suited for dark room gaming, as it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room. The 1080p native resolution is also a bit low, as it doesn't deliver a very immersive gaming experience. It's fine for fast-paced games, but it's not ideal for more scenic games. Regardless, it's an impressive monitor, and it's an outstanding choice for a dual monitor gaming setup.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Monitor For Dual Setup

    The best secondary monitor we've tested in the budget category is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's a 27 inch model with a 1440p resolution and a 75Hz refresh rate. It means you get plenty of room for multitasking, text looks sharp, and the monitor feels more responsive than a typical 60Hz display. It has wide viewing angles that make it great for sharing content, and it gets bright enough to provide good visibility in well-lit settings.

    It has quite a few extra features. There's a USB hub with four USB 3.0 ports and a USB-B upstream port, which means you can plug your peripherals or dongles into the monitor and have only a single USB cable leading to your PC, giving you extra ports and keeping your setup clean. It also has built-in speakers and a Virtual Scale feature that lets you preview documents in their actual sizes before printing.

    Like most IPS panels, it isn't ideal for dark rooms because it has a mediocre contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray. Also, it doesn't cover the entire sRGB color space even though it's made for content creators, and it has limited Adobe RGB coverage. On the bright side, its response time is good enough for some light gaming on the side, and its ergonomics are superb. Overall, it's a great budget-friendly monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  5. Gaming Alternative

    If you want a true gaming monitor with better motion handling and responsiveness, then check out the Gigabyte M27Q. It has worse ergonomics than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, but it's also a 27 inch model with a 1440p resolution. It also has a 170Hz refresh rate and a quicker response time to make fast motion look smoother and deliver a more responsive gaming experience. It has full sRGB coverage, supports HDR, and includes more features, like USB-C input and a Picture-in-Picture mode. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow for swivel adjustment or rotation to portrait mode, but you can wall-mount if you want. Also, it has a BGR subpixel layout that causes blurry text in some applications.

    If you only use the monitor for work, go with the ASUS because it has better ergonomics, and its standard RGB subpixel layout is less likely to cause blurry text than the BGR subpixel layout on the Gigabyte. If you're looking for a high-refresh gaming monitor, go with the Gigabyte.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx: The Acer Nitro XV282K is a 4k gaming monitor with outstanding ergonomics, so it's a good choice if you want a 4k display for office use with excellent gaming performance, but it costs more than the Dell S2722QC. See our review
  • Dell S2721QS: The Dell S2721QS is a good alternative to the Dell S2722QC as it has many of the same features, but it doesn't have a USB-C input. If you don't think you're going to use the USB-C input, get whichever you can find for cheaper. See our review
  • Gigabyte M32U: The Gigabyte M32U is an impressive gaming monitor with a 4k resolution and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for high-frame-rate gaming, but it has worse overall ergonomics than the ASUS VG279QM. See our review
  • ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM: The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is a smaller alternative to the ASUS VG279QM if you want a smaller screen, and it costs less. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx: The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is a smaller and more gaming-oriented alternative to the ASUS PA278QV, but it has a lower 1080p resolution. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70: The Samsung Odyssey G7 is an excellent 4k gaming monitor with thin bezels, but it has worse ergonomics than the ASUS VG279QM as it has a narrow swivel range. See our review
  • ASUS VG246H: The ASUS VG246H is a good cheap gaming monitor with remarkable ergonomics, but considering its 1080p resolution and 75Hz refresh rate, it's worth going for the Gigabyte M27Q. See our review
  • MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD: The MSI Optix MAG174QRF-QD is a 1440p alternative to the ASUS VG279QM if you want a higher resolution, but it also has a lower refresh rate. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 05, 2022: Moved the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV to a new category 'Best Vertical Monitor' and moved the Dell S2722QC to the Best Office for consistency; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Feb 04, 2022: Replaced the Dell S2721QS with the Dell S2722QC, as it's a bit better and cheaper. Verified our other picks for accuracy and refreshed the text throughout.

  3. Dec 06, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

  4. Oct 08, 2021: Removed 'Daisy Chain' category because most of the monitors that support it have been discontinued. Added ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV and Dell S2721QS as 'Best Dual Setup Office Monitor'.

  5. Aug 12, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Removed Gigabyte G27Q. Moved Gigabyte M27Q to 'Budget Gaming Alternative'.

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.