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The 5 Best Monitors For Dual Setup - Fall 2023 Reviews

Best Monitors For Dual Setup

Using two monitors in your setup has a few benefits, as you can easily multitask with different windows on both screens. When looking for monitors for such a setup, you have to think about how many video ports your computer has. It helps if it has two video ports so that you can connect each monitor separately, and most modern computers won't have any problems outputting two signals at once, including up to 4k. However, if your PC only has one output, then one of the monitors you get needs to support daisy chaining for you to connect a second display.

While you can buy any two monitors, some brands and retailers sell two-in-one monitor bundles. However, those are usually cheap and small displays that aren't special, so if your budget allows for it, getting two units of any higher-end model is the best way to go. While you can get any combination of sizes you prefer, 27-inch and smaller displays are popular in multi-monitor setups, as bigger displays can take up too much space.

We've bought and tested over 290 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors to buy for a dual setup. See our recommendations for the best work monitors and the best vertical monitors. However, if you think a dual monitor setup isn't right for you, it may be worth looking for the best ultrawide monitors instead.

  1. Best Monitor For Dual Setup

    The Dell U2723QE is the best monitor for dual setup we've tested. The 27-inch screen offers enough space for multitasking, especially if you place two windows side-by-side, and its 4k resolution helps deliver sharp text. It has remarkable ergonomics, meaning it's easy to adjust to your ideal viewing position. Also, it's an impressive office monitor with many connectivity options, including a DisplayPort output, so you can daisy chain a second monitor, which is useful if your computer only has one video output.

    If you need to connect multiple devices to your dual monitor setup, this display is also a great choice, as it has a KVM switch. You can connect your mouse and keyboard directly to the monitor and control both devices with them. Its 90W of power delivery on one of the USB-C ports is also enough to keep your laptop's battery going while you work. In terms of picture quality, it displays a wide range of colors with excellent accuracy, and even though it has disappointing reflection handling, it gets bright enough to fight glare, which is great if you want to use it in a well-lit room.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Monitor For Dual Setup

    If you don't need all the extra features and prefer getting something cheaper, check out the Dell S2722QC instead. It's a lower-end model compared to the Dell U2723QE, and it often goes on sale for a low cost, but the main trade-off is that it has fewer features. It doesn't support daisy chaining like the U2723QE, so you must connect your video cables directly from your PC to the monitors, so your PC needs to have two video outputs. It also has a smaller USB hub and doesn't have a KVM switch, so you can't easily switch between two devices and use the same keyboard and mouse.

    Besides that, it's still an excellent productivity monitor because it has a 27-inch screen with a 4k resolution that produces remarkable text clarity. Although it has worse image accuracy than the U2723QE, it's still decent enough that you'll only have to worry about it if your work requires perfectly accurate colors. Luckily, its reflection handling is even better than on the U2723QE, and combined with its great SDR peak brightness, you won't have issues using it in a bright room.

    See our review

  3. Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor For Dual Setup

    If you're looking for the best secondary monitor at a lower cost, consider the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It has a lower 1440p resolution than the 4k resolution of the Dell S2722QC, meaning text isn't as sharp, but that's the sacrifice you need to make for something cheaper. Despite that, it still has decent text clarity, and the 27-inch screen offers enough space even if you want to put two windows side-by-side. On the plus side, it even supports daisy chaining with a DisplayPort output, which is great if your laptop only has one video output and you need to connect your two monitors to each other.

    It has outstanding ergonomics as you can even rotate it into portrait mode, making it easy to adjust next to another display. It has fantastic image accuracy before calibration, so you don't need to calibrate it for accurate colors. However, it doesn't support HDR, so if that's important to you, the Dell UltraSharp U2520D is another 1440p option that does, but it costs more.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Monitor For Dual Setup

    If you find the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV still out of your price range, you can also check out the slightly cheaper ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's a lower-end version that performs very similarly, but the main difference is that it doesn't have a DisplayPort output for daisy chaining, meaning you need to make sure your PC has two video outputs. It doesn't have a USB-C port like the PA278CV, but that only makes a difference if you want to connect a laptop that supports USB-C.

    Besides that, it still has four USB-A ports that make it easy to connect your peripherals, like a mouse and keyboard. It also offers the same great picture quality as the PA278CV, with accurate colors, wide viewing angles, and high peak brightness. It even has better ergonomics with a wider swivel range, as you can turn it 90 degrees in either direction, which is great if you constantly need to share your screen with a coworker or client and want to turn the display.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Monitor For Dual Setup

    If you're looking for the best secondary monitor for cheap, check out the ASUS VG246H. Getting a cheap monitor is beneficial if you're on a tight budget and don't need anything special, but there are a few trade-offs. It has a smaller 24-inch screen than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV and a lower 1080p resolution, meaning images aren't as detailed, but the text clarity is still decent. It doesn't support daisy chaining either, but that's the case with most cheap displays, and you'll just need to make sure your PC has two video outputs.

    Fortunately, its smaller screen makes fitting two monitors next to each other easier if you have a small desk. Besides that, it offers good office performance for its cost as it has remarkable ergonomics, letting you easily adjust the screen how you want. Thanks to its good reflection handling and decent peak brightness, it's decent if you want to use it in a moderately-lit room. However, if you want something even brighter, the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is another good cheap option, but it costs a bit more than the ASUS.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell S2721QS: The Dell S2721QS is a cheaper alternative to the Dell S2722QC as it has the same 27-inch screen and 4k resolution. However, it has no USB ports, so only consider this if you don't need the extra ports. See our review
  • Gigabyte M27Q P: The Gigabyte M27Q P is a good office-friendly monitor with a KVM switch and USB-C port, so it's great for multitasking. However, it has worse ergonomics than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, so it's harder to place in an ideal position next to another monitor. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 21, 2023: Added the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV to give another option; added the Gigabyte M27Q P to Notable Mentions.

  2. Jul 27, 2023: Replaced the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV with the cheaper ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV because it's more of a budget monitor; added the Gigabyte M27Q to Notable Mentions.

  3. May 29, 2023: Removed the Dell S2721QS and renamed the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV as the 'Best Budget Monitor' because it dropped in price.

  4. Mar 30, 2023: Added the Dell S2722QC as the 'Best Mid-Range Monitor' to give another option; added the Dell U3223QE and the LG 27MN60T-W to Notable Mentions.

  5. Jan 27, 2023: Restructured the article to reflect office-oriented monitors regardless of their size; replaced the Dell UltraSharp U2520D with the Dell U2723QE because it's better overall; added the Dell S2721QS and removed the LG 24GL600F; renamed the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV and the ASUS VG246H as the 'Best Mid-Range' and 'Best Cheap' monitors respectively; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

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.