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The 5 Best Monitors For Dual Setup - Summer 2019
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Best Monitors For Dual Setup
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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 76 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, best ultrawide monitors, and best 34 inch+ monitors.



  1. Best Dual Setup Monitor: Dell U2718Q

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Office
    7.9
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    7.9
    Media Creation
    6.9
    HDR Gaming
    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    :
    No

    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.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Dell U2518D

    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    :
    No

    If you like the versatility of the Dell U2718Q but want something a bit cheaper, check out the Dell U2518D instead. This monitor has a smaller, lower resolution screen, but still provides a clear, sharp image, which is great for office work. Like the U2718Q, it has great ergonomics and thin borders, which is extremely important for a dual setup. This monitor also has a few great convenience features, including a DisplayPort out port, so you can connect both monitors with only one cable going to your computer.

    See our review

  3. Best Dual Setup Gaming Monitor: Dell S2417DG

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    7.4
    Office
    8.5
    Gaming
    7.2
    Multimedia
    7.4
    Media Creation
    5.6
    HDR Gaming
    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    :
    G-Sync

    If you want a more immersive gaming experience, the Dell S2417DG is the best dual setup gaming monitor 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.

    See our review

  4. 4k Alternative: LG 27UK650-W

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    :
    FreeSync

    If you prefer a more detailed image over faster motion, check out the LG 27UK650-W. Although it isn't quite as good as the Dell S2417DG, this LG monitor delivers a great gaming experience with a more detailed 4k image. It is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, though, and has a slower response time, which might disappoint some gamers. This monitor is almost as versatile as the Dell, but the stand has a smaller height adjustment range and can't swivel, so it might be a bit more difficult to place it in an ideal viewing position.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Monitor For Dual Setup: Dell U2415

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
    7.4
    Mixed Usage
    7.7
    Office
    7.7
    Gaming
    7.1
    Multimedia
    7.2
    Media Creation
    5.4
    HDR Gaming
    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 1920x1200
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    :
    No

    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" screen and a simple 1920x1200 resolution, slightly taller than typical 1080p monitors. 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 monitors 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.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ROG PG279Q: Great ergonomics, but the borders are a bit thicker and more distracting. See our review
  • Dell U3818DW: The large format and thicker borders of this monitor aren't ideal for a dual setup. See our review
  • ASUS VG279Q: Great gaming monitor for a dual setup, but the 1080p resolution might be disappointing. See our review

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.

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