The Best Monitors for Dual Setup [October 2019]
There are countless reasons why you may be interested in buying an external monitor. Despite some obscenely large laptop screen sizes of well beyond 15 inches, there are plenty of tasks that simply require more room if you want to be able to keep your apps and projects open simultaneously.
Whether you’re an avid gamer who needs to stay up to date with the whereabouts of a sworn digital enemy across the globe, a programmer who needs to test your apps as they’re written in a separate window, or a music producer who wants to take advantage of the split-screen function that virtually every DAW offers, having an external monitor can be an absolute necessity.
But we dare say that there are some instances in which it’s actually necessary to have not one but two external monitors—either for explicit split-screening or to expand your viewing angles even further.
In fact, split-screen monitoring is becoming all the rage in the realm of tech startups, with entrepreneurs and developers angling for just who can have the most screens on their desk at once (often to the point of absurdity, we may add).
And although you would be forgiven for thinking that purchasing two monitors of the same brand and style is the same as purchasing one, you’d be wrong.
Finding the best monitors that lend themselves to the infamous dual setup requires a bit more research, since there are several variables that you should take into consideration in order to make the dual setup run as smoothly as possible.
First, you want to find a monitor whose borders are relatively thin (thinner than most), since when you place two of these monitors side by side you want to minimize the screen interruption that will inevitably occur where they join.
Second, you want to have a monitor that’s easy to daisy chain, which means you should look for models that have the types of connectivity options that don’t require third-party adapters and obnoxious drivers.
So before you simply go out and buy a second version of your go-to monitor, check out our list of the best monitors for dual setup.
When it comes to combining an incredibly sleek design along with virtually nonexistent borders and affordability (since, after all, you will likely be buying two of them), this Deal Ultrasharp monitor is hard to beat.
It delivers exceptional details and efficiently across the color spectrum along with a 27-inch 4K display with incredibly thin bezels for perfect pairing side by side, and you’ll be able to hone in on every task with a multi-monitor setup regardless of whether you’re working on a project or playing a game.
Dell is known for creating fantastic monitors that forgo flash and pomp in favor of style and power, and this monitor is no different—thanks to remarkable clarity and a high contrast range of shades to create strikingly realistic images.
You’ll be able to connect up to six compatible RF devices via standard channels or through Bluetooth 4.0 using Dell Universal Pairing, and since this monitor works seamlessly with every and all operating systems you won’t have to worry about installing any drivers in order to start enjoying everything this monitor has to offer straight out of the box.
Photographers and video editors also tend to adore this monitor because of its accurate color representation, and everything you need in order to control brightness and contrast can be found on the on-screen control center—meaning you won’t have to scramble to find and use those annoying buttons on the side of the screen.
We’re the first to admit that seeing an LG monitor with this type of price tag can be a bit unnerving. Although they produce top-notch products that can stand the test of time, LG is perhaps best known for tech that won’t break the bank.
Still, this monitor is a truly impressive specimen, and if you have the cash to throw around you’d be hard-pressed to find a monitor that better deserves being paired with itself.
This 32-inch monitor boasts UHD 4K resolution with advanced color calibration technology that offers breathtaking clarity and fine detail with four times the resolution of Full HD. It’s also designed to work with compatible calibration devices that ensure precise adjustments of color, brightness and more.
This display also features a more accurate color pallet and broader contrast ratio than other monitors in the price range—meaning you’ll be able to enjoy truly high-end picture quality regardless of whether you’re watching movies, playing games, or working with pro-level video editing software.
Editing on-site footage with full color expression is possible, and you’ll be able to reproduce digital color content just as you intended with the preview camera on site; allowing for accurate conditions like shadow detail, color, saturation and brightness for precise editing and better overall control in post-production.
You get full USB-C connectivity so you won’t have to worry about picking an adapter in order to directly connect to both your computer and the second monitor, and a variety of on-screen controls make it easy to quickly adjust everything from volume and brightness to picture mode presets without having to scramble for buttons on the side of the screen.
Ideal for visual artists and videographers who require super-fast speeds and unmatched color clarity and detail, this Philips monitor features quad 3840 x 2160 resolution and an impressive 16:9 aspect ratio with 10-bit color support that’s ideal for pro-level tasks and color matching (as well as monitor matching).
You get a wide range of connections and ports that allow you to attach a seemingly endless number of peripherals, and the brightness range is one of the best we’ve encountered—meaning you’ll be able to seamlessly adjust your levels in order to match and adapt to your particular environment.
Given this display’s streamlined and minimalist design, we were also pleasantly surprised to find that the 7 watt on-board speakers pack a surprising amount of punch, which can be an added bonus for those of us who don’t like to strap on headphones during extended editing sessions.
You’ll also be able to use the picture-by-picture function in order to monitor up to four individual systems on a single screen which is a major plus if you work in a collaborative environment.
Before you scoff at this monitor due to its laughably low price, hear us out. Its incredibly thin borders make it ideal for monitor pairing regardless of whether you’re using it for music production, office work or gaming, and you’ll be able to take advantage of a wide range of features that make it easy to set up straight out of the box.
It features a full HD 1920 x 1080 widescreen IPS display, and thanks to Radeon free sync technology you’ll be able to sync other gadgets and peripherals with ease.
You’ll also enjoy a refresh rate of 75Hz along with an HDMI port for easy connections, and the 16:9 aspect ratio is perfect for avid gamers who don’t want to relinquish the size of the action in favor of higher contrasts.
If you’re looking for an equally cheap and equally awesome monitor that lends itself well to pairing, you should check out this Sceptre machine, which comes loaded with a 20-inch LED HD+ display with a high resolution of 1600 x 900.
As you would expect from a monitor in this extremely low price range, you won’t enjoy the type of color coordination and reproduction that you’d likely see with monitors in the $500 range, but if you’re simply looking to expand your overall screen size with a pair of monitors that offer super-thin boarders, you won’t go wrong with this frameless gadget.
It comes loaded with not one but two HDMI ports for easy pairing and connections to your devices, and the built-in speakers are surprisingly robust for a monitor in this price range—making it a solid choice for users who prefer not to have a pair of headphones strapped over their ears at all times.
Since we began our list with a super-cool Dell monitor that’s ideal for pairing, we thought it would be fitting to end it with a slightly less expensive iteration that gets the job done for a fraction of the cost.
This streamlined and minimalist monitor comes with Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and a wide viewing angle enabled by in-plane switching technology that lets you see vibrant colors with greater than 99% sRGB color coverage.
You’ll be able to place it next to a second S2419H monitor with little interference thanks to super-thin boarders (or what Dell calls its Infinity Edge), and it features a flicker-free screen thanks to ComfortView technology—a feature that filters out harmful blue light emissions.
You’ll also have full access to a range of connectivity options, and your order comes with everything you need to enable a quick and easy setup right out of the box.