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. 

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