Best Dual Monitor Setup

One of the most adventurous upgrades one can make is to invest in a dual monitor setup. Hence, being here means you’re an adventurer and like most of us, we are a little puzzled, uncertain and maybe a tad hesitant. However, throughout this article, we’ll showcase our editors’ best picks for the best dual monitor setup on the market.

Comparison Chart

MonitorsSpecs

VIOTEK HA238
⁍ 24-inch
⁍ 1920×1080 Resolution
⁍ 75Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 14ms Response Time

Dell UltraSharp U2717D
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 2560 x 1440 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 8ms Response Time

HP VH240a
⁍ 23.8-inch
⁍ 1920×1080 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 5ms Response Time

Sceptre C275W-1920RN
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 1920 x 1080 Resolution
⁍ 75Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 8ms Response Time

Samsung CF396
⁍ 23.5-inch
⁍ 1920 x 1080 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 4ms Response Time

AOC 27B1H
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 1920 x 1080 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 7ms Response Time

Sceptre C248B-144RN
⁍ 24-inch
⁍ 1920 x 1080 Resolution
⁍ 144Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 3ms Response Time

Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q
⁍ 27-inch
⁍ 3840 x 2160 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 5ms Response Time

LG 32ML600M-B
⁍ 32-inch
⁍ 1920 x 1080 Resolution
⁍ 75Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 5ms Response Time

Samsung UJ590
⁍ 32-inch
⁍ 1920 x 1080 Resolution
⁍ 60Hz Refresh Rate
⁍ 4ms Response Time

Best Dual Monitors Reviews

1. VIOTEK HA238

VIOTEK HA238 monitor

Specifications of VIOTEK HA238
Screen Size 24-inch
Resolution Full HD | 1920×1080
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 75Hz
Response Time 14ms
Connectivity Ports VGA x1, HDMI x1
VESA Mount Yes

The VIOTEK HA238 has got one of the most ergonomic designs throughout our little selection due to its impressive ‘frameless display’ with tiny bezels and a minimal chin. Hence, it’d virtually appear as one giant monitor in a dual set-up with a nice black background.

Additionally, this monitor is incredibly thin, making it a lot lighter and easily arranged in tight spaces.

Finally, the HA238 comes with a less impressive stand that feels weak when moving the monitor on the desk.

In terms of image quality, the VIOTEK at hand is definitely one of the best dual monitors on this list, featuring a 24 inch ultra-thin LED display with an astounding 16.7 million colors for life-like accuracy.

Additionally, this monitor is capable of an intense 2m:1 contrast ratio within a sharp 1920x1080p resolution, promoting clarity and visibility to new extremes.

Further, like most monitors in this price range, the HA238 puts out a convincing yet humble spec-sheet. Accordingly, you can expect a typical 60Hz refresh rate from this monitor, which is enough for casual usage but not so much for competitive gaming. Moreover, with a decent 5ms GtG response time, you should be satisfied with casual gaming performance in general.

Last but not least, the HA238 might not feature DisplayPort connectivity but it does come with full HDMI and VGA support and that’s more than enough, considering its performance capabilities.

Pros

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Cons

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2. Dell UltraSharp U2717D

Dell UltraSharp U2717D monitor

Specifications of Dell U2717D
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution QHD | 2560 x 1440
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 8ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI (MHL), DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, 4 USB 3.0
VESA Mount Yes

In fact, the Dell U2717D doesn’t really have the thinnest bezels, nor the most compact build but every piece of it represents the quality of the brand and that definitely makes up for its aesthetic short-comings. In addition to that, the U2717D features a slim chin and a highly adjustable stand.

Spec wise, this 27 inch display is an absolute knocker with its color rich IPS display and impressively sharp 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. Additionally, for those of you who obsess about clarity, the U2717D offers a decent 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°viewing angles and a higher than average 350 nits of brightness.

Further, while it isn’t a priority for most, refresh rate is going to have a huge impact on smoothness, continuity and stuttering, which is why this monitor supports an average 60Hz, making it solid for day to day tasks, movie watching and even some light gaming. Nevertheless, this is definitely not geared toward avid or hardcore gamers, especially with a humble 6ms response time.

Finally, the Dell U2717D seems to have it all, including connectivity options: DisplayPort, HDMI as well as MHL.

Pros

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Cons

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3. HP VH240a

HP VH240a monitor

Specifications of HP VH240a
Screen Size 23.8-inch
Resolution Full HD | 1920×1080
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports 1 x HDMI, 1x VGA
VESA Mount Yes

If you’re looking for a cheap monitor for dual screen set-ups then this HP might be your match. The VH240a is undeniably attractive and that entails incredibly thin bezels, a flat back but also a pronounced chin. Nonetheless, that is by no means inconvenient for multiple monitor set-ups, especially with this HP’s height, pivot and tilt adjustable stand.

In the pursuit of the perfect image, HP made sure to stick with a 24 inch IPS panel on this model due to its vivid colors and super wide viewing angles. Also, it was definitely a turning moment to go from HD to a Full HD resolution, resulting in super clean images and sharp details.

Lastly, to keep up with its competition, this monitor is developed to support16.9 million colors but brightness is lagging back at a mere 250 nits.

As for performance, the VH240a is definitely not tuned for any specific competition, maintaining an acceptable 7ms GtG response time and an anticipated 60hz refresh rate. Thus, while it does make a solid contender for best dual screen monitors, it is by no means a gaming monitor.

Connectivity wise, the HP VH240a offers a full range of options , including the typical HDMI and VGA inputs.

Pros

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Cons

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4. Sceptre C275W-1920RN

Sceptre C275W-1920RN monitor

Specifications of Sceptre C275W-1920RN
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution Full HD | 1920 x 1080
Technology LED
Refresh Rate 75Hz
Response Time 8ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI x1, VGA x1
VESA Mount Yes

Sceptre isn’t the most popular brand on this list but it’s definitely growing faster than most performance oriented brands in the field. Hence, we weren’t surprised to learn that the C275W-1920RN is a strong competitor for the title of best multi-monitor setup and here’s why: This Sceptre features an immense 27 inch curved panel with almost invisible bezels, a thin chin and a minimal yet flexible stand.

For image, the C275W-1920RN sits pretty with an LCD display that supports an impressively sharp 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and a jaw dropping 3000:1 contrast ratio for life-like visuals. Also, this ‘budget’ option, supports a wide 16.7 million color gamut and a less than satisfying 250 nits of brightness.

As for the performance sheet, the Sceptre C275W-1920RN doesn’t necessarily stand out, committing to a humble 60hz refresh rate, which is enough for the typical movie viewing and browsing but not the best for competitive gaming.

On the down side, the C275W-1920RN displays an even slower response time than most monitors on this list at 8ms GtG.

In the end, the monitor at hand evens out its odds with its versatile connectivity options that incorporate HDMI, VGA and a headphone jack.

Pros

  • G

Cons

  • O
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5. Samsung CF396

Samsung LC24F396FHNXZA monitor

Specifications of Samsung CF396
Screen Size 23.5-inch
Resolution Full HD | 1920 x 1080
Technology VA
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 4ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI, VGA
VESA Yes

Samsung is a prolific brand in the industry of monitors & TV and that in its own merits a spot on our little list for the best dual monitor setup. Truly, with such a reputation, it’d be so hard to ignore the CF396, especially with such a glorious 23.5 inch curvy display.

Unfortunately, however, the monitor at hand has got the most pronounced bezels in this selection so far.

On the bright side, thanks to the curvy display and highly adjustable stand, the viewing angles on this monitor are quite good for a VA panel.

In terms of image quality, the CF396 lands a solid punch with a trusty VA panel and an incredible 3000:1 contrast ratio. Moreover, this monitor fortifies its position with a sharp 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and an infinitely rich 16.7 million color shades.

Performance wise, the CF396 has 4ms GtG response time. In addition to that, this monitor supports AMD FreeSync technology, and sports a typical 60Hz refresh rate making it a decent option for casual gamers.

For the sake of versatility, Samsung made sure to equip this monitor with HDMI, VGA as well as a headphone jack option for all kinds of settings.

Pros

  • G

Cons

  • O
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6. AOC 27B1H

AOC 27B1H monitor

Specifications of AOC 27B1H
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution Full HD | 1920 x 1080
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 7ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI x1, VGA x1
VESA No

AOC isn’t the biggest name in the industry but it’s definitely one of the fastest growing brands on this list, which is why we’re taking a closer look at the 27B1H today. Accordingly, the monitor in question seems to be a perfect fit for a cheap dual monitor setup, taking into consideration its limitless display, super thin bezels and flat back. However, like every cheap option, this AOC monitor suffers a little because of its cheap stand and a painful lack of adjustability.

Beyond aesthetics, this monitor is actually pretty impressive, nesting a vivid IPS panel that supports a wide array of colors and the best viewing angles. Also, with a dazzling 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, you should be able to clearly view the tiniest details in images and video.

Moreover, the 27B1H should display a clean, crispy image thanks to its decent 1000:1 contrast ratio and 250 nits of brightness.

Beyond image, the 27 inch AOC monitor at hand makes quite the case with a solid 60hz refresh rate and 50,000hrs lifespan, which is 20,000hrs longer than average. Unfortunately, however, this is definitely not a gaming monitor, standing at a humbling 9ms GtG response time.

Connectivity wise, the AOC 27B1H comes with one HDMI port and one VGA port, in addition to a nifty headphone jack.

Pros

  • G

Cons

  • O
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7. Sceptre C248B-144RN

Sceptre C248B-144RN monitor

Specifications of Sceptre C248B-144RN
Screen Size 24-inch
Resolution Full HD | 1920 x 1080
Technology LED
Refresh Rate 144Hz
Response Time 3ms
Connectivity Ports 2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x Audio Out Jack
VESA Yes

Once again, Sceptre makes an appearance on this list, except this time, it’s the smaller more affordable sibling. Accordingly, the C248B-144RN is equally attractive with its elegant curve, super thin bezels yet thicker than average chin. Further, the thin fixed stand on this monitor isn’t pride-worthy to say the least.

Image isn’t the absolute best for Sceptre monitors in general yet the two samples at hand have proven to be quite exemplary. Hence, the C248B-144RN exhibits a phenomenal 3000:1 contrast ratio on a VA panel, which translates to lively visuals as well as super dark blacks & bright whites.

Additionally, the monitor at hand supports a sharp 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, an impressive 16.7 million color gamut and a blue light filter for less eye strain.

Performance wise, the C248B-144RN is nothing less than legendary thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time which makes it a solid pick for competitive and avid gamers.

Last but not least, with AMD’s FreeSync tech, you should be set for stable, clear and motion-blur-free gaming all day long.

To wrap things up, Sceptre made sure to support this monitor with versatile connectivity options that includes DisplayPort, HDMI and an underrated headphone jack.

Pros

  • G

Cons

  • O
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8. Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q

Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q monitor

Specifications of Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q
Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution QHD | 3840 x 2160
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort
VESA Mount Yes

If you’re looking for a reliable, long lasting, quality monitor then you can’t go wrong with a Dell.

This is a 27” display with extremely slim bezels, a clever chin with hidden configuration buttons and a captivating image. Also, the stand that comes with this monitor is extremely flexible, robust and overall reliable, which cannot be said about most monitors on this list.

About image quality, the Ultrasharp U2718Q couldn’t have had a better portfolio due to its incredibly sharp 4k resolution on an IPS panel that will enable you to view the smallest details in crystal clarity.

Further, this is one of the few monitors out there that supports actual HDR, taking contrast / brightness to a whole different level. Speaking of brightness, this Dell can achieve a better than average 350 cd/m² as well as an incredible pixel pitch that reaches up to 0.1554 mm x 0.1554 mm.

Performance wise, the Dell at hand isn’t exactly outstanding because after all it is typically designed for work. Accordingly, the Ultrasharp U2718Q features a decent refresh rate of 60Hz, which is plenty for smooth videos, movies and even gaming.

Also, it is important to keep in mind that this monitor exhibits a decent 5ms GtG response time, which isn’t great for highly competitive gaming but excellent for most games.

As far as connectivity goes, this monitor supports the standard HDMI and DisplayPort in addition to a nifty Mini DisplayPort.

Pros

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Cons

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9. LG 32ML600M-B

LG 32ML600M-B monitor

Specifications of LG 32ML600M-B
Screen Size 32-inch
Resolution Full HD | 1920 x 1080
Technology IPS
Refresh Rate 75Hz
Response Time 5ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI x2, D-Sub x1,
VESA Mount Yes

There might be no reason for us to label this LG monitor as ‘great’ yet but the numbers backing this monitor up are through the roof.

Truly, the LG monitor at hand is one of the best-selling units in the industry despite its standard size bezels, monotonous design and typical LG logo.

On the other hand, this unit comes with one aVESA-compatible stands, exhibiting strength, support and flexibility all in one package. But that’s still not enough to bridge the faulty design of this basic looking monitor.

Although it might not be the best for dual screen, this LG 32″ monitor flexes on a whole other level when it comes to image quality.

In fact, it’s extremely rare to find a monitor within this price range supporting HDR on a bright / vivid IPS panel. Speaking of which, not only will the DCI-P3 95% color gamut display glorious shades throughout this panel but they’ll also remain true to life and extremely rich no matter your vantage point.

Last which should have been first, the 32ML600M-B supports a sharp 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution for certain clarity.

Finally, with a decent 75Hz refresh rate, you’ll experience no-jittering or smudging, allowing you to watch your favorite movies / play your favorite games in net clarity.

To wrap things up, the 32ML600M-B supports both HDMI and VGA connectivity, in addition to a nifty headphone jack.

Pros

  • G

Cons

  • O
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10. Samsung UJ590

Samsung LU32J590UQNXZA monitor

Specifications of Samsung UJ590
Screen Size 32-inch
Resolution Full HD | 1920 x 1080
Technology VA
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 4ms
Connectivity Ports HDMI x2, DisplayPort(v1.2) x1,
VESA Mount Yes

Samsung has managed to grow to a point where we don’t even need to introduce the brand. So, briefly, let’s discuss whether the LU32J590UQNXZA has what it takes to be a great option for the best multi monitor set up.

For starters, the design of this unit is no different than most Samsung monitors with their typical boxy design, standard thin / flat bezels and overall minimalistic profile.

Also, it was somehow refreshing to notice that the chin of this monitor is almost as thin as the bezels since it doesn’t include the brand’s name or logo.

Image quality is where this monitor truly shines because it has managed to incorporate an outstanding 4k resolution within a giant 32” display, making room for what could be the sharpest image you’ll ever set eyes on.

Additionally, this Samsung sports a VA panel, which takes full responsibility over the glorious 3000:1 contrast ratio that should allow you to see the smallest details in perfect clarity.

Unfortunately, however, the brightness of this screen stands at a humbling 270 nits, which is significantly below standard for this price range.

On the bright side, gamers should be able to enjoy this monitor just as much as anyone else as it comes with FreeSync technology that will completely eliminate motion blur and smudging for clean movement.

The downside, however, is that the LU32J590UQNXZA has only a decent 60hz refresh rate and a 4ms response time, making it a solid match for competitive gamers out there.

Finally, to make sure it covers most if not all users, Samsung hooks this monitor up with versatile connectivity options, featuring HDMI and DisplayPort.

Pros

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Cons

  • O
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Which Dual Monitor Setup Is Right For Me?

Hold up!

Before you click that purchase button, there are a few checkboxes that you must take into consideration before deciding whether you found a great dual monitor or not. Hence, your choice should be based on the following criteria.

1. Compatibility

A big mistake that a lot of people make when they decide on adding a monitor to their multi-monitor setup is that they completely forget to inspect whether their computer’s graphic card can support 2 or 3 monitors at once or not.

Nonetheless, it should be noted that generally speaking, even old GPUs are fully capable of the operation. However, it only takes a minute to check before you start throwing away hundreds of dollars.

Another significant mishap is to discover that your graphics card does not support the connectivity options of your monitor after you make the purchase. Hence, you must make sure that your GPU features an HDMI & DisplayPort port if your target monitor requires it.

When it comes to operating systems, you should face absolutely no compatibility problems, as most monitors out there are compatible with almost all operating systems.

2. Best Size For Dual Monitors

A critical criterion to keep an eye on while making your purchase is the size of your designated monitors.

Now, it might seem to you that the bigger a monitor is the better and it is mostly true when talking about single monitor setups. However, when making the upgrade, you should think long and hard about your neck’s well-being before getting two giant monitors that require extended movement to view comfortably.

Additionally, it’s essential to note that the bigger the monitor, the lower its pixel density goes which can often result in smudging and low visibility from an average distance. Hence, it’s always a better idea to opt for monitors below 27” if you’re building a side-by-side setup.

3. UltraWide Monitor Vs Dual Monitor Setup

While it sounds a little complicated, making the choice between a single ultra-wide monitor and a dual monitor setup isn’t all that difficult.

In fact, we have learned throughout our humble experience that UltraWide monitors are always better for audio and video editors who are mostly faced with a timeline of content that require minimal distractions.

Other than that, we have discovered that productivity shoots through the roof for most people in multi-monitor setup.

4. Picture Uniformity Across Multiple Displays

Picture mismatch can be a huge pain in the back for people who invest in a diverse multi monitor setup and even for those who buy identical monitors. However, investing in various brands for one multi monitor setup can be disastrous because no matter how much you tweak contrast, brightness and color, you might never be able to unify the picture quality 2 or 3 monitors perfectly.

Accordingly, it is highly advisable that you place your bet on two or three identical monitors or a similar monitor to the one you already have because it’ll be a lot easier to calibrate even without professional calibration tools.

Once again, always keep in mind that not all monitors display the exact same picture even after being calibrated with professional tools.

5. What about 4K monitors?

4K monitors don’t just allow you to scale up by 200% without losing any detail but it will also cost you 200% more than a regular monitor.

Now, that being said, you should definitely invest in a 4k monitor if you can afford it because they are the best for multi-tasking, video/movie viewing, professional video editing and a lot more. However, you have to bear in mind that you’ll always have to scale up the native pixel density on a 4k monitor in order to be able to view text and smaller details comfortably and that will reduce your screen space once again.

Accordingly, unless you truly need 4K, you should stick to a standard 1440p or 1080p resolution because you’ll end up achieving the same level of productivity and space on all 3 most of the time.

Final Thoughts

That brings us to the end of our hunt for the best dual monitors out there and we certainly hope that you’ve managed to find your match somewhere in the midst.

If not, then you should be equipped with enough knowledge to conduct your own search.

In both cases, do not hesitate to let us know about your favorites / remarks in the comment section below or via our letterbox.

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