Looking for a good and reliable display for a multi-monitor setup?

In this guide, you will find the most cost-effective displays for the best dual monitor setup, including monitors with thin bezels, plenty of screen space, VESA mount, and other useful features for office, professional, and productivity work.

Top 6 Best Monitors For Dual Setup In 2018

TypeMonitorSizeResolutionPanelVESAPorts 
Best 1080p Monitors for Dual SetupAcer SB220Q21.5”1920x1080IPSNoHDMI, VGA
HP VH240a
(Editor’s Choice)
23.8”1920x1080IPSYesHDMI, VGA
Best 1440p Monitors for Dual SetupViewSonic VA271927”2560x1440IPSYes2xHDMI, DP
Dell S2718D27”2560x1440IPSNoHDMI, USB-C, 2xUSB3.1
Best 32” Monitors For Dual SetupViewSonic VX321131.5”2560x1440IPSYesHDMI, VGA, DP
BenQ EW3270ZL31.5”2560x1440VANo2xHDMI, DP, m-DP

These are the best monitors for a multiple monitor setup. As you can see, they differentiate by screen size and resolution as well as connectivity options, VESA mount compatibility, and even panel type.

In order to ensure that you’re getting the right monitor, make sure your graphics card can support the resolution you want and that its ports match that of the monitor.

Also, note that all monitors in this list have an integrated low blue light filter and a flicker-free screen. In case you are sensitive to screen flicker or you often work for a prolonged time or at night, these two features will prevent eye fatigue and headaches.

For gaming, we don’t recommend dual monitors as you’d always have the annoying gap right in the center of the screen – unless you plan on gaming on one monitor and web surfing, chatting, etc on the other.

A triple monitor setup for gaming makes more sense as you simply extend the screen at the sides. But this method is more expensive, and if you’re after such an immersive gameplay experience, you should consider getting an ultra-wide gaming monitor.

If a monitor supports VESA mount, you can also detach its base and mount it on a third-party desk or wall mount which will give you more desk space and therefore further increase your productivity.

In case the monitor has no VESA mount compatibility and limited ergonomics, you may want a monitor riser so that you can adjust the perfect height of the screen for your viewing position.

Visit our best monitor stands and risers buyer’s guide for the best deals.

Acer SB220Q – Best Monitor For Dual Monitor Setup On A Budget

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About the Monitor

The Acer SB220Q is not just the best monitor for a cheap dual monitor setup, it’s the best budget monitor for gaming and overall everyday use under $100. You can read our full review of it here.

Image Quality

The monitor is based on an IPS panel which will provide you with vibrant and consistent colors and wide viewing angles meaning that the picture won’t shift in color, contrast, or brightness if you’re looking at the screen for skewed angles.

So, if you were to take three of these screens and align them at an angle to form a cockpit-style screen, the image of the monitors at the sides wouldn’t degrade in quality.

Although the Acer SB220Q is only 21.5″ in size, it has a Full HD screen resolution which will provide you with a rich pixel density, or in other words, plenty of screen real estate for your apps, browsers, and whatnot.

Features

As previously mentioned, the Acer SB220Q is also great for gaming.

You get the AMD FreeSync technology which allows you to synchronize the monitor’s refresh rate with GPU’s frame rate thus eliminating screen tearing and stuttering – given that you have an AMD FreeSync card.

Moreover, the monitor offers a 75Hz refresh rate which gives you a small but noticeable boost in motion clarity for fast-paced gaming.

Other gaming related features include ‘Aim Point’ with customizable crosshairs, ‘Black Boost’ for better visibility in dark games, and pre-calibrated picture presets.

Design & Connectivity

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Unfortunately, the Acer SB220Q monitor has a tilt-only design and lacks the VESA mount pattern. So, if you want to be able to adjust its height, you will need a dual/triple monitor stand riser such as this one.

As you can see, the display has very thin bezels and a slim design which makes it ideal for a multi-monitor setup. Connectivity consists of one HDMI, one VGA (D-Sub), and a headphones jack.

Summary

Overall, the Acer SB220Q 75Hz display is the best monitor you can get under $100 – period. It’s also a new panel, but it will be dethroning the more popular yet inferior HP 22cwa in no time.

Due to its affordable price and gaming features, the Acer SB220Q is also the best monitor for triple monitor setup for gaming.

What We Loved

  • Unbeatable value for the price
  • Slim bezels ideal for multi-monitor setups
  • Plenty of gaming features including AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Rich colors and high pixel density

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design
  • No VESA mount

HP VH240a – Best Monitor For Multiple Displays

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About the Monitor

The HP VH240a is slightly more expensive than the Acer SB220Q but it will provide you with a larger screen, a fully ergonomic stand, VESA mount, and built-in speakers.

Image Quality

Just like the SB220Q, the HP VH240a features an IPS panel with rich colors, wide viewing angles, and Full HD resolution.

However, it lacks gaming features such as AMD FreeSync, 75Hz, and crosshair overlays.

Since you can pivot the monitor’s screen into the portrait position, the HP VH240a is also great for photographers and programmers.

Features

The HP VH240a monitor doesn’t offer any particularly exciting features, but it has all the standard adjustments such as brightness, contrast, and color settings.

Further, using the monitor’s hotkeys, you can quickly swap input sources, adjust audio volume, and swap between three viewing modes.

The viewing modes include Low Blue Light, Reading, and Night with optimal picture settings for the respective viewing conditions.

Design & Connectivity

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The HP VH240a has thin bezels and a slim design with versatile ergonomics including up to 100mm height adjustment, -5°/30° tilt, 90° pivot, and +/- 180° swivel to the left and right as well as 100 x 100mm VESA mount pattern.

Connectivity includes an HDMI, a VGA, a headphones jack, and two built-in speakers which can save you some extra office space as you won’t need a dedicated audio system for the basic sound output.

Summary

Thanks to its VESA mount compatibility and affordable price, the HP VH240a is the best monitor for multi-monitor setups with three or more displays on mounting arms.

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What We Loved

  • Unbeatable value for the money
  • Fully ergonomic stand with VESA mount and thin bezels
  • Integrated speakers
  • Rich colors and decent pixel density

What We Didn’t Like

  • None

ViewSonic VA2719 – Affordable Display For Dual 27-inch Monitor Setup

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About the Monitor

On a 27″ 1440p monitor, you get the sweet spot between screen real estate and visible details; so you get as much screen space as possible natively without having to scale the picture.

The ViewSonic VA2719 is the cheapest 27″ 1440p monitor yet it will provide you with thin bezels, rich colors, extensive connectivity, VESA mount, and built-in speakers.

Image Quality

Just like the previous monitors, the ViewSonic VA2719 features an IPS panel but with 10-bit color depth support (8-bit + FRC) which provides 1.07 billion colors as opposed to 16.7 million colors of 8-bit displays.

Due to its higher pixel density, you will be able to have two browsers next to each other and comfortably view both contents on a single screen.

Overall, you get vibrant and consistent colors as well as crisp details for a very appealing price which makes this monitor a great budget option for gaming, watching movies, and any other use.

Alternatively, you may be interested in the Lenovo L27Q which is another popular budget 27″ 1440p monitor.

It has a bit faster response time and a slightly brighter screen, but it’s also more expensive and has no VESA mount.

Design & Connectivity

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The ViewSonic VA2719 monitor has a tilt-only design, but it supports VESA mount. It also offers rich connectivity options including two HDMI 1.4 and a DisplayPort – all of which support 2560×1440 at 60Hz.

There are also two 3W integrated speakers and a headphones jack. Lastly, the monitor has thin bezels, but it also has a black border around the screen which still looks better than if the monitor had thicker bezels.

Summary

The ViewSonic VA2719 is one of the cheapest 1440p monitors which in addition to its VESA mount compatibility, thin bezels, built-in speakers, and rich connectivity make for the best dual 27-inch monitors.

What We Loved

  • Great value for the price
  • Plenty of screen space and vivid details
  • Integrated speakers
  • VESA mount compatibility
  • Rich connectivity options

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design

Dell S2718D – Premium Monitor For Dual 27-inch Monitor Setup

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About the Monitor

If neither the ViewSonic VA2719 nor the Lenovo L27Q meet your demands, the Dell S2718D might as it’s a rather unique display.

Image Quality

Also based on an IPS panel but with 8-bit color depth, the Dell S2718D ensures accurate and consistent colors covering over 99% of the sRGB color gamut.

Furthermore, the monitor supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) but with a peak brightness of 300-nits, a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, and only the standard sRGB color gamut, the HDR is software-enabled only.

This means that the monitor will accept the HDR10 signal, but won’t be able to produce a notably better picture as it lacks certain display capabilities.

Nevertheless, the HDR support doesn’t add to the price and it’s not the monitor’s main selling point either; it’s just an extra feature to have.

In the OSD (On-Screen Display), you will find numerous pre-calibrated picture presets including Standard, ComfortView, Multimedia, Movie, Movie HDR, Game, Game HDR, HDR, etc.

Design & Connectivity

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The main asset of the Dell S2718D is its unique design and the future-proof connectivity.

As you can see, the monitor has its OSD buttons and connectors on the stand which allows for the narrow edge-to-edge bezels at all four sides of the screen.

Connectivity includes an HDMI 2.0, a headphones jack, a dual-USB 3.1 hub, and a USB-C with the DisplayPort 1.2 alternate display mode.

The USB type C port can also simultaneously transfer data, audio/video signal, and power up to 45W to a compatible device such as a laptop; all with just one cable!

In order to use the USB 3.1 downstream ports, you will have to connect the USB-C port to your PC.

The hinge also allows the screen to be tilted by -5°/21° and swiveled by +/- 90° to the left and right.

Summary

The Dell S2718D is a gorgeous monitor with plenty of unique and exclusive features. What’s more, it’s got an appealing price tag.

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What We Loved

  • Good value for the money
  • Gorgeous InfinityEdge design
  • USB-C connectivity
  • HDR support
  • Vibrant colors and crisp image quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Limited ergonomics
  • No VESA mount
  • HDR support is software enabled only

ViewSonic VX3211 – Affordable Display For Dual 32-inch Monitor Setup

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About the Monitor

The ViewSonic VX3211-2K-MHD is the cheapest 32″ 1440p monitor that will provide you with an exceptional image quality and performance.

Image Quality

As previously noted, a 32″ 1440p monitor has the same pixel density as a 24″ 1080p monitor. So you get less screen real estate than you’d get on a 27″ 1440p monitor.

However, you will still have a decent amount of screen space as well as big and clear details.

The ViewSonic VX3211 is based on an IPS panel with 10-bit color depth (8-bit + 2-bit FRC) and a slightly higher 1,200:1 static contrast than the standard 1,000:1.

Features

Moving on, using the monitor’s hotkeys, you will be able to quickly swap between View Mode presets (Game: FPS, RTS, MOBA, Movie, Web, Text, MAC, etc.), adjust contrast/brightness, and change the input source.

The OSD menu offers advanced color adjustments including 6-axis hue and saturation as well as six gamma presets, from 1.8 to 2.8.

You will also find the Response Time, Low Input Lag, and Black Stabilization features for gaming.

Lastly, there’s an ‘energy bar’ in the OSD menu which depicts (in %) the current power usage of the monitor.

Design & Connectivity

best secondary monitor

The ViewSonic VX3211 monitor has reasonably thick bezels, a headphones hook, and VESA mount compatibility, but it’s tilt-only.

Connectivity is diverse and includes one HDMI 1.4, one DisplayPort, and a VGA for 1080p as well as 2×2.5W built-in speakers and a headphones jack.

Summary

If you want a 32″ monitor, the ViewSonic VX3211 is your best choice for productivity purposes due to its huge screen, appealing price, crisp image quality, and vibrant colors.

What We Loved

  • Great value for the price
  • Integrated speakers
  • VESA mount compatible
  • Big screen with plenty of screen space

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design

BenQ EW3270ZL – Premium Monitor For Dual 32-inch Monitor Setup

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About the Monitor

In case you are interested in something better than the ViewSonic VX3211, look no further than the BenQ EW3270ZL with the innovative Brightness Intelligence Plus technology.

Image Quality

Unlike all the previously mentioned displays, the BenQ EW3270ZL features a VA panel which sports a higher contrast ratio of 3,000:1 for deeper blacks.

However, VA panels don’t have as wide viewing angles, so you should expect some minor shifts in contrast but only when you’re looking at the screen from skewed angles.

Furthermore, VA monitors have a slower response time, but that’s only an issue when it comes to fast-paced gaming.

Turning back to the EW3270ZL, the monitor also boasts a wide color gamut with 100% sRGB and Rec709 color spaces covered and true 10-bit color depth which in addition to the high contrast allow the display deliver an outstanding picture quality.

Features

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The main feature of the BenQ EW3270ZL is the B.I. + technology consisting of built-in sensors that can automatically adjust the monitor’s brightness and color temperature according to the ambient lighting. Click on the image above for a demonstration.

You can also make the display gradually reduce its brightness over time. Overall, if you want the best monitor for your eyes, the BenQ EW3270ZL is the one.

In addition, it boasts the Low Blue Light Plus technology which filters out only the harmful blue lights and preserves the non-harmful blue colors for a better image quality.

Another feature you might find useful is Smart Focus which allows you to highlight a specific area of the screen and dim the rest for minimal distractions.

Design & Connectivity

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The BenQ EW3270ZL monitor has thin bezels and an overall slim design but it’s tilt-only and lacks the VESA mount pattern.

Connectivity includes two HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2, and a mini-DisplayPort as well as a headphones jack and two 3W integrated speakers.

Summary

Thanks to its stunning image quality and the plethora of useful features, the BenQ EW3270ZL is one of the best monitors for office work; and two or more of it are even better.

What We Loved

  • Good value for the price
  • Integrated speakers
  • Cutting-edge eye-care technology
  • True 10-bit color and high contrast for an immersive picture quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design
  • No VESA mount

Buyer’s Guide – Which Dual Monitor Setup Is Right For Me?

When buying a monitor or two for a multiple monitor setup, there are certain things you should take into consideration, the first one being – do you actually need a dual monitor setup?

Let’s say your work involves having multiple office applications open at the same time while researching with several tabs open in the browser.

In this case, getting an extra monitor will help you out more than any other PC component upgrade.

Compatibility

First, make sure that your graphics card supports dual monitor setups. Most of the older GPUs do, but some don’t support triple display setups, so make sure to check your graphics card capabilities.

Naturally, also ensure that your GPU offers the same ports as the monitors you want unless you plan on buying extra VGA-DVI, DVI-HDMI, DisplayPort-HDMI, etc converters/adapters.

You don’t need any extra multi-monitor tools or software as both Windows 7,8, 10 and Mac offer easy and user-friendly adjustments and configuration.

Best Size For Dual Monitors

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Keep in mind that a bigger screen is not always better. First of all, a big monitor should have a proportionally high resolution if you wish to have a lot of screen space and clear, easily readable text.

That’s why we didn’t include monitors with low pixel density. For instance, 27″ 1080p monitors have a low pixel density resulting in smudgy text and limited screen space in which case a 24″ 1080p monitor is a much better choice.

Besides the pixel density, you should also take into account the total screen size of all monitors in the setup.

For instance, if you get three 27″ 1440p monitors and place them side by side, you might find that you have to move your head left-right too often and that a smaller 24″ monitor setup would’ve suited you better.

UltraWide Monitor vs Dual Monitor Setup

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Not sure whether you should get two 24″-27″ monitors or a single 29″-34″ ultrawide display?

Well, a dual monitor setup will provide you with more screen real estate and overall better results for productivity.

However, if your work involves audio or video editing, an ultrawide display is a better choice as you get more horizontal space for the video timeline and audio wave editing, arranging, etc.

Ideally, for audio and video editing, you should get an ultrawide display and a good secondary monitor for previewing your work.

For gaming, we recommend an ultrawide monitor instead of a multi-monitor setup, but that’s up to your personal preference.

4K Monitors

We didn’t include any 4K monitors as such high resolution is more demanding to run on a dual monitor setup.

Moreover, even on a 32″ 4K monitor, you’d have to scale up your interface as the text is too tiny to comfortably read it at the native pixel density.

Scaling will therefore decrease your screen space in favor of details clarity. Not to mention that 4K monitors are more expensive and that some applications don’t scale well.

If you need a 4K monitor for content creation and color editing, then we recommend to pair it with a lower resolution display for a dual monitor setup.

Conclusion

Overall, the HP VH240a offers everything you need to boost your productivity and two or three 24″ 1080p monitors will suffice for most people.

If you can afford a bit more, a 27″ 1440p monitor will provide you with considerably more screen space while the 32″ models will offer you a bigger picture.

Have you found your perfect monitor for a multi-monitor setup? Feel free to leave any questions you might have in the comments below.

Writer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.

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