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5 Best Desktops for Dual Monitors in 2020

One of the easiest ways you can enhance your productivity is to invest in a dual monitor setup. A dual monitor setup is not just aesthetically appealing, it is a must for a lot professional work.

Currently, one of the most attractive feature of almost all desktops is that you can install multiple monitors on them and turn them into a workstation.

On top of that, since desktops are generally cheaper than laptops, a dual or even a triple monitor setup is generally quite affordable for most.

It is a well known research proven fact that dual monitors can save you time and hassle when working on a complex task that require multiple windows to be open at the same time.

In this article, we will review some of the best desktops for dual monitors. We will look at affordable as well as performance grade pre-built desktops available in the market.

List of Best Desktops for Dual Monitors in 2020

The following standalone and all in one desktops are highly recommended for multiple screens.

  1. Dell Inspiron 3670– Core i3-9100 – Affordable Desktop For Dual Monitors
  2. Acer Aspire TC-865-UR14 – Core i5-9400 – Mid Range and Mid Performance
  3. HP Pavillion 690-0073w – Gaming Grade Desktop for Dual Monitors
  4. Lenovo IdeaCentre A340 – All in One Desktop for Home Use
  5. HP 4NN56AA – Mid Performance All in One Desktop

1. Dell Inspiron 3670- Core i3-9100 – Affordable Desktop For Dual Monitors

First up we have a highly affordable standalone desktop featuring a decent processor for work related to office and home use.

If you dont need a high performance, or even a mid performance, desktop for gaming or video editing then this is an excellent desktop to have.

It should be noted here that performance is a relative term. The Core i3-9100 processor featured here is not a weak processor at all. In fact, you can most certainly use editing software or even game on this, if you choose to install a dedicated graphics card.

Core i3-9100 will only ensure that all of you office tasks, or even editing, is done seamlessly and without any issue. While weaker processors from the Pentium or the Celeron series may show lag even in the weakest tasks, this processor will glide through most day to day tasks.

When connecting to dual monitors, you can use its VGA as well as the HDMI port located on the back input/output panel for each monitor separately.

Other than the excellent processor, this desktop also features a decent amount of RAM i.e 8 GB which is again great for multitasking as well as for using editing software at a lower level.

Besides that it offers a large 1 TB of high performance 7200 RPM HDD.

Unfortunately, this desktop does not come with a keyboard or a mouse and will have to procured separately.

All in all, if you are looking for a decent option for home or office use, then this is the best desktop for dual monitors in our opinion.

2. Acer Aspire TC-865-UR14 – Core i5-9400 – Mid Range and Mid Performance

Next up we have our personal favorite. The value this desktop offers is unlike any other currently in the market.

This is the famous Acer Aspire desktop featuring an Intel Core i5-9400 processor. Now the thing about Core i5s is that they are the most versatile processors from Intel.

They are powerful enough to be used for editing or gaming, yet also affordable enough to be bought by almost anyone.

While Core i7 processors are an overkill for many except the enthusiasts, a Core i5 processor bridges the gap between performance and budget.

It should be noted that not all Core i5 are created equally. For instance a Core i5 processor for laptop is weaker than a Core i5 processor for a desktop.

For instance the Intel Core i5-9400 found on this desktop is more powerful than the Core i5-9300H found on laptops.

Best Desktops for Dual Monitors
Core i5-9400 (Left) vs Core i5-9300H (Right) Source: Userbenchmark

In other words, not only are you getting an already affordable and highly valued configuration here, it is also faster than an average laptop of the same category.

Other than that, it features a decent 8 GB of DDR 4 RAM. We recommend that you upgrade this to 16 GB if you believe you will be performing heavy editing jobs on this.

This desktop also features a VGA and an HDMI out port which you can use to connect your two monitors.

Other useful and core features include a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD, a USB Type C port, an optical as well as a keyboard and a mouse.

In short, if you are looking for an option powerful enough to handle editing jobs, then this is the best desktop for dual monitors in our opinion.

3. HP Pavillion 690-0073w – Gaming Grade Desktop for Dual Monitors

We have selected this desktop for the gamers or the high performance users out there.

For starters, you must note that gaming desktops are generally very expensive. In fact, if you go out looking for the most expensive personal use desktop in the market, you will probably comes across a gaming desktop.

The price of a gaming desktop is determined by many factors the primary of those are the processor and the graphics card.

This HP Pavillion 690-0073w, while being the most expensive desktop in this list, is in fact one of the cheapest gaming desktops out there.

The reason we have fallen in love with this desktop is because it offers a very decent GTX 1660Ti graphics card. As far as the performance of this desktop goes, it can handle almost all of the AAA games at high or ultra graphics at FHD resolution.

GTX 1660 Ti Performance
GTX 1660 Ti Performance Benchmark

Besides an excellent graphics card, this desktop also features a decent Core i5-9400F processor. As mentioned earlier, a Core i5 processor is an excellent processor for gaming and also maintains an excellent price tag.

A Core i7 processor for an NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti would be an overkill. Hence, going for a Core i5 makes more sense here.

On top of that, this desktop also features a 256 GB SSD. While it does not offer a large capacity HDD, the SSD is a welcome feature. Just as a faster processor can enhance the performance of your PC, so can an SSD. An SSD is at least 5 times faster than a normal HDD.

The only drawback of this relatively high grade desktop is that it lacks a high amount of RAM. It only offers 8 GB of RAM. While this is great for gaming, it may show its limits when performing professional levels of editing or rendering tasks.

In short, if you are a gamer, then we highly recommend this as the best desktop for dual monitors.

4. Lenovo IdeaCentre A340 – All in One Desktop for Home Use

Lenovo IdeaCentre A340 is not a standalone desktop. Instead, this is an All in One desktop meaning it packs the entire hardware behind its screen.

The best part about all in one desktop is that they are easy to manage and they are aesthetically appealing. They are highly favored by home and business users.

They are sleek and also quite easy to move around.

This particular AIO desktop features a decent Core i3-9100T processor. This is suitable for almost all of the day to day to tasks you may perform at home or in an office. Whether it is surfing on the web or writing a research report, this has enough juice to serve you well.

The way you would do a dual monitor setup on this is quite simple. This AIO has an HDMI port on the back side. This can be used to attach the second monitor to it.

It should be noted that this desktop has a 24 inch monitor. Therefore, in order to enhance the continuity between two screens, the second monitor must also conform to the 24 inch size.

Furthermore, this desktop ditches an HDD and instead chooses to go with the 256 GB SSD. We personally love the fact that it offers an SSD since a typical home or office user will see very visible benefits from it.

The only relative drawback here is that it only offers a low 4 GB DDR 4 RAM. You may choose to expand it, but again, for home users, this is more than enough.

All in all, if you are sold by the idea of a having an All in One PC, then this is best desktop for dual monitors for typical home and office users.

5. HP 4NN56AA – Mid Performance All in One Desktop

Finally, we have a rather mid performance All in one desktop. While this is not an affordable machine, for small business owners, or for users who want to use editing software, this may certainly come in handy.

For starters, like the previous AIO desktop from Lenovo, this too is a 24 inch AIO system. Hence it is recommended that the dual monitor you choose to install with this also has a similar size.

Other than that, while the previous AIO desktop featured a Core i3, this features a Core i5-9400T processor giving you a much better performance.

Core i3-9100T vs Core i5-9400T
Core i3-9100T vs Core i5-9400T. Source: cpu-world.com

Specification wise the Core i5-9400T has a higher number of cores as well as a higher cache memory. Both of these contribute to better performance.

Another highly lucrative aspect about this desktop is that it offers 12 GB of DDR 4 RAM. That is a very decent amount of RAM and can certainly be used for heavier tasks.

To top this all up, HP 4NN56AA comes equipped with a large 512 GB of SSD.

As such, if you value an AIO machine with high performance specs suitable for editing, then this is the best desktop for dual monitors.

FAQ

What To Look for in Dual Monitor Setup?

While preferences may differ from person to person, you can take the following tips into consideration if you are unsure about how to go about choosing the right dual monitor desktop.

Type of PC

The first and foremost important consideration is the type of PC you want. There are budget, mid range, performance and workstation grade desktops out there.

If you are a home user, small business owner, accountant, writer etc, then a budget desktop would be highly suitable for you.

A budget desktop is generally a desktop that features a low grade processor i.e Intel Celeron, Pentium, Intel Core i3 or Ryzen 3 processor. It has a low memory ranging from 4-8 GB of DDR 4 RAM and does not feature a dedicated graphics card.

A mid-range desktop features an Intel Core i5 or Ryzen 5 processor, generally does not have a dedicated graphics card, but may feature a low range one, and has a decent amount of RAM. These generally offer SSD over HDD. These are great for average video editors,

A performance grade desktop features A Core i5 to Core i7 (or AMD Equivalent) processors, they have a dedicated graphics card, a high amount of RAM and SSD. These are generally bought by gamers and enthusiasts.

Workstation grade desktop are a completely different story, they have special graphics card, a very high performance processor and a large amount of RAM and SSD. These are generally used by CAD user, scientists, engineers, film industry users etc

Outputs

display ports
Different ports available for monitor connectivity. Source: ActionPC

When choosing the right desktop for dual monitors, you must pay attention to the output available.

Desktops have a range of output ports including VGA, DVI-D, DP and HDMI port available. Desktop may have a different configuration of these.

When choosing the right monitor, you must make sure that it has the relevant slots that correspond with the available slots on the desktop.

For instance if your desktop has a VGA and an HDMI port available, then you must make sure that you procure two monitors that have either the HDMI or the VGA available.

In case if you do not have the relevant ports on the monitor or on your desktop, you will need to purchase separate adapters. However, we generally advise against going for the adapter route particularly if you are procuring new monitors.

Monitors Specs to Look For

Monitors have a list of aspects. However, when choosing monitors for a dual monitor setup we recommended the following few important features.

  • Thin Bezels: This is very important if you want to have a seamless continuity between two screens.
  • Same Size: The monitors have the same physical size i.e both 24″, both 27″ etc. Do not have one smaller than the other.
  • Same Resolution: We recommend that both the monitors have the same resolution. This is because when connecting two monitors with different resolution, the system will drop the overall resolution down to lowest available.
  • Same Aspect Ratio: The most common aspect ratio of widescreen monitors is 16:10 and 16:9. The 16:10 monitors are slightly elongated vertically. Therefore, in order to avoid damage to continuity between two screens, we recommend same aspect ratio.
  • Same Refresh Rate: Monitors range in refresh rate from 60Hz all the way to 240 Hz. We recommend you choose monitors that have the same refresh rate.

There are many other factors that go into buying the right monitor.

If you have the choice, go for the exact same dual monitors i.e same model, same brand. This will give you the perfect look and continuity between two screens.

Final Words

In this article we looked at some of the best desktop of dual monitors setup. We looked at standalone as well as AIO PCs.

While the preferences may differ, the guide to choosing the right desktop as discussed above will point you to the right direction particularly when you are new to buying desktops.

The good news is that almost all desktops from budget to high grade models feature support for dual monitors. All you need to figure is what are you needs from a PC. Do you plan to surf the web or do you plan to game and edit videos?

The answer to these questions will more or less determine the type of PC you choose.

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