It’s actually been over 15 years that I’ve been using two monitors and a desktop PC. I once owned a refurbished Mac Pro (which was really expensive and kind of not worth it). Anyways, if your thinking of getting into making a setup like this, I don’t blame you, a lot of people love this setup!. Some people use just one monitor and how weird is that!. The truth is you can do so much more with two monitors, like recording a video game while you play it, or edit a video while web browsing. Be sure to check out our affiliate links for computer monitors, we may earn a commission from what ever you buy.
There are some laptops however, that only let you hook up one screen in addition to the laptop screen, so beware, and do your research. So if your looking to save space on your desk, look into getting a Mac Mini or a mini PC alike, plus check the connectors on the back of the machine to make sure it supports dual monitors. The latest Mac Mini’s do indeed support dual monitors for sure.
What I do on a daily basis is record video game replays and cast the reply as it’s being played. The second monitor allows me to record the game at the same time, and record my voice at the same time as well. Some people just like to web browse while gaming though, or change a song in their music playlist (I use iTunes for this). I can see some other kinds of people out there though, that like to web browse and have a word document open at the same time, that’s quite common.
There is one more thing I need to mention before getting the monitors for your setup, however. There are some bad monitor brands out there that you need to avoid. The good ones that I have found to be very reliable are, Dell, LG, Samsung, Sony, Viewsonic, Benq, Philips, and ASUS. Anything else, I would completely avoid. Honestly the two Dell 17″ LCD’s that I owned for about over 10 years started going green after awhile, but that’s a really long time to be using an LCD screen.
The only thing you obviously don’t want to do is, spill a drink on a display, because even just a few drops can cause one to malfunction. Be really careful. Also keep static electricity away from your monitor. Maybe just keep drinks of any sort away from your computer completely, always think ahead at what could possibly happen. I’ve even destroyed a keyboard accidentally from spilling a drink on that, now I have a spill-proof keyboard and I’m typing on it right now with some random stains on it, yeah I know I should probably clean it soon, but it’s spill proof so you can’t go wrong.
Another problem is when you live on the road and you have a laptop only with on extra monitor, maybe pickup a really cheap Android tablet (Samsung makes the best ones) and install some software to make it connect as a second monitor, that might work.
The Ultimate Setup
The next monitors I will be getting will both be the same model, same specifications and the same size, and they will sit side by side. This is my dream setup, I think I might get two of one of those Samsung gaming monitors that is curved, 1080p and 120 Hertz. What do you think of that?. Well, it should look something like this…
I honestly already have some Logitech speakers but, you get the idea. I believe the above monitors are two 38-inch monitors and as you can see their being powered by an Apple MacBook of some sort. I think it says Dell on those monitors… that’s a good brand. Anyway, I do recommend getting a Desktop PC for dual monitors as you can replace any part that goes bad when it fails. Mac’s have to be replaced completely, or any laptops you can buy out there are basically the same idea. All in one computers are hard to fix and usually require a warranty to be fixed, unless you have experience in that kind of thing (I certainly don’t).