Monitors for Streaming
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Every streamer will agree that his life has changed the moment he got a second monitor for streaming, and since most streamers simply can’t live without one, it’s simply a streaming setup must-have.
So today we’re going to look around the Internet and see the best dual monitor setup for streaming and later we’ll answer your question – do you need 2 monitors to stream?
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Best Secondary Monitor for Streaming
Here’s a list of 8 good second monitors we’ve prepared that are definitely worth your money, and there’s something for everyone that will fit each budget and needs.
So let’s not waste any time and see what these monitors are all about!
QUICK OVERVIEW: Best Secondary Monitors
ASUS TUF VG279QM
1. Acer SB220Q
The first monitor on our list is the Acer SB220Q that’s quite clean build-wise and for under 100$, it’s a great choice for anyone who wants a cheap second monitor that will perform quite well.
There are lots of features on this monitor to check out so let’s jump straight in!
Who is it best for?
In terms of value, this monitor is the best secondary monitor if you’re on a budget. It doesn’t have the premium color and contrast on its LED screen.
However, it does have a 75 Hz refresh rate that makes this monitor quite snappy.
Besides, for a secondary monitor, you’ll probably use it to keep track of your chat on stream or to have some webpages open, it’s quite a great pick because for this price point you won’t find a better one.
So if you’re someone who just needs a secondary monitor to assist you in basic actions, then you can consider this monitor to be a steal.
To start off, this monitor has full HD resolution with the standard 1920 x 1080 pixel dimensions so it’s perfect for watching most videos on any platform.
The 21.5” screen is quite large and because it has IPS, you won’t experience glaring when viewing the screen from an angle.
Next, the Radeon free sync is quite great for having this monitor as a secondary one because it smoothens out choppy graphics and bugs.
Even though it’s not a great gaming monitor because of graphics and resolution, the 75 Hz refresh rate is amazing. So if you just want a second monitor for simple tasks, you won’t notice a thing.
Finally, the monitor supports both HDMI and VGA cables, but your safest choice is to use the HDMI cable which you’ll have to buy separately.
2. BenQ EW3280U
Up next is the BenQ EW3280U which is the most expensive secondary monitor on our list and for good reasons.
This is clearly a monster of a monitor and has lots of features that not only make it a good side monitor but a great gaming monitor as well.
So for all of you, premium monitor lovers out there let’s dwell right in the specs.
Who is it best for?
If you’re paying more than 500$ for a secondary monitor, you just have to make sure that it will cater to your every need.
And that’s exactly what this BenQ monitor does. The monitor is quite versatile in terms of who is it best for.
The specs say gaming, the features say podcasts and streams, and the quality says premium. Because this is quite a well-rounded monitor, you can even use it for your main one.
However, because it has a remote controller, using it as a secondary monitor is the way to go.
So if you’re someone who wants the best secondary monitor at the 700$ price-point, then you should definitely consider getting the BenQ SB220Q.
First things first, this monitor has 4K ultra HD resolution which is one of the best on the market, and with the 32″ display, the amount of colors and contrast on this thing is amazing.
Second, it has a 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, you’ll be able to see colors you didn’t even know existed on a computer monitor.
Third, this monitor has its own speakers and they are actually 2.1 channel speakers that even have a 5W subwoofer which makes them much more powerful than your laptop speakers.
You can even control the volume with a wheel under the right side of the screen.
What’s really great is that you have the Brightness Intelligence technology that makes the brightness and contrasts on the screen much more manageable for long screen exposure because the screen adapts to its surroundings.
This means that you won’t get headaches or eye strain if you sit in front of the screen for hours.
Overall, we have to say that this monitor will suit your purpose no matter what you use it for because it’s just that user-friendly and powerful.
3. ASUS TUF VG279QM
So we saw what you get with a 700$ monitor, but let’s see what you get for nearly half the price.
A monitor that’ll definitely match anyone’s needs if they’re looking for a mid-range secondary monitor is the ASUS TUF VG279QM.
Gamers, you’re going to like this!
Who is it best for?
Obviously, this monitor is meant for gaming and is advertised towards that group of users. However, since gaming monitors can go up to thousands of dollars, it’s one of the best choices for a secondary gaming monitor.
Sure you can use it as your primary monitor, but if you already have an expensive monitor for gaming and you need one for your stream.
However, if you don’t want to limit yourself in terms of speed and power, then you might as well get this beast.
Of course, the key feature that simply sticks out from the rest is the 280 Hz response rate which is one of the fastest response rates you can find in this price point.
Accompanied by such a high response rate is the 1ms GTG response time meaning motion blur is a thing from the past.
Also, if you have an NVIDIA GTX 10 or an RTX 20 graphic card, this monitor will display colors you didn’t know were possible to produce on a full HD 2K resolution display.
Furthermore, the DisplayHDR 400 makes those colors really come to life, and there is even a Cinema mode for watching movies.
If you need some assistance while gaming, the GamePlus hotkeys on this monitor will be your best friend. Lastly, the ASUS Blue Light technology protects your eyes during those long hours of gaming.
4. ASUS VG279Q
Next in line, we have another ASUS monitor called the ASUS VG2790Q which is one of the best 2nd monitor for streaming if you also happen to be a gamer as well.
So if you need a fast monitor as your secondary one, and you aren’t worried about spending nearly 300$, then you’re going to love this one.
Let’s check it out!
Who is it best for?
First of all, this is a gaming monitor and a good one as well. Sure, it isn’t anything fancy as the previous monitor on the list, but it has features that are great especially for gaming streamers.
As a gamer who streams, you want a fast second monitor not only if you like using 2 screens to game, but also because you want your second monitor to match your primary one.
And you can definitely pull it off with this monitor because you can buy a bezel-free kit that allows you to attach this monitor to your other monitor.
So you can essentially buy 2 of these monitors and complete your whole entire setup.
Therefore, if you’re a gamer/streamer who’s looking for a mid-ranged monitor, you should definitely make this monitor come into your top 5 list.
We simply can’t miss out on talking about the 144 Hz refresh rate because it simply is the best feature this monitor has. Just imagine having a 1ms MPRT response as well. Oh, wait. The monitor also has that.
It’s not fast as its cousin we’ve previously reviewed, but it’s the second-best thing, and for the price point, it’s practically a steal.
So we are looking at a very fast monitor that’ll make your simple tasks on it seem instant. On top of that, the monitor has FreeSync which makes the graphics run smooth.
If you’re using a Radeon GPU then you’ll have the best experience overall. What’s really great is that the screen can rotate 90° in each direction and can pivot 90° as well.
It can also tilt +33° to -5°. These features are highly desired by streamers because it allows them to adjust their setup more so this monitor could actually be the best second monitor at least for gamers/streamers.
5. Acer EB321HQU
So another budget secondary monitor on this list is the Acer EB321HQU that you can get for under 200$, and it’s actually a solid secondary monitor that’ll match the needs of most streamers.
Gamers, unfortunately, aren’t going to lean towards this monitor, but podcasters, entertainers, and vloggers will definitely love it.
The specs are pretty amazing so let’s check them out!
Who is it best for?
Because this monitor is under 200$ which makes it a low to mid-ranged monitor price-wise, you can expect that many streamers who just want a second monitor to monitor their streams or view the chat would gladly get it just for the price itself.
However, for the price, you actually get a solid monitor that can even be used as a primary one because of the good graphics quality and the widescreen.
It’s also a great secondary monitor if you’re using a laptop as well so most streamers with that type of setup will enjoy using it.
First of all, the widescreen 31.5” display has 2560 x 1440 full HD resolution that really makes the graphics come to life.
The widescreen also supports picture-in-picture mode that lets you perform multitasking with ease.
The 4ms G2G technology makes the response time of the monitor as quickly as some gaming monitors in the same price range.
What’s great is that the IPS switching works magic across the whole 178° widescreen so you don’t get those irritating pixels as you would in lower-budget monitors.
Lastly, the monitor has a 60 Hz response rate, which isn’t the best but for performing everyday tasks, it’s solid enough to be a good choice if you need a secondary monitor for streaming.
6. Dell S-Series S2719DGF
Up next we have the Dell S-Series S2719DGF which, in our opinion is the best-looking monitor on the list because it has quite a slim and clean design.
But, don’t let the aesthetics fool you because this monitor is much more than good looks.
The features on this monitor are literally the streamer’s dream. Let’s check them out!
Who is it best for?
This surely has to be one of the best secondary monitor for streaming on our list because it’s simply so versatile that you can use it for ordinary streams and for gaming as well.
The features such as the audio port, rotatable screen, lots of connectivity options, and high-end graphics and resolution simply make it the monitor you want to have not only as a secondary but also as a primary one.
The price definitely matches the quality and once you see this monitor in person, you can already tell that it’s finely built and that it’ll last you a lifetime.
So if you have 500$ to spend on a secondary monitor then look no further as you’re going to love this one.
There are tons of features on this monitor but let’s first talk about the 155 Hz response rate as it makes it a suitable monitor even for gaming.
The 27” LCD screen is just about the right size for a secondary monitor and when you add the 2560 x 1440 QHD display, you already know this thing is powerful.
It’s so powerful that it has a pixel pitch of 0.2331 mm which means the screen has more than 3.68 million pixels, so when you view an image or a video, it feels like the object is right there in your room.
What’s great is that you can turn the monitor to 90° so you can use it in portrait mode which is quite useful when streaming because you have more room on your setup.
You can even tilt the monitor to around 15° which’s quite useful in some situations.
Now, the big elephant in the room is the panel this monitor uses. Most monitors on this list use an IPS panel, and this one uses a TN one.
The IPS panel is a bit better because you don’t get that glaring effect when you view the display from the side.
However, even though this monitor uses a TN panel, there’s really no difference between the two panels on this model.
Dell did a really great job at constructing this monitor in such a way that a TN panel could actually work with such high resolution and colors.
7. LG 27UL500-W
Next, we have the LG 27UL500-W and you already know that when you hear LG that it’s a top-notch monitor.
This one is no exception because we’re talking about a 27” 4K resolution monitor. That alone should already get you going.
Enough chit-chat, let’s find out more about this beauty.
Who is it best for?
You saw the BenQ EW3280U and that is a beast of a monitor, but it’s still 700$. Of course, with the BenQ, you get a wider screen and even built-in speakers.
But this LG monitor still has 4K resolution and costs less than half of what the BenQ monitor costs.
So if you want that 4K resolution in your secondary monitor then this is your safest bet. Still, this monitor won’t be appealing for gamers even if it has gaming features, as it only has a 60 Hz refresh rate
It also isn’t as snappy as some of the other monitors we’ve reviewed, but for other streamers, it’s pretty much a steal.
We know we are getting boring by emphasizing the 4K resolution, but on this 27” display monitor, it’s something to talk about.
It’s like even though this monitor is standard-sized, the colors really come to life not only because of the resolution but also because of the 98% IPS panel that makes the glaring from any angle non-existent.
The Radeon Freesync is also great for reducing tears and that annoying choppiness, but of course, to fully enjoy it you have to have an AMD Radeon graphic card.
It also has lots of connectivity options such as 2 HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, and a DC port. The screen can be rotated 90° in each direction which comes in handy when you’re setting it up for your streams.
8. LG 27QN600-B
Last but not least we have another monitor by LG called the LG 27QN600-B which is a bit different than the previous LG monitor we’ve reviewed as it’s a bit faster, but it doesn’t have such a high resolution.
You’ll be the judge which one is better while we see what this monitor has to offer.
Who is it best for?
This LG monitor will be suitable for most gamers/streamers and of course for regular streamers who need a solid secondary monitor.
It has good graphics, the speed is okay, the features are cool – so what else would you ask for?
Knowing this, for the price you’re getting a high-quality and versatile monitor that’ll cater to your every need and even a bit more.
So if you’re familiar with the way LG makes monitors, you’ll definitely want this as your secondary screen for streaming.
A unique feature on this monitor is the almost bezel-less screen that makes the screen appear far wider than 27”.
Unlike the previous LG monitor, this one only has 2K resolution, however, it has a 99% color gamut meaning you’re basically seeing colors on the screen as you would in real life.
There are multiple gaming features such as the Dynamic Action Sync (DAS), black stabilizer, and the AMD Freesync that make for a perfect gaming experience.
It also work great if you use the monitor for other purposes.
What’s great is that you can tilt the screen for up to 45° and can even detach it from the stand with just a push of a button if you want to mount it on the wall.
Things to Consider When Buying a Secondary Monitor for Streaming
A secondary monitor for streaming isn’t a necessity like a good laptop, a mic, a camera, or streaming lights.
And, after all, you already have your primary monitor, so before you buy a secondary monitor, you should think carefully about what kind of monitor you want as an additional one.
That’s why we’ve made a few suggestions about things you should consider before you go out and buy a secondary monitor.
This way, you’ll know what to look for and you’ll make the right choice and spend your hard-earned money on a quality monitor.
1. The Size of the Monitor
The size of your second monitor is quite important because you need to make sure it can fit on your desk and not take as much room as your primary one.
Of course, if you have the room to fit in a 30″ secondary monitor then have it at it.
Now, the ideal width of your secondary screen should be around 21” to 27” give or take as are most standard monitor screens on the market.
This size will fit most setups and monitors that come in this size are great for using them as additional ones.
If you happen to have a laptop instead of a PC, then you can use your secondary monitor as your primary one and your laptop screen as a secondary monitor in which case the bigger screen dimensions you get, the better.
Sure, you don’t want to spend as much money on your secondary monitor as you would on your primary one except if you like to have two of the exact same monitor.
That’s why most of the time your secondary monitor won’t be as good as your primary one.
The one thing that won’t be as good as the resolution. There are a lot of monitors under 100$ you can buy today that don’t have full HD resolution.
Don’t buy them even if they are the last monitors on the planet.
You want to have at least 2K resolution which means you want to get a 1920 x 1080 resolution monitor. Imagine not being able to view a YouTube video in 1080p. That should be illegal.
Jokes aside, you want to get the best resolution possible in your secondary monitor especially if you’re going to stream because you need good graphics whether you’re an entertainer or a gamer.
3. Refresh Rate
The topic of refresh rate is somewhat controversial because having a high refresh rate doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a high-end computer.
For example, the BenQ monitor we’ve reviewed only has 75 Hz but is a high-end monitor because it has amazing graphics and 4K resolution.
On the other hand, some of the monitors we’ve reviewed have a high refresh rate but don’t have a 4K resolution which doesn’t mean that they don’t have good graphics, it’s just it’s not 4K good.
That being said, a high refresh rate is mostly sought after by gamers, which makes sense because even though it’s a secondary monitor, you still want to be able to game on it.
And since nowadays many video games allow players to use 2 or even 3 monitors, getting a good secondary gaming monitor is a must for gamers who stream their gameplay.
On the other end of the specter, we have entertainers, podcasters, vloggers, and even make-up artists who love streaming and are also use secondary monitors to track the audience’s responses or to help them out with simple tasks during streams.
This group of people won’t need a high refresh rate but rather need solid graphics and resolution so that their secondary monitor isn’t just a garbage one that they can only use for one thing.
Knowing this, it’s quite easy to make your choice. Are you going for features and graphics or are you going for speed and power?
We’ve come to an end in our top 8 best secondary monitors for streaming review and we have to say that our top pick is the Dell S-Series monitor.
Even though it has a TN panel, all the features are just perfect for streaming and the pricing isn’t even that high compared to what monitors go for nowadays.
We hope that we’ve helped you make your choice if you’re searching for a secondary streaming monitor and we just know that you’ll be happy with what you get.