“Two Heads Are Better Than One” and so “Two Monitors Are Better Than One” at least for users like us.
Nowadays having multiple monitor setups looks sleek and kinda gives real geeky vibes whether you’re a trader, programmer, researcher, gamer, video editor, streamer, or anyone.
And the reason you’re searching for the best laptops for multiple monitors shows that you’re exactly like me who loves laptops instead of desktops due to versatility and many other reasons
But being a laptop lover can sometimes bring pain, for example started by Apple to reduce the number I/O ports to make their MacBooks more slimmer is now adopted by almost all laptop manufacturers and everyone is fighting to design the laptop 0.5 inch thin. They are winning the race but at a cost and that is reduced no. of connectivity ports.
I found a void when I was setting up my multiple monitor desk and found out that finding a good laptop that can support dual or multiple monitors is hard as not all laptops support multiple monitors and the articles online are just listing random laptops without checking if the laptop is capable to support even external monitor.
Hence, I and my colleagues stuck together and selected 24 laptops, later the number got reduced to the 9 best laptops for multiple monitors that we reviewed and are capable of handling multiple monitors.
Best Laptops for Multiple Monitors:
- Apple 2023 MacBook Pro (M2 Pro) – Best Laptop For Multiple Monitors Setup
- Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop – Laptop that Supports 3 Monitors
- Razer Blade 15 – Laptop For Dual Monitor Setup
- ASUS ROG Strix G16 – Gaming Laptop that Supports Multiple Monitors
- HP Envy 17.3 – Laptop With Two Thunderbolt 4 ports
- LG Gram 17Z90Q – Lightweight Laptop
- Dell Inspiron 14 Plus 7420 – Best Budget Laptop
- Acer Swift 3 – Thin & Light Laptop
- ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED Laptop – 2-in-1 Laptop with 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports
Comparison Table on Best Laptops For Multiple Monitors
|Laptops||No. of Video Ports||Links|
|Apple MacBook Pro (M2 Pro)||3x Thunderbolt 4 ports, and 1x HDMI 2.1||View More|
|Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop||1x Thunderbolt 4 port, 1x HDMI 2.1, and 1x Mini Display Port 1.4||View More|
|Razer Blade 15||1x Thunderbolt 4 port, and 1x HDMI 2.1||View More|
|ASUS ROG Strix G16||1x Thunderbolt 4, 1x HDMI 2.1, and 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C which supports display output||View More|
|HP Envy 17.3||2x Thunderbolt 4 ports, and 1x HDMI 2.1||View More|
|LG Gram 17Z90Q||2x Thunderbolt 4 ports, and 1x HDMI 2.1||View More|
|Dell Inspiron 14 Plus 7420||1x Thunderbolt 4 port, and 1x HDMI 2.1||View More|
|Acer Swift 3||1x Thunderbolt 4 port, and 1x HDMI 2.0||View More|
|ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip||2x Thunderbolt 4 ports, and 1x HDMI 2.1||View More|
REASONS TO BUY
- Perfect choice for professionals
- Quite Reliable
- Comes with Ventura 13
REASONS TO AVOID
- If you’re a gamer or someone who just needs a casual laptop for minimal multiple-monitor then this laptop is not for you
Specification of reviewed device is: CPU: Apple M2 Pro chip | GPU: M2 16-core | Display: 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR Display (3024 x 1964), 120Hz | Memory: 16GB RAM | Storage: 512GB SSD | Tested Battery life: 780 minutes | OS: macOS Ventura 13 | Material: Aluminum | Weight: Approximately 3.5 pounds
In the introduction, I told you I was too looking for the laptop when I was setting up my multiple monitor desk and the laptop that solved my problem was the 2023 Macbook Pro 14-inch model with M2 Pro, hence it’s in the first position.
If you’re a gamer, please pardon me and jump to the 2nd laptop because this device isn’t built for gaming but for professionals in mind as it comes with 3x Thunderbolt 4 ports and 1x HDMI.
Equipped with M2 Pro with a 16-core GPU, this MacBook Pro can support multiple monitors swiftly but there is a catch to understand.
This model with M2 Pro can support two external monitors with 6K resolution at 60 refresh rate (Hz) if connected via Thunderbolt 4 and if 2 Thunderbolt ports are occupied then the other option to connect the second monitor is via HDMI but then the resolution will be 4K with 144Hz.
Also if your need is just to connect one monitor with this MacBook then the native display output will be 8K with 60Hz (via Thunderbolt 4) OR 4K with 240Hz (via HDMI).
In my dual 4K monitors setup, 1st (main) monitor Dell S2722QC 27-inch 4K USB-C Monitor which is 4K supported and connected via Thunderbolt 4 port, and 2nd monitor which again is a Dell S2722QC Monitor is connected via HDMI for multi-tasking because most of the time 2 remaining Thunderbolt ports come in handy for many things such as for connecting USB HUB so I avoided connecting any display with those 2 ports. Also, I don’t like multiple display adapters that are now in the market as they put a load on the system.
And if I talk about other things about this future-proofed laptop then just as ever this MacBook Pro is super reliable with a battery life of up to 13 hours (tested).
Its display is a Liquid Retina XDR Display with 3024 x 1964 pixels at 120Hz which was the main reason for having this laptop as I love colors to get poured into every single pixel.
In short, this laptop is perfect for programmers, researchers, video editors, traders, and anyone who falls into this category.
REASONS TO BUY
- High-end laptop
- Loaded with many I/O ports.
- It has Element 31 which is a thermal paste but more effective
- No overheating issues
REASONS TO AVOID
- Not easy to carry
Specification of reviewed device is: CPU: 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti 8GB GDDR6 | Display: 17.3-inch FHD 1ms Display (1920 x 1080), 480Hz | Memory: 16GB Dual-Channel 4800MHz DDR5 RAM | Storage: 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD | Tested Battery life: 240 minutes | OS: Windows 11 Home | Material: Magnesium and Aluminum| Weight: Approximately 6.8 pounds
If you ask me about a laptop that is powerful, future-proofed, and can handle ANYTHING but it should be on Windows; then my answer will be “Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop” that was recently launched from Alienware Arsenal.
Alienware X17 R2 is a spaceship-like laptop that is purely designed to cater to All Needs of a user from any category and that’s what truly makes me put this laptop in second place.
When I first touched this laptop my first word was “WOW”. I mean the texture of this laptop is so classy. But the classy texture won’t feel the void nut specifications.
This laptop comes with THE Intel Core i9-12900H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070Ti that make this laptop, future proofed.
Having these specs, the X17 R2 becomes ideal for you and me who want to use it for multiple monitors. Although my need is already fulfilled with 2024 Macbook Pro but for gaming, I’m now eyeing on this beast.
Equipped with 1X Type-C Thunderbolt 4, 1X HDMI 2.1 Output Port (DOES NOT SUPPORT G-SYNC OUTPUT), 1X Mini Display Port 1.4 combined can support 4K resolution at 120Hz, 5K resolution at 60Hz and 8K resolution at 60Hz triple monitor setup. Just imagine!
Although if you’re a gamer who loves playing games like God of War, Genshin Impact, The Ender Scroll, Skyrim, AC’s Odyssey, and many then I would recommend you to go with 4K 120Hz dual monitors setup for the best experience and if you’re a programmer, developer, trader then triple monitor setup with 8K 60Hz would be just fine.
Because even if this laptop CAN support a triple monitor setup, I would suggest you to leave some space for the laptop itself to breathe for better performance, longevity, and better cooling.
As I said above, I am currently using it as a daily gaming laptop because this laptop itself comes with a 17.3-inch display that is loaded with 240hz and 2K pixels but if I need it to be my multiple monitor desk partner then I will use it with two 4K 120Hz monitors or maybe add vertical monitor too.