Ultrawide vs dual monitors – which setup is right for you?

Ultrawide vs dual monitors
(Image credit: Jim McCauley)

Ultrawide vs dual monitors: it's the question you're going to have to ask yourself if you want to maximise your screen space. Having a pair of monitors (and sometimes more) on your desk has long been the sensible solution to running out of desktop space, a scenario that most designers will know only too well.

However a dual monitor setup isn't without its drawbacks, and the arrival of ultrawide monitors over the last few years means that it's now easy to give yourself plenty of space to work in with a single display. There are advantages and disadvantages to each arrangement, so if you're having trouble choosing between a pair of the best 4K monitors or keeping things simple with one of the best ultrawide monitors, here's what you need to know.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.