How to set up two mon­i­tors for dou­ble the screen real es­tate

A must for mul­ti­taskers.


Even a gen­er­ous 24-inch mon­i­tor can feel cramped when you’ve got mul­ti­ple win­dows open on your desk­top (and who doesn’t?). It’s much worse if you’re con­fined to a lap­top screen. For­tu­nately, it’s sim­ple enough to add a sec­ond mon­i­tor to your PC setup and spread out.

Any mod­ern desk­top or lap­top PC has the graph­ics ca­pa­bil­ity to run dual dis­plays. All that’s re­quired is a sec­ond mon­i­tor. You can get a very nice sec­ond screen for around $100, such as HP’S 21.5-inch, 1920x1080 Pavil­ion IPS mon­i­tor for $99 on Ama­zon ( go.pc­world. com/hppn) or Acer’s 21.5-inch, 1920x1080 G226HQL for $90 on Ama­zon ( go.pc­world. com/g226). Both fea­ture fairly thin bezels, an im­por­tant fea­ture if you want to min­i­mize the in­ter­rup­tion be­tween your two screens.

To­day’s mon­i­tors typ­i­cally come with some com­bi­na­tion of VGA, DVI, HDMI, and

Dis­play­port ports. In other words, you’ll have a cou­ple op­tions for how to con­nect the mon­i­tor to your PC. While its com­mon for VGA and DVI

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