What is the purpose of having a dual monitor setup?
Like many of the people who find there are not enough hours in the day, I’ve found that any advantage I can get to increase productivity is an absolute must. One simple thing that I’ve done is gone from having 1 monitor on my computer to have dual monitors. This simple and easy to do idea has increased my productivity by about 50 percent.
In this blog, I want to share with you some of the many advantages of having dual monitors, and why doing so could mean more money in your pocket. I’m also going to share the best way to get a dual monitor setup. While there are a plethora of options available, not all are equal.
Here is an example of a standard horizontal dual monitor array:
I like this set up the most. It provides the most natural feeling work station. The left to right exchange of information makes sense for most of us.
For the most part, I use one screen as my internet gateway, i.e. email, and live update materials, while using the second for non-internet based functions. This helps me stay focused on the task at hand, while providing easy access to constantly updating emails and more.
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Here is what a vertical dual monitor array looks like:
The vertical dual monitor display is another popular choice. While it may not make sense for the typical Word and excel grinder, this style is good for those monitoring the markets. I’ve also known a couple of guys who used this setup for gambling.
Whatever you use it for, it greatest advantage is the reduction of space as well as the multiple task functionality. Just keep in mind, it may leave you with a crick in your neck if you intend to stare up at the top screen all day.
Ok, so we’ve hit on the basic arrangements, but you may be wondering about the specifics. For example, what types of monitors can be used, the best stands to buy, special cables, adapters and more. For the time being, let’s stick with just the monitors.
The first LCD monitor I owned cost me $1000 at Best Buy. It was made by NEC, weighed around 14 pounds, was 4 inches thick and had a screen resolution that was nothing to brag about. Fortunately, technology has continued to evolve, giving us some amazing choices for monitors.
Of course, your particular needs will always dictate your exact recommended specifications, but featured above see two Dell E170S 17″ inch Black LCD monitors in 4:3 aspect ratio. These monitors have a max resolution of 1280 x 1024 at 60 Hz. This is a TFT active matrix display and supports 16.7 million colors.