4 Monitor Computer
So, you’ve been seeing advertisements recently for 4 monitor computers, or other configurations with multiple monitors. The reviews are in and it’s clear that the advantages of using a multiple monitor computer will soon pay for the expense of setting up a dual monitor system. In this article, I’m going to list and discuss some reasons why you should upgrade your current desktop to a 4 monitor computer. I’m going to also discuss some basic configurations as well as costs versus increased productivity. Let’s get started.
So why use a 4 monitor computer, versus a single monitor or even dual monitors? Well the short answer is that when desktop space increases, so does productivity. This isn’t just some guy hyping super computers; there have been multiple case studies that indicated this. In fact, since the mid 2005, companies are starting to catch on to this more and more. Offices across the globe are equipping their staff with dual screens. Let’s put it another way. If every time you switch between applications you spend 4 seconds searching for the correct tab and waiting a window to maximize, think about just how many hours you’re spending in a week, a month and a year. I bounce back and forth between applications like a frog between lily pads. So let’s say in the average day I change applications/windows 100 times (a conservative estimate to say the least.) That’s 6.7 minutes a day, 33 minutes in a 5 day work week, and 28 hours a year- JUST SWITCHING APPLICATIONS! If I can reduce that number down to one fourth of that or less I’m going to do so. They say time is money, and my time is way too valuable to spend it constantly switching between applications.
What’s the best versus the minimum configuration you should consider using when setting up your 4 monitor computer? Well, I personally prefer speed and reliability- I like the best of the best. But the minimum you should consider is a computer with the following specifications:
1. 2.93 Ghz Intel Core i3 Dual-Core Processor
2. 4 GB DDR3 (PC10600/1333mhz) RAM
3. 2GB GDDR3 NVidia Geforce 9800GT
This configuration is enough to guarantee less lag time and more productivity. A system of this caliber may cost you close to $1400, but that shouldn’t discourage you. Remember, the first year alone you’re 4 monitor computer is going to save 28 hours of work time- how much is nearly a week of work worth to you?
Are there other options available that may be less expensive? Sure. Let’s discuss some of them. My favorite solution for creating a multi-screen computer is the Triplehead2go adapter by Matrox. This simple device allows you to connect up to 3 monitors to your existing work space. You can even add multiple monitors to your laptop with this device. You may not be able to get a 4 monitor computer with this setup, but for a few hundred dollars, you should easily be able to cut down your time switching between applications by one third.
6 Monitor Computer
Do you find yourself looking for more desktop space? Productivity and space to work run hand and hand, and as such having multiple monitors may be your saving grace. In this article, I’m going to talk about how I was able to use a 6 monitor computer to increase my daily productivity by about 30 percent. When it comes down to it, it’s all dollars and cents. A 20 percent increase in productivity also led to a nice jump in my bottom line.
So let’s start with the basics. How can you turn your ordinary laptop or desktop computer into a 6 monitor computer and/or super machine? It’s not as difficult as you might think, although there are a couple of options. Deciding which one is best for you is a matter of preference for performance versus cost versus time. Let’s start with laptops though, as more Americans (and everyone worldwide really) is has been moving towards a laptop. The short answer is an adapter. The TripleHead2Go by Matrox is an easy solution if you are looking for 2 or 3 monitors. This is by far the easiest solution, as it involves only a few mouse clicks to setup. This works with most of the latest Windows operating systems. What I like about this option is the ability to setup on the fly with no real hardware to install; you can have dual monitors or even triple monitors in few easy steps. And anyone can do it, by following short easy instructions. Cost is lower than some of the other options as well. And while I said this was for laptops, it’s worth noting that this method will also work with your existing desktop.
“But I want more than a 3 monitor computer, I want a 6 monitor computer” you say? Ok, let’s talk about some other options out there. The next option for your desktop is either installing multiple video cards to your existing or new computer or special video card that are capable of handling multiple screens. What is a video card? This is the piece of hardware that connects to your monitors. And this is where things may get a little hairy, so to speak. Most computers will have space for at least 1 additional video card, but that doesn’t mean that you can just plug in any ol’ card and presto a multiple screen computer. You have to make sure that what you install will work with your particular machine. Before pursuing this route, it’s recommended that you talk a professional to find out what will work.
For a 6 monitor computer, you need the processing power (i.e. the processor), enough ram, and the correct card to handle the work load. A good starting point would be a Pentium i3 Dual Core Processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 3GB GDDR3 ATI Radeon HD5670 video card. From there, you can chose to go up in quality, but for six monitors this is the minimum recommended configuration.
It’s been said that if you watch your pennies, your dollars will take care of themselves. What I told you that I could save your company 10,000,000 (ten million) pennies a year? That’s $100,000 for those of you that aren’t good at math. And the great thing about this method is that it requires little cost up front, and can be done in just a few days. Would you be interested? Follow along below and I’ll show you how giving your employees a dual monitor can increase productivity and in the end dramatically increase your bottom line.
During a 40 hour work week, one of the primary goals of a good manager is to ensure his employees are spending their paid hours working and not surfing the web for fun, playing on Facebook, but what if I told you that your employees are getting nearly a week of paid vacation and it’s not even their fault. The fact of the matter is that employees that don’t use a dual monitor configuration are wasting hours each week switching between pertinent applications. Let me explain. The average time it takes an worker to switch between 3 applications, by no fault of their own, is 3-5 seconds. So if during a given work day, a worker switches 120 times between programs, they’ve spent about 10 minutes doing nothing!
Ok, Ok, so 10 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but let’s do a little math here. Ten minutes a day times 5 days, is 50 minutes. Multiply that by 50 weeks a year and we’re talking almost 42 hours of wasted time. How much is a week of time worth to you? How much do you pay an employee for a week of time? If the average company has 200 employees and each is paid $500 a week, you’re wasting $100,000 a year! Using a multiple monitor setup, you could cut that wasted time by 75%. A 3 monitor computer, or even 4 monitor computer means even more savings.
In fact, more and more companies are recognizing the benefits of giving each employee a dual monitor. Google, the leader in technology and trends, recognized the benefits of dual screens back in 2001, but it wasn’t until 2005-2006 that everyone caught on to this miracle time saver. Just having two monitors at each work station could mean 2 additional employees or an extra bonus at the end of the year or a padded bonus for everyone.
So how difficult is it to set up your dual monitor? Not difficult at all is the answer. In fact, if you’re currently running windows in your office then the battle is half won already. Windows makes it extremely easy to configure multiple monitor computers. Other than that, a simple adapter or special video card is all you need.
Don’t waste another dime of your company’s money, get your employees a dual monitor setup today and start seeing the benefits tomorrow.