Multiple monitor use on the rise despite declining desktop PC sales

By Shawn Knight · 23 replies
Feb 10, 2012
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  1. The act of running multiple monitors from a single computer was once reserved for diehard enthusiasts and IT professionals but a new article from The New York Times suggests that…

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  2. If the price of high quality computer cases would fall, I bet they would all come crawling back to their desktops.

    Maybe it is time for case designers to step out of 1987 and design some delicious cases for our living rooms. Might work wonders on that crazy wife of yours.
  3. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    At work I use 2x 15" (4x3) displays and find it more comfortable than one 23" 1080P display. That's only for work though so I would much prefer 2x 23". That would rock.
  4. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    Mr. Meyer definitely never tried to write HIMSELF a memo referencing several sources. He's just trying to publish a paper.
  5. iI just don't understand why 27 and 30 inch LCDs with high resolutions are still so expensive. When I can get 3x 30 inch LEDs for $1000 all in, I am going to upgrade for home use. For now, I'll take a larger 42 inch monitor for games + desktop and use a laptop as a 2nd screen when I dock.
  6. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    I run 4 LCD's for work.
    Most people here (Hospital) run atleast two, or one 23"/24" 1920 X 1080/1200.

    For gaming I still use my U3011, but Eyefinity and 3DS are starting to work a little better.
    I hate the bezel splitting the screens no matter how thin it is, hopefully they find a way around this.
  7. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    Actually his comment is a sound one. Adding more than a second display for the sake of productivity becomes a example of diminishing returns, as the more monitors you have the longer it takes to scan through all of them, unless you know exactly what you want and where it is on the full display. Also, the larger the total amount of display space you have can become stressful to your eyes. Two to three displays tends to be the sweet spot depending on the person, and anymore really becomes more overwhelming than helpful. Again, this ultimately depends on the person.

    I'm more of a two display person and honestly, I tend to favor my main display far more than my secondary display. I will attest to the usefulness of having those two montiors however, as I only use one screen at work and it pains me to do so lol.
  8. I work at a tech help desk and our dual 24" monitor setup is a dream come true.
  9. TechM633

    TechM633 TS Rookie Posts: 33

    I use three 24" LED monitors...and lovin it!!!
  10. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    I use a 22" widescreen and a 17" monitor side by side. The 17" was lying around so I just hooked it up. Not much practical use besides having a program and a browser open, but better than not having the extra space.
  11. 2 Dell 30inch Monitors at Max Res....always have like 20 windows opened...Just wait until the retina display monitors come main stream.
  12. I tried dual monitors for gaming its not worth it unless you get a 3rd monitor

    with dual monitors in gaming you cant see the crosshair which is not worth it
  13. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    I've been using 3 screens for a while now, although I had to hack off some pins from my second video card to get it fit in a PCIe X1 slot, and I have found it extremely helpful, especially with software like Photoshop, even though my secondary monitors are pretty small. I just need to scavenge around for a fourth screen, so I can use my last video output.
  14. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    A 30" monitor at 2560x1600 resolution is about like quad monitors if you manage your windows well. I have one of those with a secondary dedicated to displaying server logs only.
  15. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    You did what now...?
  16. topcoach

    topcoach TS Enthusiast Posts: 45

    I've been suing 3 screens for several years, and find it hard to use any less. I have a 28 inch center monitor (landscape mode), surrounded by two 24 inch monitors in portrait mode (Dell U2410). The portrait mode monitors are awesome for reading document or websites. Windows 7 works great for multi-screen setups. I have also used OSX Lion, but OSX has a very poor implementation for multi-screen. Hopefully Apple pays attention to this trend towards multi-screen, and improves OSX. I would use OSX more, but it is so difficult to use when it comes to multi-screen.
  17. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,484   +45

    Currently using 2x27" Asus led monitors. When I move and I'm allowed to put holes in the wall they're going on a wall mount with two more.
  18. inventix1136

    inventix1136 TS Rookie Posts: 85   +14

    What have the screens done to you that you needed to sue them, and for several years no less? :)
  19. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    What kind of keyboard is that in the image?
  20. I rather prefer one 24" monitor with a retina display than multiple monitors. I stopped playing computer games, so the increased resolution isn't a major issue for me.
  21. Looks like a logitech g510
  22. As a person required to read and understand and correlate multiple reports, most with tables and maps created for A3 size format and helpfully (not) placed at the end of the reports, I find that having a screen space at least as big as half my physical desk space allows me to effectively operate a paperless desk.

    The only time I need paper is when working with managers who run their offices on paper.

    (6 screens, - 27in landscape, 22in portrait, 4x22in landscape (one with Goggle earth, two with 2nd PDFs, last with video/tele/presence apps running)

  23. At works I have dual monitors and find it useful when doing different tasks or working on one thing while referencing something else on the other screen. At home a single monitor is fine for me. I'd rather just have a larger single monitor at home.
  24. mishmosh

    mishmosh TS Rookie

    Running two 24" IPS. You can get so much more done with mulitiple monitors. Microsoft should look into better native support now that Nvidia tools are gone.

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