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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Multiple monitors, is it worth it?


So as you know most likely from a previous post, i am currently using 3 monitors. This is pretty new to me but before this i used 2 monitors for about 2 years. Both of them were 1680x1050 so i recently picked up a 1920x1080 monitor to replace one of them. So how did i end up with 3? Im too lazy to get rid of one, lol.

Basically going from 1 to 2 monitors was a huge improvement in productivity. You don't realize all the advantages of another monitor until you actually try it for yourself. My main use for it was  having all my social networking on there, such as skype/aim/msn/vent and then i would be able to see incoming IMs all the time. Id also use it for watching videos or looking at websites while doing other things such as homework or playing a game. Once you use 2 monitors its hard to go back.


Now as for 3 monitors it really depends on what your doing. But even the simplest PC user can find  a use for 3. It just comes down to is it worth the extra $$. A simple user can have his main work on the primary monitor, their social networking on the other and then music for example on the 3rd. Now this is possible and i guess its nice but  it really doesn't justify spending the extra money for a monitor and then a way to hook it up to your computer (remember most graphics cards only support 2 monitors).
Am i the only one who really dislikes full screening their browser? lol

Ironically this is how my desktop looks most of the time, website on the primary, music on the 3rd and social crap on the 1st. I wouldn't go out of my way to achieve this setup. I can only think of a couple times that iv said to myself  "thank god i have this 3rd monitor". But for some reason i really like it there and probably wont be going back to a 2 monitor setup.

Oh yea and you can do this if you have an eyefinity card :P




So in conclusion, you probably dont need 3 monitors but at the same time you probably wont regret getting a 3rd monitor. If your still in 1 monitor land i strongly recommend you try a dual monitor setup to increase your productivity and just give you a generally better experience.

Thats it.. oh and 100 followers, thanks guys.

43 comments:

  1. I have thought for a long time about getting a second monitor... But currently I'm just lacking the money. My graphics card supports three monitors, but I can't even afford a second one. :/

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  2. Sweet setup, i only have one screen but i want 2 more, watch movie on one, read on the second and play on the third :P

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  3. I'm getting a second monitor soon. Trying to do 3d modelling and reading tutorials is hard for long periods with only one.

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  4. I love my dual monitor set up. 1600x900 and 1400x900. Could not manage without it now.

    Don't really feel that I can justify a third monitor for now, maybe in the future!

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  5. great! was looking for a real time expirience from the 3 monitors setup! thanks I will try it at work

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  6. id love a second monitor. i'd stick some TV on one side and do work(games) on the other

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  7. Not sure if its worth it but it makes a battlestation look nice!

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  8. it would be sweet to play a computer game on 3 monitors

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  9. I need to get a desk so I can put my laptop on something besides, well, my lap...
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  10. yea dude it is :D
    i used to do two 22" monitors
    it really helps with multi tasking

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  11. I think my video card would catch on fire.

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  12. i have 2 monitors and i don't know what my life would be without them

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  13. these screens are very good for designers like me

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  14. nice

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  15. I'm on dual monitors currently and it is quite good. But having three seems a bit like an overkill to me

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  16. Having two monitors would be nice and useful, but three? I guess it wouldn't be of much use for me. Still nice, though.

    Cheers

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  17. Can't wait to have enough cash to build my own. I will probably go with three monitors too!

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  18. 2 is the best number of monitor one needs.

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  19. I have two, and I think it is.

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  20. id get dualies if i had space haha

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  21. That's an incredible setup you have there! I've always wanted to get a dual-monitor setup, but alas, my money seems to want to be everywhere else but in my pocket.

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  22. cool stuff...

    last time I set up a dual monitor though I burned out my video card :X.

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  23. The third monitor would be more useful if you put it in portrait mode. It's especially good for programming. You have the vertical one for editing, one horizontal for man pages, and the other horizontal for building and testing and whatever else.

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  24. Since I pretty well live at my school, I don't see a point of buying even a second monitor at the current time. I'm not doubting the inevitable increase in productivity, but it's just not something I'm willing to purchase any time soon.

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  25. I tried dual monitors with an extra CRT monitor I had laying around. I can see the benefits if you really like to multi-task (check stocks, read reference PDF's while working, etc).

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  26. Not worth it, unless you're an MMORPG maniac and make money off of it. Then I gues it would be worth it.

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  27. dual monitors always seemed like a luxury to me. and i am poor.

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  28. I have 2 monitors... I want a 3rd... wouldfeelgoodman

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  29. I didn't used to think multiple monitors did much until a friend of mine tried it out and after seeing it, I do say it is definitely awesome.

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  30. great insight, you should do a post on video cards next.

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  31. Your setups looks great. I'm just using a single 42" LCD now, but I've had multiple monitors in the past and they make it a lot easier to manage everything when you have a lot going on. Btw, congrats on 100!

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  32. Thats insane, I need to get on that action man, Haha I just have a 15 inch monitor. Does the job for now.

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  33. I've got a 1920 x 1080 and I'm pretty happy with it :-)

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  34. I'm really big into WoW, so my gaming setup actually uses 6 monitors. I use a 3x2 stack.

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  35. congrats on 100 followers! honestly i kinda want multiple monitors lol

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  36. watching porn with multiple monitors would be revolutionary

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  37. I wish I had multiple monitors.

    Congrats on 100

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  38. i love my dual monitors, for writing and producing music

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  39. I had 2 till I sold the other computer.. the more the better. I can always find something to do with more space =D

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  40. hah i wish I could get multiple monitors, a lot of my friends have that set up, but alas: laptop.

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  41. I'm a programmer by hobby. 3 monitors make it SO much easier.

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