If your job happens to require great on-screen detail, such as publishing, advertising, etc., then two monitors might actually be required, not just an option. Designers like the increased ease of using two monitors. In fact, a study by Jon Peddie Research examined the degree of productivity using two monitors. Not only did the employee’s productivity increase, it did by a substantial average of 42%. This also means the cost of the second monitor will be recouped pretty quickly with such performance.
In professions that require comparisons to be made, having two monitors helps to get the job done quickly and accurately. You can view items side by side on the dual monitors and easily make comparisons and changes, if necessary. I personally use two monitors which aids me as I help my clients during remote support sessions. Once you have two monitors it’s hard to go back.
Another benefit is of having two monitors, is the ability to keep multiple screens open at the same time. For instance, you can be working on a word document while you’ve got your social media site open on the other screen for easy viewing. The dual monitor approach is especially common with those working on a laptop. The second monitor can be much larger, sharper, and of better quality; yet, you’ll still be able to work off of your laptop.
If you need to have multiple programs open at the same time, two monitors will help you. Rather than shifting screens or minimizing them, you’ll be able to have both screens open at the same time. If you need to attend a video conference, you can have the open conference on one monitor and refer to your work on the second monitor. You will even be able to scroll through websites, graphs, and/or other information during the video conference. The dual screens make this fast and easy.
So, if those are the advantages, what about the disadvantages of having two monitors? Besides the fact they take up more space, having two monitors is expensive and these could be distracting at times. After mulling over the pros and cons and you’ve decided to go ahead and invest in a second screen here are few considerations.
Look at how much space you have before you even start considering two monitors. Do you have a workstation that would allow for such equipment? Is there enough space to properly set them up or will they be crowded?
Another fact to consider is your existing computer capabilities. In order to drive two screens, the computer must have two video adapters or outputs. Most computers come with a single video card output. If another output is required, an additional video card or adapter can be installed if the computer have the space for it.
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