Display screens - one big un or many?

#1
I would like to display more than one webpage in front of me. I am currently working on a single 19" screen.

Would it better to buy a single larger screen (22-24") or go for a multi-screen option with my desktop spread across them?

I would be grateful for advice!

Litotes
 
#2
Multi-screens seem to be catching on in popularity. Windows 7 can be configured to use two screens fairly easily I'm told.
 
#3
Depends on what your video card can handle.

Personally I find 2 screens much nicer than a single large screen...you will pay less for 2 * 19" screens then the equivalent size in a single screen. And as you already have one screen, the second 19" will be less than a 22" and you will have more screen space than the single screen.

Check your video card first though.

S_R
 
#4
I use two screens at work. Makes life much easier. With one screen (at my last place) I was constantly re-sizing windows to see things. With two (or more) screens, you can display two (or more) full size web pages. I use Windows XP at home and work and am thinking of getting a second screen for use at home.
 
#5
I have a 22" and a 17" and it works nicely under Windows 7. At work I have 3 19" monitors. Both work well... I'd go for two screens the same size if possible though.
 
#7
If you are working then 2 screens are the way to go. As has been said you can have 2 full web pages/spreadsheets etc open on display. If it is just for surfing from home then single screen is probably best. IMO
 
#9
I've got a pair of 20" screens at work and a 22" monitor at home (well, a 15" on 1 PC and the 22" on another). I prefer the bigger screen to the 20" and find that tiling vertically works quite nicely on it. OTOH, I do appreciate that 2nd monitor. The asymmetry in width probably isn't as big an issue as different heights with dual screen working - I work on large spreadsheets and vertical alignment mismatches can make it harder work with two screens.

What else do you want to do apart from look at webpages?
 
#10
I'm currently running XP on an ATI Radeon HD4550 GPU at 1280*1024 pixels on a 19" Dell screen (DVI).

There is another DVI output and the whole caboodle appears to be stable and cool-running. The GPU can be driven at 1920*1080 pixels which is why I asked about the 24" screen (although whether my PSU will supply enough juice is another matter).

I can borrow a second screen so will give it a try.

Thanks for the advice!

Litotes
 
#12
I prefer two screens, I don't know why, but there seems to be something demarcating the two.... that you just don't get on a big screen split in two

That said I have also got a computer linked to a 42inch screen which is mint for opening 8 windows....
 
#13
I'm a recidavist, and prefer 1 big screen.

I work in a software house and the dev guys like 2 screens, but for me 1 larger screen (big enough to show 2 pages of A4 in lifesize side by side) is better for how I work.
 
#15
Drummer_Boy said:
I'm a recidavist, and prefer 1 big screen.

I work in a software house and the dev guys like 2 screens, but for me 1 larger screen (big enough to show 2 pages of A4 in lifesize side by side) is better for how I work.
I've seen that done; the geeks have one screen showing the raw code and the other showing the finished output so that they can see the result as they tweak the code.

Not quite what I wnat to do but I am minded to try two screens rather than fork out for a 24" screen).

Litotes
 
#16
chocolate_frog said:
I prefer two screens, I don't know why, but there seems to be something demarcating the two.... that you just don't get on a big screen split in two

That said I have also got a computer linked to a 42inch screen which is mint for opening 8 windows....
Eight windows? Is that 8 individual programs (or 8*Internet Explorer screens)? How pwerful is your PC?

How close do you sit to a 42" screen?

Litotes
 
#17
If you can borrow a second screen then give it a try. I suspect once you have tried it, you will be looking here: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/alist
 
#18
I've used a two screen set up for several years now. I definately wouldn't want to regress to just a single screen - no matter how big it was.
 
#20
polar69 said:
I use 3 big screens at work
Are you a CCTV operative?
 

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