Multiple Display Vs. Single

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Multiple Display Vs. Single

Posted 11 May 2008 - 02:48 AM

Lately, with the drop in prices on monitors, I have been toying with grabbing a 22" widescreen to go dual with my 19" right now.
I use IDE's, Photoshop, After Effects etc regularly and have been debating over and over in my head whether it would be worth it to
spring for an extra display.

So I was wondering, as designers/programmers/developers, what is your opinion, what works best for you? Also what is the greatest benefits, if any, you have from using a multiple display setup?

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Re: Multiple Display Vs. Single

Posted 11 May 2008 - 02:58 AM

Once I started using a dual display, I have had a very hard time going back to single.

"Hey, can you take a look at this for me?"
ARG! Only one monitor.

Having 2 displays rocks! It's so convenient I don't even know where to begin....
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 04:50 AM

I agree, I have the same problem when I have to use someone else's computer, that only has one screen! :crazy:

Having two monitors is very convenient, and I would never go back to only one! ;)
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 05:31 AM

I used to have a dual setup at home and in work, too.
At home now I've switched to a single 24" wide one and it didn't feel like a hold back, it makes up for the two displays on its own.
However if you want to use PS or anything where colors are important, then keep in mind, that it is usually impossible to calibrate two different LCDs to have the same color reproduction, so it is quite pointless to put two versions of the same picture onto different displays to compare them. Putting the tools palette or similar onto the secondary is great.
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 06:08 AM

What about two displays with two different screen sizes say 19 and 22"? Different manufacturers, etc... would you recommend two of the same for dual use or a mixture is just as good?
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 06:28 AM

I ordered my 22" earlier this morning. I currently have a 19" (non widescreen), and am going to set up the 19" as a wing to the left.
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 07:09 AM

I have a dual monitor setup, and have converted both my wife and my son to dual monitors. I couldn't, and wouldn't, go back to a single monitor for anything
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 08:30 AM

I love having a second monitor! I can have DIC in one screen and Crimson Editor in the other! also its great for listening to music while playing computer games, and its great for watching movies and chatting with people. Its too bad i'll have to wait until september till I am back in college and can use it again.
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 08:35 AM

I run 3 monitors at work. A 22 and 2 x 19's

Dual 19's at home.
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 02:07 PM

Laptop with 17" screen and a 24" wide screen on the left wing. If it was possible I'd have a second 24" on the right wing. Never to much screen space. I'm one of those guys who keep all my stuff (clothes, books, papers, will-be-useful-another-day things, you have it) in piles at home. Well, 'till the wife tells me to tidy up... Ahem... So, when programming I usually have the IDE on one screen and a browser, an editor or two for notes, two or three folders in different windows and maybe some helpfile open at the same time. And - of course - one or two books and pen and paper on my desk...

Anyway, going from one 17" screen to 17" + 24" is fantastic and I'd not go back. Same setup at work btw.

In my personal opinion it's one of the better upgrades I've ever done.

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 02:17 PM

i have 2 different sizes (24 inch widescreen and a regular square 21 inch) which makes a pretty big differential height wise. I would say the exact same are better but really you adjust to it so quickly, after a week i don't even see a problem. its not like you work on programs in the middle of the 2 anyways.

but yes, its a huge increase in productivity when you have 2.
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 03:11 PM

If you're low on funds and don't mind using CRT monitors, go for a drive/walk and look for monitors by the side of the road. People usually throw away old monitors when they get rid of their old computers (a good monitor will outlive the pc it's attached to).

Multiple monitors are nice. If you're have a Nvidia/Ati/Matrox card with dual outputs, you can have two monitors AND 3d acceleration. If you only have one video output, you can plug in multiple other video cards (at least in Linux), at the cost of 3d. Before I had a dual-out card, I had two monitors hooked up: one plugged into my GeForce FX 5200, and one into my ATI Mach64. I couldn't play 3d games, but most games don't work well split over two displays anyways. :)

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 04:26 PM

When my 17" CRT died I decided to replace my wife's monitor too. Well the two 19" wide screens only made it to my computer. Awesome up grade! If I'm coding I have my editor maxed out in one and several command line windows for compiling, finding files and browser in the other.

If I can convince my wife, that she needs two monitors on her system then when she is out :pirate: I'll be! Run all four from mine I will!
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Posted 12 May 2008 - 10:27 AM

Al Gore gonna eat your souls for eating up so much energy with ya dualies!
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Posted 12 May 2008 - 05:40 PM

you really cant mix a 22" Widescreen LCD and a 17" CRT. When they are not next to each other, they work lovely, but otherwise it sucks so hard.
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