Benefits of Dual Monitors

Posted on Aug 01, 2012

There are many advantages of using dual PC monitors to carry out various tasks on your computer. User productivity in the work environment has been demonstrated to improve significantly using this approach. And, clearly, the enhanced work space area eliminates the need for having to constantly switch between tabs for various open applications.

IT departments, however, might sometimes find this to be a hard sell due to extra work space requirements. Yet, the advantage of this approach far outweigh the liabilities. Multi-tasking, for example, enables users to display email on a single monitor, with a browser window open on the second, and the possibility of having a third open as well. The benefit of easily navigating your cursor from screen to screen is a benefit that all users will learn to appreciate once they incorporate dual monitors in their work stations.

The officers of my company as well as most of our employees cannot imagine working without dual monitors. Our IT department actively promotes the benefits of this feature to our team. The IT department may, however, need to be present to set up users and make this type of operation possible. This is because some desktops may require a video card upgrade that can support separate video outputs, although laptop users have more of an advantage, especially those who are using docking stations.

Windows Vista does include support for multiple monitors, as does Windows XP and even Windows 2000 to a lesser extent.

Although, there are many great benefits of using dual monitors, there are still some glitches that users can run into. For example, if a laptop computer is not connected from a single monitor, when restarting an application, the computer may look for a different screen and sometimes users may end up losing their mouse, but those issues are usually minor and readily fixable.

Here are some things you may want to consider and talk more about with your IT department

1.  Bezel – Looks bad in eyefinity since there is a break between monitors. Different models of monitors will have different height and bezels and may not match up. You might consider a multi-monitor mount.

2. Calibration – Different monitors have different colors and white points. They won’t look the same unless you calibrate with the exact same models. Some would look more yellow or blue than others. Colorimeters cost between $200 and $400.

3. Support in games – Most games do not suppose pictures wider than 16:9. So instead of displaying a higher resolution image, the picture would simply be stretched out, which looks weird. Most games will never support insane wide resolutions because it gives too much advantage for players to be able to see so much of their surroundings.

4. Viewing angles - Cheap TN panels have terrible viewing angles, even worse for the vertical range. Portrait mode with a TN panel is the worst thing imaginable.

5. You need either two Nvidia graphics cards or a single current genetion ATI card but at least 1 monitor must have a display port. All the monitors must be the same resolution otherwise it will crop the vertical space to match the lowest limiting monitor.

Regardless, of which method you choose to operate with, there is another option available — but a rather expensive one. It involves purchasing larger LCD screens. The dual monitor approach, however, is still recommended because of its proven record of productivity and organization for users.

Talk to your IT support staff about adopting dual monitors for your work place. If you want to impress your boss and increase your output, then this is a great way to start.

Written by IT Support and IT Consulting Professionals at FedSolutions.  Thanks for stopping by!