One or two LCD Monitors?

Subject: One or two LCD Monitors?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L' Whirlers <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Tim Lewis <ltc -dot- writer -at- comcast -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 09:14:32 -0400

Tim Lewis wondered: <<I am going to buy one or two LCD monitors to
replace a CRT monitor. In your opinion, which is the best way to go,
one large widescreen or two standard monitors?>>

Two widescreen monitors. <g> The real question is how much screen
real estate you need. Once you know that, you'll know the answer to
your question: the minimum number of monitors that will provide that
much space and still fit within your budget. I'm using a 22-inch
Dell, and it meets my needs just fine. But my wife has two monitors
this size and fills both with open windows, and a colleague has
_three_ and wishes he had room (and a sufficiently flexible neck) to
add another one. It all depends on how you work.

One thing to keep in mind: All else being equal, look for a monitor
that can be rotated into portrait mode, particularly if you buy a
smaller monitor. For those of us who write, the narrower horizontal
width and longer vertical length are much more efficient for reading
and writing (they minimize scrolling). If you don't care about that,
at least make sure the monitor's vertical dimension is long enough to
display "full pages" of the kind of work you do (e.g., tabloid if you
do newsletter design, 8.5x11 or A4 if you output to letter-size
paper) at readable size.

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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