One or two LCD Monitors?

Subject: One or two LCD Monitors?
From: Jean Hollis Weber <jean05 -at- jeanweber -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 20:14:38 +1000

Geoff Hart wrote,
> 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.... 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.

Another variation on screen real estate: I have one 24" widescreen
Dell monitor (which neatly displays two A4-size pages side-by side)
running off my laptop. I usually have multiple windows open, but
usually I don't need to be able to see all of them at once -- I just
need to be able to refer to them quickly and easily. I can put some of
the open windows on other "desktops" and flip between the desktops. I
know Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux support multiple desktops; does
Windows? (If I were better organised, I'd put my graphics work on one
desktop, my research on another, my current writing project on a
third, and email on a fourth... but in reality my virtual desktops are
a jumble... rather like my physical desk, come to think of it.)

I could use both the laptop screen and the external monitor together
for added space, but the size difference between the two (12" laptop)
drives me nuts, so when I'm at home I use the external monitor alone.
My partner has a 22" iMac and a 24" external monitor and uses both
(the external monitor is often showing a TV program or a DVD while he
works on the iMac's screen).


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