Why Two Monitors Are Better Than One
Many employees use two monitors and there are numerous benefits to doing so. In this article I will explore the benefits of having two monitors instead of one.
Give it a try
Everyone has their own working style and you won’t know if two screens are right for yours until you give it a try. Like any change, it will take a little while for you to familiarize yourself with the possibilities and parameters. The initial adjustment period normally lasts a week or two, but afterwards you will wonder how you ever did without a second screen. If you use an ergonomic ‘split’ keyboard, imagine trying to go back to using a regular one? It would seem cumbersome and unproductive, right? That’s the kind of impact a second monitor would have. Why not ask an IT expert about how you can get started today?
The benefits of dual monitors
The main benefit of using two screens is productivity. Research studies have investigated this and the results are really impressive. The average time it takes to complete tasks has been found to be significantly lower for people who use two displays than people on traditional desktops or laptops. Just think about how many seconds it takes to close one window and open another. Now think about how many times you repeat that process each day, and how long you could be wasting over a year.
Dual monitors also help people maintain focus. Imagine being able to keep your emails or Twitter open on one screen, checking updates at a glance, whilst focusing on another document at the same time. This means you only have to break concentration when something really important comes up. A second monitor facilitates team and creativity; making it easier to collaborate with colleagues as you can keep your shared ideas on one screen, whilst working on the other.
The benefits really do go on and on; multi-taking is made easy, copying and pasting between two documents is painless, the efficacy of Skype conferences can be boosted by having an entire screen dedicated for your notes. But perhaps the most important benefit of all is that dual screen configurations have been found to be more pleasant to use which actually makes working more enjoyable.
What you will need
It isn’t difficult to set up a second monitor, and it can be done relatively inexpensively. If you are buying a new laptop make sure you get one with a graphics card that can contend with two monitors (most should be able to), if you want to add a second display to an existing computer, you may have to upgrade your existing graphics card (again this won’t break the bank). It’s important to think about how much desk space you have available, two 22” displays is a common dual monitor configuration, however, if you don’t have the room you might want something smaller.
How to do it
Setting up a second monitor is surprisingly straight forward but if you decide you want a third, things can start to get tricky. All sorts of specially designed auxiliary screens are available, and it’s always worth double checking with an IT expert if you are unsure.
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