Yet more on multiple monitors
Just when I thought it would be impossible for me to write any more on the benefits of multiple monitors along came another twist – the debate between one big one and several small ones!
Lets be clear for the type of work I do more is better, here’s why:
- If you do a lot of assembly of documents from multiple sources and using lots of different content then multiple monitors are for you. In my case I will be writing a report and assembling it from Visio, Excel and PowerPoint content, and drawing on content from the web and OneNote. I need to see several of these apps at the same time so I can cross refer between them and keep context.
- If you are working on one thing, either creative or analysis oriented and its large and complex then one big monitor might be better, maybe some very complex graphic or a mega spreadsheet.
I am very big on symmetry so for me there’s no alternative to 3 monitors. Although maybe three with a forth above the central one would also work. My desktop supports four so maybe that’s an option for the future.
I actually have 4, right now, but ones my Tablet that I access via Synergy.
Anyway if you still want one large monitor then I strongly recommend this blog post on coding horror which has some links to really useful apps that help partition the screen. This new post that drills into some quantified benefits and these two (one – two) on web worker daily that have useful comments.
And just for completeness here are my old posts on the topic!