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Windows 7: Dual screen, or not dual screen?

10 Mar 2010   #1
nickyp

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Dual screen, or not dual screen?

Hey guys,

Obviously Windows 7 pushes through the advantages of having dual screens and the extra efficiency that is/can be created by having this.

Are people finding that there is a definite benefit by using 2 screens and are you mounting them on monitor arms or just having them side by side on the desktop, as a few people have mentioned that monitor arms are beneficial as well, not just for efficiency, but for the added desk space it creates?

Cheers for your comments, hopefully they will push me into a decision!


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10 Mar 2010   #2
Kari

 

Hello Nicky, welcome to the Seven Forums.

My main rig for private use is a 17" laptop (see the specs). When home, it stays on top of an extra cooling pad, connected to two other displays: a VGA to an external 22" display and HDMI to a 32" LCD-TV on the other corner of the room to be used when I occasionally want to watch BD's / DVD's and / or use Media Center without leaving my study.

Windows 7 Screen Resolution tool shows it like this:

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In real life my working corner looks like this:

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(The netbook in the middle does not belong there, it stays normally always in it's case)

Using external wireless keyboard and mouse, this setup is ideal for me. I've tried almost everything. Different display sizes, working only with one display etc. For me, this is the best. I really love the ability to have a video or Media Center TV running on one display while surfing / working on another display, or ability to to keep different files open on different displays while working. Quite often I have a Virtual PC / XP Mode running on the other display, while staying on Seven on another. It really makes computing a lot easier.

However, according to an old Finnish saying some like the mother, some prefer the daughter; it's up to you to decide what do you need. I am quite sure that if you try a dual display system, you don't want to go back to single display.

Just my 2 cents...

Kari


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10 Mar 2010   #3
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
However, according to an old Finnish saying some like the mother, some prefer the daughter; it's up to you to decide what do you need.
So many answers to the that.... all of them lewd


As for myself, I have two 24" on the desktop and hope to add a 3rd sometime in the future.

Dual/multi screens can be very beneficial in regards to work productivity and non- work related activities. There are a multitude of different things you can use them for.

I assume this is a work orientated question?
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10 Mar 2010   #4
TGSoldier

 
 

I think it depends all on how you use your computer.

Eg. My mom uses her computer to check her hotmail. That's about it. Does she require dual screen?
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10 Mar 2010   #5
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I use dual screens and I find it hard to use a computer with 1 screen.
Been using duals since 2000/2001.
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10 Mar 2010   #6
z3r010

 

2 screen just aint enough

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10 Mar 2010   #7
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
I use dual screens and I find it hard to use a computer with 1 screen.
Been using duals since 2000/2001.
I'm so jealous! I can't keep my corner so tidy.
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10 Mar 2010   #8
dood

Win7/XP
 
 

Dual 28's here Great for video editing..
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