The Advantage of Dual Monitors

We’ve all seen the geek on TV shows like CSI and NCIS using more than one monitor on their computer. It’s not very expensive to add a second monitor to your current computer setup and you’ll realize, in no time, how much your productivity increases.

I’ve been using dual monitors for the last five years and I have a hard time working without them. Originally I started with a 17″ Samsung CRT and a 19″ Sony CRT. Since then I’ve moved away from a desktop computer, so now I’m using a 17″ laptop coupled with a 19″ Sharp LCD.

After watching me use dual-monitors for almost two years, my girlfriend adopted two monitors at work because she’s always working with spreadsheets and other financial systems – she’s amazed with how much more work she’s been able to accomplish using both monitors.

I did one of my Toastmasters speeches about “Utilizing Your Computer” and that was a big part of my speech – switch to two monitors and you’ll save a lot of time and a lot of trees.

Here are some links to a couple of others who swear by the multiple-monitor approach:

How I work: Bill Gates – from Fortune Magazine

If you look at this office, there isn’t much paper in it. On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.

Dual Monitors the way to go according to Bill from Transparent Agenda Blog

For once I completely agree with Bill Gates. In this article in Fortune he talks about the productivity gained by using dual monitors. “The screen on the left has my list of e-mails. On the center screen is usually the specific e-mail I’m reading and responding to. And my browser is on the right-hand screen. This setup gives me the ability to glance and see what new has come in while I’m working on something, and to bring up a link that’s related to an e-mail and look at it while the e-mail is still in front of me.”