PC Monitors – Multiple Monitors

Many workers today are constrained by the size limits of their device screens/monitor. Laptops are getting smaller and thinner, but the amount of available screen real estate shrinks in tandem.

A typical usage scenario: An employee may be viewing an Excel spreadsheet, while their e-mail client, Web browser, CRM system and Windows Explorer windows are running in the background. To get from one application to another requires switching active windows and taking the focus away from critical work. It follows, then, that increasing the screen real estate available to employee enables them to see more at once and get their work done more efficiently. In fact, many research studies bear this out.

With the arrival of the dual-monitor evolution, a rapid decline in the price of LCD monitors and the proliferation of well-priced graphics cards with dual-monitor support, more companies can outfit their most-valued workers with a second monitor.

The result: Dramatic increases in productivity. Better still, many of these dual monitors users say they actually enjoy their work more. Freed from the frustrating task of tiling through windows, they find themselves spending more time actually getting things done.

Advantages of having multiple monitors

1. Increased productivity

The biggest advantage of using multiple screens is an increase in productivity.

Over the years there have been a number of studies that have attempted to calculate the change in productivity from using multiple monitors. According to a study carried out by the Jon Peddie Research, productivity increases an average of 42% when using multiple displays.

2. The use of multiple simultaneously.

Most businesses have some type of workflow that involves using multiple programs at any given time i.e. email, CRM system, accounting systems, design software, Internet etc. Single using multiple programs is such a frequent occurrence for many users, having a second or third screen can make this juggling act much less painful and more productive.

3. Works well with laptops and allows for flexibility

Many users are working from laptops and not staying at one desk all day every day. Setting up an additional monitor is easy with most laptops these days.

This allows users to have a home/work office with a dual screen set up, but still allows for flexibility as it is easy to disconnect the second monitor and take the laptop wherever you go. This is especially the case if you invest in a docking station. The Docking station allows you  to simply connect your laptop to your docking station with the devices/screens you require already plugged into it.

Multiple Monitor Hardware requirements

Before purchasing additional monitors, it’s important to note whether your existing computers will support multiple monitors. A quick look at the back of your PCs will give you the information you need. If the video card currently in the computer has more than one video output port, or if the computer has multiple video cards installed, your system is ready for a second monitor. If not, additional or upgraded video cards will need to be purchased and factored into the cost decision.

Benefit of multiple monitors

The benefits of multiple-monitor computing can sometimes be hard to quantify. All our team at AME currently use two or more monitors to work within a complex workflow environment. We have found an increase productivity along with lowering frustration, meaning a multiple-monitor workstation is simply the best way to work.

As LCD monitor prices continue to decline and technologies continue to evolve, it makes it easier to set up and use multiple monitor workstations, allowing more users to have the opportunity to experience the true benefits of running with two or more monitors.

The Next Step…

Our team can help provide advice and support on multiple monitor set-ups. We can look at your existing equipment to check multiple monitor compatibility, supply the hardware required and set up the monitors so they are ready to go. For information please contact us on 01392 824 022.

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