As you look around workspaces these days, you’re certain to notice that a single, lonely monitor sitting on a desk seems to be a rarity, and with good reason – because as the saying goes “Two heads are better than one.” Well, in the multi-tasking world we now live in, that same logic has wisely led to conclusion that “Two or more monitors are not just better than one, they are essential.”
It Just Makes Sense
The evolution of the Information Age has made it necessary for us to adapt to its environment, and we’re constantly required to refer to multiple sources of that information simultaneously to work effectively. We’ve become forced to toggle through a barrage of open windows, tabs, apps, and docs just to function. Unfortunately, cluttered screens can lead to cluttered thinking. The benefits of multi-monitors are thus many, including:
Viewing documents side-by-side for comparison
Writing emails while consulting websites
Swiftly switching between applications
Partitioning your tasks and workspace
Making cutting-and-pasting between docs more efficient
Many companies are actually using the enticement of more and bigger screens as a recruiting tool: “Hmm, should I take Job A with a sweet 3-Monitor setup, or Job B with the one 19-incher?” Check out this video and see if you aren’t enticed.
It Increases Productivity
More screen room/workspace makes working more comfortable, leading to a substantial increase in both the quality and quantity of a worker’s output. Microsoft’s research found that a user’s productivity rose by 9 to 50% when a second monitor was added to their environment. Many other studies back these results up, and indicate that in a less quantifiable way (but equally important), multi-monitors simply make workers “happier.”
Studies aside, it’s pretty intuitive that being able to refer to everything you need to with your eyes instead of having to repeatedly toggle back and forth is the way to go. Plus, what’s even more intuitive is that happier workers are more productive workers.
It’s Affordable and Easy
The cost of high-quality monitors has come way down, making having more than one your best “bang for the buck” tool in getting the most out of your employees, or even yourself. Those prices are even lower when using one of our discounts. Also, monitors are slimmer now than they were in the past, so desks can easily accommodate more of them.
Take a look at these examples:
Setting up multiple monitors is a breeze. Most computers have an extra video port, so just plug the additional one in. If yours doesn’t, just get a USB dock with video support, and there are other options such as a DVI-to-VGA adapter, or adding an AGP or PCI video card.
Everyone’s Doing It
Who? Bill Gates, for one, and he seems to have done well for himself, right? In a recent interview with Forbes, he described his three-monitor setup as including one on the left dedicated to email, one in the center for whatever he’s currently working on, and one on the right for an open browser. To quote the “Maestro of Microsoft”: "Once you have that large display area, you'll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity."
Statistics show that 179 million monitors were sold worldwide last year, compared to 130 million desktop computers. Do the math – that means there are more screens per desk, and up to 40% of one monitor supplier’s corporate customers now use multi-monitor setups. That’s a huge increase from the 1% who were doing so just four years ago.
So, do a little more research if you’d like (it shouldn’t take much to convince you) and take a step towards increasing your productivity and general well-being. After all, a new monitor isn’t a toy, it’s a tool.