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#31 lunamonkey



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Posted 08 January 2013 - 22:37

For playtime

Movie or Music ___ Web or Emails or Explorer etc...

For Worktime

Code ___ Requirements or Browser or Email

#32 zeta_immersion


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 22:40

got 3 x 24"

1 for porn
1 for RDP/Server
1 for games and porn --- will be moved to the other one
gaming is fantastic though but heat production is astronomical

#33 DavidM


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 22:49

Thank you so much for these creative ideas

But in fact, I can say you use the setup for Coding ,Office documents editing, graphic production,Gaming, Web browsing/General stuff.

I am not a coder, Heavy office editor, or a graphic guy.

That leaves general stuff:Email, Browsing, Gaming, Media.But I can't see myself Gaming and paying attention to a website or a movie.

So, I am sure you get a huge benefit, but it is almost work related (Coding, Graphics, Office).But what is out there for a person who is not into these stuff.

I have a second monitor and I am going to use it eventually, but I want to know how to make full use of a 2nd monitor.

I have just read an article saying same thing about this setup is over-rated,but I lost the source.This may be the incentive to start this thread

I Dual Boot Ubuntu and Win7. Most of the time on Ubuntu.But a good point, though, that I can use it with my wife.Synergy is the software for that, right?

I'm still only running one 23", but I'd love to have another smaller one running in portrait mode for web sites while gaming. I'm playing through the Mass Effect series (again and they are starting to become one very long game) and I don't know how many times I've grabbed my laptop to check locations of quest items, guns stats or just where exactly I want to put that last skill point. I guess you could say I'm running a second 15.6" screen that happens to be powered by another computer. :)

My wife is going for her Masters and is writing paper after paper and uses dual 21" screen, one with Word up and the other has her sources. When I set it up for her she laughed and told me it was over kill, the other day I told her I was going to take one for myself she told me to, well, FO... in so many words. The other day she had one with Word and one with IE and a pdf sharing the second. I was waiting for her to tell me she needed another monitor.

Slightly off topic, anyone running Windows 8 with dual or triple monitors?

#34 Grayski



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Posted 08 January 2013 - 22:52

I Dual Boot Ubuntu and Win7. Most of the time on Ubuntu.But a good point, though, that I can use it with my wife.Synergy is the software for that, right?

Synergy allows you to control multiple machines over a network with a single mouse and keyboard http://synergy-foss.org/

#35 Dot Matrix

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 22:52

Had an extra lying around, so when I upgraded to Windows 8, I figured, "why not"?

Might get rid of it though, as I was never able to get my workflow to adapt around it.

#36 Lee G.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 23:51

I use dual monitors. I use a 24" monitor as my primary monitor alongside a 20" monitor. I've found that it has increased my productivity.

I can have a Word document on one monitor, and a browser open on the other. I can also have a video playing or a video game on one monitor, and a browser on the other.

I use my secondary monitor for displaying virtual machines and remote desktop sessions, and I often have my media player opened on that monitor.

#37 primexx


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Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:20

How else can you tile 4 word documents side-by-side?

#38 Pupik


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Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:23

Got 32' as my main monitor and 23' one right of it. Only use the second monitor when I play games like LoL to read more about the champion I'm playing from mobafire or alike. Or watch streams on twitch, when I'm doing something else. Rarely use the second monitor for anything else.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:40

I have 3 monitors. Center is 27" and sides are 24's which will be upgraded when I build a new desk.

When Developing Apps / Coding Websites / etc, its nice like everyone else to have Development Environment in middle, resources left or right, and email / browser for tesitng left or right.

On my macbook, i just went from 2 24's to 1 27" TB Display and I love it. Im an IT Tech at work, so I have a 27" tb and a 24" 1080 monitor. I really have to say, having 1 2440*1400(i believe) does replace 2 monitors for me. But, I will have another 27" for home when I can.

But, on my macbook i mainly do all of my work work on there and any linux compiling, bash scripting blah blah blah. So having multiple monitors is important on my Macbook but I can replace (for now) having multiple monitors at home by dividing my tb display into 4 quadrants.

At work we also got multiple desktops with dual 30" 2600*1600 dells on them. If I could get ASUS monitors IPS or not @ that resolution, then I honestly believe I can live with 2.

Resolution is mainly the thing for me and most of the people I know that use multiple monitors. Its easier to buy 4 27's at a good time, which will easily cost as much as a 27-30" IPS panel at anytime.

#40 Nashy


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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:19

I have 2 24" monitors.

There is so much room for extra programs. It's great when I'm multitasking with more than one program.

Especially Dreamweaver on one, Fireworks on the other. If I'm browsing, I usually have Winamp open in the other, or any other small task I'm doing in it.

#41 Coagulated



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:30

I used to do a lot of video editing and a lot of the tools I used were designed for dual monitors. However, after a while I just found that I loved the increased productivity in general, even when doing recreational activities.

Okay, at one point I did used to play Football Manager on one screen whilst playing/administrating a Call of Duty 5 server on another screen - but that was just gluttonous!

#42 pixelpixel88



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:06

I have 2 at work (actually a notebook + a monitor). Since im a software developer, i am coding on my laptop, and have the result (browser) or documentation open on the big monitor. Also its nice to check the resulting webpages on different resolutions and screen sizes.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:45

you should check warwagon's setup

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:24

2x24" here, haven't looked back since I switched. My productivity in particular while programming is significantly better.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:57

Since OP doesn't do a lot of productivity style stuff, here's mostly how I and a few other people I know use a 2nd monitor for typical "home" use.

My PC at home is generally used mostly for gaming, so I use a 2nd monitor to keep an eye on things like CoreTemp (for monitoring CPU temps/load), PrecisionX (for monitoring GPU temp/load/fan speed), Ventrilo/TeamSpeak/Mumble, and have a web browser open for either reference or to watch streaming video while I play (background noise). I mostly play MMOs (Rift, The Secret World, SWTOR) so I don't have to concentrate fully 100% on the game all the time.

At work, it's as others have said - the second screen is used for reference or image editing for the document I'm working with on the primary screen.