How many computer monitors?

by WebPen
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I've only been using one monitor for months, and it's killing me.

The problem is my video card can't use a second monitor and I don't feel like upgrading just yet.

Am I the only one suffering from a onesy?
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I go with just the one; but it is more of a comfort thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author CodeBotics
    I just have one at the moment, but will hopefully upgrade to 2 in the near future. For programming, you really need 2 monitors so you can see what's going on as you type it.
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    • Profile picture of the author cjreynolds
      Got dual monitors at work - wish I had them at home.

      Once you start using multiple monitors you'll get addicted!
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  • Profile picture of the author eastwest97
    I use two monitors. My laptop won't handing a third one or I would use it.

    In my 9-5 I do instructional design/technical writing so having two screens to compare my old document to the one I'm updating is a godsend. Once you go to two or more...you will be spoiled. But as a side note, I only have an extra monitor because the job allotted for it; otherwise I would have just the one. :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      I use a desktop with one monitor and a laptop separately at times. I have thought about adding a second monitor but have not yet. It's not really bothering me though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
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    I just got a full new office set up at home with 2 22" wide screens - i LOVE them and it makes work so much easier!

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    • Profile picture of the author Steadyon
      These days I just have one. But here's the timeline:


      I started with this setup:





      Then I updated the screen in my small office to this:





      And now, just before my sites tanked I got myself one of these:




      So as you can see, you don't have to get multiple screens, especially if you don't want to update your graphics card
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    I only use one screen, but it's a 24" flat screen TV. It's big enough so that it acts like two monitors for me. I also have a laptop to my left, and I'm considering adding a second laptop on my right.

    At least, after I am able to pay off the iPads for all the kids in my sig.

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  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    I'm using only one but with a trick... Virtual desktops.
    See, my desktop operating system is OpenSUSE Linux with KDE4. Just like all Linux desktop managers KDE has virtual desktops, I can put various stuff on each one of them, I typically use 6 it's just like if I had 6 screens I just switch from one to another with either the mouse or a key combination... Easy, and very useful!

    Seb.
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    • Profile picture of the author manicmethods
      Originally Posted by OldLodgeSkins View Post

      I'm using only one but with a trick... Virtual desktops.
      See, my desktop operating system is OpenSUSE Linux with KDE4. Just like all Linux desktop managers KDE has virtual desktops, I can put various stuff on each one of them, I typically use 6 it's just like if I had 6 screens I just switch from one to another with either the mouse or a key combination... Easy, and very useful!

      Seb.
      Mac OSX Lion can do this too

      And that's exactly what I do.

      1 Macbook Pro
      1 Mac Pro
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
      Well, I clicked three monitors in your poll; but I'm no g-u-r-u.

      I actually have four flat screen monitors (five if you include my laptop!)

      Two in my home office in the UK, where I have three computers; one in my house in Spain, where I have one computer and one at my mother's house in the UK, where I have one computer (she is 90 years old, so I tend to vist her often and I hate using my laptop - even though she arranged for my brother to buy it for me as a gift!)

      Jeff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor M
    1 screen on my main computer Looking to upgrade to two shortly.

    And my 17' laptop.

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  • Profile picture of the author whadu
    Recently started using two, mainly to watch television shows and movies on one and browse the net on the other.
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  • Profile picture of the author seriousbsnz
    I actually just recently bought a second monitor. I like it cuz i can be working on something like writing a book or article or something and be reading something or watching something on the other page. I just have a hyper active mind so i love multi tasking, it actually makes me more proactive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    The more the merrier

    I have two workstations with 3 24" monitors and one with 2 27" and I have a simulation racing cockpit with 3 40" screens.

    So yeah, I'm straight up ballin'
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  • Profile picture of the author brownmarketing1
    I plan to switch to two very soon. Right now I keep my laptop next to me to just be able to listen to a video or webinar while working on desktop.
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  • Profile picture of the author gentryliving
    As of now i used only one monitor. Planning to change a new one which is bigger than the old one.
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  • Profile picture of the author wackiin
    ive got three but not a guru, been using three for years since my trading days and stuck with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Holmes
    Had the equipment, just never sat down and set it up until recently - but for the last 3-4 weeks I've been using two monitors.

    Use: One to work on, writing posts; and one to fill with Amazon, Google's Keyword Tool, and a few reference blogs...

    Just flicking my eyes back and forth, I can pour content to my website...
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  • Profile picture of the author knish
    I thought about the possibility of setting up another monitor. At least I do have a big LCD monitor to use right now.
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    • Profile picture of the author cjreynolds
      Super wide screens can do just as well - I saw a curved one yesterday (kinda like the one in post #10 above) - it's a Sony - retails for $10K
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Mak
    i have 5, 4 were preset to work by itself. my laptop is no. 5

    see the proof!


    you can use 1 cpu with 2 or more monitors.

    or you can have 4 cpu to share 1 monitor with a switchers

    or no monitor with a windows vps
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  • Profile picture of the author WorkOnline
    Multi Tasking using one monitor isn't bad for me! I'm not saying that it's bad to have more than 1 monitor, but I'd rather use 1 monitor for my two eyes!
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  • Profile picture of the author imsirigiri
    One is quite enough for an internet marketer. But, I use two as I need to develop websites too. One CRT and the other Benq 24 inches.
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    • Profile picture of the author TG12
      I need to redesign all my stuff! I am currently doing that. Like some other guy said the trick if you can only afford one monitor is Virtual Desktops!
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  • Profile picture of the author JimWaller
    I only use 1, because I already have enough distractions. You should see how many tabs I keep open on my browser (currently 38). Can you say A-D-H-... Was that something shiny? I'd better go look... What was I saying?

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    • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
      Originally Posted by JimWaller View Post

      You should see how many tabs I keep open on my browser (currently 38).
      We could run another poll about that... I'd bet this is an average!
      With FireFox's grouping feature I probably have more than that
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  • Profile picture of the author PLRExpress
    I'm still only using one monitor. I can see the benefit of having two monitors - especially as I'm someone that seems to always have numerous windows open and I always lost the document I'm working on in a sea of other folders, documents and mess.
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  • Profile picture of the author bmokranus
    well, am only using one and it's completely sufficient.
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  • Profile picture of the author infomaniacs
    One at home, but two at work as I am frequently using multiple programs and spreadsheets. 2 x 19" don't think I need them at home, happy with my laptop
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  • Profile picture of the author annabelle07
    I am stuck with two laptops that are more like extensions of my hands.

    There was a time when all I had boot was for YouTube or Orkut.
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  • I have 2 and it makes things much much faster. I can read emails and carry out my work at the same time. I would be lost without the second one now lol
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  • Profile picture of the author rooze
    Damn, is this like a new status indicator? I don't bother with him 'cos he only has one monitor !
    Enough people seem to care so this must be really important. :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      Originally Posted by rooze View Post

      Damn, is this like a new status indicator? I don't bother with him 'cos he only has one monitor !
      Enough people seem to care so this must be really important. :rolleyes:

      lol...

      it never even entered my mind, but ya, people crack me up sometimes. so I hear you, Rooze
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Allard
    I have two monitors and used to have another desktop set up so 3 screens all together. It impressed some girls (well they probably just pretended they were impressed) but when I'm actually working I just use one screen
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    One for now but will try two since speed is the ultimate goal.
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    I just have one but planning to add another one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I use 2 computer monitors... just how i used to do it at my old computer job.
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      Originally Posted by SamKalai View Post

      THE WINNER!!
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      Originally Posted by SamKalai View Post

      instead working with internet marketing, I will play game with those setup
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  • Profile picture of the author Farish
    I use 3 monitors. Fyi you do not need to upgrade your video card to use a 2nd monitor. There are usb devices that do the same thing. I use to have 2 monitors attached to my old macbook by using the usb device.
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  • Profile picture of the author eman1
    I use one widescreen monitor and so far it has been more than sufficient for all of the work that I do online.
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  • Profile picture of the author purplecone
    I would love to upgrade and have two monitors, but that won't happen any time soon. For now, I use a 24" widescreen monitor that lets me view two complete documents side-by-side.

    Someday, though....

    Linda
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  • I use just one screen a time or I think my multitasking mind will crash.
    I prefer to move windows and keep everything under control.

    Three monitors will be great, but I also don't know how to set them up.

    See you soon,
    Alessandro
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  • Profile picture of the author BlackWar
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    Looking forward to having a desktop.
    Need some refreshment with high graphical action games. LoL.
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  • Profile picture of the author apoorv.parijat
    iMac 27'' with an Apple Cinema 27''. I do a lot of development work so having a double monitor setup is pretty sweet. Earlier, I had a 21'' Dell with a 24'' iMac which was my first experience with a dual-monitor setup.

    I also have a Macbook 13'' for carrying around when I travel, or need to reply to e-mails or do the odd bug fix, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Essex Accountant
    Whats a balla ? Ive never heard that term.

    Two monitors, one to code on, and one to view the results ( plus run itunes!)
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  • Profile picture of the author Jtraits
    I found out 2 monitors as extended desktop to be really helpful. Not so messy and really tidy and organized
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    mark it. i can make social robots.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelgee123
    Laptop for now, dual monitor desktop soon!
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    Originally Posted by Craig Desorcy View Post

    Here's mine...



    I'm no "GURU" just a techie junkie :0)

    -Craig
    Holy smokes, Craig.

    And are all of those monitors for work? Or are you one of those guys playing 4 different WoW accounts at once?
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    2 23" flat panel hd monitors.
    I can never go back to one, would really like 3
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    ....

    BetaMaster wins. HIS DESK GLOWS BLUE AND GREEN.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneywar
    I use dual monitors and find it good enough for me .
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  • Profile picture of the author Fadiz
    Two laptops one mac and one windows with ubuntu and extra 24inch monitor that i swap between the machines depend which one i'm working on. I would take a pic for ya'll but my desk is little messy at the moment lol
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    Originally Posted by Justin Stowe View Post

    I've only been using one monitor for months, and it's killing me.

    The problem is my video card can't use a second monitor and I don't feel like upgrading just yet.

    Am I the only one suffering from a onesy?
    I was using just one and then when I started doing some investments/trades, I got two so I could look at charts on one and then do the trades on the other. Then I realized, I still needed one to check email, facebook and everything else...so 3.

    However, then I wanted to move around, so now I have 1, 2 or 3 laptops sitting around me if I move to other rooms.
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  • I run my entire business off a 13" Macbook Air.
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  • Profile picture of the author sfx1971
    I've got two 24" monitors that go back to my Forex trading days and I couldn't live without them. Although I do feel quite inadequate having seen the previous post...
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  • Profile picture of the author Angel Warrior
    I'm not poor when I only have one monitor.
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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    Two for me. never go back to one. I have a lap top and it frustrates me to work on. My desktop has to so it's great to be able to have multiple windows open.

    Plus i run win7 so i can drag windows to 1/2 size and have 4 open at once.

    Sal.

    PS: Research showed that dual monitors can increase productivity by at least 30%.
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  • Profile picture of the author Saad Host
    I use two monitor . one is 17" and second is 21".
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    I only have the one monitor. For everything that I do, I really don't need more than that. It's 21 1/2 inches, so it's plenty enough for work and to also watch my favourite shows or movies. My desktop is not big enough to even hold multiple monitors...
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  • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
    I only use 1 (on my macbook), but I want a setup like SamKalai or Steven Miranda!!! For my day job (I know... sucks), I have a 2 monitor setup and love that, but 3 would make it so much more easier to work (in IM or anything else that requires a bunch of different apps to be open).
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
    Dual 26 inch monitors........ side by side......

    Perfect for webdesign, graphic design and internet marketing......

    I could work with one, but why? Using two monitors really speeds things up, and makes designing or coding much, much easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    I used to have three and I really liked that set up a lot but one of the monitors crapped out on me so right now I'm stuck with just two Having multiple monitors helps to keep me organized.
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    Great setup cjreynolds !
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