Do big monitors make a difference to your work?

I know this is unrelated to RoR, and im sorry. I’m just considering
upgrading from my 17" LCD monitor and was wondering if people thought it
was worth it.

How much better is a big monitor, say >17", to work with?

Could you go back?

Did you notice a change?

What is the difference?

Thanks
Chris

OH HECK YES! i purchased a 30" monitor to work with my 17" MBP. next to
it i have a 26" monitor i won from DELL. I still feel i dont have enough
space. When my websites start generating money, i hope to upgrade to a
macpro with triple 30"inchers lol!

Chris wrote:

What is the difference?

Thanks
Chris

Tagged it OT! I have been searching for monitors only to find that a
19" LCD monitor also serves up a resolution of 1280 x 1024 (same as 17")

  • so, I don’t see much of a reason to upgrade cos I can’t squeeze more
    stuff onto the screen…

Cheers
Mohit.

Personally I prefer to work with TWO monitors - both 17" in my case.
It’s very
convenient to have, for example, editor opened on one monitor and
browser on
another to see both the code and the results. Or log console / browser
while
testing, etc.

On Wednesday 04 October 2006 18:16, Chris wrote:

What is the difference?

Thanks
Chris


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Dual monitors are the way to go. I’ve been running dual for a couple of
years and it really helps. I’m taking a new monitor and video card home
today so that I can use three monitors. You might want to consider
getting another 17" LCD and a video card that does dual output.

Chris removed_email_[email protected] wrote:
I know this is unrelated to RoR, and im sorry. I’m just considering
upgrading from my 17" LCD monitor and was wondering if people thought it
was worth it.

How much better is a big monitor, say >17", to work with?

Could you go back?

Did you notice a change?

What is the difference?

Thanks
Chris


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I’m a big fan of the 24" widescreen monitor, 1920 x 1200 resolution.
The Dell 2407 is excellent and is just under $800. Two of them side by
side is even better, and cost less than a single 30" display.

I think it is absolutely worth it. You can keep sizable multiple
windows open at the same time, and you can view a two-page spread of a
PDF document.

Michael

A big monitor (with higher resolution) will help your work greatly. I
bought a 20" apple cinema display a while back, and it already feels
too small. I should have gone for a 23" at least. Of course, the old
budget has to be considered also :slight_smile:

Cheers,

Peter

On Wed, Oct 04, 2006, Chris wrote:

I know this is unrelated to RoR, and im sorry. I’m just considering
upgrading from my 17" LCD monitor and was wondering if people thought it
was worth it.

Absolutely. I’ve got a 24" dell at home and it was easily the best
purchase I made.

How much better is a big monitor, say >17", to work with?

Much, much better. Though as many people say, you may get as much value
out of adding a second display.

Could you go back?

Yes and no. At work I have a 20". It’s noticably smaller but still
nice. I want more real estate though.

Did you notice a change?

Yes.

What is the difference?

More code on the screen. More windows open at once… less
alt/cmd-tabbing. Tail a log while refreshing your browser, and see both
on screen at once. It’s great.

Again, though, many of these benefits can be had with two monitors. I
work on a powerbook, though, so I only get to have one. I’d have a 30"
if they were out when I bought my display.

My recommendation would be to get yourself the largest (quality) monitor
you can afford (Dell Ultrasharp pretty much can’t be beat on the
quality/price metric), use it as your primary, and keep your 17" hooked
up for other uses. I keep logs, email, and IM on my laptop screen while
code and browsers stay on the big display.

Ben

I use one monitor for log tailing, console, and the browser, another
for text editing.

Dual monitors make you up to 30% more productive
(http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/20/technology/20basics.html?ei=5090&en=6fc17b9bf54ea2ef&ex=1303185600&adxnnl=1&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&adxnnlx=1145537733-/Kdyvqpu0/eVBVNBYUcsqg)

Bill Gates even uses them.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/30/news/newsmakers/gates_howiwork_fortune/

I use one monitor for code/editor and the other for google/view
webproject I am working on.

It works well. I haven’t started using Ubuntu, for the simple reason
that it’s difficult to set up two monitors.

On Wednesday 04 October 2006 11:16, Chris wrote:

How much better is a big monitor, say >17", to work with?

I am using dual 24" monitors @ 1920x1200 (not really dual monitors -
each is
connected to a different computer, but the second one mostly displays
X-forwarded sessions from the first computer)

The productivity gain is unbelievable - I would never have believed
anybody
how GOOD this is before I tried it

Could you go back?

No way

Did you notice a change?

At the same time I bought a Herman Miller Aeron chair too, and already
had
ergonomic keyboard/mouse - it’s probably not just the monitors.

After a long 16 hours working day (rule rather than exception for me
:-((( )
it is comparing chalk with cheese - the monitors & chair were the best
investment (after my wife :wink: ) I ever made.

  • you don’t tire that quick any more
  • the eyes don’t get sore after 8-10 hours any more
  • I can stay focussed on the problem for much (MUCH!) longer
  • I tend less to digress (eg when browsing for something, just keeping
    browsing instead of going back to working on my problem - because the
    editor
    screen is never hidden)
  • the ability to browse full A4 pages with a single glance speeds up
    code
    reviewing / debugging extremely

What is the difference?

see above. You have to experience it to believe it. I am now even buying
laptops with 19" 1920x1200 screens and am prepared to lug two of those
heavy
beasts around when travelling - such is the productivity gain. There is
no
going back.

Horst

expose looks even better in the next macOS build!

Joe R. MUDCRAP-CE wrote:

I upgraded from a 19" to a Dell 20" wide-screen LCD. Great monitor, but
I hardly use it anymore (I hardly use my desktop anymore). Mac OS’s
Expose rocks, and I bet I’m just as productive as these people blowing
lots of cash building monitor “walls.”

Joe

I upgraded from a 19" to a Dell 20" wide-screen LCD. Great monitor, but
I hardly use it anymore (I hardly use my desktop anymore). Mac OS’s
Expose rocks, and I bet I’m just as productive as these people blowing
lots of cash building monitor “walls.”

Joe

I only have a 19" CRT but hopefully one day will upgrade to the new
Panasonic 70" plasma. In the meantime my soundcard is playing through a
pair of Magnepan’s. Way better then an Ipod.

Stuart

On 10/4/06, koloa [email protected] wrote:

Joe


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To the OP:

Consider the tools we use to do work. All of them have features built
in to maximise
the utilisation of limited screen real-estate. They wouldn’t have
these features if
screen space was not limited.

We do too many tasks as developers that require several large open
windows:
a running appilcation, a console window, code step through (debugging)
and
possibly a server console too or some other application/simulator that
drives you application.

Getting larger screen real estate, by either dual monitoring or
stupendous
displays do not give you a performance boost - they restore you to
your
natural productivity level.

Suddenly you can keep the console & simulator windows open at the same
time while you debug, as well as ethereal and many other useful tools.
Before you would do without and wouldn’t be able to debug as
effectively.

Let me add my 2 cents worth.

I’ve used both multiple wide monitors at the office and a single Dell
2000fp (21" 1600 x 1200) here at home.

Go to eBay. Look up Dell 2000fp or 2001fp and bid. You can generally
get one in perfect shape for around $200 to $250. It will be the best
money you’ve ever spent.

I’m still not sure whether two monitors are the best solution, however,
you can be sure that when I have the funds I’ll purchase another.

Good luck!

Phil

If you do decide to buy a dell ultrasharp, go to ebay and search for
2407wfp. you can buy a coupon for $4 that will reduce the cost by $70
or so. (changes savings from 10% to 20%)

i just did that and it worked great.

And to that, I have to toss my dime.
I have two Dell 2001fp’s and I love them. They are attractive
aesthetically
as well as functioning amazingly. I also have to second what everyone
else
here has said… For long sessions of work at home ( I do website
development in Rails ) they are invaluable. I keep RadRails plus a copy
of
script/console going on one at all times, and at least one browser
window
open in the other. If I had to keep alt-tabbing or trying to find my
windows, I’m fairly sure I would be insane at this point.

So if you can, give it a try!
–Tyler P.

Yeah, I’m looking forward to the multiple desktops too. It’s about
time…

Joe

koloa wrote:

expose looks even better in the next macOS build!

Joe R. MUDCRAP-CE wrote:

I upgraded from a 19" to a Dell 20" wide-screen LCD. Great monitor, but
I hardly use it anymore (I hardly use my desktop anymore). Mac OS’s
Expose rocks, and I bet I’m just as productive as these people blowing
lots of cash building monitor “walls.”

Joe

I’ve got a 17ws laptop with a dvi out that runs a Dell 17" lcd on an
arm. It’s great and I could never NOT have 2 displays again.

Do you guys keep one display centered in front of you or do you use
each monitor equally? I keep the 17" dell front and center with the
laptop display to the left.

great thread.

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