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Posted by Dellu
May 17, 2018 at 06:37 PM


satis wrote:
In 2003 and 2008 NEC commissioned studies on single vs multiple
>monitors. To no one’s surprise, the conclusion was BUY MORE MONITOR$.
> >http://bit.ly/2wKrjIe
> >Interestingly, if you dig down, the NEC study says “large
>widescreen monitors can be equally or more productive than dual screen
>monitors.” The NEC study concluded that a single widescreen was
>consistently the best performing setup on text editing tasks.
> >Dual monitor setups require more head and neck movements, and since
>people also sit further away from multiple monitors so that they can
>take it all in by shifting their eyes rather than moving their heads -
>this results in a lot of squinting and neck-craning. Also, most people
>give both monitors the same importance, and place them symmetrically in
>front of them, instead of giving one monitor importance over another.
>This impacts posture.

This article also suggests that a single 26’’ monitor might be the ideal setup for productivity:

>So how big is too big? A 22-inch widescreen monitor has a productivity gain of about 30% over a 19-inch standard monitor. Productivity seems to peak with a 26-inch widescreen monitor, which further improves productivity by 20% over the 22-inch monitor. A 30-inch display already begins to negatively impact productivity, performing worse than a 26-inch, but it’s still better than a 19-inch display.

but, it doesn’t mention the source of the study. if this claim is correct, then, I don’t need to get another monitor.

thank you for your comment dear satis: I find your points very helpful.


Posted by Dellu
May 17, 2018 at 06:37 PM




Posted by Dr Andus
May 17, 2018 at 10:28 PM


Dellu wrote:
>For text editors (for academics), it is also more important to focus
>rather than moving around. My intuition of usage of monitors is exactly
>like your description here.
> >A single wide (but nor tall) monitor feels the most convenient for
>editing text side by side. If the screen is tall, my intuition is it
>will force me to bend down (or just an eye movement) to read the lowest
>text in the screen. 
> >But, I could be wrong because I never tried a long monitor (or the
>inverted ones as Dr Andus does).  it is very interesting that people
>prefer different setups. Our physical situations might be factors in
>here as well.

The actual physical setup is very important to make it the most comfortable for your back, neck, and eyes, and avoid strain and injury.

The monitors are just one part of the setup. There are all kinds of other hardware and software accessories needed to make it work.

Firstly, the vertical monitor in front of me is kept at optimal height and angle using a special adjustable monitor stand. This allows me not to have to bend my neck but have things right at eye level in front of me.

The height of the desk and the chair also matters (both need to be adjustable).

Then, my laptop on the left is on a special laptop stand, and I use a wireless keyboard and ergonomic mouse instead. The landscape monitor on the right is also on a stand to make it the right height.

The central vertical monitor is always the main workspace (if not, I make sure to rotate the chair and move my keyboard and mouse, so I properly face it). But most of the time the ones on the left and right are for referencing, so I only need to turn my head there occasionally.

Finally, some software enabling you to move and resize windows from monitor to monitor, or to the various halfs and quadrants and the centre of the screen using simple keyboard shortcuts is also essential.

So instead of bending my neck I just use shortcuts to move the given window to the right eye level on the right monitor.

It took some research and investment to get all the different elements in place to create the most optimal setup.


Posted by Lothar Scholz
May 18, 2018 at 02:14 AM


Jan S. wrote:
What kind of machine are you using?
> >Lothar Scholz wrote:
>I would recommend a 40” Iiyama or a 43” Acer 4K Monitor for your work.
>>I use the Iiyama with two vertical mounted 2560x1440 to the right of

The computer itself is not sophistacted. It’s an older Intel Xeon/Core i7 Model from 2014 (Socket 1150) with 32GB RAM a AMD Radeon HD7850 (2GB) GPU and a 500GB SSD with a 2 TB Data HDD. But i have 3 of them after dual boot doesn’t work for my workflow i have separate Linux, Windows, Hackintosh computers using ATEN KVM and the remote control on the Iiyama to switch between them. The computer power from 5 years ago is still enough, but the screen space isn’t.


Posted by Lothar Scholz
May 18, 2018 at 02:28 AM


I think this studies are to general to be useful. 

We software developers have to run multiple programs and this is best done in multiple windows while a text writer might indeed focus on his writing alone. And for a single text there is no need for more then a 27” screen. I agree on this one. The argument that multimonitors are bad for focusing on the text is also not important if our text is split across dozens of files and we have to switch between them all the times. Just like online broker setups use 6 or more screens to monitor multiple information sources. 


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