Dual 22 inch monitors or Single 23/24 inch?

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  1. kmarketing macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    What do you think would serve as a better setup - dual 22" (1680x1050) monitors or a single 23/24" (1920x1080) monitor?

    Thanks!
     
  2. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    2 moniters is better then one and they are similar size so its not that big of a deel.
     
  3. kmarketing thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    Thanks! How about the difference in resolutions though?
     
  4. macgrl macrumors 65816

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    Hi there. What will you be doing on the monitors?
     
  5. finnschi macrumors 6502

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    I Would Personally go for 1 screen setup, b/c i like to watch movies, but if you just want to open LOTS of apps and stuff go with the 2Screen setup.. It always depends on what you are trying to do :rolleyes:
     
  6. kmarketing thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I would be watching/editing videos and editing some website material while using the internet or typing some documents. Basically, I find myself with a bunch of windows open. Thank goodness for expose!

    I just don't know would having the 1920x1080 experience be better than 2 1680x1050 since the resolution is lower on each of the 22's.

    What do you think?
     
  7. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    I love the dual monitor set up when working with two different documents or two different drafts on the same one. I find it much more useful than a single larger one.
     
  8. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Dual monitor for sure. Its great to have an open movie or two open internet pages.

    I have a 22" and 19", with the 19" usually in portrait mode so it makes viewing web pages easier. The 22" is for games or other stuff I am doing.
     
  9. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

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    I like a single, larger monitor because it lets me focus and spread out on a single task. Between expose and spaces, I can stay organized when I need to switch back and forth between projects.
     
  10. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    they have actually done studys that 2 monitors increces productivity. and plus, u get x2 the screen real estate.:D
     
  11. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Dual. Gives you more screen space, and I find, better organisation.
     
  12. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    exactly.
    have a web page in one window, have keynote in the other for when working on reports, etc.
    have mail always open in one. or itunes. u know, with one screen its harder to do that.
     
  13. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    Get dual 23" 1920 x 1080 screens as a compromise.

    I don't see the point in going higher than a 20" if the resolution is only 1680 x 1024, you just get bigger pixels and no more usable desktop for the extra inches of desk space.

    You can pick up a pair of 23" Samsung SM2333SW, 5ms LCDs with DVI and a 1920 x 1080 resolution for just under £300 all in, I think it's the HD resolution as opposed to 1920 x 1200 which is common with computer LCDs that keeps the prices down. Side by side they'd offer a 3840 x 1080 desktop and only use 111cm of physical desk width. They have that smart, piano black finish a lot of LCD TVs do too.

    I don't know how they'd be for quality but I've no dead pixels on my SyncMaster 913N in the 3 years I've had it and the colour is very vibrant even with the brightness at just over 50% to compensate for it's very bright back light.
     
  14. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502

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    This, exactly.
     
  15. macuser154 macrumors 6502

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    With the dual monitor setup, you get 3300x1050 Resolution. With the single monitor, you get 1920x1080.
     
  16. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    totaly. im trying to find one to go with my alum iMac.:cool:
     
  17. Benguitar Guest

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    My dream is actually to have a Mac Pro and a Tri-Monitor Setup. Main monitor is in the center and the two others just serve as "secondary" monitors.

    :cool:
     
  18. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    For many people, the bigger pixels are exactly the point. If you can't see why, you will in twenty years :)
     
  19. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    I see your point there and I've suddenly got that scene off red dwarf where Kryten is human and trying to compensate for not having a zoom function with his vision any more.

    :D
     

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