How many monitors do you use on your primary PC?

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How many monitors do you use on your primary PC?

  1. One monitor built into my laptop

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  2. One monitor attached to my desktop

    43 vote(s)
    60.6%
  3. Two monitors in any configuration

    24 vote(s)
    33.8%
  4. Three monitors in any configuration

    2 vote(s)
    2.8%
  5. More than three monitors somehow

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  1. blibbax

    blibbax nahm8

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    I'd love to have two or more monitors, but I haven't the space or cash - I only tend to replace a monitor when one breaks.
     
  2. ET3D

    ET3D Hopeless Dreamer

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    Don't have the space for a second.
     
  3. dj_stick

    dj_stick Apple Fanboy?

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    Dual 19" Dell's

    been using dual monitors since about 2004, when I had a 17" crt and a 15" crt I found in my cupboard

    Definately a god-send for music production, also found it quite useful for day-to-day stuff, MSN/IM on one monitor, browser on the other, video on one, word on the other, list goes on

    I regularly hav far too many windows open across both screens, and I drag and drop files between them

    Going to my macbook air, the lack of desktop resolution was my main hurdle
     
  4. IEMC

    IEMC Neighborhood screw up.

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    I'm kinda surprised at the results. I'd figure more people have dual monitors.

    Guess not.
     
  5. swimtech

    swimtech Well-Known Member

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    Two monitors are truly a godsend for productivity - since they're so cheap relatively speaking (relative to hourly/salaried wages for a person, that is...) I have highly recommended two monitors for administrative staff at work for over the past year. A large percentage have gone this way, and they enjoy it especially once they get used to working that way - it is an adjustment...

    I use two monitors each now on both this machine and my good ol' Athlon machine across the the room. Two LCDs here, two CRTs there.

    I too am surprised that more who have voted so far don't use two monitors. Also surprising is the amount of folks using laptops as a primary machine - having voted for the single internal display. This is the status quo for students at the University now, and a lot of professors, but surprising for the demographic that have visited Driverheaven to vote in this poll.
     
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  6. Lowfat

    Lowfat Xtreme

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    4 computers all on one display. I've done multi monitors before and prefer a single bigger display.
     
  7. dj_stick

    dj_stick Apple Fanboy?

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    It seems a lot of people prefer one big monitor over two smaller ones, as it's often cheaper that way - especially for gamers who want an immersive experience. I'm only using dual monitors 'cause I'm so used to it now, had i never gotten bored and plugged in an old 15" monitor 7 years ago, i'd probably still be on a single monitor setup myself.
     
  8. Mac Daddy

    Mac Daddy New Member

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    Perfect timing on your post I am thinking of doing something similar tomorrow night. We have a 14 inch CRT at work from my bosses sons old system and its been collecting dust all winter ... nothing wrong with it.

    I have dual outputs on my main rig on the 4870 and single on the 9600gt on the AMD one. So basically I will be able to access either system though the main monitor using a KVM switch and the 14 inch will be tied to the main rig all the time. This will be handy because I can monitor benchmarks and tests on the main machine without having to switch machines. This will be particularly handy with Crysis benchmark because if I hit [scroll lock] [scroll lock] [1 or 2] to change machines after the test has started it stalls the benchmark and tries to enter the game.

    Will try it out any tips welcome as I am new to this ;)
     
  9. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    i got to fiddle with 3x 32" 1920x1080 monitors....

    i just wish that ATI would support 3D acceleration across more then one display adapter...

    3 screens.... specially for 3D shooter, Racing, or anything for that matter is insane.

    Even playing say NHL 2009 across all 3 look awesome.. but unfortunately, more then 2 screens and the frame rate jumps from 30/60fps down to 2-3fps.

    What kills me is the fact that windows vista's 3D screensavers and games all appear to work great across all... even with 6 monitors... full 3D acceleration.........
     
  10. Calliers

    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    I got a Samsung SyncMaster 245B 24'' widescreen with a 17'' Acer X173w widescreen on the side, I would have thought more people used two or more monitors as well. Guess this bodes well for the monitor market as has been already mention earlier in this thread, a second monitor is the absolute shiznit for media players, watching movies on top of multi tasking/maximizing efficiency, once you get used to them it's hard to go back to one unless it's one big ass monitor like a 40'' or something.
     
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  11. Lowfat

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    Could always go with a Matrox TripleHead2Go. Although I think one 32" display is already big enough to get submersed in the game. Hell today I was feeling nearly sick from all the bouncing around in Mirror's Edge.
     
  12. swimtech

    swimtech Well-Known Member

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    Big Ass - one of the handiest technical terms there is! Very easy to understand, and, um, visualize? :D

    Just couldn't help myself, again...
     
  13. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    Problem is... that for ATI cards, triple head to go isn't a working solution as even still today, the maximum a single port on the ati video cards are limited to 3840 width, which is 2x 1920 monitors.

    Now i know you can then take a dual head, and then 2 monitors, and then attach a 3rd to the 2nd port... which i would like to do.. and then test out... however i've yet to assemble a system for that kind of job.

    I plan to here soon.

    Using the next ATI HD5xxx series card, 3 Samsung 2443BW 24" Monitors, and a single dvi dual head adapter.

    All i know is that it's unbeleiveably more emersive with 3 small displays spanned vs a single 52" 1080p.... one of the major contributing factors is that 5120x1200 is kick ass way better then 1920x1080
     
  14. dj_stick

    dj_stick Apple Fanboy?

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    I could get four GT120s for my Mac Pro, eight 30" displays....


    and i think a 40" display qualifies for the "Big Ass" category, though I can't see myself using one for a computer
     
  15. Cannyone

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    I was perfectly happy with 1 display until I started playing WoW again... Now I've connected a second (small) display for using Thottbot and such. :)
     
  16. Zelig

    Zelig Well-Known Member

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    Picked up a second 24" monitor last week, so running dual 24" monitors now.
     
  17. Tyrsonswood

    Tyrsonswood HH's curmudgeon

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    Cool.......2 X 24's would be sweet
     
  18. Cow_160483

    Cow_160483 HH's only cow moooooo...

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    Tell me about it all i need is some space and i would definitely do that :D
     
  19. GigaWatt

    GigaWatt Now In Color :D

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    how about 2 X 24" CRT ones... hahahha :D... you would have to have a special room just to fit in the monitors... LOL :D
     
  20. Tril

    Tril Triple screen racing ftw

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    At home, one monitor. It's an iZ3D 22" monitor so it takes the two outputs of my video card.

    At work, I'm using a laptop but I'm using it as if it were a desktop. I've got a mouse, a keyboard and a 24" monitor connected to it. I only use the 24" monitor, I leave the laptop screen off. I got this monitor based on Zardon's advice (http://www.driverheaven.net/news/155571-benq-g2400-zardons-bargain-month.html) and it was a good purchase.

    Between working on the 22" monitor and the 24" monitor, I prefer to work on the 24" monitor. Now that I'm used to it, I feel uncomfortable when working on anything smaller. Personally, I hate working directly on my laptop screen. It's way too small.
     

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