You’ve seen it all over the desk tours on youtube, or even at a friend’s place, but will two monitors really boost your productivity enough to offset the cost of buying an additional monitor? We’ll i’ve tried it, and never looked back since.
1: Your computer can absolutely handle it
There is a misconception that running an additional monitor will drain computing resources from the CPU, while that is true to a certain extent, the fact is you probably wouldn’t notice the difference at all. Almost all modern computers can comfortable accommodate two monitors with ease without any noticeable dip in performance.
2: Productivity on steroids
While it takes some getting use to at first, the productivity boost using a dual monitor setup kicks in within a week. Having bigger screen real estate means being able to visually keep track and refer to any material without the hassle of constantly having to switch tabs or windows. I would have my email and my school documents open at the same time, or having reference material concurrently running on one monitor, while i work on another document. For those whose work frequently involves looking at monitors all day, having two is a godsend. The verdict: the less time your finger spends on the mouse, the more productive you become
3: Work while you play
We’re all victims of procrastination, and monitors are here to make you feel a little less guilty about it. Now you have to power to reply to emails while you’re on netflix without ever missing a single moment, or make the best use out of horrendously long game loading times. Remember, as spiderman puts it best: With great power comes great responsibility.
4: No desktop, no problem
Even if you don’t have a desktop at home, all you need to hook up an additional monitor to your laptop is just a hdmi cable(which often comes with your monitor). However mac users(like me) need an additional HDMI to thunderbolt display adapter since there are no HDMI ports on a MacBook. That should run you about an additional ten dollars, but believe me, it is the best ten bucks you’ll ever spend.
5: Monitors are really affordable
The most affordable ones will often run you about between $100-$200, and don’t scoff at picking up second hand ones either! If you know what you’re looking for, you could just walk away with a really sweet deal, especially from friends(exactly how i got mine).