5 reasons dual monitors are a must

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).…

Aromatic diffusers: more than a cool name

Hello deskers! Recently there’s been a new addition to my desk, i came across it at an electronics store and i have to say if nothing, this gadget looks great. This nifty little gadget  spews out a constant stream of ionised water droplets and comes in a million different LED colours, since then, my workspace became a little more colourful.

Not many have heard of an aromatic diffuser before, and that includes me. The one i got takes the shape of a tall glowing cylinder, about the size of your average beer glass. Doing a little bit of research online, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is an indispensable tool used in aromatherapy. When used together with essential oils, it works wonders when helping me feel relaxed and adds a new dimension of sensory experiences while i’m at my workstation.

How it works

The operation of this insanely cool looking desktop device is dead simple, even a hamster could operate it without a hitch! You simply lift up the top cover, pour about half a glass of water followed by a few drops an essential oil of your choosing(my favourite is lavender, but literally a ton of other scents are available), close the top again and the diffuser is primed and ready to go. The mood lights really completes the vapour spewing look, it comes in five different colours. While five is definitely not a lot to choose from, it adds an interesting touch to my desk.

Even though it doesn’t necessarily make me healthier from a scientific standpoint, the feel good factor and cool aesthetic value it adds to your workspace far justifies the $80 i dropped on this little guy, plus a small bottle of lavender oil for $5. My only gripe is that i have to put a few drops into the diffuser every hour or so. Maybe I’m just lazy, but i guess it forces me to take a small breather every now and then!…