Wrap-Up and Conclusions
Long gone are the days where LCD displays were expensive and difficult to find. Even big-box electronics stores run sales on 22-inch and 24-inch displays in their Sunday circulars.
But if you’re ready to make the jump to a second monitor.–we wouldn’t recommend just dropping by your local Best Buy and buying whatever’s on sale Before you pull the trigger on a shiny new display, it is worth doing a little thinking. First, make sure you’re looking at the right size of display for your needs and your workspace. Laptop and netbook users can probably get away with larger displays because they’re likely only buying one and using it in conjunction with their built-in monitors.
A desktop user looking to replace a smaller display or get rid of an old CRT should take the workspace into account before buying, but, frankly buying anything smaller than a 22-inch display these days is probably a waste of money. Most sales are for displays 22-inches and bigger, and most computer manufacturers bundle the desktops they’re trying to sell with a 22-inch or 24-inch display. However, if you only sit 6 inches from your display, a pair of 24-inch monitors may be overkill for your workspace. Either that,or it’s time for you to buy a new desk.
Studies have shown that adding a second display to a workstation that only has one can improve your productivity. If you take the time to make sure you buy the right display size and model for your situation, you’ll feel like you got a whole new computer.