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February 13, 2003

Who needs dual monitors?

If you can have 3 :-)

Scott and John sing the praise of multi-monitor setups. Believe me, no matter how smart you get with switching between virtual desktops there is no comparison to having true screen real estate. You productivity will jump up instantly. The box from which the little screen shot comes from, has 2 SGI 1600SW's on each side and a Sony L181 in the middle. It has been like this for 3-4 years now. Outlook and Visual Studio run on each of the SGI's, the middle is used for docs, browsing and a variety of remote desktop & debugging sessions. And as Scott already mentioned, UltraMon from RealTimeSoft is a must have!

The disadvantage? If you have to spend time in front of a machine with a single monitor you really wonder how people can life like this ...

Posted by Werner Vogels at February 13, 2003 04:40 PM


I had six for a while! :)

I got a Matrox G200MMS Quad display card at a discount, and I was using a Geforce 2 AGP card and a Geforce 2MX PCI card for six LCD displays. You can find older models on ebay fairly cheap.

Six was definitely overkill. Three were on a shelf above the PC, displaying TV, weather and team management data, and the other three were taken up with Visual Studio, debugger windows, and our game running in a window.

Today, I'm pretty happy with two 1600x1200 LCDs. It was fun, but I felt like I was inventing uses when I was keeping extras around, and I managed to sell the extra heads individually for more than I paid for the group purchase.

Posted by: Brian McGroarty on February 13, 2003 05:39 PM

Dual monitors are fun. I had nothing more to do with my computer after cutting a side window to show off the powerhouse and painted it in Midnight Black Metallic (top) and Cobalt Blue Metallic (front and sided).

So I ran down to the basement to pick up an old 17" monitor with slightly discolored graphics and an ancient Matrox Millenium PCI Card. I added it all to my current system which already had a viewsonic 19" on AIW Radeon.

I'm pleased to have more desktop space. I have my tool palettes on the small screen and the document on the large screen.I can't go back to single monitor anymore.

Posted by: Mico on April 22, 2003 12:39 PM


I saw your nice website about Dual Monitor setups and have a suggestion. Have you ever heard about this nifty software Maxivista? It turns any Laptop into a Dual Monitor to boost your desktop real estate without additional hardware. That's really cool.


Posted by: Gordon on October 13, 2003 12:48 PM