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Displays How many displays?!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MadGinga, 28 Nov 2022.

  1. MadGinga

    MadGinga oooh whats this do?

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    HAving seen a couple of posts recently on people buying and selling screens, thought i'd ask the great bit-tech gurus my particular question, so here goes...

    ...How many screens do i need?!

    Simple it is not.
    From a productivity PoV (Across 2 machine) i have had felt the best with 3 screens, 1 each and centre shared. This also works from a gaming PoV, as i can just use the central screen.
    BUT
    my current work are cheap-skates and will only give us one 22" screen for home use. So i'm pairing that with my 16:10 24", and a crappy 4:3 19" (24" in the centre).

    Should i continue this 3 screen shenanigans, and try to upgrade/replace the side screens; or should i look at ultra-wides (curved or not); or could i "get away" with 2 bigger 27/32" screens?

    help!

    EDIT: rig in question is the "gaming" one in my sig
     
  2. MLyons

    MLyons 70% Dev, 30% Doge. DevDoge Lover of bit-tech Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    3 for me.
    at work i use 24 (1080p) + 32 (1440p) + 24 (1080p) portrait
    and i home i use 24 (1080p) + 27 (1440p) + 24 (1080p)
     
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  3. MadGinga

    MadGinga oooh whats this do?

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    I've never tried (nor had an obvious use for) a portrait screen... what do you use that one for?

    EDIT: and how matched are the screens? are they a miss-match, or do the side 24"s match?
     
  4. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    I need a bigger table, I only have one 27" :sad:
     
  5. sandys

    sandys Multimodder

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    Its all personal preference, one big screen works best for me generally and in my various office spaces I have 43” 4k and one 38” ultra wide (3840x1600) I would like bigger than 43” personally and have been toying with upto 55” but the resolution step is a bit high at 8k and not high enough at 4k.

    I do use a second small screen 14” for mails etc.

    Down side of one big screen is the large native res if you want to game at it, it needs big GPU grunt, though things like DLSS etc mitigate if you are happy with the image degradation.

    My missus works much like your self on 3 screens, she prefers the break the screens give to compartmentalize her systems, so has 2x32” QHD screens and the oddball laptop in the middle. so 1440p 1080p and 1440p but when she goes into work it is all 1080p on three at about 22", she hates that down grade.

    This setup frustrates me but she likes it, I’d much rather get a larger screen in the middle for her, or go for one of those nutter 49” ultrawides but actually she has a lot of screen real estate and resolution here, in width much more than my 4k so can understand with the sheets and databases she works with, this works just looks messy.

    Workspace examples

    Hard to say what is right for you, only you know, what is the problem with what you have, a lack of consistency, what are you trying to fix?

    One big screen would use less power generally than 3 smaller ones.
     
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  6. VictorianBloke

    VictorianBloke Man in a box

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    You'd be surprised how useful a portrait screen is if you've never used one. Anything web based out document based generally displays very well with the added vertical real estate.

    Home I'm on 27" 1440p, 23" 1050p (portrait).
    Work I add laptop screen on a riser to the same monitors. Joy of working from home.

    Laptop generally houses email/Teams etc. Main work on the 27, with anything I need to refer to on the portrait.
     
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  7. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    One 40" ultrawide (5120x2160) has made me convert from the multi-screen brigade
     
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  8. yuusou

    yuusou Multimodder

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    I've rarely been in a situation where I can have more than one screen, and when I have been in that situation, the second screen is a laptop screen. Over the years I've just become accustomed to virtual desktops. Though at least a second screen would be very welcome. When I do have a second screen I typically use it with a window for something I want available on all virtual desktops like a text editor when doing actual work or an email client when doing administrative work and documentation.
     
  9. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Lover of bit-tech Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    I've only ever used one monitor. Well, I used to have an amber-phosphor SoundMaster II CRT as a secondary, but that doesn't count.

    I've actually just hit order on a 2k Dell 27", to replace the 24" Philips 1920x1200 I've been using for the last... 11 years, apparently. Partly 'cos it's time for an upgrade, but mostly 'cos it's brighter - 350cd/m² to whatever the Philips' on-paper 300cd/m² has become in the past 11 years.

    I'd been thinking about splashing out on a super-spesh 100% sRGB/P3/Adobe/Whatever, but I've been using a VA panel that stripes colours it doesn't like for 11 years - 99% sRGB'll do fine. 75Hz refresh rate'll be a nice bonus, as will FreeSync - which I *believe* should work with my Nvidia card as "gSync compatible" or whatever they call it. Guess I'll find out tomorrow!
     
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  10. MLyons

    MLyons 70% Dev, 30% Doge. DevDoge Lover of bit-tech Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    So normally use the portrait for the terminal, teams or documentation.
    At home the two 24 monitors match but not at work. One being portrait means them not matching isn't that annoying
     
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  11. LennyRhys

    LennyRhys Oink!

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    Ever since the first lockdown I've been using a single 32" 1440p monitor at home for everything, and it's been perfect. I'd have expected to miss my second monitor but nope... it's still down at the office, where it's been for over two and a half years now.

    I'm not denying the benefits of a second screen, but with the very high resolutions and screen sizes available to us now I just don't think multi display setups are as much of a big deal as they used to be.
     
  12. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Multimodder

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    Was going to write a rant about only needing one. But I have 3, one on the right, the Pen display in the middle, a tablet on the left on a stand. So it's 3.

    For general farting about I only use the monitor, when working/painting I use all 3.
     
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  13. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    One 34 inch 3440x1440 144 Hz (that's a lot of 4's) display is enough for me for leisure and working on my home automation.
    The same one also used for work with work laptop as secondary display.
    At work, I have two 24 inch 1920x1200 monitors, doesn't work as well as one ultrawide but this is the max size IT provides.

    I have a 21 inch 1080p as backup in storage. Never felt the need to hook it up.
     
  14. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    I used to have three 24" 1920x1200's, I transitioned to one 30" 2,560x1,600, then back to one 24" 1920x1200, into what I use now - a 27" 2560x2440.

    Multiple monitors is very useful, but physical space and the faff with games that I used to have to endure, and the likelihood that there would be a mismatch between colour profiles.. Eh. I can't be bothered.
     
  15. GeorgeStorm

    GeorgeStorm Aggressive PC Builder

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    Main monitor and secondary vertical monitor has been my setup for a while now even if the monitors themselves have changed.
    Main monitor for playing/watching/working and secondary for things like bit-tech/email/whatever.

    Currently have a main 32" 4k (got via work, was unsure as previously I had a U2711 and felt that was big) but really like it, then a 24" 1080p monitor vertical.
    When working I use my work laptop and main monitor.
     
  16. mrlongbeard

    mrlongbeard Multimodder

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    Just the one 27 incher for me.
    Work have offered me more but the laptop they supply won't drive 2 or more above 60hz, so that won't work for me
     
  17. sandys

    sandys Multimodder

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    USB Display link adaptors will sort that out if its just office type stuff, though on LCDs in a non gaming scenario 60hz doesn't really matter 30hz is fine unless you are a twitch spreadsheet user :D
     
  18. MLyons

    MLyons 70% Dev, 30% Doge. DevDoge Lover of bit-tech Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Disagree. Even just moving the mouse around and scrolling web pages feels grim on 30Hz
     
  19. mrlongbeard

    mrlongbeard Multimodder

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    Not for me, but I am very special.
    You can dig around these hallowed pages and find a thread or 2, but I can not look at a sub 100hz monitor without having as physiological response, my right eye goes proper wonky and becomes painful in about 10 minutes of being sat in front of one.

    Hell I only ditched CRT a year or 2 ago when this was figured out and they got me a 144hz jobbie.
     
  20. sandys

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