Are Two Monitors Better Than One?


In my desk makeover blog post, I had a few people ask why I have two monitors.

I had been reading about how two monitors increases productivity. (Studies show 20-30% improvement.) I use the computer a lot in my work. But, I wasn’t going to buy a second monitor.

So, I was pleased when my husband said his old monitor didn’t work with his new computer system and would I like it.

He set it up after some fiddling. And I love it.

I can have Quicken up on one screen and the places I am paying online up at the same time. Without moving, shrinking, or messing with the windows.

I can have research up on one screen and my blog open in another.

It’s great for evaluating spreadsheets, copying and pasting, comparing products.

I can videoconference on Skype and have on the other screen what we are talking about.

The website I am working on can be on one screen while the code is on the other.

Not everyone needs two monitors. For the average user, it’s probably overkill. But, for people that do a lot of computer work, you can spend less time working by upping the productivity.


  • Caitlin says:

    I had two monitors at my last job, and it was great. I miss it at home and my new job. It was lovely to be able to have multiple things open at once without having to have tiny windows.
    When I upgrade to a widescreen at home, I’ll probably keep my current monitor as a second rather than getting rid of it.

  • Beth says:

    See I’m not crazy – other people like two monitors 🙂

  • Christine says:

    I laughed at a few of my coworkers who were among the first in our area to get two monitors. Overkill, I thought. Then I had to use my director’s computer with its two monitors to finish a project. Wow. Two monitor envy was born. I was amazed at how smooth it was to move between screens and how much easier it was to work in two different programs. Needless to say, I started hounding my boss for a second monitor and was fortunate to get one a few months ago. I’m not on the computer enough at home to warrent two…but I love it for work.

  • Doris Meneses says:

    I have four monitors at work and would like more. I love it! When I go home I go through withdrawal with only one! I manage a busy law office and it makes me so much more efficient than just minimizing a program to work on another on one monitor.

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