Published on:

21 August 2012


Rachael Adams

Boost productivity with dual monitors

Business is a busy place for most, with higher demands and shorter deadlines, so any increase in productivity is a bonus.  The average computer user would have at least 5 or more applications open at any single time and some flick between them several times a minute.

Users who have not experienced dual screens before may view them as overwhelming or struggle to understand the advantages, so let’s get educated on them.


A lot of business tasks require information being copied from one application to another.  For example an invoice entered into your accounting system, response to an email, working on a spreadsheet, etc.   Doing such a task on a single screen can be very time consuming and often frustrating.  Studies show productivity gains of 40% in such environments.

Work space

One can never get enough space whether it is on your desk, in your office or on your computer screen.  Adding a second monitor can provide the additional space.

Large screen V dual screens

Many people buy a very large screen in order to get more screen space (which it does), however the text generally gets smaller and it is difficult to re-size application windows to fit side-by-side on a single large screen (Although Windows 7 has this feature right out of the box).  Having two smaller screens takes up a similar desk area, offers the same or more screen area and means applications can be moved and taken to full screen with ease.

Meetings in your office

Having a dual screen means one can be easily turned around and used in a meeting.

While dual screens are great, be aware of the possible negative aspect of the users’ health and wellbeing if they sit incorrectly or are constantly turning their head to view each screen.

Remember once you have used dual screens, you will never go back!