Benefits from using dual monitors
You’ve probably heard the saying “two heads are better than one”. Well, it’s the same with your technology. Not two heads, two monitors. Switching problem solving for productivity. There have been studies over the last few years on this and it’s believed that productivity increases by 20-30% when using multiple monitors.
Extending your computer to a second screen is actually pretty easy, it sounds a little more difficult than it actually is, but there’s not a lot involved just jump into your computer’s display preferences.
What is a dual monitor setup?
Computers these days support more than one monitor – so now you can have two or more monitors for one computer. You can move windows between monitors and generally just have more room to be organised.
There are heaps of examples of how you can be more productive with two monitors. Here’s our top three:
- Emails and word processing
A client sends you an email of amends, you open them up and have the original document on the other screen. Seeing both documents ensures that you are not missing anything and also save yourself time flipping in-between files on one screen.
- Internet and work
We don’t know everything so when we get stuck we do what anyone else would do and resort to the internet. Having resources on your left and your work on the right will half the time you have to go back and forward.
If you’re in a profession that has you running multiple pieces of software, two monitors is the way forward. So, the next time you are flipping in-between Photoshop and Illustrator or Skyping on a laptop and taking notes in a notepad, think how you can make your life just a little easier. Just get another monitor.
Extra monitors are not just used for desktops it also applies to laptops and tablets. This means you can have more flexibility wherever you go. It is also a good idea for the monitor to be the same make and model.
Save time and money
Did you know it takes about 1.5 seconds to move your mouse and click to switch between documents? This small little task – that you do hundreds of times a day – works out over the course of a year, to be about 1 hour time saved.
1 hour a year doesn’t sound like a lot, but what if you applied it to all of your day-to-day computer tasks? According to a US University, a second monitor can save an employee around 2.5 hours each day. That’s 12.5 hours per week, or better still 600 hours a year. Based on NZ’s minimum wage of $13.20, this works out to $7,920 per year, per person.
Two monitors are good business. If you think your employees or business could benefit from multiple monitors then come and speak to the guys at Prop.IT, we would be more than happy to give you the advice you need to increase productivity. Call us on 09 588 4065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org