use 2 x 19 inch instead
Agreed. Though 3 x 19 is even better. :)
I am sorry, but I do not understand how/why to use 2 or more monitors at a time?
One reason is being able to have the code open on one monitor while looking at the web page on the other. No alt-tabbing back and forth, trying to remember what I was trying to fix.
Another example is having PhotoShop open on one, with all of the palettes and toolbars on the the other, giving you an unobstructed view of your image.
Or keep email, weather, media player, stock ticker, etc., on one screen while you work on the other.
Or make the second screen a different resolution than the first, allowing you to instantly see how a page would look at different resoltions.
Believe me, once you get a second monitor, you'll wonder how you did without it. And how you can add a third....
I have the 22" inch Gateway version of the NEC Multisync. It's a few years old and it weighs 60 pounds!
The bigger the better but you definitely want quality. Your eyes will feel the difference.
The sad part is that I use my 12" Apple Powerbook to do most of my work lately. I really must get around to hooking my laptop to the big monitor or even getting one of those fancy Apple Cinema flat screens.
One of the ways I use my 19" / 15" dual mon setup is to have photoshop open on one screen and DW open on the other one.. modify the image and save .. see how it looks on the page.. go back to photoshop and undo,, redo etc...
Or how about this.. have two search windows open looking for some stock photography. One window with one term another with a different term. Both open... hit next and go back to the other mon which is loaded by now and look through while the other loads.. back and forth..
Multi-mons is such a work expediter that, imho, keep your 19, maybe get another 19 or maybe that 23 your were talking about, get another video card (or maybe a different video card with dual out put) and really reap the rewards.
Another vote for the dual monitor solution, and agree with all the praises eveyone else said. I will never go back to one monitor again, except while traveling.
I just ordered a 32" monitor today, mainly for tv, but it will be fun to hook that up to the laptop.
I use a Dell 19" and it works great for me, although 2 monitors does sound great.
What video cards does everyone reccomend for setting up 2 monitors?
I've used Matrox cards on all my dualies :o)
Yet another vote for dual (actually, tri) monitors. Personally, I have 2 19" LCDs and 1 17" crt. I only use the CRT to test pages I am building in an 800 x 600 world so I can see what most of my visitors see. Sometimes at 1280 x 1024 something will look fine, and when I put it over there it looks wayyy to big.
Also, I highly recommend ultramon to manage all your monitors. Google it.
I dont ever play any games or anything, so I just bought a cheap generic dual head card and a DVI to VGA converter.
2 x 20" flat viewsonic @ 1600 x 1200
can have 4 full webpages up at once...
I find that a single 20 inch wide screen (apple) is wide enough to have two windows open side by side. However, the 30 inch apple display makes me salivate. Really. I have to move my keyboard when I think about it.
dont know i am quite happy with my 15 inch crt
Definitely would recommend the dual monitor route.
Running dual 17" Flat Panel LCDs with a Matrox G550 @ 1280 x 1024 for the last 3 years.
Great card for most 2D work.