As personal computers become faster and more powerful, the number of programs you can run simultaneously has increased. What this means is that multitasking has become the norm.
Many of us have spent time toggling back and forth between open programs to get work done, but there are more efficient ways to work. Setting up multiple monitors is an easy—and surprisingly affordable—way to view different applications at the same time.
The pros and cons of using multiple monitors
You’d be surprised by the amount of time you spend switching between applications. Multiple monitors can help make work more efficient, but this solution is not for everyone.
- Increase productivity—viewing multiple applications on one screen can break visual continuity and decrease your productivity. For example, setting up two monitors allows you to keep your email open on one screen while working on a presentation or spreadsheet on the other screen, avoiding the need to toggle away from the presentation just to read a new email.
- Not just for desktops—setting up an additional monitor to your notebook allows you to utilize a greater viewing area, while still having the flexibility to be able to pack up your notebook when you need to work elsewhere.
- More ergonomic—limiting the number of clicks and scrolls you have to make between applications creates a more comfortable work environment.
- Use less paper—if you can see more documents on your screen, you’ll be less likely to print and throw away paper.
- Easy to add-on—many of the latest HP commercial monitors have multiple input ports—including VGA, DVI-D, USB, and DisplayPort—for connecting to a desktop or notebook PC. Optional HP accessories open up even more connectivity avenues.