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Increase your Productivity by 40%

posted Sep 4, 2009, 7:31 PM by Danny Eusebio

Have you ever seen those cool people in the office that have two monitors. You might wonder why such mad people use two monitors. *Darn those rich pesky office employees getting what they want. As much as you'd like that to be the case, sometimes having multiple monitors can increase your productivity by almost 30%-40%. It enables you to have one monitor allocated to documents, spreadsheets, and or presentations, while the other can be used to surf and research on the internet. Using dual monitors also increase your screen real estate. You don't have to minimize content as much as before. I'm even using it right now in my dual monitor setup to type and read other information on the fly.

Setting up a dual monitor system is a little tricky. Here at University Ninja our goals are to help you save money as well as do well in school, so will give you two ways to increase your productivity and screen real estate.

Method 1

As a college student, I'll bet you probably have a laptop. And it probably ranges from 13"-15." Was I right? It's also probably a Dell or a Mac. Point being, all modern laptops today have a VGA or HDMI output of some sort. This allows for a laptop to connect to an external monitor or projector. So instead of buying a bulky desktop with two monitors, why not buy one monitor and extend your display from your laptop. Visually this looks like a laptop, next to a larger screen. Such that you can extend the display of your laptop onto the larger screen giving you more screen to mess with.

A good size monitor to invest in is probably anything greater than 20" (Widescreen). By doing this, you'll be able to view a complete word document on the larger screen, and probably surf the net on the other screen allowing you to multi-task a bit. If you are patient enough on the internet, you can sometimes find 20"-22" monitors for sale close to around $100.00. If you find a price like that, you are in for a bargain.

Method 2

This method is a little more pricey and might be difficult to do if your not tech savvy. First, you want to buy close or identical monitors. Normally two monitors greater than 19" is good for a dual monitor display. Second, you'll need a desktop that has dual VGA or dual DVI or a combo. This means that you need two of those sockets that you connect the monitor to in the back of your desktop. If you find that your computer does not have two of them extending from the rear, then you won't be able to have a dual monitor setup.

If you don't have two ports, you'll have to invest in a graphics card (hoping its compatible with your system) that has dual DVI or VGA. Good luck with installation. Will probably have some article up on the website that'll discuss computer building maybe.

That's pretty much how you setup a dual monitor system. In no time you'll realize the benefits of being able to allocate programs on one side of the screen and switch between applications. 


Having two monitors is a great way to boost your ability to do work, and if you want to throw in a third monitor, well, then, you are a bad boy. I think there's a threshold until too many monitors decreases productivity. I would probably stop at two for now.