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Second monitor: expanding the workspace


Most people don't think about installing a second monitor when working on a computer. A 24-27-inch monitor with a FullHD matrix is usually enough for them. Its permission is sufficient to work with multiple windows side by side. But this is inconvenient, uncomfortable and not ergonomic. Why compromise between window sizes when you can put a second monitor side by side?

Why is it convenient?

Let's say you have a table in your kitchen where you prepare food. When cooking, you constantly shift the dishes from place to place, put some of the cutlery and pots into the cupboard, so that in a few minutes they can be taken out again for further cooking. This is time consuming and very inconvenient. Eventually you come to the conclusion that it would be a good idea to get a second table to keep all the things you need close at hand. The same can be attributed to working at the computer: either switch from one window to another, or divide one desktop into two small ones.

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After installing a second monitor, there is no need to switch between programs. Physically, you will have not one, but two workspaces, where you can display twice as much information (Fig. 1).

How do programs work with an additional monitor?

Any open application can be easily moved from one screen to another using the mouse. If you try to open the application in full screen, it will unfold on the monitor on which it is located. And if you want, any software can be stretched over two screens. This is useful if you are editing and need to see the entire Timeline.

How to connect two monitors?

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Almost any modern video card has at least a couple of output ports that differ in the connection interface. Look from the back of the computer. There may be another unused port near the cable to the monitor (Figure 2).

How will this connection affect performance?

For office applications, surfing the Internet and not too demanding software, there will be no noticeable changes. Quite frankly, a small drop in overall system performance is a drop in the ocean compared to the convenience of working with two or three monitors. The main thing is that the video card is not too budgetary. If the system slows down even with one monitor, then you can forget about the additional one until purchasing a more expensive video accelerator.

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Author: Jake Pinkman