How Many Monitors Do You Need?

A recent study by Dell finds dual monitors enhance workplace productivity compared with single monitors. Working with dual monitors enables workers to do more in less time.

In fact, according to this survey, productivity levels increase significantly when workers use dual monitors. Workers completing text based tasks saw their productivity levels grow by 44%. Meanwhile, those involved in spreadsheet related work saw their productivity rise by 29%.

Dual monitor screens are particularly useful when conducting the following tasks:

  • Data entry
  • Drafting emails or reports whilst referring to source material
  • Comparing products or data side by side
  • Comparing an original image to a finished one
  • Displaying large spreadsheets across two screens to enable all the information to be shown
  • Leaving a chat box open whilst you continue with another task.

Laptops and Monitor Screens

Many of us use laptops primarily during the working day. Yet, the average 14-inch screen laptop will only display approximately 15-18 columns and 25 rows of data.

It is rare that during our working day we will only be working with one document. Therefore, the more windows we open on our screens the smaller the window size becomes as we switch from one window to another.

Thus, we as continuously switch between various documents, spreadsheets and web pages we become more frustrated. It is time consuming and increases the risk of mistakes being made, particularly when collating large amounts of information.

However, combining a laptop with a second monitor screen ensures a better user experience. The Dell survey states the benefits of this work approach include:

  • Greater employee creativity and versatility
  • Better job satisfaction
  • More customisable to the user’s individual requirements

Dual Monitors Ergonomically Friendly

Whilst dual monitors increase productivity, they are also an ergonomically friendly solution. Hunched up over a small laptop screen is bad for your posture, eyesight and wellbeing. Investment in monitor arms ensures monitors are set at the correct height and tilt.

Finally, it is estimated that switching to dual monitor screens can increase productivity by 56 days per worker per year. This in turn is equivalent to $1.5 million cost savings for an SME with 250 employees.

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Sam Rose