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Jim, I currently work at school with my 15" laptop and a 20" screen and at home just with a 24" iMac, previously having spent the last 7 or so years using the dual monitors at home as well as school. At work the dual monitors are a must as I use with different apps on different screens, often running an email app, word doc, web browser and something else on the dual screens. At home I am doing mainly design work (Adobe suite) and audio recording/engineering (Digital Performer) and web browsing. My advice is this... If you are most often working with multiple apps concurrently then you should go with multiple monitors - so much easier to organise and find. If you are working with a single app more often than not then having a single screen as big as the budget can afford is the way to go. Cheers, Bruce Knox Tech Integration Specialist KAUST Schools Saudi Arabia http://www.brucetutes.com/blog > From: Jeffrey L. Jones <email@example.com> > > Jim: > I have never used anything as large as a 24" monitor, so I can't > offer a comparison, but I do use two 19" monitors at home (at work my laptop > contributes its monitor as a 2nd display to a regular monitor). Like you, I > do some multimedia work, but the overwhelming majority of my > responsibilities require my referencing one or two resources and building > another. Usually I'm referencing an email as I build a web presence or > document. I detest doing screen arrangement tasks. I know you can instantly > tile multiple windows on a large monitor, but I find that some effort in > arranging display is always required, and I'm just too lazy to learn! I much > prefer being able to drop windows onto one or the other monitor, maximizing, > and going. > I will never go back to a single monitor, I don't care how large it > is. Multiple monitors seamlessly support the work I do. If I could justify > the expense, I would add a 3rd monitor before I considered an increase in > screen size. > That's my spin. Yes, such does take up a bit more desk space, but > since I do virtually no paper-based work anymore, that's really not a > hardship for me. Hope this helps! > Jeff > Jeffrey L. Jones, District Technology Resource Teacher > Coordinator, Virtual Classrooms and Communications, Fayette County > Schools > Fayette's iSchool - http://ischool.fcps.net/ > The Point, a Fayette County Blogspot - https://edtech.fcps.net/blog/ > 701 East Main Street > Lexington, KY 40502 > (859)381-4124 > firstname.lastname@example.org > > "You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a > Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of > asphyxiation in deep space, that I really wish I'd listened to what my > mother told me when I was young." > "Why, what did she tell you?" > "I don't know, I didn't listen." > - Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galax > > From: email@example.com >> >> Hi everyone, >> I'm contemplating the move from a single monitor to more screen real >> estate. Basically, I want a bigger screen than my 19-inch standard unit >> because I want to be able to view two documents side-by-side and not go >> blind doing so. I want bigger images with good clarity. I'm trying to >> decide between getting two 19-inch monitors or one 24-inch widescreen. >> I realize the 2x19s give more overall real estate, but they also take up a >> lot more room on the desk. I don't watch a lot of or create much video or >> do any gaming. Do do some limited graphics work. This is basically for >> creating documents, web browsing, and communicating. >> >> Those of you who have a 24" widescreen (not 23") unit, can you comfortably >> get two word documents side-by-side on it? >> >> Any brand or model recommendations to either definitely check out or stay >> away from? Don't have to go for the cheapest, but would like to stay under >> $500-600. >> >> Thanks for any ideas or thoughts. >> >> Jim Lerman -- "Give a small boy a hammer and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding." The Law of the Instrument - Abraham Kaplan --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH