No job is essentially a walk in the park, as each comes with its set of difficulty levels. But people with computer-based jobs have a unique set of challenges. It isn’t easy to spend over forty hours each week staring at the screen. And often, a single screen is just not enough.
Instead of wishing the computer screen were a couple of inches wider, consider getting a quadruple or triple monitor stand that can help you use multiple screens simultaneously. You won’t have to toss back and forth between your message apps, email, docs, websites, and scores of other window screens.
Considering some critical things about setting up multiple monitors for work, there are some points to ponder.
Getting compatible monitors
When buying additional monitors for your workspace, ensure to look for the ones with compatible connectors. For instance, few monitors use VGA cables while others need HDMI ones. If there are only HDMI ports in your computer, you should get monitors that have an HDMI connection. However, cable adapters can often rectify a connector mismatch. And although they may cost a bit, cable adapters are much cheaper than buying a whole new computer setup.
A triple monitor stand
Two monitors are what most people typically go for. While that may be enough most of the time, a setup with three (or more) monitors has incredible benefits. It will enable you to spread your work out more effectively and increase productivity. Invest in a monitor stand that can comfortably hold three displays. You can have your work email open in one, a video-chat application on the other, and a super-wide spreadsheet over the last display.
How to arrange the monitors?
This step is all about effective monitor positioning. Decide if you want all three monitors put up horizontally or prefer one or two of them to be placed vertically. Vertical positioning has its advantages. For instance, doctors will often have a vertical monitor to accommodate electronic medical reports. It is easier to study scans and X-rays this way. You can use a vertical monitor to look at spreadsheets and other documents with a vertical list of data.
Also, consider a monitor setup that is good for your neck and overall posture. Inappropriate computer use can cause neck pain, poor posture, and chronic back pain, among other issues.
Adjusting the display
When you use three monitors, each will be designated as Display 1, Display 2, and Display 3, respectively. The monitor with Display 1 is the primary one and will feature the taskbar. You can set up or make display changes on all three monitors under the “display settings”. You can get the monitors to be extensions with one long interface or mirror one other.
Is wall-mounting a good idea?
Wall mounting is a good alternative if there is insufficient space for a triple monitor stand on the work desk. So, you can have two monitors on the desk and one on the wall. Sometimes, people prefer to have two on the wall and one monitor on the desk. However, the desk will need to be pressed up against the wall to support the monitor stand. Doing this has the extra advantage of a clutter-free and spacious work desk.