Two screens are becoming better than one according to a story in the New York Times.
Tech companies are selling far more computer monitors these days than desktop computers. This signifies a growing trend among professionals that using two monitors is quickly becoming the norm in offices across the country.
In fact, NEC Display, a computer monitor supplier, states that up to 40 percent of its corporate customers use dual monitors as a means of streamlining workflow and increasing productivity.
How this Translates into Productivity
But just how much more effective can two monitors be in a professional environment? Just take it from a recent study conducted at The University of Utah, which compared performance and productivity using one monitor vs. two:
- Two monitors were found to enhance productivity up to 52 percent, saving about 2.5 hours of work per day.
- Users performed better both on text-editing tasks and spreadsheet-editing tasks when using two monitors compared to one.
- The study concluded that two monitors should be the norm when working with multiple documents is a regular part of the job.
So just how are many professionals utilizing two monitors to enhance productivity? One common example is having social media accounts and an Internet browser pulled up on one monitor, and a word processing program pulled up on the other, thereby allowing professionals to write and not have to click back and forth to gather information from any sources they’re citing or using.
The toggling time alone is estimated to save up to 10 seconds for every five minutes of work. It may not sound like a lot, but in the grand scheme of things, that’s precious minutes saved per day, allowing employees to become more productive.
A final point is how far monitors have come down in cost. Just a few years ago, it wasn’t unusual to see monitors priced at $700. These days, you can find quality monitors in the $200-$300 range, and the additional productivity gained from using multiple monitors is certain to offset the up-front investment if they are used accordingly.
Two screens are certainly on their way to becoming the office norm – and for good reason.
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