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I'm hesitating to get a second screen to compliment my AOC 2330fz (23", 1920x1080, 60/59hz, DVI, can't find a good link describing it), probably a 24".

But I can't really find any good uses in getting a second monitor. I mean, other than browsing guides/wiki/etc while playing games. I do all kinds of things on the computer, gaming, coding, browsing. But I can't really find a use that really makes me go spend 160-200$.
Edited by tase - 8/11/11 at 4:02pm
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post #2 of 8
Whether you could use it really depends on what you do.

I have dual 24" monitors at home so I can surf and watch TV at the same time.

At work, I have multiple screens which really boosts productivity. I can work on different things and not have to be switching windows back and forth.

Once you try multiple screens you'll wonder how you did without.

Just my 2c worth,

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I have to agree with Lost Hawaiian, its really nice have a 2nd monitor. It allows you to surf the web and watch a movie at the same time. When doing any kind of work such as writing a research paper, you can have word on one and your browser on the other. I think its worth the extra cash to get a 2nd monitor.
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post #4 of 8
A second monitor will not allow you to browse while playing games. That will produce the same result as alt tabbing, if not worse.

But if you multitask on your PC or even watch videos while browsing, it'll be nice. But in the end, it's your decision on what to do.


Remember, a good choice is always to get a lower end screen to serve as a secondary if you really want duals. Instead of an investment of 160 dollars, you could end up spending 75 dollars and go home with a bit worse of a screen that serves the purpose well.
Edited by De-Zant - 8/11/11 at 6:07pm
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I don't understand why you need people to persuade you to buy a monitor. If your computer activities do not require it, then you don't need it and you would be happier without it.

People don't buy monitors to find uses for it later.
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^that.

The only use of dual monitors that the OP could think of does not work, as stated in my previous post.
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post #7 of 8
I'm a big fan of a 2nd monitor. It really boosts productivity. Watching videos whilst browsing, browser and Office documents open.

I agree with De-Zant; my 2nd monitor's smaller and generally not up to the standard of my main monitor. I game on the big one and the lower res secondary screen's fine. I'd rather put the saved money towards something else.
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Dual monitors helps quite a bit IMO and if you have never used dual monitors on a regular bases then you wouldn't know the full benefits that it will provide you. I have my 23" 1080 monitor and another smaller monitor as a secondary. As a student it is very beneficial for things like research projects so that you can have a source on one monitor while typing on the other. Things such as MSI Afterburner and HWMonitor also have their places on my secondary monitor. Really it just provides extra real estate for anything that you can get.
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