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I was planning to get dual monitors, my rig states my current monitor. Just a noobish'd question though, would it be of any difference to get 2 similar monitors or not?

I guess it's just down to having 2 similar monitors would only symmetrically aligns only right?
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Same size display and same native resolution is fine.
Some monitors don't line up correctly with other brands (some may be fixed height and such).

It also depends on what your doing. I ran a 19" LCD as a main monitor and had a 14" CRT as a secondary for a while, using the 14" to put monitoring programs on while I played games and such full screen on the main one. I got rid of it because I really did not use it that much and it was taking up too much space.
If your spanning monitors with stuff, you need to have the same size and resolution. I have been toying with the idea of getting a 22" WS as a primary and using my 19" standard as a secondary, since they are both the same height (but the resolution will be off some)
Edited by blupupher - 2/21/09 at 5:25am
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that's quite a bit of information. thanks blupupher!

anyway, is it possible to run dual monitors whereby each monitor plays different movie?
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You could, but depending on your graphics card and the movie format (dvd or hd-dvd/blu-ray) you will expect to see some lag on the movie (if you're playing a game on the second monitor). You could do it, you would just need to move two different instances of your movie player with one of each monitor.

Again it is possible, but there could be some bit of lag. Just my .02 cents.
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I've had a few different setups with multiple monitors and each one being a different size. Overall, no problems. Like was said before, if the heights are different, moving from one monitor to the other might be a little weird because the top and bottom won't match up, but it's not a big deal. As for different brands, the only thing I've noticed is maybe a little different picture quality. Brightness, contrast, etc might be a little off, but you should be able to tweak the individual monitor settings to get them close enough.

Right now I have a quad monitor setup spanned horizontally: 2x19" Viewsonics (same model), 1x15" (my wife's old college Gateway monitor) and 1x15" (my first flatscreen monitor, Planar). It works great with the caveats mentioned above.

As for 2 movies on different screens, it should work fine. As long as you can have 2 instances of your media player running, or 2 different ones running, you should be able to have both running on different screens. Hope that helps, good luck!
post #6 of 10
You could always do something like this, with two smaller monitors turned vertically on each side of a large central monitor.



And to answer your question simply, they don't have to be the same monitor, but they have to be the same size. It could be a real pain calibrating the two together so you get the same color/brightness on each.
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You could always do something like this, with two smaller monitors turned vertically on each side of a large central monitor.



And to answer your question simply, they don't have to be the same monitor, but they have to be the same size. It could be a real pain calibrating the two together so you get the same color/brightness on each.
That is nice, but you need to make sure you have a monitor that can turn like that and what resolutions they will all run at. (and your drivers support rotating the screen, which most all modernt ones do).
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Well, you definitely can't use a TN panel >.< if you are going to go with TehStone's idea.
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post #9 of 10
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I was planning to get dual monitors, my rig states my current monitor. Just a noobish'd question though, would it be of any difference to get 2 similar monitors or not?

I guess it's just down to having 2 similar monitors would only symmetrically aligns only right?
Other than the resolution and sizes and all that already said, its always nice to have two identical monitors side by side, something about the look of two brands drives me nuts im not sure why ahah.
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Quote:
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that's quite a bit of information. thanks blupupher!

anyway, is it possible to run dual monitors whereby each monitor plays different movie?
Yep, I do it all the time with one playing in VLC and the other in WMP. Take a look in my sig for more dual monitor info
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