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Hey guys,

I was just wondering what experiences you've had with the number of monitors vs. productivity. Meaning at which number of monitors did you find made you the most productive for coding? I was thinking 2 or 3, but I'm not really sure, I would only need 2, but it would be nice to have a 3rd for a open website to google/have an ebook reference open.

What do you think? What screen sizes and resolutions also?

I was considering the following monitors:

2 or 3 - asus 24" 1920x1080 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236049

OR

2 or 3 - i-inc 28" http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0350533


All input is appreciated.

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post #2 of 32
1 is quite enough for me. you won't write code while looking up something on google so having it on another monitor is not much more helpfull then switching to it on the same one.
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post #3 of 32
Personal preference.
Only you know your style and how you use resources.

I never have had the need to step outside the boundaries of a single monitor, however I generally don't make projects that are very large.
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I'm no coder, but I find 2 is plenty for website building, photoshopping and other more mundane tasks.

Frequently, one for a browser and one for Adobe...

Sometimes, I have my second monitor for 1/2 (horizontally) a browser and the other half for a movie / TV.

Can't image a 3rd would be needed, especially with Aerosnap.
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post #5 of 32
I've only used up to two at the most. But there are times I wished I had a third. I'm not sure how productive you would be, however, with 2 or 3 28" monitors. Those are pretty big for development.

But, I think it depends on how you define "coding."

If you're talking about working on a single application in your free time, then one or two probably works.

If this is for work, then you might have one monitor with Outlook open, and another with SSMS or Visual Studio open for example. If you had a third, you could have two instances of Visual Studio and/or SQL open with Outlook open in the third. Some people like to use one monitor for the actual code window within Visual Studio and another for the extra windows.

I would give it a go with two, and then see if you find yourself needing a third.
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I am not programmer, but I did go to this place where they developed engine monitoring and things for my work experience, most of them had 2 monitors.
    
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I absolutely LOVE having dual monitors for coding. I can have my IDE open on one screen and the API open on the other. It's really handy.
post #8 of 32
Not a programmer here but i find 2 monitors very productive although i hesitate to go for 3 because of the graphic card/monitor input / drives trouble it can be done but is more of a headache.
I would go for 2 because of your graphics card then if you really crave the extra space you can upgrade your graphics card buy a third monitor buy the saphire adapter and go crazy
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2 is required for me when programming. I use 3 at home and it's more of a luxury than a necessity but when I have to work with just 1 monitor at school, I hate it hah.

My gtx285 has 2x DVI inputs, and I recently bought a matrox dualhead2go. So I plugged in 2x Asus VH242H monitors into the dualhead2go, and that plugs into one of the DVI ports on the graphics card. Then I hook up a third monitor to the 2nd port on the graphics card. Works nice. So I have two 23inch monitors and I am using a third, smaller monitor until I find the time/money to get another larger monitor. It looks like this: http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/9254/dscf0112m.jpg

However, I didn't move to 3 monitors solely for programming. I edit video a lot and with that, the more space the better.
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I'd say 2. I generally use my laptop and pc at the same time when programming..
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