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Old 26th April 2010
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The advantages of 2 monitors.

I recently purchased a new monitor, an HP ZR24w, a 24" wide screen monitor using an IPS panel.
My intention was to use it to replace the 22" Samsung 2232 TN panel monitor. I set them both up so I could compare them side by side to judge how worthwhile my new purchase was before putting the Samsung up for sale. The HP is a far superior monitor although the differences aren't always as great as I expected but I don't regret buying the new one.
However one thing that I very quickly realised was how useful having 2 monitors is, for general PC work but more so when using Lightroom (or any photo editor I'd imagine). In LR I set the thumbnails and editor up on the LHS screen and when I select an image it appears on the RHS screen as a full screen image. If I then "develop" the image the develop tools etc are on the LHS screen with the image but the RHS still displays the full screen version of the image but updated with all changes as they occur, this great for all editing but extra so for cropping. So I've decided to keep the Samsung now.
The HP monitor can be flipped over to portrait mode and the supplied software rotates the image, it's wonderful looking at portrait images that way, really brings them to life.
I recommend 2 monitors if the budget allows and if you can, a monitor that allows it to flip to portrait mode, you will love it.

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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

I second the use of twin monitors. Interestingly, my main monitor is a Samsung 2232 and I like it a lot.
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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

Twin monitors here too. Very valuable and you don't know how valuable until you've tried it I think.
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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

Aha, I thought.. This is something I can try for 10 minutes. We have two 22 inchers here, I am sure I can borrow my wife's monitor for a test.

Ah. Checked the graphics card. Single output. Oh well.

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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

I have two monitors but rarely have the second monitor switched on I found the advantage of the extra real estate was more than balanced by the need for extra mouse movement to get to the other screen.
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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

I have 3 desktop PCs and they all have 2 monitors. Couldn't live without twin monitors and sometimes 4 would be very useful.

Having Photoshop on one monitor and Bridge or LR on the other is a nice way to work.

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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

I have a spare monitor - how would I connect it ( if its not a silly question)?

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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

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I have a spare monitor - how would I connect it ( if its not a silly question)?

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You need a graphics card with twin monitor outputs.

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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

Thanks Steve.

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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

On a slightly different note I was considering getting a monitor with a wide colour gamut but the extra cost and some known issues with the 2 I was considering made me choose the one I did (has 97% sRGB).
Has anyone here used a wide gamut monitor, just wondering what the real life difference is?

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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

I use a twin screen setup, I have a 22" wide and a 19" 4:3 screen, when I use Olympus Studio I use the 22" to do my editing and the 19" to view the image at full screen, I find the 4:3 ratio suits the olympus photos very well at full screen and im glad I never got rid of it
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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

Did you notice any difference in colour rendition between your two monitors?
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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

Yes there was a major differance at first but with some calibration I got them both to match quite well
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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

Like Steve said, a lot of difference until you calibrate them.

I have a Spyder 2 which is OK although not that wonderful, I used the Lagom monitor setup in the end and that is very good for getting Gamma, sharpness, contrast and black and white levels setup correctly, with lot of fiddling you can optimise each monitor.

http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/

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Re: The advantages of 2 monitors.

Thanks for that link, looks like my humble laptop screen isn't bad but it did need a tweak to the red channel gamma

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