Using Two Monitors
Average computer users are content with a single monitor for running their favorite programs, managing files, working on documents and generally using their computer.
Most monitors these days have 15-inch or larger screens so there really shouldn't be a problem in getting basic tasks done. But just because one computer monitor sounds like enough doesn't mean that there isn't any room for improvement.
Buying a larger monitor for instance can be a nice investment because you can watch movies or play games at a higher resolution and you can see larger webpages and documents even if you zoom in. But if you need a monitor upgrade just so you can improve your window management and productivity, you are better off getting an additional screen of the same size and type.
Using two monitors opens up a number of advantages that can make computer usage more enjoyable and productive.
Better Window and Desktop Management
Think of using two monitors next to each other as if you were using a very wide monitor. Maximizing a window on your screen should fill up a single monitor. The other monitor can be used to show information and you can finally do this without having this information overlap any maximized window. You also don't have to reduce the size of the window just so you can see side by side comparisons. This is great for developers that need to all the space they need to write codes while seeing the generated output.
The latest operating systems allow you to place widgets and other interactive elements on your desktop. But in order to see those widgets, you have to minimize all of your open windows. With a second monitor, you have two desktops to work with so there is a lot more space for your widgets. For instance, if you have a weather widget or application, you can constantly check for updates in one monitor while you look at a webpage or work on a document in another.
Article writers and authors can also benefit from two monitors because they can have their favorite word processor in one window and their reference in another window. This eliminates the need for switching windows.
Buying a bigger monitor pretty much means that you have to get a monitor that is more expensive than your existing monitor. While you can use your old monitor for a dual screen setup, having one small monitor and one big monitor makes window management a bit more confusing compared to two identical monitors side by side.
You can save more money by simply buying another monitor and you already know that you are essentially doubling the amount of screen space you can work with.
Using two monitors may take some time to get used to but once you do get used to the setup, you will find yourself working a lot faster thanks to all the space you have available for managing multiple windows. If you install third-party software, you may unlock other benefits as well such as separate wallpapers for each monitor.