I remember when I first saw a multiple monitor workstation, the crisp display, the ability to work on multiple projects and the ease of accommodating and monitoring a number of windows at once (and the bragging rights) seemed like the stuff of dreams, I knew I was in love and wanted my own setup right there and then and I eventually ended up getting one but was it really worth it?
In this article, I’m going to discuss some of the reasons why you’re better off spending your earned money on an ultrawide monitor rather than having two or three displays side by side.
Reason # 1: The Productivity Myth
It seems plausible to get more work done on several displays, having each screen dedicated to a single window is a multitaskers delight but does it really get the job done in less time? Gary Keller in his book, The One Thing, mentions the fact that we lose 28% of an average workday while juggling multiple tasks at once. Your brain is only capable of focusing on so much that once overwhelmed, it goes against you resulting in you paying the price through time and efficiency.
Sure, on the surface having multiple displays seems conducive to productivity but in reality, it is actually counter-productive, working with multiple screens means having to bounce repeatedly between them which entails reorienting your focus each time you shift your gaze resulting in a loss of much valuable time. The solution, ultrawide monitors, these monitors come in a variety of display sizes ranging from 29″ to 34″ diagonally, that means you get more horizontal working space through a single monitor than you would by cramming two or three displays together without having to go back and forth from screen to screen.
So in order to get more done, an ultrawide monitor is a much better choice compared to several displays.
Reason # 2: Less Hassle
Like I said before, I loved having multiple monitors, it made me seem more techy and cool but I absolutely hated dealing with the seemingly endless wiring.
A con, and a very big one at that, of having a multitude of displays was that it was necessary to have a video card that you could plug several displays into, not to mention all the wiring that comes with multiple monitors, the end result was me fumbling through all those cables, knocking a few things over on my desk, trying to find all the spots on my computer where I was going to plug all these wires into and then having gone through hell and back, to again go through the hassle of plugging the displays’ into power sockets.
Love hurts and setting up all those displays left me teary eyed, I wanted to give up but somehow got through (after an endless struggle) the ordeal, the end result was a work station that I couldn’t use for anything but placing the monitors.
The solution, again, is an ultrawide monitor, not only do you get a much larger working space, the setup time required is much less, you also get more space for other stuff on your desk than having just three or four big bulky screens occupying all the area.
Reason # 3: More Visual Appeal
Functional aspects aside, let’s talk a bit about aesthetics, the ultrawide monitor just looks more visually appealing compared to multiple screens, the sleek, beautifully curved screen is a delight to look at and being engulfed by the curvaceous display feels like bliss.
Gamers and movie lovers will rejoice at being enwrapped by the more natural looking curved display without those annoying bezels distorting their vision, so rest assured, the ability to glance seamlessly in every direction is another thing going for ultrawide monitors.
The Final Verdict:
Having discussed all the niceties of the ultrawide monitor, a concern for most would be the price (for now at least). In the long run however, as the competition ripens, it’s natural for prices to come down as companies will want to increase sales any which way they can.
So if affordability is not an issue, by all means go ahead and invest in an ultrawide monitor, the benefit is well worth the cost and the experience is one that is truly amazing, or, if you can hold on long enough for prices to topple down, the reward, again, is well worth the wait. Either way, you will not be disappointed; after all, you get what you pay for, be it with time or money.