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1/1: How many monitors do you use with your most-often-used Mac?

Laptop Mac: Just the laptop's screen 2,050 (24.76%)
Laptop Mac: Laptop plus 1 monitor 2,612 (31.54%)
Desktop Mac: 1 monitor 1,527 (18.44%)
Desktop Mac: 2 monitors 1,681 (20.30%)
Desktop Mac: 3 monitors 230 (2.78%)
Desktop Mac: 4 or more monitors 181 (2.19%)
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Authored by: MikeSD43 on May 11, '10 07:50:45AM

The option for Laptop - 2 monitors and Laptop 3 monitors does exist (although it's likely rarer than any other type).

I use a Matrox Dual Head 2 Go (Display Port Edition) with my MacBook Pro.



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Authored by: asmeurer on May 11, '10 08:56:14AM

I just recently got a hold of some old cheap external monitor and have been using it with my MacBook Pro. It is amazing how much it increases your productivity. If you don't care about colors like me, you can get a pretty cheap one (it's kind of bulky though).

Favorite use case: Type in LaTeX fullscreen with texmaker on one screen and auto update the ps file fullscreen whenever I build with Skim in the other.



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Authored by: mankoff on May 11, '10 09:21:22AM

Why no option for 2 or more external on a laptop? It is easy thanks to USB monitors (Mimo, DisplayLink) and special hardware for normal monitors.

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Agree
Authored by: hamarkus on May 11, '10 11:07:04AM

I use Screenrecycler to add a third-monitor to my laptop. Should I vote for laptop+1 or desktop with three monitors?



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Authored by: bedouin on May 11, '10 10:59:05AM

I'm so addicted to dual displays that when one of them died a couple years ago, I went out immediately and bought another.

The only thing that could compensate is probably a 30", and two of those would just be ridiculous.



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Authored by: GoannaGuy on May 11, '10 12:14:29PM

Two... two 30" displays is not ridiculous... two is about perfect.

Six... now six is ridiculous. I've got some experience using a six 30" screen system. You have to use Universal Access to enlarge the cursor or you won't find it most of the time.

Given that experience, I can't imagine comfortably using more than two 30" screens at once on a long term basis. A third might be workable, you'd have to put them in a semi-circle.



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You forgot the insano option...
Authored by: Zuspiel on May 11, '10 11:42:18AM

Laptop plus 3 20in external monitors (in portrait orientation) ;-)

So I had to vote for the four monitor category...



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Laptop plus 2 Monitors
Authored by: crazyj on May 11, '10 12:38:57PM
Laptop plus 2 Monitors using a VillageTronic ViDock, but I generally run it with the laptop closed.
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How_many_monitors - the beauty of Expose
Authored by: doneitner on May 11, '10 04:14:24PM

The beauty of Expose is I don't need more than one monitor. It's so easy to switch windows. If I could do that on my PeeCee at work I wouldn't need two monitors there, but it's too much trouble switching windows on Windows (and yeah I know it's pretty easy, but Expose makes it even easier).



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Authored by: heggaton on May 11, '10 04:52:56PM

I actually run an original C2D iMac next to an original G5 iMac (which is a file/print server). I have the G5 setup as a second monitor using Screen Recycler.

It's not fast but it's perfect for reading email, IM, Photoshop Pallets, etc.

My only complaint is the Screen Recycler is forced to sit in my Dock. It'd be so very much nicer to have it as a menubar item.

Cheers



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Authored by: e_whizz on May 12, '10 05:59:44AM

If you pay the powerbill, It would be cheaper to get a new LCD than run an old machine as a screen. In Australia, this would cost about 200-300 per annum to run.



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Authored by: heggaton on May 12, '10 04:36:12PM

Really?! That's interesting.

I'm in Melbourne (AU) and my figures don't quite match yours.

Take a fully 100% load (which it never does but let's assume worst case):
.150w / hr
9 hrs / day it's running
$.155 / kilowatt hour (is what I'm paying)
Works out to be
.15 x 9 x .155 = $0.21 / day
x 5 days per week that it runs = $1.05
x 52 weeks of the year $54.60 per annum to run.

...And that doesn't take into into account that I don't use my computer(s) 5 days per week, every week of the year.

I also did mention in my original post that it also runs as a communal file server and print server.

Cheers,

Ian.



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Authored by: siliconman on May 12, '10 07:29:58AM

My normal setup is my laptop closed with two large monitors. Because the real monitors are so much larger than my laptop's screen, I don't like to use it at my desk. I also use one of the external monitors in portrait mode.



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Authored by: rxcfc on May 12, '10 10:24:55AM

I use Laptop + 2 monitors with the help of a USB to DVI adapter.



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Authored by: Simoneyes on May 12, '10 11:43:35AM

Macbook Pro + 1 Monitor, + 3 more USB monitors just to have a screen for everything I have open.

Samsung's built in USB Monitor is the best by far of the ones I've tried.



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Authored by: Notch Johnson on May 12, '10 01:45:15PM

Video port 1: 30" Cinema Display
Video port 2: DVI-->HDMI cable to 47" LCD TV



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How_many_monitors
Authored by: sprale on May 25, '10 07:29:36AM

Wrong thread...

Edited on May 25, '10 07:29:58AM by sprale



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Just one
Authored by: PatrickS on May 25, '10 10:59:33AM

but it's a 27 inch iMac so it is not really an issue :-)



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Authored by: avandelay on Jul 27, '10 12:08:51PM

I'm a big fan of having a pivoting monitor. I use it in landscape orientation for most things, but turn it vertical for writing. It's great to see 2-3 pages of text without scrolling. If I thought my 1,1 Macbook (and my desk) would deal with it, I'd consider a second external so one could be left in portrait mode.

Edited on Jul 27, '10 12:09:39PM by avandelay



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Authored by: robleach on Sep 21, '10 11:52:46AM

I actually have fewer monitors than I have computers. Of my 3 personal computers, I have 1 monitor (on my laptop). One of the computers however is hooked up to my media center with a 320x240 television. Needless to say, I use screen sharing a lot.

Rob



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