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01/23/2007 02:55:09 AM · #1
Ok for photo editing and general use mainly,
which would you get?
One 24" 2407WFP Dell monitor

or

Two 20" 2007WFP Dell monitors?

They cost around the same.
Thanks.
01/23/2007 02:57:51 AM · #2
I'd get the 2 20"s, personally. Much more screen real-estate, and the ability to do things like watch videos on one while you work on the other.
01/23/2007 04:12:48 AM · #3
Ok, thanks, anyone else?
01/23/2007 04:51:33 AM · #4
I agree with getting two 20" monitors over one 24".
01/23/2007 05:03:22 AM · #5
Two 20. Even you can consider to have a secondary not so big. I use a 19 and a 17 (poor me) and in the secondary have all the tools of Photoshop, so I really don't need that one to be so big, or so good.
Also, I think (not sure) you can only calibrate one of them, so you will calibrate the good one.
Maybe if you choose a smaller secondary screen you can buy a better main monitor.

Just an opinion...

Álex.
01/23/2007 06:27:15 AM · #6
I have two 21" and love it. When working on the laptop I use the 17" on the laptop and one 19" external. Two monitors is very useful when editing photos - one screen for pic and one for editor, tool panels, etc.
01/23/2007 06:54:55 AM · #7
Originally posted by CEJ:

I have two 21" and love it. When working on the laptop I use the 17" on the laptop and one 19" external. Two monitors is very useful when editing photos - one screen for pic and one for editor, tool panels, etc.


I do the same with my 14.1" laptop screen and my 19" ViewSonic LCD.
01/23/2007 07:07:47 AM · #8
I would get two regular 1600x1200 (2007FP) rather than the wide screens.
01/23/2007 07:08:50 AM · #9
From my experience (worked in software development); I'd recommend dual monitors anytime over a single monitor.
Even if for example the choices are 1x24" vs. 2x19".

All luck in your choice...
and enjoy the large view :)...
01/23/2007 07:48:52 AM · #10
2 20" monitors. One in portrait orientation and one in landscape.
01/23/2007 08:16:37 PM · #11
Originally posted by Jacko:

2 20" monitors. One in portrait orientation and one in landscape.


Ooh, that would be interesting.
01/23/2007 08:49:49 PM · #12
Other than more screen real estate, having two monitors just makes it look more like you know what you are doing :-)
01/23/2007 08:52:14 PM · #13
I'll be the lone dissenting opinion. I'd go as large as possible with the main monitor, and go with a smaller standard aspect ratio monitor, e.g. 19" for the second monitor. The primary monitor would be for editing and the secondary would take care of ancillary tasks, toolbars, etcetera.
01/23/2007 09:02:58 PM · #14
Two heads are better than 1.
01/23/2007 09:05:11 PM · #15
Originally posted by jfriesen:

Two heads are better than 1.


Misogynists the world over agree.
01/23/2007 09:07:22 PM · #16
20" is large enough on it's own. so IMHO 24" is a little overkill. I'd get 2 20" monitors if given the same choice.

I love running dual displays - more screen estate to work. especially useful when you have one monitor to work, while the other to view references and other things. If you do CAD designs and programming, you'll love it. For photo-editing, you'll at least get more pixels and area to view/compare your photos.
01/23/2007 09:15:27 PM · #17
Originally posted by Jacko:

2 20" monitors. One in portrait orientation and one in landscape.

I tried this at work one time, and it was pretty sweet, but SolidWorks was NOT happy. Didn't quite make the connection, and ended up reinstalling SW before I figured out it was related to the portrait orientation and probably just driver related.
I would like to do this at home though. A nice little 17" 1024x768 would match up nicely with my 1680x1050 20" widescreen, but I haven't come across any decently cheap 17s or (or 19s for that matter) that will rotate.

Originally posted by crayon:

especially useful when you have one monitor to work, while the other to view references and other things. If you do CAD designs and programming, you'll love it.

Yup! Pretty sweet to run SolidWorks on one and AutoCAD, PDFs, web pages, or even just email and an explorer window in the other.

Message edited by author 2007-01-23 21:18:33.
01/23/2007 09:27:23 PM · #18
Originally posted by TechnoShroom:

Originally posted by jfriesen:

Two heads are better than 1.


Misogynists the world over agree.


I'm not sexist and am using the phrase without regard to origin or social connotation.
01/23/2007 09:29:57 PM · #19
Originally posted by jduffett:

Originally posted by crayon:

especially useful when you have one monitor to work, while the other to view references and other things. If you do CAD designs and programming, you'll love it.

Yup! Pretty sweet to run SolidWorks on one and AutoCAD, PDFs, web pages, or even just email and an explorer window in the other.


Yup - especially if you're doing designs and while working fullscreen on one monitor, you get to open up supporting designs and drawings on the other. On top of that, i usually also have my messenger, emails on the "secondary" (usually smaller) monitor. It's really cool. I think windows allow up to 4 displays simultaneously. havent tried because i've only got 2 monitors and 2 video cards at the moment. But yes, it's very sweet to work like that
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