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Posted Friday, May 9, 2014 3:04 PM


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jasona.work (5/9/2014)
An advantage I can think of to using two (or more) individual monitors over one large one is, if you maximize a window in a dual monitor setup, it stays on the monitor it was on, allowing you to easily maximize another window on the 2nd monitor.

With one big monitor, maximize a window and it covers everything...
Sure there are ways to work around that, but I think it's easier to just maximize...

BTW, 2x24" at work, and a 24" (1920x1200) and a 21" (1600x1200) at home


I use a single large monitor at home + an app called SplitView. Handles both concerns (i.e. I can maximize to the whole screen if desired or use either of two halves as maximize options as well).

Well worth the 30$.


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Posted Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:17 AM


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Any solutions on using a Laptop with a dual setup? I cant use a docking station. I would like to use two 24" monitors and keep the laptop lid closed. Would prefer they be fed off HDMI. Looked at HDMI splitters but couldn't find one that supported "Extended Mode".



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thomashohner (5/10/2014)
Any solutions on using a Laptop with a dual setup? I cant use a docking station. I would like to use two 24" monitors and keep the laptop lid closed. Would prefer they be fed off HDMI. Looked at HDMI splitters but couldn't find one that supported "Extended Mode".


Have. You tried Matrix Dualhead2Go?
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Posted Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:50 AM


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Nice that's exactly what I was looking for

Now to find two quality monitors that wont break the bank. I have been looking at trying to get something with a thin bezel to make it look more seamless. Trying to find <200 bucks range.

Currently using Dell E2213h at work.




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Posted Sunday, May 11, 2014 11:55 AM


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At the moment I've got dual 21, but wanting triple. Normally I got at least 3 rdp sessions to servers.
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Posted Sunday, May 11, 2014 3:43 PM


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It would be cool to see pics of peoples rigs that they use



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Posted Monday, May 12, 2014 10:35 AM
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I'm remote so I have a 17" laptop that I've had extended onto a 24" in my home office. I'm about to purchase a 16" USB powered monitor as well so I can use both my desktop and laptop simultaneously with synergy. I hope it works.
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Posted Monday, May 12, 2014 10:46 AM
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matthew.f.unger (5/12/2014)
I'm remote so I have a 17" laptop that I've had extended onto a 24" in my home office. I'm about to purchase a 16" USB powered monitor as well so I can use both my desktop and laptop simultaneously with synergy. I hope it works.


I've used Synergy. It works fairly well, but I always had an issue with it when I tried to unlock my computers. Since both my desktop and and laptop are windows-based, I've switch to Mouse Without Borders. It has a few more features then Synergy, but you lose the cross-platform ability.




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Love having 2 monitors. However, in my case, my company only provides 14" laptop which stinks. But I have a 27" second monitor. So yes, I love 2 monitors but hate the fact that they are two very different sizes. I can't believe in this day and age that a company does not get at least 17" laptops for peoples daily work. It is a proven fact that the bigger the monitor the better the productivity. And the question should also suggest is why is everyone at my company buying second monitors to begin with! By the end of the day my eyes get tired of switching from 14" to 27" and back again all day long.
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Posted Monday, May 12, 2014 11:08 AM


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I have also been reading about portrait mode any one use this? Flip your monitor vertically for longer coding?



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