How to pick a “good” display: And, when (and why) 2 Screens are better than one: Pretty much, always!!


Being on the road for a few days, I’m once again reminded about the “taken-for-granted” ness that we sometimes feel when we “only” have access to a single display device.

As some background information – even though RiteTech/ is a small company, pretty much everyone in our organization has at least two display devices (or is given the option for same) as part of their standard-issue company equipment.  For desktop PC users, that means two displays.  For notebook PC users, it means the option of plugging in their own (or a company-provided) display.  Why is that?

Well – in a quick simple word, it’s the productivity.  One of the discoveries I made years ago when I worked as an IT Security Administrator for  a quasi-governmental financial services organization (which also had dual displays for most staff at the time – at this was years ago, when it was not common to do this) – is that in many roles, providing this type of amenity more than paid for itself in terms of improved employee productivity.  It’s similar to providing more “desk space” in a traditional sense – if a person has more screen real estate to spread their work out on, they can typically get more accomplished.  Granted, the person or resource in question also needs the proper attitude, motivation, support, and training/supervision to make the most of these features.  However, when used properly, the dual-display can be a game changer in terms of productivity.

Even in situations where having a dual-display is not practical – a few tips we’ve learned along the way can help even when picking out a standard (primary) display.  One thing we’ve learned is to pay close attention to the display resolution.  This determines how small or “fine” the display elements, or dots, are displayed on the screen – similar to how small, or fine, little grains of sand (or other material) may be in the physical world.  The smaller (or finer) the resolution, the more crisp and precise the display elements can be.

Lately, the best (or finest) displays tend to be ones made by Apple – whether it is in their built-in Retina iMac computers, or their external displays (like Thunderbolt).

However, there are many other very good non-Mac displays out there, both in laptops and traditional displays.  Sony laptops often tend to have very good, fine built-in displays.  When choosing an external (traditional) display, also confirm that it supports all of the latest connection standards, such as HDMI or DVI.

Happy computing…


Posted on June 4, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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