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Ultra-wide Monitor

Do I need ultra-wide monitor or dual screens?

Display technology has been improving for some time. As monitors are mostly light flat panels, the size has consistently grown so that average is now 22-24″. I can recall that it would take 2 technicians to lift some 21” CRT screens on to a desk.

A larger monitors gives you:

  • more usable area
  • increased resolution
  • more pixels per inch

These factors result in a clearer image for the user.

A widescreen monitor will have a 16:9 aspect ratio, one a 24” screen will allow you to view one application at a time.  Sometimes you can two applications next to each other but normally you switch between open applications, they will generally overlay each other.

Running two widescreen monitors will allow you to have an application on each screen, such as Outlook on one and Excel or Word on another.  Studies have found a 40% or more productivity increase in business as the users does not have to switch between windows and can work more efficiently.

An Ultra-wide monitor will have a 21:9 aspect ratio, typically they are 34” or more and are curved.  Some extreme users will have two monitors stacked on top of each other.  This could be suitable for developers or security monitoring. 

When users had to work from they found that remote controlling their PC with two screens in the office was limited to a single screen on Windows 10 Professional. So this hindered their work efficiency. Most businesses would may not have considered the ultra-wide as an option.

Comparing Ultrawide vs Dual monitors

Dual Monitors

Dual monitors allow you to extend screen desktop, placing two monitors next to each other on the desk and configured so you can move your mouse from one screen to the other. Typically most businesses will select to buy a matched pair of screens or will add screens as they grow or see benefits provided.

Most people prefer a mount that allows both monitors to be attached to the desk and set the monitors so that are both at the same level. This can help with the bezel gap but will not remove it entirely. This can also effect the users seating position and having the right display mount can reduce eye strain and back pain.

Matching Dual screens are more pleasing to the eye however if you add a second screen, this can allow different resolutions on each screen, which can be useful if you are a web designer who needs to see the results of a design in different displayed resolutions.

If you have purchased two screens at different times then you may need to adjust the resolutions so they match within Windows control panel. You will also need to match the colour settings which can take time if they are not both the same make, model or connection type.

It is important to remember that two screens will require two outputs from your PC or you may require an adaptor or additional display card installed as well.

The number of monitors that your PC will support generally has also increased. See our article on what display connectors are on my PC.

Ultrawide Monitor

A single ultrawide monitor can provide the same amount of desktop space without the bezel gap.  If you are using the monitor for graphic design, then being able to see a complete image without the gap in 3840 x 1600 full resolution will easily justify the higher cost.

The curved screen provides a more immersive view of your screen.  With dual screens typically they can be angled but never quite give the same effect. 

An Ultrawide monitor provides simplicity for the users. Being able to plug in a single monitor to your pc is generally always easier. You just need to space for one large monitor. Some have a single pole attached to the desk that allows good movement. The weight of a single ultrawide is often the same as two large monitors so two people maybe required to help with the initial installation.

Windows Snap

Windows Snap feature allows you to set multiple applications up to display at the same time.  On a dual screen setup, having an application in the middle and an application at each end would be disrupted by the bezel.  With an Ultrawide, Windows allows multiple applications to be displayed with ease.

Windows Snap can be used via the keyboard shortcut or with the mouse.

Windows Snap with a mouse

Select and hold the title bar of the application window you want to snap, and drag it to the edge of your screen. This will display a rubber band effect showing where the window will snap to once your release. You can drag left or right or one of the corners to snap. If you want to maximise the window, drag to the top of the screen. You can also hold and shake the bar to minimise all the other windows.

Windows Snap with a keyboard

Select the application windows you want and hold the Windows Logo key, then either left arrow or right arrow to snap the window to either side of the screen. This is handy if your have dual screens as trying to snap using the mouse along the join is hard to using the mouse. Using the Windows Logo key and down will reduce the window, another tap down will minimise the application window. Up will maximise the application.

Windows Snap Assist

Windows Snap Assist appears after you have snapped a window and have lots of space available. Window shows thumbnails of other applications available that you can select to fill the space. Snap Assist will resize the applications site-by-side by selecting and dragging the dividing line.

For benefits of using multiple screens or our 8 factors when choosing a monitor article, will let you know what to look for in your monitor.

Finally, cable management of a single screen is always going to be easier than multiple screens.  Some monitor stands will have cable management as part of the design while others will need a little planning. 

If you would like to discuss the options available then please contact us.

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