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Do you think dual monitors are a must in order to make lots of money in IM?

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  1. freckletone

    freckletone Regular Member

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    Are you way more productive with dual instead of just one monitor and if so how? Does it double the amount of money you make? lol
     
  2. TramsMedia

    TramsMedia Registered Member

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    I am running a p4 era machine as of now. My old custom build media rig with dual monitors was so much more productive. Too bad i had to sell it.
     
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    It doubles my productivity in some cases. I can have a lot of information up and "set things aside" so that they're easy to access... it's much better than simply using one monitor.

    You do have to make an effort to get used to the configuration, though, in order to use it to its fullest. If the second monitor just sits on the desktop the entire time, you might as well not have it. (It took me a few days to get used to it.)
     
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    Dual or more monitors is nice since you can move some of the windows to other one and don't need minn/max them every time you want to do something else.

    But thats doesn't really make you anymore money. sometimes it might distract you more than make any good :/ since with 1 monitor you got to finish the job before going to the next one.
     
  5. Kickflip

    Kickflip BANNED BANNED

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    Screw this I'm buying 100 monitors tomorrow and by my math I should be making 100X the amount of money I'm currently making in less than a month.
     
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    Dual monitors definitely help especially when multitasking. I usually use one for work and one for play.
     
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    The key to make more money is not having more monitors...

    The key is Do.

    Think less do more, and you earn money.
     
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  8. freckletone

    freckletone Regular Member

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    It's just that with one monitor you have to switch from one window to another frequently but on dual you can see both; which would make you work faster and make more $ I suppose. 100x is overkill. lol
     
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    tacopalypse Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    actually kinda the opposite.
    i previously had a dual monitor setup and thought it was great.
    then due to needing to switch around my workspace, i downgraded to a single 1920x1080 monitor, and haven't really noticed any decrease in productivity.
    i actually find that it helps me focus better.
    only rarely do i run into a situation where i wish i had more screen space.
    personally i find multiple virtual desktops to be more useful than multiple monitors for doing multitasking.
     
  10. dichotom

    dichotom Elite Member

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    I don't think the amount of monitors has anything to do with how lazy an individual is :D I personally have 2 monitors going all the time (had 3 until I bought bigger monitors) but I have a purpose for each one. If you feel like throwing something to the left or right of your screen would be helpful, then you need to place a monitor in that mid-air that can't display anything :D If you have a laptop, you can try out MaxVista and see if another monitor would help you (by using your laptop as a monitor)

    If you want to have photoshop open in 1, have notepad open editing code in another, and have your email / webbrowser open in the third then I would say it's probably time to expand your desktop. If you are wanting to watch 3 pornos full-screen at once then I would say it is still time to expand your desktop but it probably won't do much for your productivity.
     
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    aReJay Power Member

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    2 monitors is the go, great for IM when you are comparing/compiling reports, coding, and multi-tasking.

    In the office I now have 2 1920x1080s and a 17" square monitor that have outlook open 24/7.

    -aReJay
     
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    Go buy one of this bastards! ;)

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    Considering the small investment, the benefits are really good. It will reduce your stress frustration while also allowing you to work smoothly. Go ahead and get them. Just make sure that your video card will support dual monitors which should be the case in most cases, unless you bought your computer a really long time ago.
     
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    No. A brain is a must. Dual monitors are nice to have at times but not a must. I have 2x24" and 1x22". 90% of the time 2 are turned off. In the 10% of the time I use all 3, it increases my productivity 2-5 times.

    Unless you are doing one of the following more than one large monitor is overkill.

    • Coding
    • Monitoring in real time lots of stuff
    • Serious design (so you need for example 3D program and Photoshop at same time)
    • Anything that requires you to see all the time many windows.
    For IM alone I can't really say you will get much advantage over 1 large monitor. In order to be productive contrary to popular belief you don't have to handle a shitload of things at once but eliminate a shitload of things you don't really need to do. That is by far a much better skill to master than moving your head around without getting dizy or loosing your cursor (which will happen in the first few days). The less you focus on, the less your brain has to handle, the better your head handles it.

    Also with 2-3 large monitors make sure you have at least 3GB or RAM as you'll end up keeping lots of programs open. 2GB is not enough. Firefox alone can eat up 500MB if you have lots of pages open.
     
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    I've made over $100K / Month on a Intel Pentium 4 2.8ghz Single Core. 512 Mb Ram, 17" CRT Monitor.

    Nuff said.
     
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    You only need one monitor - then lots of outsourcers with one monitor each. Scale up from there...
     
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    It entirely depends on what you plan to do with them. I have always been comfortable using 1 monitor instead of two. Which I tried but found myself getting distracted on two windows rather then one. :p
     
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    At home I'm fine with one computer but at work I run Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 (on VirtualBox) at the same time so two screens are essential.
     
  20. jogjafreak

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    it must when you really need it :D