4 Monitors: The Future of Business

Business of all sectors are finding the importance of multiple display computing in the workplace. In the age of information overload, multi-tasking tools are becoming an even more critical component to any business. By finding tools to increase efficiency, businesses allow their employees to make the most of their time each and every day. The first step to increase effectiveness is to increase the efficiency of company equipment. By switching from the old, single monitor setup to the increasingly popular setup with 4 monitors, employees are able to complete valuable tasks more quickly and more efficiently.

The concept of using multiple monitors to accomplish more at work is not a new one in such fields as graphic design, architecture, communications, accounting, engineering, or video editing. However, in the past, this has meant multiple graphics adapters and specialized software. Fortunately, such extreme measures are no longer required to enhance productivity in the work place, and the costs of upgrading are much more competitive now, too. Now that multiple-monitor setups are more budget-friendly, it is becoming more and more common to see a much wider range of business professionals using 4 monitors (or more) to increase their visual area, or real estate.

For multiple monitor networking, software such as Maxivista for Windows and ScreenRecycler for Mac OS X let you set up a multiple PC multi-monitor mode through virtual display drivers and client-side software. It is possible to have multiple monitors displaying a single virtual desktop as well. Many university display wall projects use this capability, resulting in a 17600 x 6000 pixel display.

A different approach to using multiple monitor systems involves using the monitors of networked computers to display the output of a central, localized computer. By using the graphic cards of the networked computers, both stability and speed are dramatically enhanced. This is often a preferred choice for users who want 4 monitors but have systems where adding additional graphic cards is problematic, such as the case with most laptops.

When using 4 monitors for one system, the additional monitors can either be extensions of the desktop (panoramic) or mirrors of the central display. The arrangements of these monitors can be configured to make horizontal, vertical, or other monitor configurations possible. Additionally, since the additional monitors are powered by networked computers, they can be located anywhere the network reaches, both wireless and hardwired.

The primary disadvantage to using 4 monitors is that common resources of the video card are divided between each display’s output duties. Fortunately, ongoing improvements in graphics technology have minimized this issue in recent years, with many new graphic adapters now supporting additional video adapters as well. Between the reduction in cost, and therefore increase in availability, combined with the advances to improve this technology in recent years, now is a great time to see if this technology could be beneficial to your work space. In addition to increased productivity and work space, multiple monitor systems can also be beneficial to your personal computer to help you multitask at home and enjoy a better enhanced experience while doing more enjoyable computerized tasks.