My current primary monitor is a 23" at 1920x1080. It's great for gaming or watching videos, but not much else. The issue is in the width of the monitor and the way it's set up. My chair and keyboard are situated right in the middle so I like to have my primary application in the middle of the screen at around 1280px wide. This leaves only ~320px to each side. It's manageable for a chat window or contact list, but for anything else it's much too small.
I don't want to give up the 23" for gaming, but I really need at least one or two of the squarer monitors.
In my previous workplaces I've had two relatively smaller but relatively square monitors to work from (~17" or 19" non-widescreen), which is quite ideal as then I could display more vertically, a real requirement of programming. One would be situated right in front of the keyboard and chair, the other slightly angled on the side.
Not sure what to do, so I'm hoping someone out there will have some additional thoughts or alternate suggestions.
PS: I don't understand how a 17" and 19" non-widescreen monitor can both have a recommended resolution of 1280x1024.