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RFC: Secondary Monitor(s) for Programming
I am in need of a second monitor for programming, and possibly a matching primary.

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.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 26th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Darien writes: I love my Dell UltraSharp U2410 as a secondary display because it supports 1920x1200 native pixels that can be viewed in landscape or rotated into portrait mode. Lots of inputs, picture in picture, USB accessories and more.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 27th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
That monitor looks really nice, and very versatile, but I think that's about 2-3x outside my budget right now, what with the upcoming move and desire to top off my emergency savings.

I'm not sure why but a lot of monitors that can swivel have a 50% markup compared to others of the same size and resolution. Is it something to do with the direction it refreshes, or just because it's not standard mounting hardware? Most OSes will allow you to do reorient the display direction by default, just need a stand that will rotate the physical monitor too.
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