How many monitors are attached to your home computer?


I once met a boy who said "9 monitors is ideal" (for general everyday use).

He was stubborn & couldn't be talked out of it! I wonder what his parents' electrical bill looks like.

@MutoShack Just his way of making himself special I suppose.
I could see it for some kind of immersive gaming or flight sims etc. but I'm not a gamer at all.

I answered one, as I invariably use a laptop. I do have a large monitor, but that would then tie me to a desk.

I also have a projector, but I guess that doesn't count.

@fitheach Yes, I meant simultaneously. I've used 2-3 for so many years now that I feel cramped spending any time with just one. 2 is a minmum.
A third is nice for tailing logs, but that needn't be on the same pc - synergy will do to copy/paste ip addresses to DROP.

I achieve the same sort of thing using virtual Desktops.

@fitheach You win! :-)
The difference is that I can have a pdf or w/e as reference on the left monitor while I'm typing on the right. Or a reference image with gimp on the right. Many uses that can't be done with virtual spaces by themselves.
Another example, each desktop spans two monitors, but each monitor has its own wallpaper. On one desktop I always leave the left blank, because it has a world map as wallpaper and my geo of some areas is dodgy.
Wallpaper is a good place for cheat sheets.

Swings and roundabouts. It is a difference in preference. I prefer the convenience of portability.

Ctrl F1, Ctrl F2, Ctrl F3 etc. to switch between virtual Desktops. WFM.

@fitheach It is indeed all swings and roundabouts. Just a post by @mike made me wonder as I thought it might go 60/40 2:1 for number of monitors.
So far one H2G2 fan has 42 though, which is kind of skewing the results a little :-)

42 monitors? The electricity company will be loving that.


@gemlog it's 42, as the great computer calculated that's the only way to see the truth to life, the universe and everything.

@gemlog I have 1 monitor per machine. However, I actually do feel like 2 would be ideal (or perhaps 1 external large monitor) for work.

The reason why I don't already have one is because I've been working for 4 years on 1 laptop monitor and the perks of 2 have not outweighed the cost.

If I could spend $300+ on a business expense, I could think of better investments.

@trevdev I don't think I've ever bought a monitor in 20 years.
It used to be CRT's, but these days all the pc's ppl give me to erase, refurbish (i.e. install linux) and give away again come with lcd panels, because they want even larger ones with their new computer.
These days monitors are accumulating slightly as people already have one quite often.
Nothing breeds like spare power supply cables though. Not rabbits - nothing!

@gemlog Hahaha I recycled a big box of spare everything cables last summer. I feel this.

@trevdev I keep all the stuff under ~3 meters in a closet draped across the rail. Currently there are like 4 actual coat hangers with coats and the rest of the rod is an assortment of p/w (mostly), usb and ethernet cables.
There may be a better way, but it makes it easy to find what you need and remove it and they never get tangled.
And yeah, I donated a box of the things out last year too!

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