Dramatically increase your productivity by adding a second monitor to your setup
Want to dramatically boost your computing productivity? Get an additional monitor. Whether you have an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, or Mac Mini, you will love it once you have it. I can’t think of a single other addition to a Mac setup that will increase productivity like a second monitor does. You instantly have significantly more screen real estate, which directly translates into more productivity.
What you’ll get with a second monitor
* See more of everything by adding additional screen real estate
* Work on multiple projects simultaneously
* Multiple full-size browser windows concurrently: a must for any web worker.
* Edit code in one screen while viewing the changes instantly in the other
* Manipulate and match photos easier
* Significantly reduce the amount of time spent dragging windows and changing window focus
* It looks cool! (OK maybe just to us geeks, this is a fringe benefit)
I would go so far as to say that having an external monitor is absolutely essential for any Mac laptop user since you have less screen real estate by default. Yes it’s great to use your Mac on the go, but when you’re not on the move, it’s all the more great to set that MacBook next to a large display and turn your 13″ screen into a secondary display alongside a beautiful 22″ LCD. I’d highly recommend getting an external screen that hits the maximum resolution a MacBook supports at 1080p via DVI (newer models and MacBook Pro’s go up to 2560×1600 via dual-link DVI).
Here’s a couple Mac setups that feature a second monitor: