The Myth of Width: Is Bigger Always Better?

The Myth of Width: Is Bigger Always Better?

Taryn Williford
Jan 28, 2009

In this age where everyone is trying to stretch their dollar bills, rarely do we find ourselves saying, "No, I don't need that much." We want more space, more food and more time, even though we know it's not always in our best interests. Rafe Needleman, a contributor at the gadget blog Crave, thinks bigger isn't always better when it comes to dual side-by-side monitor setups...

You can read the entire article here, but the gist is that Needleman thinks that for entertainment content, wide-screen can't be beat (our eyes are side-by-side, after all), but the world of work is in portrait mode, and wide-screen displays try to challenge the naturally vertical orientation of books and Web sites.

So guys, whether or not you've got dual monitors, what do you think about all this? At the risk of sounding like Carrie Bradshaw... When it comes to desktop monitors, is bigger always better?

We think that if you're setting up a dual monitor setup for yourself, consider the main things you use your computer for. Watching movies and games or reading Web pages? if it's the latter, you can still get your shiny and impressive double monitor display, but consider turning the screens to portrait mode like the photo below of our editor Gregory's office:

[ Top image from juhansonin@Flicr ]

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