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January 22, 2011

Triple 24″ Monitors

One thing (or maybe more correctly, three things”) that I’ve really been looking at for awhile now has been getting a triple monitor setup at home. It’s slowly becoming common knowledge that having a dual screen setup can increase productivity, so my thinking is two screens good, three screens better. The price for panels now are getting much cheaper too across the board and are pretty affordable until you start looking at the 30″ models (How long until I look back on this as say, “Wow. Thirty inch monitors used to cost $500!?”).

Just under a month a go during a Boxing Day sale I spotted the Samsung SyncMaster BX2440 on sale for $249 and picked three up. These 24″ monitors sport LED back lighting, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, and a response time of 5ms. Also worthy of noting is they come with a HAS (height adjustable stand) that allows you to rotate the monitor and use it in portrait mode. For myself, the HAS wasn’t quite a big deal which I’ll get to later. I’m not gaming on this setup (video games should be reserved for playing on the biggest screen in your house with the comfortable couch in front of it) or doing any fancy high-end video editing, but these monitors look and perform superb. The bezel around the screen isn’t the smallest I’ve ever seen, but it pretty acceptable at 18mm. All in all, I’d highly recommend them to anyone looking for a new 24″.

Part two of my monitor story involves ditching the stock stand and mounting them now the way that I feel every monitor should be mounted, with a proper desk (or wall, I guess) monitor arm. Why? Three reasons:

  1. I want to regain the space on top of my desk. I realized this was going to be even more important when I started planning out my triple monitor setup and actually saw how much space three 24″ monitors were going to take up.
  2. I do a variety of things on my computer. I wanted the flexibility that the arms would provide me to move the monitors around into different configurations (e.g. portrait mode) with ease.
  3. I’ve never heard a single story of anyone regret or have second thoughts of purchasing and using them.

So to get these new monitors up and off of my desk I ended up going with Ergotron’s LX series of monitor arms. And wow, really, kudos to Ergotron for an excellent product. Installation and setup was extremely easy, their look and finish is superb, and the built-in cable management — although simple — leaves other products behind. I’m a fanatic when it comes to having my cables tidy and organized, and I’m quite impressed with what I found.

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