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by JPowers on Sun 4th Sep 2011 14:11 UTC
JPowers
Member since:
2007-11-10

Mac OS X (Home)

Left Screen: VP2365WB in 1080 x 1920
Right Screen: NEC 90GX2 in 1280 x 1024

The only issue I really have is the Application menu can only appear on one screen. I should be located on both to make things easier.

Windows XP (Work)

Left Screen: Dell 2007 in 1050 x 1680
Right Screen: Dell 19" in 1280 x 1024

No real issues.

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I'm a software developer and I like to see as much code as possible, thus the reason of the wide screens being rotated. I mostly use the left screen for development work and web browsing while reserving the right screen for e-mail and reference documentation.

Having different sized screens is ok once you get used to where the two screens are logically connected which is different then where they are physically positioned. Both OS's understand the differences in resolution; however, they both mess up because moving from the big screen to the smaller screen can only be done in the area where they are logically connected. You should be able to move off the big screen anywhere along the right side and be placed in a similar location on right screen.

Both OSs allow you to adjust where the screens are logically positioned; I'm assuming so you can make it match the physical locations.

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It would be nice to see if either OS would accept a setup like:

+----------+----------+
| Big | Small 1 |
| Monitor +----------+
| | Small 2 |
+----------+----------+

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I don't see much use in having vertically stacked monitors. It is easier and more logical to spread your work out horizontally; plus, you normally have more horizontal space on your desk.

Stacking monitors vertically will also cause you to have to look up and down which is less comfortable.

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