There is a certain freedom which comes with having more than one monitor. Once you start using multiple monitors, it is hard to go back to a single monitor. With multiple monitors, you get to view more than one thing at a time. This gives people the ability to compare different items against one another without having to squish the windows onto the same screen, or manually flip back and forth between them. It can be any program, any data. This extra viewing ability can provide more productivity, efficiency, and multitasking.
Businesses can greatly expand their views (pun intended) by allowing their employees to see the information they want to look at, and the work that needs to be completed, side by side. Ooor you might just be a “regular Joe”, and simply want to play a video game while watching your favorite youtube channel. Either way, having multiple monitors to spread windows on is great.
Adding an additional monitor to your set-up is easy, as long as your computer and monitor have the right ports. The most common ports are VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Each one looks different, both for the port and the cable needed. Cables aren’t interchangeable between the different ports.
VGA stands for Video Graphics Array. VGA ports are the oldest of the four listed above. VGA uses an analog signal that carries video signals only.
DVI stands for Digital Visual Interface. DVI has three types of connectors: DVI-D, DVI-A, and DVI-I. DVI-D uses a digital signal. DVI-A uses an analog signal. DVI-I uses both digital and analog signals. All DVI types carry video signals only.
HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. HDMI ports are quite common on TVs, along with video game consoles and monitors. HDMI is capable of carrying both audio and video signals.
DisplayPort is the newest of the four listed above. It is capable of carrying both audio and video signals.
Once you figure out the proper monitor and connection, all you have to do is configure your computer to show on an additional display. Then you’ll understand why having multiple monitors is all the rage.