That Second Screen Life

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I’ve been having a little debate with myself for months. Do I want a second monitor? Yes. Do I need a second monitor? Well, it’d be nice. What would you even do with it? Oh you know, stuff….

For the longest time, I wanted a 27″ monitor but that would look weird with the 24″ so I’d have to buy 2. It turns out I don’t have the desk space or the funds to buy 2 nice ones. So I settled on getting another 24″ monitor and a VESA mount for the same price as a low end 27″. This was Sunday night.

Fast forward to Monday. I forgot Amazon Prime has that whole 1-day shipping thing now and was quite surprised when I got a notification that they were both delivered. Now I live in an apartment complex. This is important because Amazon delivered it to my door, in its original packaging. The thing practically screamed, “I’m an expensive electronic come get me”. I would very much like to know how Amazon decides what gets delivered to my door and what gets delivered to the apartment office where someone has to sign for it. I mean I’ve had to sign for socks before Amazon, freaking socks. But this monitor, Nah leave at the door it’ll be fine.

 

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This is the best before picture I had. Plus a kitty! Oreo, say hi to all the nice readers.

 

Anyways, I spent an hour and a half last night setting up the mount and managing all my cables. I took the opportunity to clean off my desk, clean the area around my desk, and vacuum places that haven’t been vacuumed in a while. After all was said and done, it looked a lot nicer than it had before.

I got it all set up just in time to play some Trove with Jay. We ended up streaminig, which isn’t something we’ve done for a while. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the second screen definitely had some allure for streaming. Also, I can have Evernote open while I play games and take notes for future blog posts, see it’s totally necessary.

I am very much in the new toy phase with this purchase. I haven’t had an upgrade for my PC since I built it in early 2017 so it was time.

Now that it’s all set up and I’ve used it for a bit all I can say is…I might need a third.

For those curious, I purchased a second 24″ Asus VE248 monitor with  Vivo Dual Monitor Stand.

 

7 thoughts on “That Second Screen Life

  1. Rakuno August 6, 2019 / 11:05 am

    That is pretty cool! I am in a similar boat as you: I’d like a second monitor, don’t really need one or can really justify purchasing it. Also my current table would not work at all for it so it be really hard to figure out how to get two monitors working here. Oh, well, maybe some day I will give in and buy it too.

    Anyway, glad you are enjoying your purchase! 🙂

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    • Naithin August 6, 2019 / 11:54 am

      Second monitor experience will change your life. You’ll never go back. xD

      Rakuno: I wouldn’t necessarily push for it though. I only started it when it came close to wanting to upgrade my monitor anyway. Instead I made the new one my ‘primary’ monitor and just kept the second one around cos… You know. It was still working.

      From there, I refer back to my original comment: Life changing. xD

      I’ve not worried about size differentials though Kluwes. So far I have a.. er, I think it’s a 27″ sitting next to a 24″. It might be a 29″ sitting next to a 27″ though.

      These don’t even rock the same resolution, my primary is 1440p and my secondary is still 1080p.

      It doesn’t really seem to cause any issue. Physically I position the second so it is vertically centred alongside the bigger primary, and in the windows desktop configuration have placed it fairly similar so it all lines up.

      Common uses? Having resources for what you’re writing (or otherwise doing, even gaming) up on the secondary monitor while ‘doing the main thing’ on the primary. Gaming and taking notes is also a very good one, and a habit I need to get back into.

      Or depending on what you’re playing, if it’s low key type stuff, watching a show and playing is quite awesome too. 🙂

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      • Naithin August 6, 2019 / 11:56 am

        Oh yeah, and keeping an eye on discord or other social type stuff while being ingame is nice too!

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      • Rakuno August 6, 2019 / 12:26 pm

        The problem is I only upgrade monitors when my old one breaks or when there is a huge technological change. Like when we went from tube monitors to flat ones. XD

        But yeah, it is not something I will be doing any time soon. Specially with so many good games coming this year. Gotta have money for those. XD

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      • Kluwes August 6, 2019 / 6:00 pm

        Not having the same size irks me for some reason. Like at work I actually downgraded to a smaller monitor so they would match. I guess I like the symmetry. Plus, I figured I had a perfectly good monitor no sense in replacing it anytime soon might as well add to it.
        The second day in and I don’t think I want to go back to one. Like you said life changing!

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  2. Wilhelm Arcturus August 6, 2019 / 11:57 am

    I actually had a second monitor sitting around, but it took some time before I settled on what should sit on that screen. For a long stretch I would turn it off while playing, unless I had something up on it I needed, like a web guide to something. I found it distracting. Eventually I settled on a few items that could live there. Pidgin, the IM client I use for some EVE Online stuff lives there, as does Mumble or TeamSpeak if I am on voice coms. I should probably put Discord over there as well. And iTunes sits over there if I am listening to podcasts or music.

    Of course, this had led to other considerations. I now get annoyed by games that don’t have a “windowed full screen” option. Since I have the second monitor going I now need the cursor to be able to get there, and some titles make you tab out in order to get there.

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