March 11, 2007 Adding a high-quality, high-resolution display to your computer can make you more efficient. With the price of flat-panel displays dropping, high-resolution 30-inch displays such as Apple’s Cinema HD Display (or 30 inchers from Dell and HP), are now available for US$2000 - a viable price at the consumer level and a bargain for video production or professional image editing. As we have discussed many times before, the additional “screen real estate” is a very good way to boost overall productivity, even in very common tasks that have little or nothing to do with highly specialized professional applications. Now there’s another study that concludes that using a large screen translates into measurable productivity and efficiency gains. The ROI calculations are interesting indeed – if you charge US$100 an hour, based on average productivity gains, you’ll pay for your monitor inside four months. Then you could always link together two, three or more big monitors.
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