Looking to get new monitors. Currently working with (2) 19" square (Neove E-19). Looking at going to (3) 24" widescreen.
Considering what seems to be a great buy from newegg:
ASUS VW246H for $199
Neovo L-W24 - 24" for $280
Any comments about (3) 24" wides? Not sure if they will actually be too big for comfort.
Also, any other recomendations for montiors? I love the E-19's, but don't need the protective glass, and really wanting more screen with the wide screens.
Also, I have a Nvidia gtx 285 currently. Is there any problem buying a second card that is different? Probably would get:
GeForce GTX 480 or GeForce GTX 670
Would appreciate any help you all may have.
BTW, using for Civil 3D, Architecture, and Revit with occasional rendering...mostly just straight engineering.
(2) 25"-27" would be my recommendation, and go with quality not "cheap" price: (3) gets to be excessive especially with larger wide screens. I mean, you will multi-task but I can't imagine your behavior needs to change so dramatically from (2) to (3) screens today or tomorrow, right? Spend a little, skip the bargains.
Thanks, Dean. When you mention "not cheap," could you provide some specs to go along with that?
As far as number of monitors...definitely I want (3), but was wondering if the 24"wide size would be excessive. I've been using (2) 19" square for a long time, since 2006. And have loved them. Went ot (2) 21" wide at my house, and loved that even more. Now, for a number of years, been wanting the third. I generally have CAD open on the main...then internet,outlook, and support engineering software on the monitor 2. With the third, I could have one more engineering program open...I think it would increas work flow a bit and make a very nice set up.
I'm not as interested in going to 25"-27"...that seems too big for me. I love having the seperate monitors to send programs using ultramon.
Anyhow...if you could provide specs to think about, that could help in shopping.
Thanks a bunch.
I have a mix of monitors, upgrading when I can afford it. The large monitors are 24" and the smaller one is a 23". I have 2 Asus 1920x1200 monitors (3 years old), a new Dell U2412 and a new Asus 23" w/ a fully adjustable stand. My planned buildout for monitors is (1) 2560x1600, surround by the Dell U2412's, but that is probably a year or two away.
I have been using 3 monitors now for 3 years. I find that while I can get all the toolbars, etc on 2 displays with the command line on the 3rd, it is nice to spread them out a bit more so I can increase the size of the toolbars (like the layers). The 4th monitor is used to show markups, watch netflix, etc. The 4th monitor is also nice when I have to launch a separate Autocad session (or multiple sessions).
Left to right, my setup is as follows: 1920x1200 landscape (Asus), 1920x1080 portrait, 1920x1200 landscape (Dell), 1920x1200 (Asus).
A single 25" or 27" monitor is double a 19" monitor width: add a second 25" or 27" and you have 4x the display space of a single 19" (or 2x your dual-screen 19" setup).
I'm all about work here and getting things done: I don't have a 3rd monitor for "netflix", or a 4th monitor for occasionally launching a second session of AutoCAD, or a second monitor used exclusively to clutter with every toolbar and pop-up AutoCAD has to offer (that's what Workspaces are for).
Why do you think you need (3) monitors? Other than the wow factor of course
Ideal setup IMHO for someone coming off 19" is to go with 25" or 27" (24" you are looking at are on the consumer market, low end): Primary monitor has AutoCAD, highly customized Ribbon is docked to the side not the top or bottom, command line floating if you are current with your AutoCAD license. Second Monitor for the other applications you must use when you don't need AutoCAD expanded across both for the few times you need either two files open side by side (AutoCAD's built-in feature) or working on a detailed file that requires a higher zoom-out level a single monitor can't handle: Mail client, word processor, spreadsheet program, ftp software and all the rest are good for the second monitor.
Remember, you can always add more monitors later: trying to bust the bank on your first outing at using real CAD monitors is not the way to go.
If you are only after "value", you're looking at the correct products then.
Seated position and user comfort (head/eyes to monitor) is where I'm going with my replies: how much time will you spend looking at each monitor? What angle will your head be? keyboard and mouse? Remember, you only have two now, and small ones at that, so that's not a good source for information. Move them apart, each of your new monitors is about the same size as the two you have now: Position them around, get props for the 'gaps' and for the third and fourth wide monitors you wish to add. Where is your head/neck position? Can you sit like that 40-60 hours a week?
Remember, we all use AutoCAD and other programs all day long just like you, only some of us are "drafters" with single drafting tasks to do all day (not meant to offend anyone, it's just a description of a profession).
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