Our productivity is greatly affected by the ability of computers to run multiple programs and present a wealth of information simultaneously. However, our own ability to perceive all of these stimuli at the same time is directly proportional to the screen area provided by our computer monitor. That’s why we can dramatically increase our productivity with a multi-screen desktop setup. This week, I tried a three-monitor setup ASUS VG279QM.
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Gone are the days of focusing on a single window for a long time using our PC or browsing the Internet. Nowadays, we work more and more in multitasking mode. Having multiple software and windows open at all times is simply the norm. Here are some ways how a multi-screen desktop can help you get the most out of your PC.
I was fortunate enough to be able to use three exceptional ASUS game monitors for this multi-screen setup test. The ASUS 27 inch TUF VG279QM game monitor is a real gem. It has an HD screen, 280 Hz refresh rate, G-sync compatibility, and more.
You will learn very quickly (just like me) that this type of configuration takes up a lot of space. A large desk or other sturdy piece of furniture with a large surface area will be essential. Since my own home office is already in use, I tried this multi-screen setup on my kitchen table. It takes up the entire surface, but the result is impressive.
You should also make sure that your desk is not only long enough for the monitors, but also deep enough for the distance. At the start of my tests, the monitors were too close to my seat. As a result, the experience was indeed immersive, but also intrusive since the large viewing area resulted in uncomfortable viewing angles.
Once the monitors were a little further, the difference was dazzling. The huge display area was as immersive and sublime as before, but this time there was no need to twist your neck to see the edges. It is therefore important to install a large display area at a good distance for an optimal visual experience.
Desktop computer compatibility
Another key factor to consider when planning a multi-monitor desktop configuration is the graphics card (which some people call GPUs or graphics processing units). Your PC graphics card must have enough screen outputs to be compatible with a multi-screen configuration. The outputs may not all use the same type of connection, so make sure they are compatible with your monitors.
For example, in my case, my graphics card has 3 outputs: an HDMI output, a DisplayPort output, and a DVI output. My ASUS monitors only accept HDMI and DisplayPort connections so for the third connection, I need to use a DVI to HDMI converter cable. Fortunately, as long as each monitor has its own connection to the graphics card, the connections need not be the same type.
Of course, if your graphics card is different, you may not need to use multiple types of connections. Many graphics cards are specially designed to accommodate a multi-screen configuration, and have three or four HDMI outputs, for example.
The process is really simple: just connect your monitors to the computer. Once done, Windows automatically detects each monitor. All you have to do is access the display options to configure the order in which you want your screens to line up and you’re ready to enjoy your incredible multi-screen configuration!
Hide the frames
I also incorporated the ASUS ROG frameless set to this multi-screen configuration. This practical accessory gives the illusion of a smooth transition from one monitor to another thanks to reflective angles. Quite an impressive tour, to say the least.
I have to admit: although the frameless kit is easy to install at first, I had to make a few changes to find the perfect fit. The monitors must be aligned perfectly for the set to work. A slightly skewed angle can cause distortion or reflections of the black frame.
The adjustment takes patience and a secure hand, but once everything is properly aligned, the result is incredible. It is important to note that the angle of view is reduced; you should sit directly in the corner of the kit. If we move too far from the optimal area, we can see defects in the reflections and lines.
In truth, I believe that using the frameless set is a matter of personal preference. The tool has its strengths and weaknesses. His illusion trick does not make him completely invisible. By giving the illusion of a long, continuous screen, the kit causes small distortions where the monitors meet. However, while some users may prefer to see the frame, others will be impressed by the magic trick of the frameless set.
When it comes to productivity, a multi-screen desktop provides remarkable results. Juggling windows and software is a breeze with so much screen space available. No more digging through the crowd of tabs and overlapping windows to find what you’re looking for!
I tend to have multiple windows open on my PC when I work. I juggle windows with spreadsheets, web portals and virtual machines at all times. On the other hand, a configuration with several screens like this is very advantageous for my productivity.
Instead of constantly flipping from window to window, I can extend all of my active tasks on the screen. I save a lot of time just navigating across a large horizontal screen area rather than having to shrink or pack every task or active software.
Effective for work, and for entertaining
Our work is obviously important, but so is our free time. In fact, it’s for entertainment that I most like having a multi-screen setup. As a video game lover, I don’t only use my computer to play it myself. I also like streaming, watching other players on platforms like Twitch, watching videos, viewing guides, and more.
With three monitors, I can comfortably play while watching my favorite speedrunner, and even view a game walkthrough simultaneously. The amount of entertainment a person can launch simultaneously is incredible when the screen is large enough to display games, streams, web pages and more.
Of course, the more daring can also define a custom resolution to take advantage of the configuration with several screens and extend a single game on all three screens. Imagine how immersive the experience of a racing game would be when the driver’s seat spans not one, not two, but three impressive 27-inch game monitors. Remember, you need a graphics card powerful enough to take on the challenge!
Properly configuring a multi-screen desktop can really help performance and productivity
In an era where data and accessibility are of paramount importance, having multiple computer monitors has advantages that should not be underestimated. We are used to switching between web browsers, desktop software, media players, and much more. Having more space to manage and see everything simultaneously can not only increase productivity, but also be more pleasant.
Have a configuration of three gorgeous 27 “ASUS gaming monitors linked with a frameless set is pure pleasure. This immersive experience really improves the time I spend in front of the computer, whether for work or leisure. I certainly recommend that anyone looking to get more out of their PC at home or in the office should set up a multi-screen desktop setup.