Seeing is Believing: Four is Better than One

Cory Grenier, ThinkCentre M Series Global Marketing Manager, works with large enterprises to help meet their demands for new desktop PCs powered by the latest technology.

As the knowledge economy grows, so does our need to multi-task as well as our expectations for productivity.  For example, professionals in the financial, legal, healthcare, engineering and creative industries are experiencing a growing need to see more content at the same time.  Their jobs require a holistic, clearer view of the information at their fingertips and the traditional PC display doesn’t always cut it. I first realized how convenient multi-monitors are while editing a large file for a product tour video.  Viewing four screens at once saved time switching between applications and allowed me and the digital designer to see different aspects of the production all at once.  My eyes were also noticeably less strained, and having four displays eliminated printing individual video scenes on paper because we had the whole picture right in front of us. Quantitative studies report that multi-screen PC solutions, such as quad displays, result in 33% fewer errors, and 24% of employees feel more comfortable using multiple displays for their work.1 Until now, quad display solutions were prohibitively expensive for all but the largest and most successful firms.   Today, a Lenovo PC with a four-screen setup like the one displayed below is realistic for many businesses, with a base cost of only about $2,000. It’s important to note that a multi-screen PC solution is only as good as the PC powering it.  Professionals will need more power to effectively multitask, especially when usingintensive program that require high-quality graphics.  Our new ThinkCentre M75e desktop has the ability to display four monitors from a single PC, with the simple addition of an AMD HD Radeon 5450 graphics card.

Here's a quick tutorial on how to easily set-up a Four Display solution.

Also, if you’re interested in a setup like the one shown in this post, here is a list of the components we used.

After my experiences, I can see why four screens are better than one.  Do you use quad-displays for your business? What activities do you find them most beneficial for? 1 Source: NEC Display Solutions/University of Utah/ATI Technologies2003 study, “Productivity and Multi-Screen Displays”