When More is More: A Dual Independent Display Love Story

Gregory Boyd is an internal marketing consultant at Lenovo. He is also a professional photographer, which may give you some insight into why he so loves the visual aspect of Dual Independent Display. Dual Independent Display (DiD) allows me to connect two screens to one computer, which is important for visual artists. A common misconception is that if you replace your old desktop PC with a new all-in-one (AIO) like the ThinkCentre Edge 91z, you lose your old monitor too. But actually ThinkCentre AIOs enable your existing monitor to become a secondary screen.  This means I can use my old ThinkVision monitor or other VGA compatible monitor for new work! If you’re at all like me, your desktop is cluttered with your day’s work and you are likely running several applications at once. Even on a big monitor I run out of viewing space. I’m editing photos, reading email, backing up data, chatting online, checking the news, and listening to music at the same time, and I need to be able to see all of these with just one glance. When I recently upgraded my PC I was left with a perfectly good monitor that I had been using with my previous desktop. I hooked it up to my AIO PC and my organization, productivity and workflow got an instant boost. With my tool palettes, chats, news and email on one monitor, I am able to dedicate the entire screen of my AIO to imaging. My photos look great in full screen, and I’m not missing out on anything that would have previously been hidden behind a wall of open and stacked windows.

How have I made use of the flexibility afforded by two monitors? Here are two examples:

  • When presenting to clients I am able to turn my external display toward them to give a full screen view. They love it - the secondary screen showcases my work well, and delivers a personal touch.
  • I also love my AIO as part of my home cinema setup. I connect it to my flat screen television for watching movies and browsing the web from the couch.

How can you set up a similar workflow with your ThinkCentre AIO and an independent monitor? Just plug it in; it really is that simple. Use a HDMI to VGA (or DVI) cable to connect the AIO and the monitor, and Windows automatically detects the secondary display. In your control panel you can tweak the settings to extend your desktop or mirror your primary display. Two screens are better than one. The ThinkCentre Edge 91z AIO together with Dual Independent Display provides a rich multimedia experience while enhancing my existing equipment at home and in the office.