The Awesomeness of Three Monitors!

Yes, that’s right! I now have 3 monitors on my office work desk!

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I decided to bring my 23″ monitor from home to work as I’ve been greatly under-utilising this monitor ever since I bought it.

It’s been great working with two monitors. So I figured, working with three monitors will be even better!

Is it? Of course!

I waste less time having to switch between windows. Now, I can just leave the essential windows open and scatter them on all three monitors.

And since I can leave multiple windows open at the same time, it’s a lot easier to do my research and write papers. I can open not one but TWO reference texts on my screen and write without having to switch windows! The convenience is amazing!

Best of all, if I need to read PDF documents or edit papers, I have the option of rotating the left-most monitor to portrait-mode and view an entire page at once!

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You have no idea just how useful that is! As someone who does a lot of reading, proof-reading and editing, it’s really REALLY AWESOME!

You’re probably curious as to how I managed to hook up a third monitor to the my MacBook Air. Well, I’m using a USB graphics card (specifically, I’m using the j5 USB 2.0 to DVI adaptor). Yes, such things exists! I was amazed to learn of its existence!

As it turns out, it’s pretty easy to use. Just install the drivers, hook up the third monitor to the USB graphics card, and plug it into your laptop, and voila!

I’ve been quite worried about performance issues. Is it possible to display stuff well from a USB 2.0 port?

Well, yes and no. It’s great for office work like typing and the casual surfing of the internet. But once you begin watching videos on YouTube, you’ll start to notice the lag. I imagine it’d be better if you use a USB 3.0 version (but only if your computer supports USB 3.0, otherwise you’re wasting money paying more for something you won’t use).

Unfortunately, I am experiencing a first world problem: my neck aches from having to turn left and right regularly. Well, I suppose it’ll take some time to get used to this arrangement. Good exercise too, I think.

Anyway, if you’re wondering about the keyboard, I’m using a mechanical keyboard because I’ve injured myself before typing on regular keyboards. A painful burning sensation that lasts for hours throughout your shoulder, upper back and upper arms, is not fun. I experienced it multiple times in my undergrad days from excessive typing of papers. I’ll rather pay for a good keyboard to prevent such a nightmare from happening again.

Mechanical keyboards, with the springs in each key to absorb shock, have helped prevent the kinds of pains I get from prolonged typing. It’s really nice, but it makes a looooot of noise when I’m all fired up with typing.

Here’s a close-up of a key of a corner of my keyboard:

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Panic button! When all else fails, press repeatedly.

I looooove my work station!