24" monitor vs 2 21" monitors

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by toucan, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. toucan

    toucan

    I currently have 2 21" monitors hooked up to a matrox dual monitor card. I set the screen area setting for the matrox card to 2048 by 768 pixels so I could use both monitors. When trading I use 4 charts total with 2 charts on each monitor.

    My question is since I use 2048 by 768 pixels to display the 4 charts across 2 monitors, when I get a 24" monitor with 1920 by 1200 pixels it seems as though I should be able to display the 4 charts on the 24" monitor with mimimal change in chart size or chart display quality. Am I right or will I have to get 2 24" monitors to replace the 2 21" monitors?

    Thanks in Advance

    Toucan
     
  2. Tums

    Tums

    why are you using only 2048 by 768???

    your lcd can do better. you should get a better graphics card.
     
  3. toucan

    toucan

    The 30 minute time limit for editing my post has passed so I will update the post here....

    I currently have 2 21" monitors hooked up to a matrox dual monitor card. I set the screen area setting for the matrox card to 2048 by 768 pixels so I could use both monitors. When trading I use 4 charts total with 2 charts on each monitor.

    I plan to get a new computer with a 24" monitor...My question is since I use 2048 by 768 pixels to display the 4 charts across 2 monitors, when I get a a new computer with a 24" monitor that uses 1920 by 1200 pixels it seems as though I should be able to display the 4 charts on the 24" monitor with mimimal change in chart size or chart display quality. Am I right or will I have to get 2 24" monitors to replace the 2 21" monitors?

    Thanks in Advance

    Toucan
     
  4. Tums

    Tums

    things to consider:

    1. how much space do you have? are the 2x21" taking up too much room?

    2. how much screen real estate do you prefer. take the square inches of 2x21" (2x200sqin = 400sqin), and compare that to 1x24" (260sqin). This is a personal preference.

    3. How much chart detail do you need?
    Your 21" should do 1680x1050, multiply that by 2, and you have 3,528,000 pixels.
    1x24" @ 1920x1200 only gives you 2,304,00 pixels. (i.e. 65% of the dots of 2x21".)

    4. with 2 LCD, if 1 dies, you still have one to work on.

    5. 1 LCD uses less power, thus a smaller carbon foot print. (your contribution to save the environment.)
     
  5. FWIW, when I come across this kind of question, I always advise the person to go with the 2 screens over 1 bigger screen. Reasons?

    1. You get more pixels, so you get more space to view things with 2 monitors over one.

    2. Many times, the cost of 1 monitor is only marginally lower than the cost of 2 smaller ones.

    3. If one of your 2 monitors comes with a problem or decides to have problems after you start using it, you are not left without a screen. You can shift your workspace to the other one until the broken one is fixed.

    4. The market changes and so does one's style. Having 2 monitors allows for a lot more flexibility in what you do with them. As you grow, you might decide to add 2 more or take one of the 2 and use it for a separate trading machine or whatever.

    The options are much better with 2. Just make sure you have a video card that can handle the higher resolutions for the 21" or just get 2 good quality video cards to run them.

    Good luck.
     
  6. How about 2, 20", UXGA's (1600x1200) + Nvidia Quadro NVS 280 or 285 video card for about $800? High quality S-IPS panels, too.
     
  7. skepticaltrader

    skepticaltrader Guest

  8. toucan

    toucan

    Thank you all for your replies..... I wanted to keep things easy so I simplified what I had and what i'm thinking of getting...

    I really have an older dell workstation with 6 monitors driven by 3 dual matrox cards.... Its been a really good system for the last 5 years, but I need more memory, speed etc.... I recently switched from stocks to futures and only need 4 of those monitors.

    So I'm getting a dell XPS720 with a 2704 24" monitor for tv and trading and a 248 24" dell just for trading.... Since I only need 4 of my old monitors, I was wondering if I could put the same amount of data on the 2 24" dells that I have on the 4 old monitors without cramming so small that I couldn't read the charts.

    Thanks again for all your advice

    toucan
     
  9. the charts will be visibly smaller when fit the 4 charts into the 24" monitor. even tho the overall resolution would be set to similar aspect, the 2 21's have much more overall square footage.

    In other words, you can see them bigger in 2 21's vs. 1 24.

     
  10. Again, I would go with 2 21" over 1 24". Gnome's suggestion makes the most sense right now with the price of 20" panels dropping like a rock. But since you mentioned 21", then I would take those over 1 24" any day.
     
    #10     Nov 10, 2007