Work 52 percent faster with a 24 inch monitor

I was reading an exclusive survey article “Get the Most Out of Your Home” in the April 2010 issue of Money magazine. When discussing the home office they reported:

Researchers at the University of Utah have found that people using 24-inch computer screens worked 52% faster than those using 18-inchers when doing tasks like editing a document and copying numbers between spreadsheets.

They went on to suggest that you get one for as little as $199, but I’ve found a couple of nice refurbished 23 and 24 inch monitors at TigerDirect for $160 to $170, and a new 23-inch for $190. No extra charge for shipping.

Dell 23 inch Widescreen Full HD LCD Monitor (Refurbished Dell S2309W)

This monitor is not only useful for standard home office work and study, but it is also great for viewing movies and photos, playing games, or even editing video. I checked one out in person and found the images had great lifelike detail and brilliant vivid colors. its typical high contrast ratio of 1000:1 delivers deep blacks and stark whites. It’s DVI-D connector lets you view high-definition multimedia content from Blu-ray Disc drives on desktops and notebooks. It also has a standard VGA connector for use on older computers. Its sleek, glossy bezel (thats the frame around the screen) fits in beautifully in any decor. Plus the tilt-adjustable panel lets you position the display to a comfortable viewing angle. Buy a refurbished Dell S2309W with free shipping for $160 at Tigerdirect.  

Acer 24 inch Widescreen HD LCD Monitor (Refurbished Acer P244WBD)

The Acer P244WBD 24″ Widescreen Monitor compares very well to the Dell model above, and your getting the full 24 inch HD image here. It, too, has a stylish sheer glossy black bezel that’ll look beautiful on your desktop. I felt the blacks were even deeper on this monitor and some scans of some old black and white photos I had look exceptionally good. They didn’t have the blue or greent tint that I often see on other color monitors. Buy a refurbished Acer P244 WBD 24 inch HD LCD monitor at Tigerdirect for only $170.

Viewsonic 23 inch Widescreen LCD HD Monitor (New! Viewsonic VA2323wm)

You can get greater productivity with this 23 inch widescreen LCD HD monitor from Viewsonic. It’s large enough to view two full sized documents, side-by-side onscreen. Or you can have 2 or more programs visible onscreen simultaneously. The VA2323wm is competitively priced, and includes two hidden stereo speakers.

It only costs $190 to get this new Viewsonic 23 inch widescreen HD LCD monitor from TigerDirect.


  1. Michael F says:

    Those are some pretty nice deals. Monitors really have come down in price.
    If you have the desk space and know how to set it up, I find I work even more efficiently by connecting two monitors to my desk. If you already have a monitor and are not looking for a new one, might I suggest you purchase a second monitor to connect to your PC. It doesn’t have to be a huge monitor, it can be a similar size to what you already have.
    I can be working on a document on one screen and researching items I need for that document on the web on another screen (or simply have my email open on the other screen). My document is full screen as is my browser – there’s no sharing or swapping of screen space.
    Also, as an artist, I have a lot of palettes open in programs like Photoshop, Painter or Maya and having that extra screen real estate to move those palettes off of the area I’m working in is such a time saver.

    NOTE: There is a small caveat to purchasing a second monitor – you have to make sure the graphics card in your PC can handle a second monitor. Check your PC manufacturer’s website to confirm your PC can support two monitors before you purchase a second monitor.

  2. Singe Air says:

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

    • Thanks! I’m not a professional, but some days I am more inspired than others. I took a few journalism courses in my college days, and taught a few writing courses in my teaching days.

  3. emma says:

    Well done for your blog. Keep writing!

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