Last fall, I bought a new iMac with a 24″ screen. I fell in love with it immediately, although I must admit that, if I need to move the cursor from the upper left corner to the lower right corner, it’s a lot of real estate to scroll across. Today I read on-line that tests have proven that workers who use the 24″ screens versus 18″ screens accomplish their work faster:
Researchers at the University of Utah tested how quickly people performed tasks like editing a document and copying numbers between spreadsheets while using different computer configurations: one with an 18-inch monitor, one with a 24-inch monitor and with two 20-inch monitors. Their finding: People using the 24-inch screen completed the tasks 52% faster than people who used the 18-inch monitor; people who used the two 20-inch monitors were 44% faster than those with the 18-inch ones. There is an upper limit, however: Productivity dropped off again when people used a 26-inch screen. (The order of the tasks and the order of computer configurations were assigned randomly.)
I can believe it. For one thing, I can see at least two programs at once on the same screen, side by side. For example, when I’m writing, I have Word open on the left with the magnification at 150% (eases eye strain). On the right, I have open Apple’s Dictionary and occasionally a third program that doesn’t use a lot of space. My MacBook has the 13″ screen. I have to hop between programs when I’m working on the laptop. It takes more time to do that.
So if you are in the market for a new computer, consider the size of your monitor. It can make a difference in your productivity.
To read the rest of the study, follow this link.