A new study finds the average office worker spends nearly 1,700 hours in front of a computer screen over the course of a year. Considering how much time we spend with our devices, it makes sense that we would want the best monitors to keep us company during long workdays.
We have noticed a large amount of our business customers opting for UltraWide monitors over the popular 24" dual monitor setup. Although the dual monitor setup has been the go-to in the past for many organisations, UltraWide displays can offer unique advantages that enhance staff productivity and efficiency, plus they are easier to manage and setup.
Keep reading to learn about the benefits of UltraWide monitors vs. dual monitor configurations plus explore some of our most popular UltraWide monitor options.
Since the majority of today’s jobs require people to work with a lot of software applications at once, most work situations would benefit from a widescreen. The average workflow — across just about every industry and activity — requires multiple windows and tabs to operate simultaneously.
With an UltraWide monitor, your staff can easily perform side-by-side tasks instead of constantly switching between tabs on dual displays. View two documents at once, watch media in multiple separate windows and set up your staff's workstation to maximise productivity.
A number of popular business applications are now optimised for UltraWide resolutions or at least take advantage of them. For example, staff using the ubiquitous Microsoft Excel can view far more columns of a sheet on an UltraWide monitor than what they can on a traditional 4:3 display. Likewise, many cloud-based business tools offer dashboards and windows that cater to these wider resolutions enabling staff to see more information on the screen at one time, reducing the need to switch between various tabs and enhancing productivity accordingly.
Having multiple monitors can take up a lot of desk space and useable area, with all of the stands, power cables and connectors necessary for the setup. It also means more connectors could come loose or break, adding ongoing support costs for the business.
Some might argue for using multiple screens since it helps easily define applications. However, it takes up a lot of desk space with the stands and cables and may require adapters or other additional equipment to get all that running from one PC.
A single UltraWide monitor with simplified connections (USB Type-C) not only provides more useable desk space for staff, but the simpler configuration also offers cost and time savings to the IT staff responsible for the installation and maintenance of these workstations. Once you make the switch to a widescreen monitor for your organisation, your employees will probably realise that they no longer need several displays competing for their attention.
Given that USB-C is now the default input in Apple’s latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, and an increasing number of Windows 10 machines are also converting to this port, the best USB-C UltraWide Monitors are becoming more and more popular among many professionals and creatives. Moreover, it’s really easy to see why a monitor with USB-C is so popular as it offers a number of useful advantages compared to a monitor without this connector.
By enabling staff to use USB-C connections between their Type-C devices and workstation monitors, they’ll be able to transfer video, data and power, including at resolutions of 3840x2160 (4K UHD) with a refresh rate of 60Hz, data transfer of 10 Gbps with consistent power delivery for up to 100W all without the need for a dock.
Easy access to the most modern devices is another undeniable advantage of a USB type-C monitor. Why should your organisation bother storing extra cords and adapters when you don’t have to? That’s a big plus for offices hot-desking and in public spaces where quick and easy access is extremely important. Employees working in a hot-desking work environment can easily plug their devices into any UltraWide USB Type-C monitor to get remarkable resolutions and data transfer speeds for smoother performance.
While it is possible for two screens at different sizes to boast the same resolution, modern UltraWide Monitors usually have the capacity to display a higher number of pixels than their smaller counterparts. Ultra WQHD resolution generates 3440×1440 pixels, which is 2.5 times the pixel density of a Full HD display so your staff will get razor-sharp images and crisp fonts.
Placing two or three displays side-by-side on one desktop results in large visual gaps, because of the substantial frames or borders, technically referred to as bezels. A single ultra-wide monitor can provide way more visual real estate without unsightly bezels of dual monitors.
Research has shown curved versions of commercial UltraWide monitors are easier on the eyes because the far left and right edges of a screen are set in an arc that equals the focal distance. That means with a curved display, eyes aren’t adjusting to visuals at varied distances and causing eye strain.
If your business is considering the switch to UltraWide displays for some or all of your staff, here are some of the popular model's other businesses are using right now: