Why My Dual-Monitor Setup Outshines Ultrawide: Personal Preference with Proven Benefits

I’ve used a dual-monitor setup for years, preferring it over an ultrawide display despite the latter’s immersive experience. Dual monitors offer several benefits that outweigh an ultrawide screen for me.

  1. Multitasking Efficiency: With dual monitors, I can keep multiple applications open simultaneously, allowing for more productive multitasking (Gartner Research).
  2. Ergonomics: Reduced eye strain and neck pain as text and images remain within a comfortable viewing distance according to the Mayo Clinic.
  3. Increased Productivity: Dual monitors minimize interruptions by keeping important files accessible while working, with research from UC Irvine indicating it takes 25 minutes to regain focus after an interruption.

Personally, I found an ultrawide display overwhelming and less efficient for multitasking. Dr. Alan F. Black, a Stanford computer science professor, supports this viewpoint, stating dual monitors enable more efficient multitasking and reduce cognitive load from window switching. Ultimately, the choice between dual monitors and an ultrawide depends on personal preference and specific use cases.


  1. Q: Can dual monitors boost productivity?
    A: Yes, research indicates multitasking on multiple monitors leads to increased efficiency and productivity.
  2. Q: Is ergonomics a concern with dual monitors?
    A: Properly setting up dual monitors is crucial for reducing eye strain and neck pain, maintaining the correct distance and angle between screens.