Size does matter

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.

Read the details here. Print it out and give it to your boss. In fact, hang it on his/her computer screen.

Hat Tip: JL


  1. #1 Tony P
    March 16, 2008

    As a heavy computer user this is no surprise to me. The more screen real estate available, I can keep several apps open at the same time.

    I found myself doing this more with a widescreen display that’s only 14.1 inches.

  2. #2 Cherish
    March 16, 2008

    I suppose this means the new, smaller laptop I was planning to buy isn’t the best idea. 😛

  3. #3 The Ridger
    March 17, 2008

    Well, that depends on how fast you HAVE to do it, or want to. Also on what jobs you’re going to be doing. “People could save 2.5 hours a day” says the study with caveats “if they work 8 hours straight” and “if their tasks benefit from a larger screen”. So if your laptop is for your job which is primarily moving data between spreadsheets or otherwise comparing/working with two documents, maybe a little screen isn’t the best idea…

    I find it interesting that there’s a drop-off in productivity at 26″. It turns into a television in your mind then?