This topic has come up a lot lately in various forums, including the Getting Things Done forum, the MindManager forum, [Both on Yahoo] and several blog sites. [Update: James Kendrick has just blogged on this topic, too.] For some time, I've blogged about the best external monitor for Tablet PC mind mapping. Microsoft has done extensive research on this topic and concluded that two screens are better than one. In 2005, Pfeiffer Consulting published their research report: Apple Cinema HD Display Productivity Benchmark. Bottom line: a bigger display area can help you get more done.
I don't have the time to write a lengthy narrative, however, I thought I would share a few photos of various incarnations of my think space.
Here's my current desktop:
Tecra M4 Tablet PC, Dell 24" Wide Screen Display, IBM TrackPoint Keyboard
Here's what the office looks like when I'm Mind Mapping for results
Here's what my think station used to look like.
And here's my dream display configuration.
But I would gladly settle for one of these...
What is your experience with multiple displays? have you find an ideal configuration that works for you? I'd like to hear about it.