Can a Larger Monitor Make You More Productive?

Last Updated Mar 12, 2008 9:39 AM EDT

acer-lcd.jpgAccording to University of Utah researchers, using a larger monitor could save you 2.5 hours per day.

Specifically, test subjects completed everyday tasks like editing documents and massaging spreadsheets 52% faster when using a 24-inch monitor than they did with an 18-incher.

Of course, the study was conducted by monitor-maker NEC, which raises a fairly mammoth red flag. But here's what I find particularly curious: 18-inch monitors? That seems like a really odd choice, given that most people use either 17- or 19-inch screens.

That said, last year I switched from a 19-inch monitor to a 22-inch widescreen LCD, and while it took me a while to adjust to the larger area, there's little doubt in my mind that I'm working more efficiently.

What about you? Have you noticed any productivity gains from your larger monitor? Would you recommend an upgrade to those still using smaller screens? Hit the Comments and share your thoughts on whether size really matters. [The Wall Street Journal via Web Worker Daily]
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