There are only two components you will definitely need in order to run multiple monitors on your computer system. You will need computer hardware that can support multiple monitors and you will need the monitors. Then, there are other components like Multi-Monitor Desk Stands that are not essential, but will keep your monitor arrangement organized and looking impressive. Using a multi-monitor stand will also allow you to arrange your monitors in levels that you can't achieve with a flat workstation desk.
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Types of Multiple Monitor Hardware
You will need to have either internal or external computer hardware that can support the amount of monitors you wish to use. The best way to support multi-monitors is to have a computer with the proper multi-monitor graphics card configuration that supports the amount of monitors you intend to use. Here are the three Hardware Options that are available to support multiple screens.
Buy a Multiple Monitor Ready Computer - Although this is is one of the more expensive solutions, this option is recommended for those who need the most stable and reliable solution, with the best performance. It's also the easiest option for the technically challenged. Our multi-monitor computer systems are competitively priced to compete with ordinary computer systems.
Dual Monitor Computers - Quad Monitor Computers - Six Monitor Computers - Eight Monitor Computers
Install a Multiple Monitor Graphics Card inside your PC - Most personal computers only support a single monitor. However, you can replace your current graphics card with a multi-monitor graphics card.
Use an External Multi-Monitor Display Adapter - This option is the most inexpensive solution to add an extra monitor to your computer. It converts a USB port into a VGA or DVI monitor output, depending on which type your monitor This solution would only be recommended for home users who will mainly use the extra monitor for Surfing the web, viewing documents, and other simple and mild graphical situations. You can add an extra monitor per adapter you install, but make sure you have enough USB ports available. It would not be recommended for professional users or video intense environments.
- External Multiple Monitor Controller Box - This solution allows the user to transform a single monitor output into multiple outputs. This is a great solution for anyone, but especially for those who wish to have a portable multi-monitor solution that they can use with any computer. This way you can transfer your monitors or multi-monitor array to any other computer system. For example: You can use it with your desktop at home, but can also take it with you while traveling and use it with your laptop.
- Matrox External Multiple Monitor Adapters - Matrox has developed two external multi-monitor adapters in which you can add multiple monitors to your computer. The Matrox DualHead2Go will transform a single VGA or DVI output into a dual monitor output. The Matrox TripleHead2Go will allow you to support three monitors. If you are using these adapters with your laptop's external monitor port, you can achieve three monitors with the DualHead2Go and four monitors with the TripleHead2Go (this includes your laptop screen).
- USB Powered External Display Adapters - Using a USB Display Adapter is the probably the least expensive
solution to add an extra monitor to your laptop or PC. You can add an extra screen per
adapter you install. You just have to make sure you have enough
available USB ports on your computer. This solution is recommended for
the casual user who wants to add an extra monitor or two for webs
surfing, reading documents, and other low impact activities. This
solution, although fairly reliable, is not recommended for the
Professional user, or for video intense environments.
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