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Poll: How important is the size of your monitor to your work?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
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Other Jun 16

I have what some colleagues would consider totally out of the question: a single 17 inches screen. I am quite used to it and it has served me fine! So, maybe I should have answered “essential”…

 

Maxi Schwarz  Identity Verified
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Essential. Also "number of" Jun 16

I have two large monitors (I think 17") at about 30 degree angle from each other.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Very important! Jun 16

My new computer has a 27-inch screen. I love the size, but I'm disappointed that it's still a bit of a challenge to line up the source and target documents side by side. You'd think it would be easy ....

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Somewhat Jun 16

The smallest screen I have is on my laptop. I don't recall right now if it's 14" or 17", but it's large enough for me to be able to work on when away from home.
When working from home, I use PCs, with monitors of varying sizes.
The main one, which I'm looking at right now is 22", I think.


 

Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:43
German to English
24" x 2 Jun 16

For most of this century my work setup has included two 24-inch monitors. The right monitor displays the project (usually a CAT tool); peeking out behind it is usually my e-mail client showing a list of incoming messages. Since I filter my e-mail I can tell immediately whether I've received a message from a customer.

The other monitor displays related glossaries, IntelliWebSearch, and other reference material as well as Google search. When translating graphics, the left monitor sho
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For most of this century my work setup has included two 24-inch monitors. The right monitor displays the project (usually a CAT tool); peeking out behind it is usually my e-mail client showing a list of incoming messages. Since I filter my e-mail I can tell immediately whether I've received a message from a customer.

The other monitor displays related glossaries, IntelliWebSearch, and other reference material as well as Google search. When translating graphics, the left monitor shows the original graphic; the other displays PaintShop Pro containing the image in process.

Altogether I have almost 48 inches of working space. At this juncture I can't imagine trying to work with less on an ongoing basis.
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Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Anne Bohy  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 22:43
English to French
Other Jun 16

The screen size is not that important, the number of pixels is. My laptop screen has a very good pixel density, and thus compares favorably with many bigger screens.

Jean Dimitriadis
Robin Miller
Teresa Borges
Gloria Teixeira
Camila bryant
 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:43
Member (2006)
German to English
Essential Jun 16

Laptop has 18"
Main computer 2x 27" monitors.

One of my customers uses 32" TV´s in their office and I was really impressed as they had absolutely everything on one screen.


 

DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
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A3+ eye strain Jun 16

While the pixel size and image improving technologies really matter, the matrix type (flicker-free aka no PWM) and ppi is often more important.

Occasionally I used special glasses for long jobs, but now I mostly work as an interpreter, so it's no problem)


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Member (2006)
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Not very important. Jun 16

A super-duper ultra high-tech monitor is not important when your processor is slow and when you have a small RAM.

Robin Miller
Priscila Wilke
 

Philip Lees  Identity Verified
Greece
Local time: 23:43
Member (2008)
Greek to English
Big enough Jun 17

Michael Harris wrote:

One of my customers uses 32" TV´s in their office and I was really impressed as they had absolutely everything on one screen.


That's what I've been using for some years now. Plenty of space to have two documents open next each other with the text in an easily readable size. I can add more panels if necessary.


 

EvaVer (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:43
Czech to French
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Very Jun 17

My eyes are not what they used to be...

Philippe Etienne
 

Gloria Teixeira
Brazil
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English to Portuguese
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Pixel Jun 17

Anne Bohy wrote:

The screen size is not that important, the number of pixels is. My laptop screen has a very good pixel density, and thus compares favorably with many bigger screens.




I agree with you, my laptop has a monitor of 18, and very good pixel density to be able to work.


 

Marcel Gomez  Identity Verified
Peru
Local time: 16:43
Member (2017)
English to Spanish
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Keyboard size rules!! Jun 17

For me keyboard size is way more important than other hardware elements

 

Priscila Wilke  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (Jun 2019)
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Somewhat... it depends Jun 18

Mine is 27" but not a sophisticated one. It is useful when I have to do QA and I am able to open side-by-side documents. Otherwise, I use my laptop.

 
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