1268 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 6, 2009 12:46 PM by Kenichi Watanabe
"Can the iMac handle a dual monitor setup?"
Mini DisplayPort output port with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI via adapter4
Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes
Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 by 1600 pixels) on an external display
"what are the advantages of a dual monitor setup?"
Some people believe that more screen real estate is better.
"would I benefit from a dual monitor setup?"
I would say NO as you wrote: "email, web browsing, ichat, ilife, iwork, and mostly word processing"
The second display extends your Desktop. So you can place your windows on either screen. It's basically like having a bigger screen - more space to work in. That's the main pro.
There are no cons, except maybe the extra space the second display will occupy on your real desktop. On really old Macs, the second display had an impact on performance, but that is a non-issue on current system because the video hardware and CPU are more than powerful enough to run two displays.
Once you connect the second display, you can set it up in System Preference Displays pane Display tab. You can arrange the relative locations of the two screen on the Arrangement tab. You can even move the menu bar and Dock to the second display, if you want to use it as your primary screen.