Apple 30 Inch Cinema Display Boosts Productivity up to 73%
There is a new report out by Pfeiffer Consulting called The 30 inch Apple Cinema HD display productivity benchmark.
Apple has posted some highlights of the report:
"Cumulated productivity gains linked to a large, high-resolution display can lead to a return on investment (ROI) of several thousand dollars per year. "
This report cites productivity gains between 40-73% for various tasks. With those kinds of productivity gains you can see how the ROI would quickly add up.
This report isn't the first one to make such claims. Back in 2003 Microsoft Research published a report called: Toward Characterizing the Productivity Benefits of Very Large Displays. The Microsoft Research team found that users performed 300 actions related to window adjustments.
Here are some more links on display size:
- The Large Display User Experience
- The Science of Interruptions
- The Virtues of a Second Screen - NY Times
I've been using multiple monitors for a while, and I think I'm probably about 25% more productive with more display area. If your a programmer the extra space is great for keeping documentation open, if your a web developer you can have your code on one monitor, and your browser on another.
Do you use multiple displays, or large displays? Do you see a productivity gain? Know of any other productivity studies?
- Seinfeld's Productivity Tip - July 24, 2007
- Increase Productivity with Action Tagging - August 1, 2005
- Right Click to Open Command Prompt in Directory - July 22, 2004
- Right Click - Edit with Notepad - March 18, 2003
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