When working with graphics, most of us are looking at a monitor all day long. It always surprises me when I visit a client and they have a less than stellar monitor on their desk. Sure, computer speed is important. For me, I find a good monitor to be just as important as speed.

There are two ways to look at the size of a monitor. First is the actual measurement in inches. While I feel big is good, it is important that there are enough pixels to allow you to get details. Dell’s UltraSharp U3011 monitor delivers both for a reasonable cost. Diagonally it measures 30 inches and it is packed with 2560 x 1600 pixels.

While I don’t have this particular monitor, I’ve been working with a monitor of this size and resolution for more than five years. It is fantastic to be able to have plenty of open windows on my screen. In fact, I’m very tempted to get a second monitor to give me even more screen real estate. You will pay more for a high quality monitor, but you should easily recoup that cost with the boost in productivity you’ll receive.

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