I have long held that having more than one monitor makes you more productive. For the past year I have been using a dual monitor setup at work where I have a 24″ LED Cinema Display and a 15″ Macbook Pro screen to compute with.
Today I decided to see what it would be like with only the 24″ screen. I made this decision after looking at the way I use my setup, with the Macbook Pro where it is I feel cramped and cannot comfortable look at both monitors. Meaning that 98% of the time I only use one monitor, the 24″. The resolution is so high that I don’t really need extra screen real estate – I just need to make better use of the 24″ screen.
A couple of hours into it and I feel liberated. I don’t feel cramped, and I get a little more light and room on my desk.
Maybe dual monitors that are both huge and the same work wonders for productivity, but having a laptop protrude into your work area and not align with your monitor does nothing for it.