Jon Peddie Research: Multiple Displays can Increase Productivity by 42%

Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry’s research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today revealed that information workers, designers, and engineers can realize up to a 42% increase in productivity through the use of multiple displays, according to JPR’s latest multi-monitor report.

The 140-page report covers the results of a survey of over 1,000 end users about the use of or interest in employing multiple displays for the purpose of gaining productivity in their work, or entertainment. This is the third such survey JPR has conducted, the first in 2002, then again in 2012.

JPR found that the usage of multiple monitors has steadily increased over time, based on survey data.

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In all JPR’s surveys, respondents were asked to give us an estimate of actual, or expected improvement in productivity. In 2002, the average expectation of productivity improvement due to the use of multiple monitors was 46%. Productivity expectation in 2012 dropped a bit to 42%, and in our recent 2017 survey it stayed the same at 42% average expected productivity.

“We found that users of multiple monitors have an average expected productivity increase of 42%,” said Dr. Jon Peddie PE, President? of Jon Peddie Research.

The report is intended for:

  • Product, Development and Marketing Managers of Software and Hardware Vendors and System Integrators
  • User organizations – Information workers, Investment Analysts, Design, Engineering and CAD Managers and executives
  • Research professionals and analysts, as simulation users and as game players

Read this report to understand the current thinking and issues of:

  • Professional engineers, designers, architects and managers who are using multiple displays
  • Managers making ROI decisions on capital equipment vs productivity
  • IT support groups dealing with interface standards, OS, and display drivers.

Multiple displays give users a resolution multiplier: users simply cannot get the same resolution on one big screen as with two displays or more. Two monitors are often less than the price of one large one and provide more resolution.

Having one of the monitors in portrait mode adds to productivity by eliminating the need to scroll.

Unlike the previous surveys, the respondents today know their computers are capable of supporting multiple displays.

The more you can see, the more you can do. Jon Peddie, 1998

Our studies have found that in some cases productivity can be increased by 50% or more with multiple monitors. Realism and the details revealed with more display area not only improve understanding in a visualization, but increase enjoyment. It’s tiresome to have a constrained view of the world; it’s like looking at the world through a tube or a pair of binoculars.