Yes, one of the reasons why people choose a vertical computer monitor is to save space, but this isn’t the only advantage of going the big tilt. If you’re thinking of getting a portrait or vertical monitor for your home setup, know that it isn’t for everyone.
For example, if you’re going to use the vertical monitor for gaming, you’ll just get frustrated because they’re not designed for gaming. Unless of course, you’re a professional pinball or Tetris player who will be able to take advantage of the portrait layout. Many professional gamers use a vertical monitor for their Discord (chat), so they’ll be able to communicate with their teammates without the need to minimize their games.
As you can see, not everyone can benefit from vertical monitors. Choose a vertical computer monitor if:
- Multitasking is important to your day-to-day computing: If you’re buying a vertical monitor as a second monitor, it will open up a lot of space and the option for dual-screen viewing. If you do a lot of presentations with your PC, having a vertical computer monitor makes it easier to set up large-scale presentations.
- Automatic pivot function could make your work easier: The cool thing about a portrait monitor is you can also use it normally in landscape mode. But if you wish to reposition it back vertically, you just use the quick pivot function. No tech skills are needed to do it.
- You have a poor vision: If your job requires reading a lot of text, or writing (code or otherwise), vertical monitors reduce the stress on your eyes. It also keeps you from straining your neck or head. The monitor itself won’t help improve your vision, but it wouldn’t make it worse thanks mostly to the fact that vertical monitors have exceptional color and image quality.
- You stream games online: If you’re a YouTuber, streamer and other online personality, having your second monitor as a vertical one makes multitasking easy since you need to be able to chat with your supporters while playing a game. Just make sure you do the actual gaming on your horizontal display, then everything else (chat, recording, work, etc.) on the vertical display to maximize the potential of both monitors.
- You’re worried about the contrast ratio: Vertical monitors generally have a much lower contrast ratio than their horizontal counterparts. A low contrast ratio would have noticeably brighter screens when displaying black, which can be an important detail for those working on graphics. Do note that this issue wouldn’t matter if you’re using the monitor in a room with bright lights or sunlight.
- You hate ads: Most ads are still designed to be shown on the side or corners of a horizontally aligned page. Using a vertical monitor lets you enjoy your video or movies without too many ads popping in between.
- You are involved in forex, trading, cryptocurrency, etc: If you’re dreaming of a dual monitor set up so you could monitor data in Forex, day trading, cryptocurrency, and other similar financial activities live, you’ll enjoy how a vertical monitor can display all the data you need to be shown in just one “page.” This means you can work on the other monitor while keeping up-to-date with your other job or hobby.
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More Space Increases Productivity
Programmers, coders, writers, and just regular people who are avid readers will benefit significantly from a vertical monitor since you could read more lines of text on this display. For context, a typical 28-inch monitor could show about 50 lines of code on a horizontal display, while it jumps to about 85 lines when using a vertical display. That’s a pretty big improvement if you ask any engineer.
For editors or lawyers who read thousands of content daily, the less scrolling involved means less stress to the wrist, which by now you’d feel if you’ve been typing on your computer for over a decade and are just waiting for carpal tunnel to strike.
Some industries are better suited to stick to normal displays. For example, video editing is better done in horizontal displays because most editing programs are designed to eat up the space horizontally. Modern videos also still follow the aspect ratios of video clips, movies and TV broadcasts, so video editors would have to stick to these ratios and use horizontal monitors for editing videos for now.
Using horizontal monitors will be sufficient for most tasks, but our necks naturally move vertically when reading and writing, making it less strenuous to the neck and upper back as well. So if your job entails either plenty of writing or reading on the PC, vertical displays could save you from neck or back aches.
Plus, vertical monitors are slightly less expensive than traditional displays, so if you’re trying to save some money, you’ll be able to buy a new computer monitor with the same (or better) specifications as a horizontal display.