Ultimate triple monitor setup (for work, not particularly for gaming)

While preparing to redo my office, I am planning the “ultimate” LCD monitor setup. Let me clarify that I mean ultimate for my purposes: server management (RDP/SSH/etc.), email, spreadsheets, some image editing, minimal gaming. This is not ultimate in the gaming sense nor is it going to be as wild as some of the setups I have blogged about!

UPDATE: 2011.11.01

24mm wide angle photo of: 2007WFP, 3007WFP, 2007WFP all wall mounted

[end update]

Currently I am  using a Dell M6500 docked with a dual monitor setup:

  • 30″ Dell 3007WFP – I traded John two 22″ Apple Cinema Displays for this
  • 27″ Dell 2707WFP – got this cheap & new on eBay a number of years back

These monitors do not mesh very well together since font settings to make the 30″ look good tend to make fonts on the 27″ humongous. That’s what you get when you mismatch two monitors with quite different pixel pitch ;-)

Switching to Triple Monitors (one wide, two 4:3)

So, I am planning on switching to a triple monitor setup with the 30″ 3007WFP front and center, complimented by 20.1″ 2007FP (IPS version) LCDs on each side. The 21″ monitors will actually be rotated 90 degrees to be in portrait mode. This will lead to a contiguous 1600 height resolution across all three monitors, with a fairly close inch height and PPI as well.

It will actually be very similar to this setup, except with a monitor on both sides:

3007WFP-HC Dell 30in LCD and 2007FP 20in Monitor - [H]ard|Forum 

3007WFP-HC Dell 30in LCD and 2007FP 20in Monitor – [H]ard|Forumhttp://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1503270Dell 2007FP LCD Monitor About two years old, but in great condition. Makes a great companion for your 3007wfp, 3007wfp-hc or 3008wfp. This is the Rev.00 version with the LG S-IPS…

And here is a simple Phtoshop mockup of the setup I am planning:

(Source: original individual monitor images are from images from Dell.com images for the press/media)

NOTE: if you like this, checkout more posts tagged with #OfficeProject… they are all related to my quest for the perfect office setup!

And finally, here is some info from my mockup spreadsheet:

*if you can decipher my scribbling you’ll see how some combos will work great and others will crash and burn with epic fail ;-)

27” GCD: 240
Diagonal (c) 27 Inches
Aspect ratio: 8 5

Resolution (WxH) 1920 1200 Display resolution: 1920 1200
729 3686400 1440000 PPI 83.8576100627 83.8576100627
Times 0.0001422051 524.2247191011 204.7752808989 729
Inches of screen: 27 22.8959542081 14.3099713801 Area: 163.8202247191 Inches
20” 4:3 GCD: 400
Diagonal (c) 20.1 Inches
Aspect ratio: 4 3

Resolution (WxH) 1600 1200 Display resolution: 1600 1200
404.01 2560000 1440000 PPI 99.5024875622 99.5024875622
Times 0.0001010025 258.5664 145.4436 404.01
Inches of screen: 20.1 16.08 12.06 Area: 96.9624 Inches
30” GCD: 320
Diagonal (c) 30 Inches
Aspect ratio: 8 5

Resolution (WxH) 2560 1600 Display resolution: 2560 1600
900 6553600 2560000 PPI 100.6291320753 100.6291320753
Times 9.8753511235955E-005 647.191011236 252.808988764 900
Inches of screen: 30 25.4399491202 15.8999682001 Area: 202.2471910112 Inches
24” GCD: 240
Diagonal (c) 24 Inches
Aspect ratio: 8 5

Resolution (WxH) 1920 1200 Display resolution: 1920 1200
576 3686400 1440000 PPI 94.3398113206 94.3398113206
Times 0.0001123596 414.202247191 161.797752809 576
Inches of screen: 24 20.3519592961 12.7199745601 Area: 129.4382022472 Inches

Misc links and related info:

AnandTech - Dell 2707WFP: Looking for the Middle Ground of Large LCDs 

AnandTech – Dell 2707WFP: Looking for the Middle Ground of Large LCDshttp://www.anandtech.com/show/2204Features and Specifications Index Features and Specifications Appearance and Design Features – OSD Subjective Evaluation Viewing Angles and Gradients Response Times and Buffering…
AnandTech - Dell 2407WFP and 3007WFP LCD Comparison 

AnandTech – Dell 2407WFP and 3007WFP LCD Comparisonhttp://www.anandtech.com/show/2184Features and Specifications Index Features and Specifications Dell 2407WFP: Appearance and Design Dell 3007WFP: Appearance and Design Subjective Evaluation Brightness and…

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4 comments

  • Jur

    So did you work it out? :) What monitors are you using for this now? I’m at the start of a similar project.

  • JD,
    Great setup! I wish I found this article sooner as it would have saved me some reasearch time. I would love to have a single arm hold these. Seems to me this might just work. It is meant for three 24″ but I think would work with 20p-30l-20p. Any chance you could measure the distance between the center of the two 2007′s? from my calcs, they should be about 45.2″ apart. this mount is max of 48.36 on center of the outer VESA mounts. JUST squeeks in. Let me know if you agree,,,

    http://downloads.chiefmfg.com/MANUALS-I/K4W120_210_310-I.pdf

    • Thanks Louis!

      I measured the 2007′s centers at 41.5″ apart when they were flush facing straight ahead (i.e. a flat plane in front of them, no tilt to any of the displays).

      When the 2007′s were each tilted inward to a more suitable angle for a single user I measured them at about 43.5″ with a straight tape measure (but with the angles it could well be closer to the 45″ you calculated).

      Regardless, I think the 48.36″ OC would work for sure :-)

      Take care Louis and I look forward to photos of your project!
      -J.D.

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