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I currently work on my laptop, I only have an extra mouse.
I've been thinking about buying a docking station, two extra monitors, and an external keyboard and (new) mouse (I think this is my first optical mouse after my last wheel mouse ).
My hardware knowledge is pretty lacking though.
It seems to me this docking station[^] should do just nicely.
It's Dell (just like my laptop), but it works with USB, so I guess it would work with other brands too (I've had vendor and even laptop specific docking stations at work).
Not sure what to look for in a monitor though.
I guess size and resolution are important, anything else? This LG monitor[^] looks pretty good.
It has no borders, which is nice when you place two next to each other.
It looks like a nice monitor - I've got two older LG monitors and never had a problem with them (and an LG TV which is pretty much the same - occasionally you have to unplug it or it forgets all about sound).
I like the way I have mine set up: one portrait, one landscape. Landscape is great for VS, Portrait is great for reading articles, internet, and writing documents as you can see the whole page really nicely.
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The pixel response time (the time that a single pixel takes to change from white to black) may be important to you. If you are a gamer, a fast response time (1 millisecond) may be important. For normal office work or video display, even monitors with a 5ms response time will be fine. If you do lots of graphical design, you will want to pay attention to the colour fidelity of the monitor (how accurately do the colours on the monitor represent the "real" colours). Lastly, a higher contrast can give you brighter images etc.
YMMV, and the only way to be certain that a monitor answers your needs is to look at an actual monitor.
Good one, I'm not that kind of gamer who needs super fast response times (and I'm not much of a PC gamer at all anymore).
This monitor is advertised as a gaming monitor though (even with 5 ms response time).
250 cd/m2 doesn't seem to bright when compared to other monitors (300 or 350).
I'm also not sure on the 1920 x 1080 resolution on a 27" screen...
Also, a more practical issue, the height of the stand cannot be adjusted.
That can be a real PITA
Guess I'll shop around a bit further (although I may just settle for this one in the end)
Yeah, I do have a connection on the bottom of my laptop.
But that's the kind of setup that's only compatible with specific laptops from a specific vendor, which is a huge downside to me at this point.
I use my laptop from work for private stuff so if work decides to give me a new laptop, or I decide to switch work, or I decide to buy my own, that docking station may not work anymore.
Now where's that trusty breakout box of mine?
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