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That's the setup I had, until I moved my primary workstation to a Surface Pro...I have it hooked up to an external USB3 dock (Plugable UD-3000), and it's now running those 3 monitors. With the tablet itself, that's 4 display devices, and frankly, I hardly ever use the 4th one.
That's not to say I hadn't tried it until then--but I had come to the same conclusion; I don't use the 4th one.
All three monitors are 24" 1920x1200; two in portrait mode, the third in landscape. Works well enough for VS and tons of floating windows.
All that being said, I'm intrigued by LG's 34" 21:9 4K monitor. I've been tempted more than once to replace my entire setup with a single 4K display (ok, I'll probably leave at least one of the 24-inchers hooked up)...
I know what you mean, but...it's so handy to be able to maximise and fill a just one screen, or WinKey+Left to fill half of it - you reduce the "ease of manipulation" with a single screen. How often do you want an application that fills your entire vision? Even with graphics work, I have the detailed zoom on one whole screen, and a zoomed out overview and the toolboxes on the other.
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I am. I actually have a true programming reason for doing so. We have an application that runs with up to 24 external 1920x1080 TVs. Since 4 is the most I can reasonably have, that is what I have got. Mine are arranged in a 4x4 square, and programming is excellent on it.
I currently have 3, though occasionally I'll set up the laptop on the desk as well and use Synergy for seamless mouse/keyboard control. At one point I had something like 7: two laptops, desktop with 3 monitors and another desktop with 2. It had its uses at the time, but as others have said, I find 3 to be the most efficient.
I'm finding I prefer one really big screen than 2 separate screens.
In the Mac world that makes a lot of sense. Everything is document centric anyway and there's less neck strain. I still have two at work on a Windows box, and wouldn't want anymore because I like having my neck not messed up.
On Windows, apps usually have the concept of a "document" consume the entire app. Think about VS, the code windows are always maximized. Then the app itself is typically maximized by most folks. So, you have one thing taking up an entire screen. On a Mac, there's no such concept of the app container. The desktop is that. If you maximize something it's the actual document. You could have one doc take up an entire screen, but in my experience most folks don't in the Mac world. So, in essence, using one big monitor is like using several mini-screens inside of one big one.