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Most monitors are designed on the assumption that you have only one of them. These days that means horizontally oriented and, for a good one, bulky and heavy.

For programming, it's best to have two or three monitors. That works best if the individual monitors are slim, light and vertically oriented.

Can anyone point to some that meet this description? I've checked Dell's website and run a quick Google search, and no joy so far.

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If your monitors are too heavy, get a stronger desk. 3 horizontal monitors is way better IMHO. –  JeffO Aug 17 '11 at 17:01
VESA mounts have rotational symmetry, so any monitor with a VESA mount could be mounted on it's side or even upside down. –  Mark Booth Aug 18 '11 at 9:34
I have 3 of these and love them: accessories.us.dell.com/sna/… –  snkmchnb Aug 19 '11 at 15:42
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I've found that many Samsung's are slim and light. I have a handful of Samsung 2343bwx's, which I particularly like because of the higher 2048x1152 resolution.

Also, it's personal preference, but I've tried turning my monitors to a vertical orientation, and it really did not work well at all. Very unusual.

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Commenting on your second paragraph, it depends on the monitor you use. I have two monitors; one (an old low-quality Chimei) looks very strange when rotated to 90° and the brightness feels not uniform. The other one (a new Acer) looks pretty good when rotated. –  MainMa Aug 17 '11 at 16:59
@MainMa: I guess I just felt that it was too tall and too skinny, and that hampered usability. –  qes Aug 17 '11 at 17:07
Vertical orientation works best for tall things, like long functions or when editing a Word doc (usually I run Word vertically with 6 pages visible in a 2x3 layout). If you're switching tasks a lot, then you need the width, because text (and code) is wider than it is tall... –  Alex Feinman Aug 17 '11 at 17:19
I've got two 23" full hd screens and find that having my IDE maximized on one with the code in the center and my project- and code-explorers to the side to be a perfect fit. The code will show for about 25 lines which is even more than needed for me. Two horizontal for me :) If you need a long monitor for long functions you may probably want to refactor your code rather than get a new screen... –  Pelshoff Aug 17 '11 at 17:38
I went to 3 a year ago and will never go back. 4 didn't even work as well. But solution/project explorer fits very well with a code window on a widescreen, and I've taken to placing my taskbar vertically on one, again to utilize the widescreen better. –  qes Aug 17 '11 at 18:19
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