When we think of a monitor we naturally go to horizontal screens, just like on our laptops and home computing, but we don’t often think about vertical monitors.
It may sound odd, but vertical monitors are becoming increasingly popular in some industries and people that use them now say that they couldn’t live without them. So, what is all the fuss about, and what exactly are vertical monitors used for?
It may not be something you have ever considered, but you may find reading on a vertical monitor a lot easier than you do on a portrait screen.
A vertical monitor holds more similarities to reading a book or an A4 piece of paper and you don’t have to move your head from one side to another when you are reading.
This movement can become tiresome over long periods of time if you are using a standard monitor, so if you spend your days reading large amounts of text at work, a vertical monitor may well be a better set up for you.
Programming and Coding
Programmers and coders swear by vertical, also known as portrait monitors. This is because in coding you want to keep the lines under 80-100 characters, so if you are using a traditional landscape screen, there is a lot of dead space on the right-hand side.
Coders and programmes use vertical monitors as not only does it reduce the dead space on the right-hand side of the screen, it also means they can see more of their work from the top of the page to the bottom. This reduces the amount of scrolling that is needed and helps reduce errors in the work as you are able to view entire chunks of programme and code, which is something you can’t do on a traditional landscape setup.
Helps With EyeSight
If you have a large monitor on your desk and you are using it for reading or technical coding or even design, if you have it set to landscape, the sides of the screen end up in your peripheral vision.
When you see things through your peripheral, they are blurred and you can’t make them out enough to be able to work out exactly what they are, in order to see what they are you will need to turn your head.
If your current set up means that you have to turn your head constantly to see what is on either edge of your screen this can play havoc with your eyesight and even your posture. You want to be able to see all of your screens at any given point to make sure you are not putting undue strain on any parts of your body, eyes included.
Pretty Much Everything Looks Better On A Vertical Monitor
It may sound ridiculous given that the industry standard with monitors and laptops is a landscape screen, but in actual fact, most content looks far better on a vertical monitor than it does on a landscape monitor. You may be unwilling to believe us, but look at your phone! When was the last time you turned it on its side to read an article or scroll through google to look for search results, the answer is pretty much never.
When you look at content on a vertical monitor, you’ll notice that there are no dead spaces either side of the text you are reading, and it will also feel more like you are reading a newspaper or a book. Furthermore, you fit more on the screen. The only time we really turn our phones to landscape is when we are looking at photos or videos, so by using this logic, why not try a vertical monitor and see how much better it can make your day to day life.
It may seem counter-intuitive to turn your screen into the portrait position, but it can make your daily work life far easier, especially if you spend a lot of time reading text, reports, or coding.
Not only will you fit more on a page, but you also won’t be moving your head or eyes as much when you are trying to read it, which is better for your overall health and wellbeing.
If you aren’t sure about using a vertical monitor, think to yourself when was the last time you read an article on your phone when the screen was in landscape, if you can’t think of the time you have done that, maybe it is time to give a vertical monitor ago to see if it makes your life easier.