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Rob’s new toy: a 20" Wide Screen monitor



 I’ve written before about my love for extended displays. I’ve been using a 5 year old 20″ CRT that has been quite useful, but in the past couple of months, it has been acting up on me.

So, I bit the bullet and bought a new wide-screen flat panel from Dell: the 2007WFP for $359. At 1680 x 1050 resolution, the working scenario is perfect when hooked up to my Lenovo X60 Tablet.  

With Vista, the extended display features are so much better for Tablet Users. With Vista, you can set the external monitor as your main display and extend the display over to your tablet. That lets you have multiple windows open at the same time, spread over the monitors. As I write this, Outlook is running on my Tablet; IE, MindManager, and Windows Live Writer are running on my external monitor. What is even better with Vista is the ability to ink on that extended display. With my external monitor as my main display, I can throw a PDF over on the tablet display and sign it with no issues. As best as I can remember, that wasn’t possibile with XP Tablet Edition.

The taskbar still doesn’t stretch over to the other displays, but with UltraMon, I’ve taken care of that. For anyone using an external monitor setup, I’d highly recommend checking out UltraMon.

I’ll post some more thoughts later this week on Intel’s Graphic options that allow for tailored control over rotation of the external monitor and tablet monitor.

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