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Smart people who know about technology: 🙏🏼 I want to get 11.5-14 inch monitor to add to my (1) laptop and (2) second monitor. I’m worried about the monitor having a high “processor” and slowing down all my programs (including the program I use to login to my office desktop). Can someone point me to a monitor that may work?

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Is this a joke? I ask because monitors don’t have processors. They are driven by the graphics card in your PC which is almost certainly sufficient to handle multiple monitors without any noticeable change in performance if the computer is less than a decade old.

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any modern laptop can handle an external monitor or two. but not all graphics cards can handle more than that many monitors, both in compatibility and also the card itself rendering what it needs to on each screen. but if you want 3 total monitors, you’ll be fine, as long as you have to enough connections.

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The only limiting factor is the graphics card in your machine. I use 3 monitors, one of which is 34” and just have Intel HD graphics. So you should be fine with 3. Not sure about 5, but if your graphics card can’t handle it, it just won’t work. Doesn’t slow anything else down.

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This is correct. GPU is the main factor. If you're looking at laptops, most have integrated graphic units which are far worse than GPUs. Even so, the graphics unit on CPUs have advanced far enough that I would be surprised if your comp can't handle it (unless you're running 4K res with 144 Mhz refresh)

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First part of your post is not clear Can you clarify if you want to end up having 2 or 3 screens in total?

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Some laptops can’t handle 3 monitors (1 +2 external) without a dock or dongle. Depending on your budget I’d either settle for just 1 extra or go ahead and get 2 but also prepared to spend additional money on accessories just in case.

Lol omfg this thread - yes it’s fine - no GPU hit Unless drivers prohibit over X outputs - possible cpu bottleneck given you’re using more open windows but not any more challenging than having the same number on a single monitor, Source MIT CS degree

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Window draw is painless for any modern gpu

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OP I suggest getting a 34"+ ultrawide. Does the job of 2 monitors and I run mine perfectly off an HP Elitebook. I actually like it better than my old setup of 2 monitors because there's no bezel in the middle

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Your graphics processor might not handle a 3rd monitor, it might only output to 2. 5 is almost certainly not possible from a work station as is, unless they did something to make that possible like extra graphics cards.

The slowdown isn’t the monitor, it’s whether or not the graphics processing chip (GPU) in your computer can handle the additional monitor, and whether it can do so for the tasks you do. I’d trust your IT department on this one and save yourself the money. Many GPUs cannot even support more than 2 displays, especially the GPUs used in laptops. Even if yours can, you’ll have problems if you do graphics-intensive tasks like 3D, drafting, video/photo editing, etc. If all you do is MS Office and web, you probably won’t have a problem (again, assuming your machine can support it in the first place)

What kind of laptop do you have? Brand and model number should help. Also what kind of processor does it have? If you don't know (and assuming you're on Windows 10), hit Ctrl+Alt+Del, click on Task Manager, and click on the Performance tab on top. You'll see your processor name and specs on top, to the right of where it says CPU.

My husband is in IT. My external "monitor" is a 40inch 4k TV. You can open up so many windows, so it's like having at least 3 monitors (depending on resolution settings, of course). It's also a MUCH cheaper alternative than a comparable computer monitor(s).

Test this before committing to buy new tv. I found I had to sit too far away to prevent eye strain (and this couldn't read well enough to be productive). also, docking multiple windows is a nightmare on 1 screen. It's better than it used to be but still more work than it should be.

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