With the increasing number of hours people work from home, maintaining a healthy work environment has become a priority. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been an increased trend towards setting up work from home, and for those who are not tech-savvy, it can be overwhelming to decide which products best meet your needs for a productive work environment.
One product that is enjoying great popularity is the desktop monitor. According to a Forrester report, 80% of users believe a larger monitor would improve their work performance.
It is interesting to note that after five consecutive quarters of annual sales growth, the global PC monitor market reached an inflection point in Q3 2021 and recorded the first year-on-year decline in shipments since global lockdowns began in Q1 2020. according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. However, the report revealed that Dell Technologies bucked the trend by outgrowing the market, posting 20.6% YoY growth from Q3 2020 to Q3 2021. In South Africa, Dell increased its share of monitors to 51.35% over the same period.
Let’s look at three ways monitors make a positive impact on work quality time and time again.
1. Productivity powerhouse
When employees started working from home, they quickly found that using a laptop alone limited the usable screen real estate. Pairing laptops with desktop monitors and using both displays can improve the user experience and time to complete tasks by reducing the time it takes to switch back and forth between multiple windows and improving viewing ability.
A Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Spotlight, commissioned by Dell Technologies, found that when working from home, users are missing out on the benefits of a second or external monitor. As many spend more time on video calls, an external monitor can help them multitask and collaborate easily, with employees reporting being able to view more information at once (50%), using multiple programs simultaneously without having to switch windows (46 %) and complete tasks faster (35%) and more accurately.
The latest range of monitors feature extensive connectivity options such as USB-C and a variety of other ports that allow the monitor to serve as a productivity hub, delivering stable Ethernet 1 and power. With a single cable for audio, video and charging, users have the convenience of a clutter-free home workspace.
2. Not all screens are created equal
We typically spend a third of our day in front of screens and this has a huge impact on our health and productivity. Laptops are not ergonomically designed for prolonged use. On the other hand, desktop monitors allow for better ergonomics with eye-level viewing and a reduction in back and neck pain due to posture. According to an IDC InfoBrief on the future of work 80% of employees worldwide agree that advanced monitors (higher resolution, better ergonomics and color) will improve the overall work experience. Ultimately, using a desktop monitor can reduce stress and fatigue thanks to its improved product design and workspace layout.
3. The need to see more
It’s no surprise that sharper resolutions and larger screens can benefit the way people work and play. The latter would be especially relevant for those who use monitors for gaming, shopping, or watching movies. Larger screens can be beneficial for tasks that require attention to detail, such as B. Programming, data analysis and visualization as well as design. The combination of larger and higher-resolution displays, better support for multitasking, and improved visualization of data has actually made monitors indispensable for such professions.
Some desktop monitors also allow you to organize multiple applications on your screen for better multitasking. For example, all Dell 17-inch and larger monitors allow applications to be organized using Dell Display Manager software.
Curved monitors offer reduced eye movement across the screen for a more immersive experience. Additionally, the adoption of immersive technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3D visualization will necessitate the need for advanced monitors designed to support emerging workloads.
An all-in-one solution
The UltraSharp 24 USB-C Monitor, Dell Technology’s first monitor with a 16:10 aspect ratio, meets all of the above needs and more, giving users everything they need.
The monitor offers wide color coverage, 11% more screen and ComfortView Plus, an always-on, integrated low blue light screen that reduces harmful blue light emissions while delivering excellent color performance. With ComfortView Plus, users can see vivid colors that are easy on the eyes.
Additional features include quick access ports, the ability to charge mobile devices and connect to Ethernet – all discreetly hidden away, so the days of cluttered desktops are over.
A USB-C port is available, as well as an RJ45 port, allowing users to self-charge their devices while working on the monitor, eliminating the need for a power bank. Instead of having a monitor, notebook and docking station on the desk, users now have an all-in-one solution.
The monitor is easy to set up, ergonomically designed, height-adjustable, and can be tilted and swiveled, making it easy to plug in the single power cord. Users can then plug in the USB-C port, connect and they’re good to go.
In addition, there is a power button and joystick on the back of the monitor, allowing users to easily change their connection settings on the monitor itself. The connection runs over the network instead of WiFi, which increases availability and eliminates the need for a docking station. Even better, users can daisy chain up to three monitors – definitely a plus for productivity.
The wireless keyboard and mouse offer a hassle-free user interface and offer up to three years of battery life. Users who need to connect via VGA or HDMI in certain environments can easily do so with a multiport adapter.
With hot desking becoming more popular, any user can connect simply by plugging their USB-C port into their device. When they’re done for the day, the next user comes in and uses the same environment doing the same thing. It’s seamless and effortless.
Employers have the power to turn the challenges of the past few months into growth opportunities. Adopting a robust work environment from anywhere requires employers to invest not just in the right devices, but in the entire ecosystem, starting with the right monitor and peripherals. This will increase productivity and create a seamless remote work experience that keeps employees happy.
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