I’m going to be completely honest with you, when the lovely folks over at Samsung got in touch about trying out their 34 inch curved monitor my initial thought was, “what about my aesthetically pleasing home office?!”. Jules is always trying to convince me that function trumps form and in this instance I have happily acknowledged that this monitor makes my every day work so much easier and more pleasurable and because it is a sleek flat screen it fits right in. As soon as the monitor arrived, I quickly figured out its functions and I am now completely hooked. I don’t think I will be able to go back to a small laptop screen (and lucky for me, the monitor is staying!).
Let me tell you a bit about how I use it and why it’s made such a difference. I’m not going to use any technical jargon as I don’t understand that stuff but you can find out all of those details here.
Firstly, this screen is huge at 34 inches so I can have multiple screens in one. As you can see below, I can have my emails, social media, blog, Photoshop and whatever else not only open at the same time but viewable so I can can work on different things simultaneously and keep an eye out for social media updates and so on. I hook my lap top up to the monitor, which sits in front of it, and work on blog posts and I can see the post developing on the monitor, rather than having to constantly hop between tabs. This is a revelation.
Another major benefit of this screen is that it is curved, which makes it so much more immersive than a flat screen and perusing a site such as Pinterest becomes a completely new experience. The photographs are wonderfully large and clear and I can get lost in a world of beauty.
The last thing that I have discovered about the curved monitor, which is amazing, is that you can split the screen in two. One side can be hooked up to my laptop and one side can be hooked up to someone else’s laptop. This is going to make collaborative work so much easier and more enjoyable – perfect for my big desk, too, as two of us can sit side by side. Anyone fancy a joint project?!
I’m sure there is much more to discover about this new addition to my working life. I’m totally sold (and Jules is totally jealous!).
*This post was written in collaboration with Samsung.