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20 May 2006

Dual screens

Filed under: My stuff, PC, PC games — zhooibaal @ 13:03000000

Yesterday my boss had been very nice to me; he gave me a 19″ iiyama Vision Master 1451. It may not be the newest of the new or the best of the best, but it is actually quite a nice screen and above all, it’s big. So I installed it as the secondary screen for SlashDev. My buddy Atariboy blogged about his triple screens over at his old blog a while ago and there I found a link to Ultramon.

Ultramon is a very nice little app that lets you control a lot more about your multiscreen setup than standard Windows does; you can stretch out the taskbar for instance and then the taskbar for each screen only displays the tasks that actually run on that screen. Or you can choose different wallpapers for each screen or stretch one wallpaper out over both screens. This app actually makes dual screens a lot more workable and it even makes the benefits of dual screens to be even stronger than they allready were.
Dual screens 1Dual screens 2Dual screens 3
Oh yeah, I got that screen for free, that’s actually the best part of it!

Besides that I decided to venture into the computer shopping world to get myself a new mouse and while I was shopping anyway, I decided that I could also replace my old headphones which had been put back together using sticky tape and a few days ago it fell apart beyond repairability.
So, the mouse, well, it’s a Logitech MX400 to replace my old MX500. You might think that that doesn’t sound very logical, but the MX500 is already 4 years old and due to heavy use it’s showing it’s age by hanging buttons and sometimes faulty response, it’s still good enough for my old Pentium 3 comp (stoomketel) though.
The MX400 is unlike the MX500 a lasermouse. It features 2000dpi accuracy which means that it’s very sensitive and pretty much equal to the Logitech G5 which costs about twice as much, but is a bit bigger and has more buttons. The shape of the G5 is the same as the shape of myold MX500 to be exact. The MX400 is slightly smaller and the only thing it lacks are the buttons I don’t use anyway.
MX400 1MX400 2

And last but not least, I got myself a new pair of headphones. Just like my previous headphones, this one is also from Philips. The Sennheisers they had sounded slightly better, but this one just sits better on my head and I still think that that is also very important. It costed only €35,00 and for that price I have nothing to complain about.
It is a Philips SBC HP830. There is no need to adjust it’s size as it adjusts itself whenever you put it on and it retracts when you take it off. The overall sound is very good and I can keep on this one for hours without it irritating me and you can barely hear it from outside due to it’s closed acoustic system which also prevents any outside noises to get inside.
It also has a 3 meter long detachable curled cable. The fact that it’s curled comes in pretty handy considering I sit only about half a meter from my pc and the curling keeps it quite a bit shorter but enables it to stretch out pretty far.
Philips SBC HP830

And before I forget to mention it, I also picked up Warhammer 40000: Firewarrior (which doesn’t seem to have a mobygames entry) for €15,00. I’ll make a seperate blog entry for that one whenever I got to actually playing it.

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  1. Dude, is that a Samsung SyncMaster 930BF I see there in one of your screenshots? I have one too!

    Comment by danieldematteis — 23 May 2006 @ 16:55000000

  2. Nope, it’s a 730BF, you got close there πŸ˜›
    Slightly smaller, same resolution, but lower dotpitch πŸ˜›

    Comment by zhooibaal — 23 May 2006 @ 21:18000000

  3. Very nice! I wish I had a new monitor, this ancient one I’m looking at is killing my eyes.

    Comment by Jeremiah — 23 May 2006 @ 22:26000000

  4. I’d suggest you get a new one then πŸ˜›

    Comment by zhooibaal — 23 May 2006 @ 23:15000000

  5. I’m (hopefully) getting a new 19-21 inch LCD this summer. Then this old POS is going to be my second screen for TeamSpeak and such while I’m gaming πŸ˜€

    Comment by Jeremiah — 25 May 2006 @ 10:14000000

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