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Reading on a computer

by d.wasson / September 20, 2008 7:56 PM PDT


This may seem a strange question, but this is definitely something that I am finding difficult.

I have just started my MSc research and for first time I am reading a large quantity of research papers in PDF format (rather than textbooks) and damn its a headache (and not because of the material). Currently, I have two monitors but they both aren't very good for this purpose. One is a old 15" (ish) CRT, which I really just use for added workspace and the other is my 14.1" wide-screen laptop screen. What I was wondering is, what would be the best way to improve my reading experience. I have two ideas;

1. Buy another larger external monitor. In which case, which size/resolution would be best.

2. Buy an ebook reader, such as a kindle. However, I am not sure how good these devices are for pdf's.

If anyone has any advice that would be great. Also, as I am a student, I am not super rich at moment lol, so cost effective solutions would be appreciated.

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Good questions . . .
by Coryphaeus / September 20, 2008 9:53 PM PDT
In reply to: Reading on a computer

Can you change the resolution to allow larger print? Sometimes that helps. Getting a larger monitor will definitely help.

There is free software that enables LCDs to display text better. Google ClearType Tuning. I use it on my 22" and 19" LCDs as well as my 15" laptop. It really makes an improvement.

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by d.wasson / September 20, 2008 10:36 PM PDT
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I did a tuneup of the text and it definitely helped.

So is it more cost effective to go for another monitor rather than a specialised device (such as a ebook reader).

Are there any models or features of monitors that make them particular suited to reading? My laptop for example has a very glossy finish (and therefore glare) which I really dislike.

Also is it easy to setup a 3 monitor layout? Obviously, I have my current external monitor plugged into vga socket in laptop, but I do have a free DVI port. Does that allow me to connect a more modern monitor?

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A reader is too small for me . . .
by Coryphaeus / September 21, 2008 12:21 AM PDT
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Multiple monitors? Don't know, never did it. Most new LCD monitors are matte finish.

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