With Robin upgrading to a 23″ widescreen LCD, we had a spare 19″ flat panel, and my Mac mini supports dual display modes.
<cue SFX: very low-watt light bulb barely working up the tiniest of glows>
Yesterday I picked up the necessary dongle to make use of the Mini DisplayPort on the Mac mini, and set up the second LCD to run in desk-spanning mode. (The mini also does mirroring, but I don’t really see the point in it for a desktop.)
Here’s what it looks like:
It’s kind of neat to have one’s work on one screen, and a web browser or iTunes window on the other. Last night, I even played World of Warcraft on the left screen while keeping Firefox open on the right one. I could not write new material that way efficiently–not with another monitor to keep distractions on–but I use Scrivener mostly for transcribing longhand or typewritten stuff and then editing it, rather than writing straight into it. And for non-fiction, it’s really handy to be able to cross-check stuff without alt-tabbing, or comparing two documents side by side.
I don’t know yet if I’ll keep the setup, but I like it so far.