Increasing Monitor Size Translates to Higher Worker Productivity, NEC Display/University...

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Increasing Monitor Size Translates to Higher Worker Productivity, NEC Display/University of Utah Study Finds

  Using 24-inch Widescreen Displays Cuts 76 Days of Work, Translates
   to $8,600 of Annual Savings Per Employee versus 18-inch Standard
CHICAGO--(Business Wire)--
NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading stand-alone provider
of commercial and residential LCD, plasma, and projector displays,
today announced the results of a University of Utah monitor study that
found significant productivity gains and cost savings when using
widescreen displays instead of single, smaller monitors.

   The study found that moving from single 18-inch traditional-format
monitors to 24-inch widescreen displays reduced the time it took to
complete a task from 8 hours to 5-1/2 hours. Over the course of a
year, that translates to a savings of up to 76 days in production, or
about $8,600 per employee (based on a $32,500 annual salary; for
people with higher salaries, the savings is greater).

   Participants in the study were randomly assigned a display
sequence (a single 20-inch, dual 20-inch, 24-inch widescreen, or
26-inch widescreen monitor). They also were randomly assigned both
spreadsheet and text-editing tasks. The study analyzed time
performance, editing performance and monitor preferences, and factored
in findings from a 2003 NEC/ATI/University of Utah multi-monitor
productivity study, which compared dual-monitor set-ups with single
18-inch traditional-format monitors.

   "The study revealed that large widescreen or dual-monitor
configurations are recommended for use in any situation where multiple
documents of information are an ordinary part of work," said Dr. James
A. Anderson, Ph.D., the lead author of the study and a Professor of
Communication at the University of Utah. "Given a workforce with
varying editing and spreadsheet skills, the 24-inch widescreen appears
to be the most solid option overall."

   The study findings can also be applied to laptop computers. Even
as these types of computers replace more desktop PCs in the workplace,
a larger widescreen monitor alongside a laptop easily allows for a
dual-display configuration - and maximizes productivity.

   In addition, the study indicated that single widescreen displays
are better for editing tasks, while dual-monitor configurations can be
more suitable for spreadsheet work. Moreover, people with less
experience in the applications performed better on widescreens for
both editing and spreadsheet tasks. Meanwhile, those with intermediate
or advanced skills executed tasks equally well on widescreens and dual
displays, and much better than they did on traditional-format

   "Widescreen and dual configurations reduced the productivity gap
between people of different aptitude levels," said Pierre Richer,
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at NEC Display
Solutions. "With many office workers spending their entire day on
computers, monitor size and configurations become an extremely
important component of the desktop set-up and a serious business

   Screen space improves overall corporate productivity, too. A
250-employee company using 24-inch widescreen monitors could realize
an additional 19,000 days of productivity a year. That number rises to
37,892 days for a company of 500 employees. The net annual cost
savings after taking into account electricity and monitor costs is
$2.1 million for that same 250-employee company and $4.3 million for
the 500-employee firm.

   "Not only does screen space impact a person's productivity, it
also affects employee satisfaction at work," Anderson said. "With the
costs of larger LCD displays falling, the smaller monitors (less than
19 inches) are no longer justified in terms of productivity returns
and worker well-being."

   A summary of the University of Utah study and a Productivity
Calculator can be found at The calculator
provides the ability to customize these productivity gains based on
individual measures - such as current monitor size, monitor
transitioning to, salary, and number of individuals using the

   About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

   Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America,
Inc., is a leading designer and provider of innovative desktop LCD
displays, professional-grade large-screen LCD and plasma displays, a
diverse line of projectors, and integrated display solutions. NEC
Display Solutions develops leading-edge visual technology and
customer-focused solutions for a wide variety of markets, including
enterprise, professional, education, medical and digital signage. For
additional information about NEC Display Solutions of America
monitors, consumers can call (866) NEC-MORE, or visit the Web site at

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