Having your monitors, vertical, while working, makes many tasks comfortable. In the initial CRT-days, it was unthinkable, but with lighter screens, it has been a practice with users, ones into coding. Now, with vertical video formats gaining popularity, and online newspaper layouts still resembling their print versions, vertical monitors (rotatable monitors) are gaining ground with users who spend long hours on desks. Also, is the television experience too, is going to change, with TVs with the vertical display?
We are accustomed to seeing left-to-right more than we do up and down. It’s also somewhat comforting to the eye’s movement. Cinema hall screens and televisions preceded computers and preferred landscape orientation. This made visual detailing possible. The computer monitor, which earlier focused on word processing and text layouts, had portrait-form monitors. With photographs and films being viewed on monitors, newer monitors took to landscape form. Landscape monitors help us watch films as well as in viewing two apps side-by-side.
Reading of text has always been easier in short lines and in narrow columns – the newspapers observe this layout, so do books. Conventional web pages also follow a top-bottom scroll, unless there’s an element like a category or landscape visual to offer. Reading from portable document format files, which are mostly vertical-oriented, and from uploaded pages of newspapers is easier in vertical modes. For people who are more into writing on the screen, a vertical view helps in viewing more content at one go. Just like the split-screen on a mobile screen, stacking applications top-bottom can be more convenient for many people. Social media posts, which are more vertical, video calls made via phone, where you intend to see the caller full-screen, are better in vertical viewing. If you are a coder, you are in a position to observe much more of your program on one screen than using two horizontal monitors.
The rotating display
Last year, Samsung brought in its rotating television, The Sero, to the Indian market. Sero was also showcased at the CES, global tech event, last year. It’s rotatable and you can stream on the tv from your mobile phone. There can be more such innovations in the near future, given the fact that consumption of digital media on large screens is leading to the evolution of newer designs.
When it comes to computer monitors, coders, mostly needed to rotate the screens. For many consumers of digital content on social platforms, in near future, this may be an important need. So are computer companies too looking into this aspect.
The new screens
A range of new monitors can be rotated as they come with such structural flexibility. There’s something interesting happening beyond the monitors that can be rotated. Lenovo, in January this year, launched a desktop, AIO7, with a monitor that can be rotated. Perhaps, this all-in-one-pc is the first of its kind, though desktop monitors have had this feature. The rotation brings it midway between a mobile phone and a smart tv, in terms of the activities – watching films, writing, coding or spending time on messenger or social platforms.