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Screen size for a productive programmer?


(Shankar Dhanasekaran) #1

I noticed that in the screencasts, developers at thoughtbot are using iMac. I am using 15" macbook pro at work. Do you think larger iMacs are best for productivity?

Also what is the approx ratio of windows:linux:mac at thoughtbot and which is the most productive machine for a programmer?

I understand these are not technical questions but I see them as important to understand what tools a good company uses.


(Brian Dear) #2

37signals cofounders Jason Fried and David Hanson (the inventor or Rails) do everything on 11inch Macbook Airs. At one of my old jobs I had 2 27in displays. Display size makes zero difference. My latest machine is a 13inch. The only exception, at least from my perspective is that I prefer large screens when I’m doing design work, but that’s by no means a requirement. Tools don’t matter as much as learning to use what you have.


(David Lee) #3

I’m personally much happier with a large external monitor hooked up to my laptop. Try different setups and see what makes you happy and productive.


(Brian G) #4

My laptop (Thinkpad) is 13" but always docked when at my home office with a 27" screen mostly so I can use a real mouse and keyboard with 10-key, F-keys and good arrows. Most smaller laptops have compromised keyboards. I’m a heavy keyboard shortcut user for efficiency.