TL;DR: Need more screen space? As of June 16, get the Ofiyaa Dual Screen Display for $249.99 (16% off) or the Ofiyaa Triple Screen Display for $399.99 (19% off). Getting an extra monitor doesn't necessarily have to mean you have to take up double the space on your desk. With the Ofiyaa Dual Screen Display, you can turn a single screen into a portable, dual-screen workspace. The Ofiyaa attaches to your laptop directly and extends out into a second screen seamlessly. The multiple display modes let you choose to display either the same content on both screens or use them for different windows.
Virtual desktops let you split up and space out your open programs, much like a real second screen would. However, because you still rely on a single physical monitor, you still view only one screen at a time. This means a virtual desktop is best for separating and organizing certain applications, rather than viewing various windows side by side. For example, you might designate one desktop for work and another for leisure. Your work screen could contain your inbox and word processor, while your leisure one would corral the online videos and social media apps that you don't want to shut down.
We met Reflexion and its Edge screen last year, and even then we were pretty taken with the idea: a Whac-A-Mole-style test for athletes that improves coordination and helps spot concussions after a big hit? This year, the team is back with an essentially final version of its 6-foot long display, and it has one crucial trick its predecessor didn't: you can fold it up and squeeze it into a backpack, perfect for high school coaches who need to lug these things to games.
When I was a child in the 1980s, my relationship with split screens began and ended with the opening credits of glamorous prime-time TV dramas. Even now, my breath catches at the thought of those introductory Dallas triptychs. These were people so momentous that you got three of them at once. Dynasty had its own classy variation, whereby a panel containing the actor overlaid a background scene. Think of a brunet soap hunk smouldering in a vertical stripe, which partially covers a bottle of frothing champagne.