170. Why the corona virus made me switch to a 43” screen

  • You have plenty of screen real estate. Having several open windows that are still decently sized? Tricky on a laptop. No problem here.
  • Video and images just look better when they’re full-screened on a big screen. There’s a reason TVs are getting bigger, after all!
  • If you want to do a little gaming when you’re not working, it’s much nicer on the big screen.
  • It’s a conversation piece. Weird as it sounds, having a huge screen always sparks interesting talks, because when people comment on it, you can take the conversation more or less anywhere. I know it sounds a bit strange, but I’ve seen this happen at 27”, at 32” and now at 43”.
  • Most importantly, though, it’s a huge plus when doing video calls. Do a zoom meeting with 7 people on your 15” screen (or Cthulhu forbid – your phone!) and facial expressions lose nuance due to being tiny. Here? You can have big, clear mug shots of participants open while simultaneously looking at documents, checking excel sheets, etc.

But don’t take my word for it. Do your own experiments with big screens and video calls.

Finally, I promised to have a non-screen-related point.

Because we’re human, and we have a hard time looking ridiculous – even if it might be helpful to us.



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Claus Raasted

Claus Raasted


Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Coach at McKinsey. Author of 34 books.