When comparing Maxto vs Display Fusion, the Slant community recommends Maxto for most people. In the question“What are the best window managers for Windows?” Maxto is ranked 3rd while Display Fusion is ranked 7th.
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Pro Very system resources efficient
Pro Great multi-monitor support
Pro Originally designed for windows
From their website:
Unlike some of our competitors, MaxTo works with all versions of Windows since Windows Vista. It has native support for both 64-bit and 32-bit programs, and works with programs running under UAC.
Pro $25 for a lifetime upgrades.
Pro A lot of settings for every window or sub-window that opens
Pro Each window keeps its own position at startup/open
Pro Shortcuts for window management
Using keyboard shortcuts, you can lock your mouse to the confines of an area (a window, or even a specific monitor - useful for gaming), as well as resizing or moving the window. These are great additions to the window shortcuts built into Windows (alt+tab, Alt+F4, Win + D, etc).
Pro Windows snap to each other
Especially on large monitors, you may want to have multiple windows open on the same screen. Windows only snaps 2 windows to a screen, but Display Fusion snaps windows to the edge of other windows.
Pro Allows different wallpapers/screensavers for each monitor
While Windows limits your customization to 1 wallpaper and 1 screensaver, which has limitations for certain applications. For example, if your monitors have different resolutions or aspect ratios, wallpapers don't always play nice. Display Fusion lets you have a different wallpaper for each monitor which alleviates issues like this.
In industrial applications, this means that you could have a customer-facing monitor which has a different (more professional) wallpaper and screensaver.
Con Not free
You only have a short trial to try it out.
Con Expensive for what it offers
Starting at $25, this program won't offer much utility to most users - however it can be useful for niche users. $5 or even $10 would be an easier pill to swallow.
Con Not nearly as useful for single monitor setups
Most of the features are useful for multi-monitor setups. If you are just using one monitor, you won't be using the majority of the features available in Display Fusion.