|Ergonomically speaking, your computer monitor should be placed at a height and distance that allows you to view it well without craning your neck forward or tilting your head back to see. If you're hunching downward to view your screen, you can expect to experience pain in your neck, shoulders, or back. An improperly placed screen can also stress your eyes and cause headaches. Your body should be relaxed when you're viewing the screen.|
The correct monitor mount will allow you far better placement options than the stand that came in the box with the monitor. Mounts and arms are available for just about any placement option you can think of. Mounts can hold just one monitor, or many; on your desktop or on the wall. Some mount from the ceiling. The best mounts are modular which means you can buy what you need today and swap out or add parts down the road if your needs change. This can save you money and keep perfectly good product out of the landfill.
The answers to a few questions will lead to the best choices for you. Jot down the answers to these questions as you begin your search:
|Monitor Stand - Your monitor likely came with a stand, but factory stands offer little to no adjustment for height or tilt, let alone a depth range so you can move it in and out, or the ability to rotate the screen from landscape to portrait mode. An after market desk stand such as this dual monitor desk stand from Ergotech, can provide a better range of adjustment and, as this example shows, let two or more monitors share just one stand, saving desk space.|
|Monitor Mount - A wide variety of mounts are available that improve placement options. A monitor mount may mount your screen to the wall, a panel, or a pole that is mounted to your desk. They offer less range of motion than an articulating arm but are perfect for applications where the monitor will be mounted and rarely adjusted. The Innovative 9136 shown is just one example. Monitor mounts are available to fit multiple monitors and very large, heavy monitors as well. A monitor mount usually offers improved rotation and tilt over a factor stand.|
The Innovative Office Product Duopod can be used side by side as well.
|Articulating Monitor Arm - For maximum adjustment flexibility an articulating arm is the best choice. Many offer easy fingertip adjustment making it easy to adjust, then move again as needed. An articulating arm is perfect in situations where the worker sits and stands, or where there's more than one person who shares a workstation. As depth is adjustable, an articulating arm offers the best range of mounting placement. An articulating monitor arm frees up valuable desk surface. In multiple monitor applications, models are available that place monitors on separate arms for total flexibility. Other models utilize a crossbar that allows for two or more monitors to be moved in tandem. Some arms allow for easy adjustment of two monitors from side to side to one over the other. Matching the weight of your monitor(s) to the arm is important when choosing an articulating arm.|
Monitor arms vary considerably in the amount of height and depth adjustment range offered. The way in which height is adjusted can also vary. Most arms are calibrated to a specific monitor weight range which is why how much your monitor weighs is critical information. Arms that offer the height adjustment at the post or mount are harder to adjust and are best for "set it and forget it" installations. If you know you will likely change monitor positions from time to time, an arm with fingertip or front-end (at the monitor) adjustability will be more convenient.
If you believe your needs will change in time, choose a model that is modular and can grow with your needs. Innovative Office Products, Ergotech, and some Humanscale models are easily adapted to changing needs.
All prices are in USD.