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Are you looking for a quick way to improve your office or home office? Adding an ergonomic monitor arm to your work rig is a quick, inexpensive way to increase your productivity and save your neck, literally! The great thing about monitor arms is their versatility. You can customize your workstation to your exact needs. The orientation and the number of monitors are completely up to you. In fact, some monitor systems are modular, which gives you a lot of flexibility.
It’s important not to overlook the ergonomic benefits of a good monitor arm assembly. The positioning of a monitor is completely adjustable. This allows you to position the monitor(s) to match the needs of your focal point. Now you can control the position of your head neck and shoulders.
If you are looking for a new monitor arm or just doing a little research, then here are a few essential things to consider.
Size of Your Monitor Arm
When you are selecting a monitor arm two key considerations are the size of the monitor and the size of the mounting surface. If you have a large mounting surface, you have many options as the weight and length of the monitor arm(s) are not limiting factors. However, if you are mounting to a small lightweight desk like a laptop desk you will need to be a little more selective. Remember, even if the monitor arm is lightweight, the height it adds to a small table can cause the table to become unbalanced. When you are selecting a monitor arm make sure and check the weight and dimensions of the products you are considering.
Number of Monitors
As a result of the booming gaming business manufacturers are producing monitor arms with lots of configurations. If you are shopping for two or fewer monitors, simple is always better. New considerations should be made when shopping for a rig with three or more monitors. Having a single mounting point is best for one and two monitor arm configurations. Exceeding two monitors usually requires additional mounting points.
Most single and dual monitor arms will offer both clamp and grommet mounts. This typically means that the product included the hardware for both mounting types. The clamp mount is designed to clamp onto the side or back lip of the desktop. Pro tip – make sure your desktop has enough of a lip to support the size of the clamp mount. If your desktop does not have a lip or if the lip is small, you will probably need to go with the grommet mount. The grommet mount is designed to fit into a standard grommet. The mounting hardware will include a plate that can be fitted into the grommet. Adjustment clamps can then be connected to the plate from underneath the desk. Both mounting systems work very well just make sure you have the right one for your desk.
Adjustability is an important consideration when it comes to monitor arms. Greater flexibility will provide a better ergonomic experience. As you work, you must reposition your monitor(s) throughout the day. Your monitor setup should be easy to reposition. You will need to move your monitors closer for some work. You will also need to tilt your monitors periodically during the day as the light in your workspace changes. If you do a lot of in-person collaboration, you will likely need to reposition a monitor to share your screen. When shopping for a new monitor arm make sure and check for these basic options. Some monitors include a self-leveling feature that will level your screen following each adjustment. This feature will help you keep your head straight and your chin level as you work.
If you are shopping for a system for two or more monitors it is important that each monitor has its own independently moving arm. As you shop you will find that older systems may have a single arm that includes a crossbar for mounting multiple monitors. These systems limit adjustability because the monitors are fixed in place together. As you adjust one monitor the others adjust as well.
Vesa Mounting describes a standard used in the mounting of televisions and computer monitors. This standard defines the distance in millimeters between the 4 mounting holes. Before you buy a new monitor arm system, make sure your monitors are certified VESA.
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