6 Best Dual Monitor Stands | March 2017
- impressive range of motion
- easy to adjust while in use
- works with most monitors up to 27 in
- small footprint keeps desks clear
- smooth gas spring hovering system
- built-in cord management channels
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- can rotate for portrait orientation
- great value for the price
- includes an optional grommet mount
Establishing Your Ideal Work Space
These days there is much attention paid to the establishment and maintenance of the ideal working environment. Some workplaces maintain that individual offices are critical for productivity, while others favor the cubicle approach to maximize use of available space while still providing some privacy for each worker. The open office plan, wherein offices, walls, and often even desks were eschewed for large rooms with shared tables and commercial areas, was wildly popular a few short years ago, though already its use is diminishing.
While you can't necessarily influence the larger layout of your workplace, you can certainly take control of your immediate workspace just so long as you have a few square feet of desk or table to call your own. When setting up your ideal personal workspace, you need to consider form and function, which is to say how your work area will look and how you will interact with it.
There are many considerations involved in designing a workspace, and many are too specific to a given industry or to personal preference to be enumerated here, but as a primer, you must consider:
Ergonomics - The height and placement of your computer screen or screens can have a direct impact on the comfort of your neck, back, and other parts of your body. And comfort can directly impact productivity.
Desk Use - Do you regularly spread documents or schematics out across your desk, thus necessitating plenty of open space? Or is your work almost entirely on the screen?
Shared Space - Do others need to use your workspace when you're not there, or even at times simultaneously? If so, you must consider hardware that makes it easy to adjust screen heights and angles, and perhaps even desk height, too.
Sitting or Standing - While it's not clear if working on your feet helps burn many calories, as was briefly thought to be the case but now merits more study, it can certainly help some people focus. But you also sometimes need a break. So can your monitor stand and/or desk adjust to match the height you need easily enough for regular adjustment to be a viable option?
Choosing A Dual Monitor Stand
You know the type of work you do, so you know what will make the ideal monitor positioning. Making sure you choose a stand that allows for said positioning means considering a few key factors.
The first factor to take in is the attachment type. Most monitor stands are attached to a table or desk by way of screws applying pressure to a grommet disc that slides underneath the table/desk. Some furniture, such as an antique, a piece made from a delicate wood, or even simply a smaller, thinner table top may not be able to accommodate the pressure or weight of a laden monitor stand that attaches this way, so consider the furniture when considering a clipped-on or rest-on stand.
Next, comes height adjustment. While most monitor stands can be adjusted up or down at least a few inches, some might not offer enough flexibility for multiple users. Consider both the minimum and maximum screen viewing heights, especially if you like to stand at work, that might be needed before considering other factors.
The last consideration is the price tag. The range of pricing you'll find in this category is rather staggering, really. There are dual monitor stands that sell for less than $35 and there are plenty that sell for more than twelve times that price. If you are going to use your dual monitor setup every day, then consider some of the higher end models.
However, if you are going to use it the same way every day, which is to say without changing the height or angles of your monitors (or at least doing so very infrequently), then there's really no need for a Cadillac level of monitor stand.
Using A Dual Monitor Stand
The ideal viewing angle for a computer screen is approximately 15 degrees downward from level. Researchers have calculated this based on the standard resting position for the eyes when no specific object is drawing their focus. This ideal degree, for most people of average size and with decent posture, means a monitor (or pair of monitors) positioned such that the top of the screen is in line with the viewers eyes. That allows for a slight downward aimed gaze while working on the screen.
As for the ideal viewing distance, that is generally considered to be between 20 and as many as 40 inches, depending on a person's vision and their eye health. Being too close to a monitor can cause your eyes to move around too much; being too far away can cause them to work too hard to maintain focus. Choose a monitor stand that can allow you to approximate this range given your work station, as you can only move your chair back or forward so much.
And don't take monitor positioning lightly, as it's about much more than comfort and convenience. Improperly positioned monitors can, over time, lead to loss of productivity, discomfort, and to headaches, vision issues, and even to injuries such as musculoskeletal damage. If you use a pair of monitors every day, then choosing the right monitor stand might quite literally be the difference between your work days being a success and a pain in the neck.