More often than not, we forget about the monitor arm holding up our computer displays. These handy apparatuses provide space saving, ergonomic, and collaboration benefits that static monitors cannot. As you start to analyze your workplace, here are some helpful tips for narrowing down the search.
Functionality: What type of work do you do? Do you work within a couple different programs at once and constantly find yourself switching between them? If so, you may want to look at options for dual mounting. Typical monitor arm solutions can accommodate one to eight displays at a time. Choose an option that best suits your work style. (Personally, I like to use my lap top screen with two additional monitors. I keep my email open on the laptop, and work on projects from the larger screens.)
Price: Price goes without saying. Monitor arms come in all different forms and prices. I suggest working with a furniture dealership (like Phillips!) to get the best price and discounts.
Growth: Perhaps you just need one monitor arm to begin with, but you might add one or two more in the future. Depending on the style arm you get, adding additional displays can be as easy as sliding a new piece on or as difficult as replacing the entire unit. If you plan on adding monitors in the future, choose an option that can handle the weight, additions, and space needed for multiple displays.
Mobility: Where is your monitor arm located on your desk? Do you have an L-station with monitors in the corner or are you facing straight ahead? Monitor arms can be multi-dexterous (can move up/down, forward/backward, side-to-side, tilted, rotated, etc.) or fixed. If you’re sharing your screen with visitors, having a monitor that moves easily is a valuable asset for sharing information. If you just need a monitor arm to give yourself a better ergonomic solution, a basic pole mounted option with “tilt-ability” may be just fine.
Desk Connection: Last, but not least, let’s look at the connection point. Will you be mounting the arm to a slat wall? Would you like to grommet mount or clamp it onto the edge of the desk? Monitor arms can connect in different ways, so make sure the solution you choose works with your workstation.
I hope you found this information helpful as you research monitor arms. Our furniture experts are available to assist you as you decide on a solution that’s best for you.