Monitor Arm
Buying Guide

Monitor arms offer great health benefits which include reducing neck pain, back discomfort, and eye strain associated with sitting in front of your computer monitor for an extended period of time.

How to Choose the Best Ergonomic Monitor Arm

Monitor arms offer great health benefits which include reducing neck pain, back discomfort, and eye strain associated with sitting in front of your computer monitor for an extended period of time. Features such as adjusting your monitor’s height, depth and angle to perfectly position it for your height will have a huge impact on your everyday work experience.

If you work in an industry such as game design, graphic design, accounting, finance or the medical field, you are navigating multiple monitors and need to be able to effortlessly switch between screens that are placed at the correct height and angles to facilitate working in a healthy, ergonomic manner. But even as an “average” computer user, you can really benefit from spreading your windows out across two or three screens and greatly improve your productivity.

Besides monitor arms, you also have the choice of using a monitor sit-stand solution. To help you decide which works best for you, check out our guide to learn the differences between these accessories and pick the best ergonomic monitor arm for you.

What Is a Monitor Arm?

A monitor arm is a perfect companion to your ergonomic workstation, easily adjusting to your needs, whether you have a height-adjustable desk or an active desk, where you frequently move from a seated to a standing position. The monitor arm attaches to your desk and positions your monitor at your ideal personal height providing an optimal viewing angle.

Some options feature arms that allow for a much wider variety of monitor placement and are easily rotated for collaboration. They can come with one, two or four monitor arms. Ergonomically speaking, a monitor arm is key in increasing your efficiency, productivity and well-being at your workstation.

Benefits of an Ergonomic Monitor Arm

Monitor arms can really improve your desk setup to boost productivity and prevent chronic back pain caused by a poorly configured workstation. A properly positioned monitor can prevent neck pain, reduce eye strain, and improve posture. Monitor arms also allow you to customize the arrangement of your monitors.

Most people really benefit from a dual monitor. This much more immersive workstation arrangement limits your field of vision beyond your screens and reduces distractions. This allows you to work more efficiently and with increased focus. Monitor arms also free up desk space, and designs with cable management solutions take care of unsightly cable clutter.

N

Prevent back pain

N

Reduce eye strain

N

Improve posture

N

Combine monitors with laptops

N

Customize arrangement of your monitors

N

Free up desk space

Considerations for Choosing a Monitor Arm

• The weight of your monitor(s)
• How do you plan to attach the monitor arm to your desk?
• How easy is it to set up?
• How easy is it to adjust?
• Is it modular?
• What are the alternatives?

Humanscale Monitor Arms

What Is the Ideal Monitor Placement?

For maximum ergonomic viewing comfort, your monitor should be about an arm’s length away from your face, or no closer than 20 inches from your eyes. As far as height, the top of your screen should be positioned at or slightly below eye level, which allows your neck to stay relaxed. For tilt, consider about 10° to 20°.
Humansolution Sit Stand

Monitor Arm Adjustment Options

Monitor arm adjustments vary but generally include height, rotation, tilt, and modularity. Humanscale’s range of monitor arms, for instance, boasts a patented, weight-compensating spring technology that allows for smooth and uniform height adjustment.
Humanscale’s Smart Stop lets the user customize the rotation of the arm, for example, to change the orientation of the monitor from landscape to portrait. For better sight alignment, you want your monitor arm to be able to tilt to your desired angle.

The Modularity Advantage

If you think you’ll want to add another monitor later on, or might move from one desk to another, consider a modular monitor arm system that allows for a mix of screens and notebooks from a single post. It’s great for anyone multitasking with multiple monitors (even different sizes) as well as multi-user environments and hot-desking scenarios.

Monitor Arm Alternative: Sit-Stand

There’s a brilliant alternative to monitor arms. Humanscale offers a sit-stand solution that puts your screen and keyboard in an ergonomically correct position. Their QuickStand attaches to the back of the work surface and transforms a fixed-height desk into an active one. 

The QuickStand is easy to set up and offers easy adjustability for ultimate comfort. The smaller QuickStand Lite has an adjustable keyboard and monitor arm platform that provides stability while typing. It’s great for home or corporate offices and collaborative workstations.

These sit-stand solutions have another fantastic health benefit, as they allow people to frequently change positions in the workplace to maintain wellness and a balanced posture. Our bodies are meant to move all the time to prevent illness and maintain a healthy metabolism. Even taking tiny micro-breaks of standing up from your desk occasionally improves your health dramatically, makes your mind more alert and focused, and improves overall productivity.

Humanscale Quickstand

With more than 70 years of experience in finding creative and funtional solutions to improve the office experience, we invite you to talk to us about setting up your ideal worktstation with an ergonomic monitor arm. Visit us at Alan Desk or give us a call today!

CHECK OUT OUR OTHER GUIDES

Desk Lamps

Why You Need a Desk Lamp

Keyboard Trays

How to Choose a Keyboard Tray

Humanscale Liberty Chair

How to Choose an Ergonomic Chair

Monitor Arms
work • study • play

Enhance your work environment with a monitor arm that boosts productivity and improves your comfort

1