There are a lot of health risks associated with being in front of the computer for too long, especially in front of a laptop. Carpal tunnel syndrome, scoliosis, and eyestrain are quite common when staying for more than two hours in front of the computer. However, this can be remedied by several new peripheral items for the user. One of these is a monitor stand. A monitor stand or a monitor arm raises your monitor’s height (or lowers it, as the case may be) to help in your work. This is especially useful when typing for several hours at a time. Monitor stands are normally made of plastic although some are metallic. Monitor arms function in the same way as static monitor stands but with the ability to swivel. This is useful when you are sharing information with someone not in your immediate vicinity.
There are many categories to think about when choosing a monitor stand and here are some of them.
- Usage. The first question you should think about is how you’re going to use it and what you are going to use it with. If your monitor is a flat panel, then a flat panel stand may be good for you. A flat stand is a variable device where you can raise your monitor to a height that is comfortable for you. This is especially true with tall people who, most of the time, have to slouch to see their monitors. Slouching may cause scoliosis so choose a monitor stand that is comfortable for you, like an adjustable stand riser.
- Size. A monitor stand is worthless if your monitor doesn’t fit on it. Since most monitor stands are monitor arms, choose one that will be attachable to your wall. If your wall is concrete, you may have to drill several holes, which require a power drill, and some tacks. A good thing about monitor stands is that it is appropriate for a 14” monitor to a 21” monitor. However, there may be variations and specific brand monitors, like Sony which may require branded plasma stands. You can check on your manufacturer’s website as to what product will fit your monitor.
- Space. The whole purpose of the monitor stand is to lessen the clutter of your workspace and lessen the pain of being in front of the computer for too long. If you have a lot of ports and cables, then a monitor stand may be for you. However, check your workspace so that you know what things you have to change or move so you can easily decide on a monitor.
- Pricing. There are a lot of monitor stands out there with many variations like a dual or quad monitor stand. However, if you only have one monitor, it’s best that you do not buy these things unless you plan on buying more monitors. Prices of monitor stands and monitor arms range from $50 to $200, however, remember that just because one product is more expensive than the other doesn’t mean that the more expensive one works better.
Although most monitor stands are expensive, they are quite helpful especially in the computer industry where people may have to share information quickly, needing a hands-on approach. With this, remember that monitor stands are not required, but are recommended. Try not to spend too much especially on peripherals, as they can be quite expensive. However, monitor stands are quickly becoming a must-have product because they help you work better, faster, and safer.