What Monitor Arm Do I Need?

The advantage of buying a monitor arm.

When using a computer for a long time, it is important to place the monitor at the correct height. This can be done with a monitor arm. This ensures that the height, viewing angle and distance can be set correctly. Nowadays there are more and more Flex workplaces, where everyone must be able to set up the workplace correctly. A monitor arm makes it easier for everyone to set up the monitor correctly.

With a standard monitor riser, it is possible to place the monitor on an elevation, but the viewing angle cannot be adjusted with this. In addition, a monitor riser takes up a lot of space on the worktop. A monitor arm ensures a better posture, because the monitor can be placed at the correct height, distance and viewing angle. As a result, we have less of a tendency to lean forward or sit down. All this reduces the stress on the body, which can prevent any work-related complaints.

There are many kinds of monitor arms:

  • Monitor arm for 1 monitor
  • Double monitor arm
  • Arm for your laptop
  • Arm for your tablet

Advantages of your monitor at the right height:

  • It improves your posture
  • It reduces the risk of health issues
  • More space on your desk
  • The settings can be adjusted quickly and easily
  • The viewing angle is adjustable

What should you pay attention to when setting up the monitor arm?

Place

It is important to start by placing the monitor directly in front of you. This ensures that you are less likely to (unconsciously) sit crookedly or that your head is turned to one side all the time. If you use multiple monitors, it is important to place the screen that you use most directly in front of you. Otherwise, you will have to look a little to the left and right for both screens, which can cause problems.

Distance

We have a handy trick to determine the correct distance. Sit comfortably in your chair and move towards the table. Now stretch out your arm towards the screen and then position the monitor at the end of your fingertips.

Height

The top of your monitor may be placed at eye level. This ensures that the neck remains in a neutral position and that the eyes can turn slightly downwards. This will make your eyes less tired.

Light

Also pay attention to the placement of the monitor in relation to the lamps and if necessary, a window. It is very annoying and distracting when the light reflects off the monitor. If possible, relocate the work area if there is too much light on the monitor.

How do you choose the right monitor arm?

Many different monitor arms are available. This makes it difficult to find the right one. The following 6 points can help you to make a selection:

1. How many monitors do you use?

If you use multiple monitors, this is important to include when choosing a monitor arm. It works best if you can attach all monitors to the same monitor arm and at the same height.

2. What are the dimensions and weight of your monitor arm?

Often the monitor arms are strong enough to carry your monitor (s). But it is always good to check this first. On most products you can find the minimum and maximum dimensions that your monitor may have for a particular monitor arm. In addition, the maximum carrying capacity is also stated.

3. What VESA size does your monitor have?

VESA stands for Video Electronics Standards Association and is a universal measure that is used to determine whether the monitor arm can be attached to the monitor. The VESA size can be measured at the back of your monitor. Here are holes for attaching the monitor to the monitor arm. To determine the size, you can measure the distance between the holes (horizontal x vertical in mm). This is equal to the VESA size. The minimum and maximum VESA size can be found in the specifications of the monitor arm.

4. How high should your monitor be placed?

When choosing a monitor arm, it is also important to consider the height at which the monitor should ultimately be placed. It will be very annoying if eventually the monitor cannot be set high or low enough. It is best to measure from the center of the VESA holes. This is because the minimum and maximum adjustment height of the monitor arm is also calculated from this point.

5. How long does the monitor arm need to be to set the correct distance?

To determine the correct length, it is important to consider your viewing distance and the depth of the desk. Subtract the desired viewing distance from the depth of the desk and you will know the minimum length of your monitor arm. If you share your workplace with several people, for example with flex workstations, then it is advisable to choose a long monitor arm so that multiple viewing distances can be reached.

6. How would you like to attach the monitor arm?

To avoid surprises while attaching the monitor arm, it is important to think about this in advance. Do you want to attach the monitor arm to the desktop with a clamp? This is the fastest and easiest option. Sometimes this is not possible due to the shape or thickness of the blade. Another option is a transit. To do this, you drill a hole in the blade and the monitor is attached to it. The monitor arm can thus be mounted anywhere on the desk, as it cannot be attached to the edge of the desk only.

Monitor arms for 1 monitor

Important when making your choice:

  • Check that the weight of the monitor arm can handle the weight of your monitor.
  • Measure the VESA size of your monitor and check the specifications of the monitor arm to see if it matches the mounting options of the monitor arm.
  • See if the monitor can be placed at the correct distance and height for you.
  • Think about how you want / can attach the monitor arm.

Monitor arms for 2 monitors

Important when making your choice:

  • Check that the weight of the monitor arm can handle the weight of your monitors.
  • Measure the VESA size of your monitors and check the specifications of the monitor arm to see if it matches the mounting options of the monitor arm.
  • See if the monitors can be placed at the correct distance and height for you.
  • Think about how you want / can attach the monitor arm.

Laptop and tablet holders for mounting on a monitor arm

These products can be added to a monitor arm if you work with a laptop and / or tablet. Even when working with a laptop and / or tablet, it is important to place the screen at the correct height. This prevents you from sitting bent over because the screen and keyboard are stuck together or because the screen has to be touched. This bent over posture puts a higher load on the body, which can cause RSI, CANS and back complaints.

Important when making your choice:

  • Choose the right monitor arm next to the laptop and / or tablet holder.
  • Check whether the dimensions and weight of your laptop / tablet are suitable for the holder.

Monitor arm with wall mounting

If you place the screen of your laptop and / or tablet at the correct height, it is no longer possible to operate the keyboard or screen. We therefore advise you to work with an external compact keyboard and ergonomic mouse.

In addition to mounting on a desktop, it is also possible to mount the monitor arm on a wall. An ergonomic viewing height can also be created with a mounting on the wall, with which RSI complaints can be prevented. The cables can be neatly concealed, so that your workplace looks tidy.

Important when making your choice:

First, determine whether the wall is strong enough to support the monitor and monitor arm.

Most monitor arms allow the monitor to pivot, tilt and swivel. If you also want to be able to adjust the monitor height (after mounting it at the correct height on the wall), check the specifications to see if this is also possible.

Measure the VESA size of your monitors and check the specifications of the monitor arm to see if it matches the mounting options of the monitor arm.

Check whether the monitors can be placed at the correct distance and height for you.

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