An adjustable monitor arm can be a useful addition to your work or home office. When used properly, it can help to maximize comfort and productivity at work while minimizing physical stress. Knowing how to fully customize your adjustable monitor arm to suit your needs is the key to getting the most out of your workspace.
If you have purchased or are considering purchasing a monitor arm, you may have questions about how to set up your arm for optimal use. To help you make the most of this versatile piece of equipment, please refer to the guide below for simple steps on setting up and adjusting your monitor arm.
Optimizing Your Screen Setup
When installing your adjustable monitor mount, you will want to consider its placement carefully. Products can vary widely in their range of motion and abilities, so be sure to consult the installation manual to choose an optimal spot to place your adjustable arm. You will want to set it up in an area that is within reach so that you can adjust it with ease.
Once your arm is installed as part of your desk, you will want to adjust it so that it is at the optimal position for all three of the following considerations:
- Height: The top of your monitor should be positioned at eye level while working to minimize the amount of stress put on your neck and back. When looking straight ahead, you should be viewing the top of your screen, about 2 to 3 inches from the top of the monitor. If you find yourself bending your neck down or craning it up to view your screen, adjust the height accordingly.
- Distance: A good rule of thumb is to sit one arm’s length away from your screen. If you are too close or too far away from your monitor, you could be straining your eyes.
- Angle: Adjust the arm angle so that your screen is tilted slightly upward. By adding a slight tilt, you can easily view your entire screen while you are working. Try not to adjust your screen to compensate for glare; instead, address the source of the glare itself. For example, you may need to move your light source to minimize glare or partially cover windows that let in a lot of light.
Adjusting Your Arm
Once the three above requirements have been met, you should be able to comfortably view your screen with a minimum amount of physical effort. Throughout the day, however, your viewing needs may change and you may need to adjust your monitor arm.
Many arm models can simply be adjusted by manually moving the arm as needed, sometimes with a “move and lock” system that requires you to adjust the arm and then tighten it with an Allen wrench or hex key. More advanced models may be operated using a remote or button controls.
If you regularly visit with clients in your office or need to clear your desk for other purposes, an adjustable monitor arm may be the perfect solution. You can simply move your monitor out of the way and off to the side of your desk until you need to use it again. When resetting your monitor for use, be sure to readjust its position as outlined above.
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