How to Choose the Best Computer Monitor Stand

Getting a new desktop computer monitor stand may seem simple and a straightforward choice. After all, most of us just want to have a simple extension to hold our display in place. However, for workstations and dual monitor or multiple monitor setups, finding the right monitor stand that fits all your needs in terms of ergonomics and comfort can be daunting. With all the different models and versions out there from different brands, it can be hard to choose a specific product for our workstation. Monitor stand is an essential aspect of any workstation or computers that doubles entertainment system, thus, it should function more than just a simple tool that holds your display. Here at Dual Monitors Guide, we will break down the most important factors to look for to find the best monitor stand.

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Finding the Best Monitor Stand

Getting the right monitor stand is crucial for comfort and ergonomics, particularly for dual monitor and multiple monitor type of setup. Your workstation is one of the most valuable aspects of your daily work, especially if you’re one of the millions of people out there who spend most of their days working in front of the computer screen. Thus, it is important to keep it as the most comfortable and conducive place for working.


Why Go for Dual Monitor or Triple Monitor Setup?

Having two or more displays sitting side by side (stacked on top of each other) can easily provide you the screen space you need to handle multiple apps, programs and windows in your computer. You may not think you need extra screen space, but simply think of the amount of time you spend flicking and toggling between windows and tabs, emails, spreadsheets, images, calendars, etc. back and forth. A second screen can definitely save you from the hassle easily.

If you’re working exclusively with a laptop or netbook, then hooking up your LCD monitor lets you work on your portable device with a larger screen.

So how do you choose the best monitor stand for your workstation? Here are the important things to look for.


 Construction Quality and Material

Obviously, we can’t judge the quality of product based on its price. A good product offers value. The best value you can get from a monitor stand is through the material it’s made of and its quality. Thus, build quality is the most important thing you should look at when choosing a monitor stand. Basically, you can see the quality of the product by simply checking its material and build quality.

The material used for the construction of the monitor stand holds a large bearing on its strength and load capacity. Aluminum and solid steel are the two most preferred materials, as they’re stronger than hollow tubing.

In terms of load capacity, you will need something that can hold both monitors easily. Weigh both monitors (or check out the specifications) to ensure that the stand you’re considering can handle the adequate requirements. The arms should be able to carry both screens and keep them stable and secured in place.

The stand should not have any signs of flex whatsoever, and should be strong enough to hold, support and keep your monitor in place. Also, the arm of the stand should glide in and out, up and down smoothly, without making any weird creaking sound. If the stand makes sounds each time you move its arm, then it’s a good sign of poor craftsmanship and low quality material. Last thing you want for your stand is to give away and compromise your precious computer monitor.

The material of the base is as important as the material used for the whole stand. The base is what keeps the stand and your monitor in place. Many stands in the market today are made up of industrial quality plastic or non-magnetic materials (polished aluminum), while some use metal base.

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The LX Dual Stacking Arm from Ergotron, is undeniably a well-built device that holds monitors up off the desk. The polished aluminum construction offers both great durability and improved aesthetics. It’s also powered by the brand’s very own Constant Force (CF) Technology, allowing users to position their display anywhere they want within the range of the stand’s articulating arms, smoothly, with minimal effort, while it holds the displays in place securely.

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There are also monitor stands out there that come with electrical components such as USB charging port. This however, is not entirely a good thing, as it may interfere with your monitor’s electrical components, causing more problems than advantages.

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Another well-built but slightly more affordable option is the 3M Easy-Adjust Dual Monitor Arm. It is a little less sophisticated compared to its rival from Ergotron, but it also comes solid construction, sturdy and hard-wearing components, which make it look like it’s built to last. The fully-articulating arms are easy to adjust and position anywhere you want on your work desk.


Adjustability and Range of Movement

Many LCD monitors have narrow viewing angles, if you happen to have one, then make sure your monitor stand offers great height adjustability and horizontal swivel. Most manufacturers today provide swivel and height adjustments, pan and tilt and even allow the display to rotate 360° for portrait and landscape orientation.

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Find a stand that allows wide range of adjustability to fit your ergonomics and comfort requirements.

Also, a good monitor stand should be easy to adjust in any position with minimum effort.

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The Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm is a  fully adjustable dual LCD monitor arm that offers amazing adjustability and rage. It is made up of solid polished aluminum construction and high quality materials. This dual monitor stand can supports two 27-inch displays and both arms can be adjusted independently, allowing users to reposition their screen anywhere they want on their desk with one simple touch, and still keep the displays secured and stable in place through the help Constant Force technology.


Installation and Mounting Options

A good quality monitor stand requires minimal and logical assembly, and comes with clear instructions.

For mounting options, there are lots of different choices out there; for single monitor stands, dual monitor stand, triple monitor stand, or multi-monitor stand. There are stands which you can easily place and position on your desk, desk mounts with options of desk clamp (which you can mount to the surface edge of your desk) and grommet (mounting the monitor stand through a hole of a desk) and the wall mount. Different mounting options offer different advantages and challenges. Desk mount is pretty straightforward, as you just have to place the monitor stand on your desk. Clamp requires a little mounting tasks, but very easy to setup, keeps the monitor stable and frees up your desk. Grommet mounting option is perfect for desks with dedicated hole, and requires some work, but will secure your monitor in place, free up your desk for more desk space and minimize the risk of desk vibration shaking your display.

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The MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand Desk Clamp is a good example of easy-to-install monitor stand, as installation and setup can be completed in minutes. It’s an ideal choice for home, office, studio, IT network, and security applications.  No drilling required to attach the stand to your desk. The high-quality clamp easily attaches to the desk, while the VESA standard brackets make dual monitor attachment conveniently easy.

Everything you need mount the stand to your desk and attach your monitors to the stand is included in the box. So you won’t need any extra screws and tools.

For the type of setup (vertical or horizontal), you would have to determine the type of stand you want to have. Consider the available space and of course, your personal preference in setting up your monitors.

Also, the stand must come with a cable management features to help keep your workstation neat and clean from cable clutter.

Design and Color

Though this is not as important as the first three mentioned above, having a monitor stand that fits your workstation is something worth considering. This makes your setup look aesthetically pleasing and conducive for working or entertainment.

Obviously, stands with sophisticated style and features are usually the expensive ones. However, there are tons of options out there that provides almost the same function, minus some extra features, for an affordable price.

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The Ergotron Neo-Flex Dual LCD Lift Stand for example, is designed to deliver the brand’s promise for quality and reliability and improve anyone’s workstation productivity. With an affordable, if not cheap price tag, this stand is one of the best in the market in terms of affordable productivity gains, quite an excellent tool that can help anyone get the extra desk real estate without hurting the pockets, and great choice for business and commercial establishments.

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There are also dual monitors stands specifically designed to provide support for their own monitors, such as the Dell MDS14 Dual Monitor Stand, which is designed for two 24-inch Dell monitors (though it can also work nicely with other monitor brands through its VESA standard mounting holes). It’s a great and cheap way to put two Dell displays side-by-side.

If you’re looking for a versatile dual monitor stand, with fully adjustable articulating arms, then you should consider Ergotron dual monitor arms.

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The Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm for example, is quite a versatile tool for dual display. It allows you to 24-inch displays side-by-side or one on top of the other. It also comes with equipped with the brand’s Constant Force technology. Also, if you’re a laptop user looking for a second display for your portable computer, then this is quite a good investment. It allows you to take advantage of the dual display with your laptop.

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If you want a straight-up monitor stand (minus the articulating arm) for your monitor and notebook, then check out Neo-Flex LCD and Laptop Lift Stand. This stand is designed for extensive laptop computing, and lets you have the best of both worlds – desktop comfort and laptop portability. It comes with very small footprint, which means it requires minimal space to work with.


Bottom Line

To review, there are only a few things you need to consider when choosing the best monitor stand for your workstation. Your search will still boil down to your preference and of course, budget. Indeed, searching and spending for a monitor stand is an investment. And like any other investment, you want it to be a good one. Thus, you need to put in the time and effort in your search to get the best ‘bung for your buck.’ There are tons of choices out there, and you will never run out of reviews to compare different products online. You can check out Dual Monitors Guide for in-depth reviews of those products features above and other dual monitor or multiple monitor setup tips and workstation ergonomics advice. 

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