Stand, Mount or Articulating Arm - How to Choose the Best Ergonomic Solution

LCD computer monitors have truly transformed the landscape of both corporate and home offices, as computers become the integral part of business and communication. The biggest upside of LCD monitors is their ability to be easily mounted on more ergonomic solutions, such as aftermarket monitor stands and desk mounts with articulating arms. These solutions offer effortless adjustments, great workstation convenience, aesthetic appeal and stability. Good quality products make significant space savings on work desks, making them more comfortable and conducive for work. Though the two options serve the same purpose, they’re very different from each other. Here at Dual Monitors Guide, we will compare and contrast monitor stands and desk mount LCD arms (wall mount LCD arms) and helps you find the best solution for your own workstation.

Monitor Stands 

As is name suggests, monitor stands sits on your desk and provide great portability, as you can always pick it up and move it anywhere you want, anytime. Most often than not, aftermarket brands offer better solution over those that comes with your monitor. Some of its advantages include:

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Height Adjustability – Most stock stands comes with some sort of positioning for your monitor, but they rarely provide height adjustment. Depending on your height, your type of setup, number of monitors (dual monitor, triple monitor, etc.), you may need to adjust your screen’s height from time to time, raise or lower your display to find the most comfortable position for certain tasks. Depth placement is controlled by the monitor with a moving stand.


Improved Angle Adjustments – After-market or third-party monitor stands comes with sophisticated pivot mechanism which lets you change the angle and tilt of your monitor to find the optimal position for your workstation. Experts recommend tilting the top of your monitor slightly away from computer users.


Rotation – Most monitor stands will let you view your monitor in either landscape or portrait orientation by simply rotating the screen. This is a very useful feature for work monitors, especially for users who work on different tasks from time to time.


The Ergotron Neo-Flex Widescreen Lift Stand is one of the best-selling aftermarket monitor stands in the market today. It comes with wide variety of ergonomic adjustment options, from height adjustment, tilting, pan, and portrait-to-landscape rotation. It’s also embedded with patented motion technology, allowing light-touch adjustments without any knobs or levers.

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The Monmount LCD-1940 Articulating Dual LCD Mount comes with a long pole for height adjustment. This monitor stand has two fully articulate arms that can be moved independently with full range of motion. Each arm can move forward and back, left to right, and can rotate a complete 360° for switching between landscape to portrait orientation and vice versa.

 

Multi-Monitor Setup – This is where third-party ergonomic monitor stands really outshine (or outperform) factory stands – they provide avenue for multiple monitor setup. More and more are now switching to dual monitor or even triple monitor setup to extend their display, work efficiently and become more productive at work.

 

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MonMount LCD-1930 Triple LCD Monitor Stand Desk Mount provides improved ergonomics and can hold up to three LCD monitors in place. it provides flexible adjustments for each and every display, such as tilt and rotation options.

 

Modularity –    Modularity gives you the freedom and flexibility to update and upgrade your workstation. Of course, we want to change and upgrade our computer after some time. Part of this upgrade is getting the best monitor possible to update your work desk. In good monitor stands, all you have to do is remove your existing screen and replace it with a new one, or purchase extra parts and extend install a new second monitor to your existing desk.

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Articulating Arm

Articulating arms, also known as LCD monitor arms must be mounted to a desk, work surface, wall, slat wall or slat panel. It provides full adjustments and has wide range adjustment selections to provide optimum viewing comfort and ergonomics. These adjustments include:

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Height Adjustment – Height adjustment in LCD monitor arms can be done in variety of ways, depending on the design and sophistication of the arm. Most LCD arms out there will use one or more of these height control mechanisms:

  • Fingertip Control – links (the arm that connects the pole and the monitor) can be adjusted up and down by simply moving the monitor with your fingers. It’s quite a convenient feature as it offers easy adjustment. Ergotron MX Desk Mount LCD Arm, like most of its products, comes with Constant Force technology, a unique technology developed by the brand that allows their products to hold displays stable and secured in place, while letting users make adjustments and reposition their display anywhere they want on their desk with a simple touch.

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  • Bracket Mount – links are attached to the pole with the help of a bracket, and slide up or down the pole for the height adjustment. 3M Easy Adjust Desk Mount Dual Monitor Arm for example, uses its pole not just for height adjustment, but also for supporting dual monitor setup in both side-by-side and stacking positions. This height adjustment mechanism is good for ‘fix it and leave it’ kind of installation, as reaching to the pole and re-adjusting the monitor can be a hassle when done often.

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  • The 3M Easy Adjust Desk Mount Dual Monitor Arm also moves its arms side by side with ease, giving you the freedom to move your display out of the way when not in use, or share your screen with others. It is easy to install, and it comes with clamp and grommet hardware to choose from.
  • Front end Adjuster – this type of adjustment offers pneumatic controls where users can set the height of their display by moving the monitor arm up or down. This however, must be ordered by your monitor’s weight.
  • Gas/Pneumatic Cylinder – This mechanism lets computer users adjust the height of the display by sliding the pole down. The cylinders are well calibrated to provide good support for the monitor (which means it must be ordered appropriately based on the weight of your LCD monitor). It’s not the most convenient and practical mechanism in most cases, particularly for those looking to have dual monitor or triple monitor display setup.

Depth Adjustment – this refers to the range of distance between the post and the monitor, adjustment is done by pushing the monitor back or pulling it forward. The length of distance is determined by the arm length of the articulating arm, which usually varies from 8 inches to 24 inches. Many brands out there even offer extended reach arms. Arms should be easy to fold to push it closer to the post. Some arms folds on top of the other. This type is better suited should you look for more flexibility to move your monitor as close to the post as possible.

 

Rotation – LCD monitor arms that comes with fully articulating arm allows quick and easy orientation adjustment. They offer 360° rotation to let users rotate their display and switch between portrait and landscape orientation. It’s a great feature for computer users who work on different apps, programs, and windows, and often shares their displays with coworkers or customers. Some arms offer wider range of rotation adjustment at multiple pivot points. Those arms for dual monitor or triple monitor setups provide rotation adjustments for each of its arms to let each display rotate and switch orientation.

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The Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm is easily one of the best choices out there for dual monitor setup. It comes equipped with the brand’s own Constant Force technology, with both arms fully adjustable. It’s made with high quality materials, solid construction, with nicely polished aluminum to fit nicely to any environment.  It adjusts easily, with one simple touch, and still keeps the display stable and secured in place. Also, both of its arms can rotate, which means they can change orientation (landscape to portrait and vice versa) anytime you want.

 

Tilt – All LCD monitor arms offer some kind of tilt adjustments for viewing comfort. Some models offer great tilt range for different working positions. Some models now tilt as up to 200° to accommodate touchscreen monitor’s, as well as tablet PC’s touch function (should come with an adapter to hold the tablet in place).

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The Ergotron MX Desk Mount LCD Arm is a good choice for touchscreen monitors, as it provides wide range of adjustment and repositioning settings to support the needs of touchscreen system. It also has a relatively small footprint, leaving users more space to work with on their desk.

 

Modularity – most articulating arms in the market don’t offer re-configuration, but some are. Some monitor arms such as Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm can be reconfigured to support additional monitors.

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The Ergotech Freedom Arm Mount Single for PC is one good example of reliable LCD arm, as it sports solid and hard-wearing construction, with stable and secured base. It can support computer monitors up to 27-inch big. Its minimalist look gives it simplistic elegance, holding monitors in the air and making them look like floating. It clamps easily to any desktop surface, easy to install and comes with a very affordable price tag.

 

Monitor Stands vs. Articulating Arms

Monitor stands obviously have the portability advantage, as you can remove them from their place as easily as you put them. They need no installations and setup. They are readily available for use as soon as you pull them out from their box. They provide wide range of adjustability, comfort and convenient ergonomics, even for dual monitor or multiple monitor setups. However, they don’t have the range of adjustability articulating arms offers.

 

Some monitor stands offer desk mount options, which provides more solid base for your display, a very important feature for dual monitor and multiple monitor setups.

LCD monitor arms on the other hand require installation and setup to secure and keep your displays stable and safe in place. They also offer stable and sturdy support. What makes it different, and in a way, better than monitor stands is their semi-permanent placement gives it the luxury to provide more flexible and versatile adjustments for optimum ergonomics. This ergonomic solution has wider range of monitor placement options; repositions your display easily, rotates and switches orientation easily, and has smaller footprint, leaving you more space on your desk, even for dual monitor, triple monitor or multiple monitor setup.

 

Monitor arm or better known as monitor arm desk mount are by far, the most versatile type of monitor mount we have today. The articulating LCD arm gives it the maximum adjustability we need for both lateral and vertical adjustments, while its small footprint suits most users’ desks and types of workstations. The arm includes height adjustments and swing adjustments monitor, allowing users to reposition their display anywhere on their desk within its range.

 

The folding arm allows maximum workspace efficiency, as it clears the table of space, freeing your desk for other tasks and workstation peripherals, and then readily moves your display (or displays for dual monitor type of setup) into a new position whenever you need.

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Also, articulating arms comes with variety of mounting options, which means it can be used to different types of surfaces, and even on adjacent surfaces. Unlike wall mounts, they require minimal installation and setup requirements, which mean you can put them in place securely and safely in just few minutes.

 

More Options

Wall Mounts/Desk Mounts

Monitor mounts holds monitor while being attached on a wall, slatwall, or work surface. This type of mounting provides direct mount for the LCD monitor minus the help of the articulating arm. This type of mount provides some of the basic things you can expect, such as:

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Height Adjustment – wall mounts provide height adjustments by moving its bracket up and down the pole (for models that comes with a pole). Many wall mounts and panel mounts out there don’t come with pole or offer height adjustments though.

Rotation – some models wall mounts offer this feature, but most models out there just offer fixed orientation.

Tilt – tilt feature varies from one model to another. Some offer a few inches of tilt adjustment.

This type of mount is usually used for bigger displays, usually flat screen TV with 32” diagonal screen size or even bigger. Some models are well-equipped to hold as big as 60-inch TVs such as the MI-318B tilt TV wall mount.

There are however, monitor mounts that comes with extended arms, such as the LX Wall Mount from Ergotron.

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The Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm is a well-designed display solution. Equipped with ergonomic configuration, smooth adjustments, stable base and solid construction, this display solution is made to last for years.

Ergotron also has a product that can double as a desk mount and wall mount, such as the LX HD Sit-Stand Wall Mount LCD Arm.

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It provides superb monitor positioning adjustments for better productivity. It features the brand’s trademark polished aluminum construction, and thoroughly tested to perform and last up to 10 times the life expectancy of its competition, quite an impressively well-designed computing solution. Plus, it can also be used for dual monitor setup.

For more tips and workstation ergonomics advice like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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