Flat Panel Mounts Safety Tips; More Tips to Better Mount Your Computer Monitor, Page 3
When working with a computer in a limited desk space, whether in a home office or work cubicle, you need to be creative, especially if space is at a premium where you can have a bigger desk. Knowing the available innovative solutions and being creative will solve all sorts of problems in your workstation, leaving you with a more comfortable and ergonomic space to be more productive. This is where the advantage of Ergotron’s Desk Mont solutions gets into the picture. The brand has a wide selection of LCD arms for your computer monitor needs, and they range from single articulating arm, desk mount tablet arm, touchscreen mounting arm, to dual stacking arm and dual side-by-side arm for dual monitor setup, widescreen dual display lift stand for holding two widescreen displays on your desk, triple display lift stand, sit-stand workstation for desktop computers and workstation for laptop users, etc.
Understand VESA – When you start to look for mounting solutions for your computer monitor, the most common word you will hear and read of is ‘VESA mount’, same goes to LCD TV mount solutions. VESA refers to the standard defined by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) for flat panel displays such as computer monitors, TVs, and various flat panel monitors that needs stands or wall mounts. The most common VESA standard for computer displays is the VESA 100 standard. VESA 100 means the back of the display has 4 mounting holes located at the four corners of a square that stretches 100 mm on a side. A VESA 100 compliant mount should be paired with a VESA 100 compliant monitor. Some computer mounts are VESA 75/100 compliant, which means they can work with monitors with VESA 75 and VESA 100 standards. Check your monitor’s technical manual for such specs for more details.
For computer users, having a big desk may give you enough room space for your computer, laptops, tablet, books, papers, and various office supplies. But in most cases, big desks often ends up with stacks papers and piles that keeps reappearing, as if by magic, causing clutter to your workspace. While space-hugging monitor stand makes things worse. By desk-mounting or wall-mounting your monitor, you can regain your desk space; get rid of the clutter and minimizer eyesore for a workspace that you can be more productive. Here are some tips to mount your computer monitor to the wall. The LX Desk Mount LCD Arm from Ergotron is a prime example of quality LCD arm. Its flexible and versatile adjustability improves viewing comfort, helps reduce eye back and neck strain, allowing you to stay longer and become more productive in your workstation.
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If you use your computer for long hours a day, everyday, then it is important that you know the health risks and hazards of your workstation. Ergotron has some great solutions for people like you in its Stand-Up Desks and WorkFit selection. The WorkFit-D, Sit-Stand Desk is an adjustable standing desk that offers a lot of space for you to work on comfortably. It features 20 inches vertical motion and equipped with the same Constant Force technology that keeps the table stable and things on top surface secured, while giving you the luxury to make adjustments with simple touch, with instantaneous, tool-free, non-motorized re-positioning while you work.
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If you don’t want to get rid of your desk, then the WorkFit-LX, Sit-Stand Desk Mount System is the one for you. It’s one of the brand’s flagship products for flexible sit-stand workstation solution. This model sports a flexible design, while giving you all the luxury to personalize your workspace with ergonomic positioning. This stand-sit desk also gives you complete control of focal distance and keyboard positioning relative to your computer screen for more comfortable typing.
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The unparalleled range of motion accommodates most computer users in both sitting and standing, while maneuverability allows the screen to lift, tilt, pan, and even rotate 360° for landscape and portrait orientation and vice versa. This workstation can hold monitors up to 42 inches big, and 25 lbs. weight, while the patented Constant Force technology allows the screen to stay stable and secured in place, and still move in position with one light touch.
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For Mac users, the WorkFit-A, Sit-Stand Workstation is the best choice for stand-up and innovative solution. It comes with a sleek height-adjustable design that encourages users to stand more and sit less while working on their computer. The advanced ergonomics is proportioned to your body for more comfortable workstation.
Know Where on the Wall You Want to Mount Your Monitor – If you’re working on a cubicle, and mounting an LCD arm is impossible for your situation, your best available options is a wall mount. Obviously, your monitor should be close enough to your computer so your VGA cable can connect the two. Also, you may need a longer power cord to reach the power outlet or surge bar. A good example for this is the LX Wall Mount LCD Arm, also from Ergotron. It’s a high quality wall mount for your computer monitor, but unlike LCD TV wall mounts, it comes with an articulating arm that lets you move your display anywhere on your desk. As with its desk mount counterpart, it is also equipped with the brand’s Constant Force technology, keeping your monitor secured and stable in place, while giving you the luxury to move it across your workstation with a light simple touch. It can hold monitors up to 27-inches big and up to 20 lbs., heavy. It allows tons of ergonomic adjustments, such as lift, tilt, pan, and even rotate to let you switch from landscape to portrait orientation and vice versa.
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If you sit close to your wall and you don’t think you need much arm extension, then you can opt for the Ergotron 200 Series Wall Mount Pivot. It’s definitely a cheaper alternative, but it provides the same Ergotron-type quality for your display. The pivot system provide full panning and tilt capabilities, while the shorter arm and compact design lets you save precious space in your workstation. It also allows easy positioning of your monitor for maximum ergonomics and comfort.
Make Sure You Mount Into a Stud – Wall mounts are designed to be mounted into studs, with the standard 16-inch space between. Studs are usually 2 to 4 inch beams, and sometimes turned so that the 2-inch side faces the wall. The best way to make sure that you install the monitor wall mount to a stud is to find a stud finder. The wall will support both the weight of the mounting solution and the monitor, so it’s crucial that you put it on a stud to hold the combined load. You can also find studs manually by hitting the wall with the palm of your hand and look for that solid sound. Feel how the solid surface behind and make sure there really is a stud by nailing a small nail to the wall. Mark those studs and start drilling your first hole. The top hole is usually the best place to start.
Mounting iMac Monitors
The same rules apply with mounting iMac monitors. VESA-compliant iMacs have built-in aluminum stand that can be removed and replaced with a VESA mount adapter.
One good example of this is the Halter VESA Adapter for Apple Thunderbolt Display, LED Cinema Display, iMac (Aluminum) 24″ And 27″ – an innovative solution to bridge VESA stands with iMac compliant monitors. It is compatible with VESA FMDI (MID-D, 100, C) compliant mounting solutions.
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Not all iMac monitors are VESA compliant though. So to make sure your display is wall-mountable, make sure you do enough research or visit your nearest iMac center. Non-VESA compliant iMacs however, can still use third-party products with developed contraptions to allow the monitor to be wall-mountable. Ergotron is one of the most popular brands out there for this type of product. Ergotron even have wide selections VESA desk mounts and wall mounts.
Make Sure it’s VESA Compatible – Most Apple monitors available today are not VESA compliant, but there some are. If you’re planning to buy a new iMac and plans to mount the display to your wall, then you can opt for the iMac with the pre-installed bracket. Apple however, doesn’t include screws for their VESA brackets. So you will need to purchase them. You will need the M4 x 10mm screws with a .7 mm thread pitch. The thread pitch seems to be the standard pitch for such screws, while the 10mm is enough length to run through the bracket (bracket can support up to 20mm screws). M4 screws are 4 mm in diameter.
Know Your iMac’s Weight – Know the weight of your monitor so you can choose the right VESA mount to hold it in place. Lighter iMacs weigh around 13 lbs., 27-inch models made in 2009-10 weigh around 30.5 lbs. If you’re going to move your iMac from its place more frequently, or if it exceeds more than 15 lbs., then you should choose those products with sturdier support, such as Ergotron MX Wall Mount LCD Arm. This brand does a great job of recommending the right fit for iMac monitors with specific VESA requirements. Their products vary from clamp-to-desk stands, LCD arms desk stands, wall mounts, workstations, etc.
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Most wall mount solutions are very easy to install and setup with your computer monitor or TV sets. However, if you’re not confident with your DIY skills, you will be better off hiring a tradesman to do the job, especially when dealing with large widescreen displays. It is crucial that you mount your precious LCD display securely; professionals have the skills and equipment to do just that. If you opt to do the mounting on your own, make sure you choose the product that supports the weight and size of your display. Check out Dual Monitors Guide for more mounting solutions and more tips for your computer setup.