When it comes to increasing the flow of work in the office, increasing the monitor real estate that I have to work with is one simple yet effective way of doing just that. The advantage of going from a single to a dual screen setup and from dual to triple screen is extremely beneficial and it means that I can do far more in one workspace as opposed to constantly using ALT-TAB to switch back and forth between windows. There is a catch though with adding extra screens on to my desk and this obviously is going to be the space. More display real-estate consequently means that more space is going to be needed and when you’ve got a desk crammed full of bits of hardware, notepads, keyboards and mice etc, you soon start running out of places to place another screen.
After mulling over a number of options, the idea came about using a set of monitor arms to suspend the screens above my desk area giving me the space that I need on the desk, whilst still allowing me to have the much needed space that I need on screen when writing reviews. Further more, having an arm means that I can rotate the screen through 90° to have it held up in a portrait orientation. Normally this wouldn’t be the way I would have a screen, but with the editor that we use at eTeknix, having the screen in portrait is far more beneficial as we can see more of the written content at one as opposed to scrolling up and down all the time.
After a bit of searching around, the guys at Overclockers UK came up with a set of arms from Peerless AV, which they regard as having an easy setup, whilst being strong and light to use. Peerless AV are a well established brand that make mounting solutions for a whole host of needs and environments, ranging from desktop mounted screens to wall or ceiling mounted, be it for a computer screen, TV, projector, Advertising board plus more. It’s clear with a product catalogue that is packed with products that they have something to cover virtually every situation we can think of that might arise.
The arms that Overclockers have sent across are designed for 12-30″ screens with VESA 75 or VESA 100 mounting points on the rear and with a weight of no more than 9kg. this consequently gives us a huge range of compatibility with many monitors on the market, however my Asus 24″ VS247 panels are well within this range and are the ones that I’ll be using on my desk with these arms in place.
Peerless include a concise yet well equipped kit along with the to mains parts of the arms. For fitting the VESA mount to the back of a compatible screen there is a section of four different screw types which have slightly different threads for use on different panels. A set of four plastic stand-offs are also included for fitting the bracket to monitors with a curved back to them – allowing the plate to sit back from the panel without bending or damaging either part. Rubber feet are also included for attaching to the bottom of the base plate to protect a desk or table top whilst a plastic cable tidy and cable ties keep all the cables secure and out of the way.