The use of multiple monitors has, over the years, gained immense popularity. Not only does it expand your desktop landscape, but it also offers an increased opportunity to segregate and organise work, leading to a higher productivity rate.
However, more than that, the use of dual monitors allows for improved ergonomics, preventing discomfort and pain associated with prolonged sitting and poor postures. Here are some reasons why using dual monitors is ergonomically beneficial:
- Customisable ergonomic set-up: Using dual monitors opens the opportunity for you to create a workstation that fits your specific needs. You are able to adjust the angle, height, and position of your monitors to boost comfort, reducing the risk of developing discomfort and pain.
- Increased desktop landscape: Using dual monitors means having more screen space, which is significantly beneficial if your role requires you to work with multiple window tabs at one time, such as data analysis, programming, or graphic design, allowing you to do more with little effort.
- Better posture: Using dual monitors reduces the need to slouch forward, crane your neck, or squint your eyes to view the entire screen, especially when you have opened multiple window tabs. You can position one monitor directly in front of you with the one at a comfortable angle by the side, reducing the need to rotate your neck or head constantly.
- Increased productivity: Using dual monitors enables you to work with multiple applications or window tabs at the same time, helping with multitasking and improving productivity.
Despite its numerous benefits, it is still vital to take into account a proper set-up. That means ensuring the following:
Correct height of the monitor
It is imperative that both monitors are of equal size and positioned at the same height. This will enable you to avoid uncomfortable and unnecessary eye strain and neck rotations or tilting. The ideal height of both monitors should be about 2-3 inches above eye level.
Correct viewing angle
If you are going to be using them for an equal amount of time, they should be positioned in such a way that their meeting point is directly in front of you, angling them slightly in a V position. However, if one monitor is used more frequently than the other, place the more frequently used one directly in front of you, with the less used one slightly at the side at about 30 degrees to the primary monitor.
Correct viewing distance
Both monitors, whether used for an equal amount of time or not, should be positioned at least one arm’s length away from you for optimal viewing. You might also want to consider turning on the blue-screen filter if your monitor has the option to help further reduce any unnecessary glare, preventing eye strains and fatigue.
With that being said, it is definitely possible to complete work tasks with just one monitor or on a laptop. However, studies have shown that individuals using dual monitors have seen up to 30 per cent increase in productivity level. And if that number sounds attractive, you might want to invest in a dual monitor set-up.
Here at TakeAseat, we offer a wide range of monitor arms for single monitor set-ups to dual monitor set-ups. If you are considering including the use of monitor arms in your current workstation, then you have to read this article on factors to consider before getting one.
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