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Not cheap, but worth the price
on February 7, 2011
I have been using this dual monitor version for about 4 days now. Interesting concept - instead of having the entire desktop rise and fall, just the monitor(s), keyboard, and mouse do. I've owned desks that rise/descend, but this is, in my opinion, a far more practical solution for accomplishing the same function. I wish this had been around when I bought my adjustable desk. Only issue thus far with the unit is that the mouse pad is a bit small. Other than that, works great.
* It's designed by a medical equipment company, and the quality level shows, as does the price. But it works as advertised, and is functional and sleek. If you understand the concept of paying more for more, you can rest assured that you do get what you pay for with this. It is not cheaply made.
* To raise/lower the entire contraption takes only slight pressure on the silver arm - somehow they've calculated a neutral tension point (which can be modified if needed, but I haven't, works fine at the default setting for me). No knobs or screws or detentes or notches or switches. Ingenious.
* You can also raise/lower the monitors separately from the keyboard part, as well. I'm 6'0" and I've got the total height of the unit at less than maximum, so it can raise quite a bit, probably good enough for a 6'5" person, if I had to guess (depending on desk height). Lowest level is also lower than I need by several inches, so the range is quite wide (dependent on chair height, of course).
* The unit can stop anywhere between the highest and lowest settings. It is not a two setting device - it can rest anywhere along the continuum of the lowest to highest points. So if more than one person was using the computer, like someone who perhaps only sat but liked a higher setting, or a young adult who also wanted to stand, or whatever, this unit could still work for everyone.
* It takes the keyboard & mouse off the table, so you actually have more table area for papers or books or whatnot.
* Works with any solid desk or table with at least a 2½" lip.
* Mouse pad is too small. No way around it. They need to design a bigger mouse pad.
* With this dual monitor version, max combined HORIZONTAL (not diagonal screen size) monitor widths truly is 44 inches. It can be 21 + 23, but it can't add up to more than 44. I have 21" and 23" horizontal width monitors attached and it's right at the limit. Can't even put in the safety screws at the ends of the arms. A more perfect set up would be to have identical monitors, or at least the same horizontal monitor widths, being as thin, depth wise, as possible. Even so, my deeper four year old monitors work great. Barely, total width wise, but great. If you've got a bigger monitor still, then you'll need to buy the single monitor HD version, instead.
* If you use reference materials a lot and have them at desk height, they will not rise with you, unlike with an adjustable desk. Ergotron sells an additional book / iPhone / iPad type holder thing that attaches to the central silver arm, but this obviously will only help you with one such item.
* I did not need any help putting this together, or getting the monitors on the arms. I left the bases of the monitors on until I was sure the unit worked, then removed the bases. Of course, this will depend on monitor design, and final unit placement, as to whether this is possible or not for you.
* Cord management is something to think about.
* You will need one tool not included in the packaging - a standard philip's head screwdriver. Everything else is included.
* Not too clear from the instructions, but if you want the monitor arm to raise independently, twist the controlling bolt clockwise. Also, it takes a lot of twists to get any effect, so be persistent.