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# 220261 2-Aug-2017 14:16
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As I age, I have increasing issues with RSI and neck pain (not to mention my eyesight). I mainly use a desktop, which is my preference, but it is harder and harder to find a comfortable monitor viewing position. Recently I watched some films on my Android tablet, and it suddenly occurred to me that looking down at it in my hands was what I actually want for my desktop.

 

What would be ideal (at least I hope so) is a small screen, no more than 15 inches, that I could prop up at an angle behind my keyboard. I know this sounds a lot like a laptop but I really want to keep the full-size keyboard and the desktop with its expansion card slots and other goodies. Ideally, what I would like to have is a small HDMI monitor I can look down at while typing, with the display echoed on the big 42 inch desk monitor.

 

So I went searching and of course it is almost impossible to find what I want, at least for anything approaching a normal price. HDMI monitors and TVs do not seem to exist here in the size I am looking for, except very costly specialised devices intended as camera viewfinders. Also, most of the small monitors I have seen overseas have touch screens, which I don't need and cost more than I want to pay.

 

So that is my question. Does anyone know a good source for a small screen like this with HDMI input? It would need to be easily detachable from any stand. I just want a screen I can prop up at a desired angle in front of the keyboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  # 1835767 2-Aug-2017 14:35
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Looking down is very bad for neck issues. If you are sitting at a desk your ankles, knees, elbows should be 90 degrees. your wrist straight. The top of the monitor should be about level with the bridge of your nose. If you have muscles and tendons etc taut then blood flow is restricted and oxygen flow is restricted that causes pain and damage. 





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  # 1835772 2-Aug-2017 14:45
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I have tried every possible monitor and posture variation over time. Everything else hurts my neck and shoulders. Looking down doesn't. I look down when I am typing anyway as I am not a touch-typist. At my age I'm sure any posture damage is already permanent. I just want to be able to use the bloody computer without getting sore.

 

 





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  # 1835803 2-Aug-2017 15:14
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Have you thought of a gas counterbalance type monitor arm?

 

eg. the Locktek DBL502 Desk Mount Office Home Use Single Monitor Gas Arm (10"-27") is listed on PB Tech's website for $113.85 at present (PBTech product code: MOALCK0055).

 

 

 

I bought a similar one (dual monitor arm version) and have found it excellent.

 

The benefit of this particular style of monitor arm is the monitor can be raised, lowered, tilted back & forward or rotated into nearly any position. The product pictures show some of the options.

 

 

 

It may not handle the 42inch monitor you mentioned, but any moniitor btw 10 and 27 inches (from the product description) with VESA mounting holes on the back would work with it.

 

I have 22" LCD screens attached to mine, and I've just checked that I can indeed pull one forward and down right to desk level directly behind my keyboard, and tilt the monitor backwards to make it readable.

 

 

 

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  # 1835809 2-Aug-2017 15:23
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Good idea. Thanks for the tip.

 

 





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Not exactly what you specified but on the off chance it helps, we had some HP all-in-ones that we used for kiosks which had a very heavy 'reclining' monitor stand that could be adjusted between upright and reclined.

 

This site has the discontinued part but shows images of it in upright and reclined mode.

 

If you can find a stand similar to that it may help 

 

  


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