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I would like to be able to comfortably switch between sitting and standing while at work (I'm a software developer, so I spend most of my day in front of a computer). For the past couple of months I have been using a large elevated stand that sits on my desk (designed expressly for this purpose) containing my keyboard and mouse, and my monitors have been raised as high as possible and aimed upwards. So I can stand all day and I'm pretty comfortable (my right wrist may be at too much of an angle when it's on my mouse, but that's a separate issue).

The only problem is that sometimes I want to be able to sit. I can easily place my keyboard and mouse back down under the elevated stand, but I have to look up pretty steeply and that is uncomfortable and makes it difficult to see the screens since they are tilted upwards. My monitor mounts are difficult to adjust quickly/easily, so I can't just re-aim them.

I would of course love one of those hydraulic standing/sitting desks (cost isn't the problem). But I'm in a row of "trader-style" desks where it's basically a very long surface with people sitting at 6-foot intervals.

What type of equipment do you recommend?

I suppose the best thing would be some sort of monitor stand (it must be able to hold 2-3 LCDs) that can easily be lowered and raised. But any other suggestions are also welcome.

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closed as off-topic by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Xavierjazz, nerdwaller, Sathya Oct 22 '13 at 4:18

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I've seen elevator arms for a single display, but not for 2-3. You could maybe use a large screen TV lift like this: , and they have a smaller version of the same thing. – Daniel R Hicks Oct 22 '13 at 3:21
(There is probably a site somewhere dedicated to standing workstations, where they'd have other ideas.) – Daniel R Hicks Oct 22 '13 at 3:25
Why is this on hold? It's about computer hardware (both "how to ergonomically place my computer I/O devices" and "does hardware exist to allow standing/sitting operation" - though this latter hardware probably doesn't contain a CPU, it still qualifies as computer hardware) and I'm not looking for a specific product recommendation, just a way to handle standing and sitting, given that I can't replace my desk. – Adam Batkin Oct 22 '13 at 4:43
Why not just buy a tall chair that has a back and arms? e.g. – Tog Oct 23 '13 at 7:05
A chair is by no definition "computer hardware". This is a physiology/ergonomics problem with a vague relation to computers and is not an actual problem with any kind of computer. Your problem is in meatware and not hardware or software computer related at all. This site is not here to solve meat problems. You need a physiologist or doctor or even a feng shui expert, not computer technical support. A pen can be used to store computer data on paper but we don't consider it computer hardware, the same goes for chairs and stands. Yes they're all hardware, they're just not computer hardware. – Mokubai Oct 23 '13 at 8:42

Ergotron makes some nice, sturdy products:

For your monitor/keyboard sit/stand option:

Wall Mounted Swivel Mount


Desk Mounted Swivel Mount

Start there.

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