Is an iMac monitor stand necessary?

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  1. RedlegsFan macrumors 6502

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    Pulling the trigger on a 27in iMac soon. For those who own one, does the screen sit too low to the desk? Is some type of monitor stand necessary?

    If if it, what's recommended.

    Thanks.
     
  2. roger1955, Aug 12, 2016
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  3. kappaz macrumors member

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    Is it necessary, no, but it's nice if you have the money. I went with TwelveSouth HiRise.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't use one, but that doesn't mean no one needs one. If you think you do, then raise it up
     
  5. hfg macrumors 68040

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    Probably depends on your desk ... and chair.

    I have mine on a "computer desk" which is fairly high, and has a lower pull-out keyboard/mouse/trackpad tray, so the monitor is at a proper viewing angle for me once I adjust the chair height for comfortable keyboard access.

    As others have said, if it seems too low for you ... put something under it to raise it up until you are comfortable. If it is too high and you are looking up at it, you can either raise your chair height (if possible), or you have a problem with your setup that the stand can't accommodate.
     
  6. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68020

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    Lots of variables here, so no way to give you a comprehensive answer.

    Will overhead lighting reflect off the display and into your eyes if the display was tilted upward?
    How tall is your desktop, how tall are you, and how high is your chair?

    For what it's worth, I'm a bit over 6 foot tall, my desktop is 28" high, the seat of my chair is set to the "ergonomically correct" height relative to the length of my legs, and I do not use a display stand for my 27" iMac. I do not have overhead lighting (so no issue with reflections). The display tilts up a bit, my head/neck tilts down just a little bit - never had any neck strain issues with this layout.

    My approach to this sort of thing is to start without accessories until I know for sure what would be useful. Back when I used to run a small IT operation we had enough workers with the same furniture and computing gear that I could anticipate needs. In a one-off situation it's much harder to know.
     
  7. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    After the refresh, I'm ordering an iMac - mainly for the new USB-C ports and updated GPU options. My iMac will be a BTO VESA mount version - I don't care about resale, I want a tool that suits my needs. I'm tall, use a standing desk, and find my needs change through each day - I'll be mounting my new iMac on a Herman Miller Flo Plus arm so that I can move it as I see fit. I went into an Apple Store and a friend's office a few weeks ago, and I found the tilt-only option limiting and frustrating to use; I'll be attaching a 27" BenQ 4k display (BL2711U) to the iMac and use it in both portrait/landscape mode alongside the iMac. I'm done with fixed-stand computers...
     
  8. roadkill401 macrumors 6502

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    The question that nobody has asked is how tall are you. I am over 6'2 and find it rather uncomfortable to type with the keyboard really low. but even with a quite tall desk, I found that the monitor was about 3" too low for me to look at it comfortably. Yes it looks fine, but I found that I got a bad crimp in my neck for long times looking. By getting a small piece of wood, I made a small stand to raise it up by the perfect amount for me. I would experiment to see if different heights work for you better than others.
     
  9. photoj2754 macrumors 6502

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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FPYLH4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FPYLH4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I have been using this for over a year and really like it. It has a lot of things that I like to use but the big thing I like is the space it creates under my iMac that is great for putting things under it. Plus the space between the iMac and stand is big enough so I have my SuperDrive on the left and a universal card reader on the right. Here is a photo: image.jpeg
     
  10. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    Definitely try it without the stand first. A few solid books does the trick if you need an adjustment. If you care about aesthetics, they make some nice ones.
     
  11. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    you can order one with the VESA mount and get any one you want and adjust it that way.
     
  12. RedlegsFan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I will certainly be trying it without the stand first, but just wanted to see the stands that people like/dislike in case I grab one down the road.
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd not go down that route, its harder to re-sell if that day ever comes and I think overall the regular iMac is fine.

    Definitely try it, I find the height to be fine as itis.
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    I think you're using that riser wrong
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    I like the concept of that, it may not be the most visually pleasing but I can see it being very utilitarian. Unfortunately at 112 dollars on amazon, it seems a bit more expensive then I'm willing to spend
     
  14. photoj2754 macrumors 6502

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    Yea I know that's how it's supposed to go but my keyboard is on a sliding shelf below the desk top and the iMac was a bit too high when sitting on the stand. I liked this set up better for all the things I do, better use of space. I bought the heavy plastic white stand that was only $49 on Amazon.
     

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