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Review: Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm

The Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side arm is a solution perfectly suited for users who require at least two monitors on their desk.

The Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm replaces the static stands that come with most LCD monitors. It allows an amazing range of flexibility in positioning two displays of up to 24-inches for maximum comfort and ergonomics.

Specifications

  • Shipping Weight: 21 lbs (9.5kg)
  • Maximum Monitor Weight: 40 lbs (18.1kg)
  • Maximum Supported LCD Size: 24" Maximum
  • Lift from desktop: 13" (33cm)
  • Tilt: 80 degrees
  • Pan: 360 degrees
  • Rotation: 90 degrees
  • Extend/Retract Reach: 18" (45.7cm)
  • Price: about $300
  • More Information: Ergoron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm Page
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Who's it for?

The Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side arm is a solution perfectly suited for users who require at least two monitors on their desk, yet are frustrated by the limitations imposed by default monitor stands. Designers and engineers who constantly find themselves wishing their monitors can be adjusted, or leaning forward to squint at their displays, will love it.

What problem does it solve?

In order to keep costs down, most LCD monitors on the market comes only with basic static stands. With minimum or non-existent flexibility to make adjustments to the positioning and angle of the display, viewing comfort and ergonomics takes an inevitable hit. The use of the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side arm restores the ability to make adjustments back to the user.

Standout features

  • Excellent, Solid Construction: The LX Dual Side-by-Side arm is solid and well-built. I find myself impressed by how well the various components fit together; you won't have any concerns of it falling apart on you.
  • Ease of Installation: The product is very well thought-out with detailed assembly instructions. While I note below that the weight (with LCD monitor screwed in) is substantial, with some care, most folks shouldn't have problems putting it together.
  • Maximum Flexibility: The flexibility of the arms means that LCD monitors can be rotated from landscape to portrait mode, or extended forward or pushed out of the way with maximum flexibility. Well-designed grooves for the requisite power and DVI cables, means that the full range of motion in the arms can be exercised without fear of inadvertently ripping them off.
  • Upgradable: The LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm can be augmented with an LX Extension arm to increase its reach by another 9-inches (23cm). Alternatively, an LX Notebook Tray can be purchased to hold a laptop in place of an LCD monitor.

What's wrong?

  • Risk of damage to desk: The Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arms is a desktop stand. Due to the weight of the LCD monitors it has to support, the product requires mounting either onto the edge of the desk, or using the grommet holes on your desk. As such, you should be prepared that some scratches might be inevitable.
  • Price: As I write this, Amazon is selling the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm for about $318. This is more than the retail prices of many 24-inch LCD displays, and might prove a deterrent to getting it.
  • Weight: The weight of the LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm with two mounted LCD monitors is not trivial. While I didn't encounter any problems setting it up by myself, you might want to consider getting a colleague to help. (Ergotron just released an aluminum version of this product in March with a reduced shipping weight of 17.25lbs)

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Bottom line for business

The use of a monitor stand like the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arms might seem completely unnecessary at first glance. But in terms of ergonomics and flexibility in positioning my monitors, this product offers productivity advantages to a dual-monitor setup.

In addition, the ability to extend/retract up to 18-inches means that LCD monitors can be easily pushed out of the way when not in use, freeing space on the physical desktop for other tasks such as reading the morning newspapers, for example.

Considering the low prices of netbooks (but have you tried squinting at one for extended hours), the price of the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm might seem a tad pricey. However, if you value a comfortable and flexible working environment, then I would heartily recommend that you get it.

User rating

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

8 comments
Ponting1
Ponting1

The latest Ergotron's mounting solutions include wall mount and LX desk,mount arms, LCD stands, multi-monitor mounts, vertical lifts. It require less user effort to achieve more motion.The setup is almost the same, everything except attaching the notebook or desktop mount. The installation takes some time but once it's done you'll be one step closer towards an ergonomic workspace. http://www.pcartisan.com/ergotron-lx.html

Justin James
Justin James

... it turns out that Samsung likes to put really nicely designed stands on their monitors, which keep it from having the standard VESA mounts on the back! This actually made me very angry, because when I bought high end monitors, I thought they were designed for "professionals" but I can't adjust the base or mount them on an arm! If I had known this when I bought them, I would have gotten other monitors, even though mine are absolutely awesome to use. J.Ja

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

I think mine is an Ergo also. After having the desk space clear and monitory mobile, I don't think I can go back to base stands.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I have dual monitors at my TechRepublic workstation, but they are on the desk which limits the available space. I think the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side arm would be beneficial. What do you think? Do you need more desk space?

paulmah
paulmah

Really sorry to hear that. All my (3 monitors) are Samsung, but I know exactly what you mean since some of the highest end Samsung (in terms of having the thinnest profile and lightest weight) monitors don't have mounting holes on the back The worse part is that its not obvious from the basic specifications. I did extensive research going to various brick-and-mortar shop to make sure that there are mounting holes before I bought the ones that I now have.

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We use them here for some job roles. They are nice to reclaim real estate on the desk (though I personally prefer one large monitor to two smaller). However, I know you can purchase them much cheaper than $300.

paulmah
paulmah

I agree that it can be obtained cheaper depending on where you shop; there are also other lower-priced brands too. I can't say that for every IT product that I've tried, but the Ergotron's quality flexibility of the arms continue to astound me months after I've bought them. :)

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

And the arm shows no sign of springs weakening. I don't move it around much and it's only holding a humble 19 inch or so. Holding up great though with it.

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