Pete Segar, SVP Product Innovation & Chief Technical Officer, Ergotron
OK- I may be overstating it just a little- but I really do think that my computer workstation is one of the best in the world. My computer workstation combines sit/stand ergonomics with dual monitor productivity all for <$1000. It is an amazingly simple and convenient workstation that is perfect for the laptop road warrior.
My workstation uses an Ergotron Neo-Flex Mobile Workspace cart fitted with a Combo Dual Monitor bow. This allows me to position my 20″ Dell monitor next to my open laptop screen for a very nice dual monitor workstation. When I come in the morning, I dock my notebook to the Dell docking station that is permanently mounted to the laptop tray of the cart, and open up the screen. Then it is perfectly positioned for dual monitor productivity. I find this provides a huge improvement in my effectiveness and prevents errors. In my job, I am afrequent spreadsheet user, and the ability to have an email open in 1 screen, a spreadsheet in the other, and the ability to enter data into a spreadsheet without opening and closing windows is much faster and I am much less likely to make an error.
The cart has a 20″ vertical lift so I can easily sit or stand at any time. I find that it really helps prevent back and neck problems to frequently reposition myself. Plus, research has shown that you burn calories much faster standing vs sitting. There are many sit/stand worsktations that are commercially available, but they tend to be very expensive ($1,500-4,000) and difficult to use. Motorized lifts need power, and take roughly 20 seconds to raise from sitting to standing-that can be very irritating. Cranks are slow and very inconvenient. The “Constant Force” lift technology is a smooth counterbalance that makes the lift very easy, simply pull up, it moves in place immediately, then it stays where you leave it. Very intuitive and convenient. Because it is easy to move- you WILL move it!
Finally, because this cart has nice smooth casters, it is really easy to reposition in the room. I frequently pull my workstation out away from my desk, and over to the table in my room so I can share my displays during meetings. We show presentation, meeting notes, etc, and then push it back to the desk when it is not needed. This is really great.
The standard Neo-Flex Mobile Workspace cart works with either a notebook computer or else a flat panel monitor with a CPU. I have a prototype configuration that uses the combination monitor/notebook mount from our new Neo-Flex Combo Stand to mount the monitor and notebook side by side. I am very interested in seeing how much support there is for this type of product- so please provide feedback to my blog if you would like to see this product become available.
I am issuing a “Dare to Dual” to you: combine a flat panel display with your docked notebook screen to achieve a cost-effective, efficient ergonomic workstation that will change your life!