The Best Monitor Arms for Standing Desk Converters
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What makes the best monitor arm for standing desk converters? First, it needs to be lightweight. This is critical because adding a heavy monitor arm to a standing desk converter with a typical weight capacity of 30-35 lbs and a counterbalance weight of 15-20 lbs (meaning that at ~17.5 lbs no additional force is required from the user to raise or lower the converter between sitting and standing height) is the last thing you want to do.
Second, it can have a lower dynamic height adjustment range because the desktop converter effectively adds 6″ to the height of the monitor arm already. This is important because having a lower dynamic height adjustment range helps keep a monitor arm much lighter. Finding the correct dynamic height adjustment range for your workstation can be difficult, but read our detailed, step-by-step process to help figure it out.
When it comes to weight, you should aim for as light as possible while still maintaining build quality, plus easy installation and adjustment. This can be tricky at times since, as we explore in-depth in our article on The Differences between Gas Piston and Metal Spring Counterbalance Mechanisms in Monitor Arms, we prefer gas struts for their smooth and precise action, but we also caution against cheaply made ones that’ll lose their pressure in short order.
That’s why we always recommend reading as many reviews as possible before making your purchase. Also be sure to check out our comprehensive round-up of all our ergonomic monitor arm reviews.
Top Ergonomic Monitor Arms For Standing Desk Converters
Our top value pick for use with standing desk converters (X-lift and Z-lift types, specifically), as long as your monitor weighs 17.6 lbs or less. Uncommonly robust features and high quality construction for a monitor arm in this price range, with a 10-year warranty and commercial office furniture grade ratings to match. Note that the “short pole” design, while making this the ideal arm for use with desktop converters, also means it may be too short for taller individuals to use on a full-fledged standing desk or treadmill desk.
Our top value pick for mounting dual displays on a standing desk converter (X-lift and Z-lift types, specifically). Uncommonly robust features and high quality construction for a dual monitor arm in this price range, with a 10-year warranty and commercial office furniture grade ratings to match. Note that the “short pole” design, while making this the ideal arm for use with desktop converters, also means it may be too short for taller individuals to use on a full-fledged standing desk or treadmill desk (with the caveat that this issue diminishes with larger monitors or monitors that have their VESA mounts well below their centerline). With the ability to handle dual displays up to a whopping 39″ wide each, this arm is in a class of its own when it comes to handling some of the new parabolic, wide-format displays.
Ergotron makes a darn good monitor arm. The company delivers on promises of quality, range of motion, durability, and just about everything else. Rave customer reviews back these claims. The LX is an excellent choice for standing desk and treadmill desk users, but we strongly recommend upgrading to the Tall Pole (13″) version for proper ergonomics if you’re not using it on a fixed-height desk.
Humanscale is known for its leadership in industrial design. With form over function these monitor arms may be the prettiest of the bunch, but they generally lack in functionality and ergonomic performance specs. They’re also some of the least rigid arms we’ve ever tested, making them less than ideal for use on 2-legged standing desks (much less treadmill desks) where any vibration in the desk will be significantly amplified by the monitor arm. In the case of the M2.1 its 15.5 lbs maximum lift capability means most monitors sold today wouldn’t be mountable. But if you have a lighter-weight monitor and really love the styling it’s hard to go wrong with this brand if it’s in your budget range.