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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:36 pm 
Just had a thought an hour ago. Tried it and it works for me.
Here I want to describe the method of my madness.

I practically live in a Lafuma folding recliner chair alongside my computer desk.
Have to, due to minor but chronic health problems. I can't sit in a chair.

Have my monitor on an Ergotron LX articulated arm.
If you want an easy life, ah, this is the setup!

Problem: All LCD monitors are optimized for your viewing from a vantage point of having your eyes on a level one or two inches above the top of the display.
That is, the vertical viewing angle is optimized for people who sit at desks (most of us).

Too bad then, if, like me, you must look up at the monitor, or have your eyes, say even with the center of the screen, pooh. You're not getting the best image.

For myself I just realized, I could make the display ever so much better for my special needs:

I've turned the entire monitor upside down on its Ergotron mount.
The image is subsequently flipped 180, courtesty of the graphics card.

This new experience is very sweet. I still view with my eyes about on the centerline, of the screen,
but with the monitor upside down, the screen brightness and contrast over the range of vertical viewing angle is a lot more even than it was in rightsideup mode.
That means too, for someone viewing my monitor from desk chair height: it looks awful now, nearly unviewable.
But not for me!
Now the monitor image is optimal when my eyes are an inch or two below the level of the bottom of the screen, instead of the other way around.
This new condition is ideal for me, laid back as I must be in the lounge chair.

BTW: Highly recommended for anyone is the Ergotron LX. It's cheap enough,
it's one of the best engineered, sturdiest products I've ever run across.
It's so easy to fit, to adjust, and then to use; the Ergotron is simply brilliant.

video demo of the Ergotron LX


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:49 am 
Stock photo of an Acer P223

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Acer P223 upside down on the Ergotron LX all-ways adjustable arm.
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=the ACER logo is metal letters, easily removed after treating with Goo-Gone solvent.
=the controls are now all atop, a much easier and more ergonomic place for them
=the formerly peaked bottom now looks like a natural roof line. Is this not classic Grecian style, or what? :lol:
=screen bottom edge is now above my eyes by a couple inches; the perfect inverse of normal practice to get the most even-looking screen.

Ah, now I'll just kick back and lay all the way back;
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it all computes very well. :P

That Lafuma is French made, has been in production for decades, comes in various colours and styles.
It is super lightweight, cool, easy to move anywhere. Put a small electric fan behind and you never need air conditioning. Mesh.
I actually live in my Lafuma (bad back), yes, I sleep on it as well as "work".
So many neat things, many of which, yawnnn..whoa, getting sleepy again...damn this laid back hard life! :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:56 pm 
Neat solution!

I use to have a Lafuma bag. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:05 pm 
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Hmm, so the monitor couldn't be tilted forward looking downwards enough in its normal orientation?
How much distance from the table does the lower border of the monitor minimum have (in normal position / upside down)?
I generally think that monitor stands are
(1) too high (wont let the lower border stand on the desk
(2) too inflexible with tilting

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:33 am 
Thomas wrote:
Hmm, so the monitor couldn't be tilted forward looking downwards enough in its normal orientation?
It can be tilted to extreme angles, but without best effect IF you have your eyes at a level below the top of an LCD monitor screen.
Therefore, because my eyes are below the bottom (nowadays) of the screen,
the only sensible thing to do was to flip the entire monitor upside down.
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How much distance from the table does the lower border of the monitor minimum have (in normal position / upside down)?
You will soon see. I'll make a video demo, but you have to pardon the ugly room. It is an auto garage mit clutter :D
You will also hear how muffled and distorted the sound is from a Panasonic TZ5.
This is why I just ordered a Canon HV30. My videos will soon improve greatly.

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I generally think that monitor stands are
(1) too high (wont let the lower border stand on the desk
(2) too inflexible with tilting
Spot on.

Ergotron LX will amaze and delight all of you, I guarantee it,
or I'll eat all my SD cards plus a CF, raw and without salt or butter. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:40 am 
a quick video demonstration for Thomas and for Camera Labs

http://www.vimeo.com/1272956

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