Don’t shop for it … Argos it!

PC monitors on monitor risers

You may have noticed the other day when I posted the same picture (above) on my blog that my two CRT monitors sit on top of matching monitor risers. I found pretty early on after getting a PC that I felt much more comfortable sitting at my computer if my monitors were sitting up at eye level.

At work I’ve found the same thing, because my LCD monitors were simply sitting at the maximum height of the monitor on my desk I found myself hunched over my desk and wondering why I came away from work each day with a sore lower back.

So yesterday I experimented by raising my monitor on top of the cardboard box that my Creative 2.0 speakers came in — I’m quite resourceful like that! And it made all the difference, so I determined today to do something about it and get something more permanent.

Now, there were a few options open to me:

  1. Buy a monitor riser similar to the one I have at home.
  2. Ask work to buy one for me.
  3. Find out if there were any spare monitor risers sitting around the office.
  4. Improvise. (Incidentally, the monitor riser of choice within the Business Improvements and IT Services units, I discovered, appears to be a redundant SpiderPort (an old piece of networking kit) box, with old Course Catalogues sitting on top of those to add any further height customization.

I selected option #4: Improvise:

Close-up of Argos catalogues being used to raise the height of an LCD monitor.

As the advert goes: Don’t shop for it … Argos it!

I’d now like to see this solution advertised within the Argos catalogue in the computer monitors section (that’s pp.532-533 in the new catalogue).

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

2 thoughts on “Don’t shop for it … Argos it!”

  1. That’s an impressive display of resourcefulness.

    However, the presence of a banana and an apple on your left hand monitor riser is equally impressive 😉

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