Kensington Technology Group has rolled out seven new products designed for flat panel computer monitors. They include stands, mounting arms and hangers that can position flat panel monitors in a variety of positions, as well as high tech filters designed to reduce eyestrain and increase privacy.
Sales of flat panel monitors more than doubled last year to nearly 14 million units. While the products may take some inspiration from the flat panel iMac line and will work with Apple’s 15-inch and 17-inch Studio Displays, they are not built for the 22- and 23-inch Cinema Displays.
The US$59.95 Kensington Flat Panel Monitor Stand lets you position the monitor up off your desktop and has two adjustable shelves for speakers, PDA cradles and other items. The height of the stand adjusts, and the stand supports flat panel monitors up to 21-inches or 35 pounds.
The $179.95 Kensington Flat Panel Desk Mount Arm allows monitors to “float” and rotate in various locations and position above the desktop. The arm extends up to nine-inches in any direction, rotates a full 360-degrees at its base, and tilts 90-degrees up, down, left or right. The base of the arm can be set to three different height levels and clamps to desks up to four-inches thick, with no drilling required. The orientation of the monitor can switch between landscape and portrait orientations. The arm, which supports up to 20 pounds, works with VESA compliant or “zero foot print” flat panel monitors.
The $119.95 Flat Panel Cubicle Hanger is an accessory designed to take the monitor completely off the desktop and works with cube walls 1-4 inches thick and 20- to 48-inches high. It’s completely height adjustable, tilts up to 90 degrees up, down, left or right, and allows the monitor to be rotated from landscape to portrait orientation. Like the Kensington DeskMount Arm, the Cubicle Hanger works with VESA compliant or “zero foot print” flat panel monitors.
The Kensington Flat Panel Glare Filters (in 15-inch and 17-inch versions) protect the LCD screens of flat panel displays and improve contrast and color definition. The hard-coated film of the Glare Filter prevents smudging and damage, and a thin frame complements the design of flat panel monitors without covering controls or speakers, according to Kensington. The list price for the 15-inch Glare Filter is $119.95, and the 17-inch version is $139.95.
Kensington Flat Panel Privacy Filters, which also come in 15- and 17-inches sizes, let you work in privacy. A special film blurs the monitor’s display when viewed from either side at more than 25 degrees from center. Like the Glare Filter, the Kensington Privacy Filter is specially coated to prevent smudges and damage, a tint reduces eye strain and improves contrast and color definition. How badly do you want privacy? The list price for the 15-inch Privacy Filter is $249.95; the 17-inch is $329.95.