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Graphic Display Tablet Placement?

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Graphic Display Tablet Placement?

Postby lavatrout » Tue 8. Sep 2020, 20:58

Hi guys,

I've been so troubled by this issue so much that I've actually decided to create an account here for the sole purpose of asking this question.

What is the best way to ergonomically place a graphic tablet display?

I know I saw a post here before asking about ergonomic advice for a cintiq, but I didn't find any help for my problem there. I apologize ahead of time if this is a little too similar to that post, but I am simply in too much pain to carry on using my beloved tablet display. I am desperate.

Some quick medical background - I am rheumatic and suffer chronic joint pain. There is little I can do about this as I am no longer able to take NSAIDs to help with the pain. At best, I can take a Tylenol and hope. Good ergonomics is simply a must for me due to my condition. Poor, stiff posture can put me out of sorts for days at a time. I am beyond the point of toughing it out or walking it off. Such hubris can only end badly.

That out of the way, here is my current problem. I recently purchased a new desk which I love. However, it is a corner desk that is decently tall. My office chair (an aeron) cannot sit high enough to put my arms at a comfortable angle with its topmost surface (where my tablet currently resides), and when I use my cintiq 13" pro, I cannot get comfortable. After about one hour of use, my wrist is considerably weaker and dull pain throbs throughout my fingers and up into my elbow. I do have the cintiq sitting on an angled stand, but even with that, I find myself unable to find a consistently good angle for my wrist to rest at. Does anyone know of a good alternative desk (perhaps a drafting table?) that can put the cintiq in a more comfortable position? Is there perhaps an arm that I can mount the device to instead?

Additionally, does anyone prefer the more traditional, non-graphic display tablets versus a graphic display tablet? I'd love to hear your opinions.

Thank you.

TL;DR: Looking for a good place to put my cintiq to minimize joint strain. Open to redoing my office if needed, but would like to avoid if at all possible. Does anyone prefer the ergonomics of non-display tablets over display tablets?

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Re: Graphic Display Tablet Placement?

Postby wacom5 » Wed 9. Sep 2020, 07:29

Hi there,
I am no expert on the matter but perhaps you would consider a desk with adjustable height. Most of these desks offer really low to standing positions which you can quickly change with the help of an electric motor. Sure they are considerably pricier but it might be worth it for you.
As for the Cintiq itself, I don't know which model you have, but there are certainly options. I personally like flex arms.
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Re: Graphic Display Tablet Placement?

Postby vasturn » Thu 24. Sep 2020, 18:07

Making a tablet display ergonomic is reasonably difficult. You might notice that the manufacturers almost never mention this issue. In the offices I've worked in I see two positions: Laying on the desk at about 20 degrees from flat - This is how most marketing shots show them but this position is very bad for the neck. The other position is closer to upright at around 60 degrees. This at least allows the head to not be looking down so much. The difficulty here is that you need to support your elbow: holding the arm up all day can give shoulder problems, so people usually prop their elbow on the edge of the desk and use bean bags etc. to cushion them a bit.

If you are want to stick with a tablet display then I think the ergoflex arm is probably a good recommendation. I have a standing desk at work and it's great too. Both of those options allow you to change your position a lot or sit / stand, which might help as it will load different muscles, not the same ones for hour after hour.

I always thought Doug Chiang had a good setup. He has some kind of interesting ergotron arm to rest his drawing elbow on here...


Honestly an Intuos is MUCH more ergonomic but it takes some serious practice to get used to the translation from tablet to screen, especially when drawing (painting is not too bad)

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