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What are Monitor Blocks?

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Monitor blocks are designed to place under a computer display in order to adjust the height of the display to the level most comfortable for the user. Monitor blocks are commonly stackable to accommodate heights between one and five inches (2.5 – 12.7 centimeters). The height of an individual block varies depending on the brand, but many models are approximately one inch (2.5 cm) tall, made of strong plastic or, in some cases, steel.

Some monitor blocks hold up to 80 pounds (36 kilograms), but refer to manufacturer specifications for this information. The weight-bearing load is important when supporting heavy cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors. Modern flat panel or LCD displays usually weigh less than five pounds (2.3 kg).

To make monitor blocks even more convenient, most models double as slimline compartments for papers or folders. At work, this can help keep the desk tidy by providing a perfect place to tuck paperwork. You can also toss phone messages here, along with important memos, faxes, or other material that needs to be handy or requires immanent action. If you use monitor blocks at home, you might find the compartments ideal for placing bills that will soon need paying or correspondence that requires a response. A pen and pad of paper can always be handy for jotting down phone numbers, pricing information, model numbers, or other information gleaned from the Internet.

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Monitor blocks are commonly sold in sets of three, allowing you to experiment with different heights. This also provides flexibility when it comes time to change your computer desk or relocate your display.

Similar to monitor blocks are risers. Risers are plastic legs that press-fit into a solid platform. The platform comes with different sets of risers of varying lengths with skid-stop bottoms. By changing out the risers, you can raise or lower the display platform. Risers are less expensive than monitor blocks and lack the convenient compartments, but they are also a simpler design that might be appealing to some.

Monitor blocks and risers are available at many computer outlets and can also be found online. If using monitor blocks for a CRT display, be sure to read the weight load capacity before buying.

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