Can you tell me...when you mount monitors on a triple-monitor stand, do you have to sacrifice the ability to change the orientation? Because although 80% of my casual work would be in all-landscape mode, I would still want to be able to pivot one or both side monitors to portrait based on my current task. For example, working on a web page or graphic artwork in portrait format.
The answer is simple... if the stand allows the rotation only.
Yeah, but none of the current crop on Newegg seem to indicate if they allow a quick orientation change.
Really, I just need to be able to move one of them to portrait and back, and 85% of the time, it's the right one. 10% of the time, it's the left one. 5% of the time, it's both right and left, but I could give that up... I never have to put the center monitor to portrait.
The stands attach to the VESA mounts and you remove the stands that the monitors came with, those stands are usually what enable the rotation.
Right, my Asus is like this. Remove the factory stand and all you have is the monitor; all positioning and orientation is performed by the stand.
...It looks like the Asus monitors have a lot of functionality in the stands. If you're happy with them, you might consider updating your desk setup instead of a VESA mount. A riser might allow you to use the stands without making a huge sacrifice to desk space.
I do have a riser already, and it is a "mostly good" solution. The problem is that each added monitor to the outside is restricted to the foremost vertical plane of the riser (because due to desk limitations, the riser itself is not curved; it is linear, running along the back). With three monitors sharing a stand with a central shaft, the table riser only matters in the center where the stand rests. The curved armature allows side monitor placement to be completely dissociated from the restriction of the riser forward vertical plane...if you can visualize what I'm trying to say...To put this in perspective
I sit with my eyes about 33" from my center
monitor. This is due to my keyboard tray and the fact that I have a set of Mackie mixer controllers on my desk. The mixers themselves are nearly 19" in depth.
The center of my left monitor is 39" from my eyes. The farmost left side of my left monitor is 43" from my eyes; farther in the upper left and lower left corners. The right monitor suffers similar measurements. This is partly because I have the mixers angled to about 25 degrees for ease of use and ability to see all of the indicator lights on them, and because the table riser is a long rectangular piece of wood that cannot easily be made to "curve".
So the reason I want to get a 3-monitor stand is because a curving armature benefits me by bringing the side monitors closer to my eyes, around and just above the mixers. I think this would really help me see my side monitors much better.
But again, the biggest problem is that I can't tell which 3-monitor stands allow or don't allow fast portrait/landscape adjustments.