Help me Portrait my Landscape monitors?
March 18, 2008 12:52 PM   Subscribe

I want to make my Landscape monitors into Portrait monitors. Help me find a stand, and maybe software?

So, hardware: 17" Planar LCD (PL1700) x2
The stands are built-in and only do landscape.
But there are 4 screws in the back for use with a mount (100mmx100mm).

Software, I dunno. Do I need UltraMon or something to make them go Portrait?

I work with document layouts enough that it makes more sense for me to have these be Portrait instead of Landscape. (Being able to switch back and forth would be a plus, tho.) And I just got these, so I don't think they'll spring for two more new monitors that are made to swivel btw. Portrait/Landscape.

I keep them far enough apart (long story) that a dual-monitor arm might not fit right or give me the angles I need. And I don't think my office cube will be able to accomodate two adjustable mounted arms, like an architect's lamp, bolted to the desk. So I'm looking for two independent STANDS to mount them to, not arms.

Looks like I want VESA 100x100 mounts, but all I'm seeing when I search for that are arms, single or dual. I want a base/stand, not an arm. Anyone?
posted by penciltopper to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
If you're using Windows (XP at least), just hit CTRL+ALT + the arrow key in the direction you want to be "up".
posted by davey_darling at 1:06 PM on March 18, 2008

Here's a VESA stand that'll work for you for $40. If you have an Nvidia graphics card, I think rotation is handled directly in their drivers.
posted by zsazsa at 1:07 PM on March 18, 2008

davey_darling, I think that hotkey is from a particular driver you have. It's not universal.
posted by grouse at 1:10 PM on March 18, 2008

Hrm, sorry about that - it works on every Dell PC that we have here in my school, I just assumed it was universal.
posted by davey_darling at 1:17 PM on March 18, 2008

davey: that tip was awesome. It's working on my IBM T60 - WinXP.
posted by forwebsites at 2:58 PM on March 18, 2008

I use the inexpensive and popular Ergotron Neo-Flex LCD stand which is highly-adjustable including 90-degree rotation.

For two monitors, you may want to pick up two of the above stands, or look into some of their twin-monitor offerings.
posted by Perplexer at 3:30 PM on March 18, 2008 [1 favorite]

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