Do you have neighbors that have been working from home a lot lately? Have you?
Working remotely has become very popular for workers – and the companies they work for. There are all kinds of economic and ergonomic reasons why the unchained workday is becoming less of the exception and more of the rule.
The days of sitting chained to an office desk from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday has gone the way of the Mad Men era. With high speed internet connections and Wi-Fi just about everywhere, it doesn’t matter much where you work.
More than two-thirds of people around the world work away from the office at least once every week, international work studies have shown. In May 2018 the Swiss remote workspace company IWG released the results of a study that showed 70 percent of professionals around the world work remotely, known as telecommuting, at least one day a week, while 53 percent work remotely for at least half of the week.
Global Workspace Analytics reported in July 2018 that the number of people working remotely in the United States rose 140 percent from 2005 to 2018, 10 times faster than the rest of the American workforce. Their analytics also showed 4.3 million people – 3.2 percent of the US workforce – worked remotely at least half the time. Foreshadowing near future trends, the study showed that between 80 and 90 percent of American workers would like to telecommute at least two or three days a week!
If you are one of the growing numbers of remote workers – or aspire to be – questions about creating a productive and comfortable office-away-from-office surely abound. Matters of ergonomics and electronics are critical to ensure you can actually get work done. Here at BenQ, we understand the needs of the modern remote worker. We have built-to-suit solutions in place to help you optimize that space in our line of home office monitors.
BenQ monitors cover the electronics part. As far as the ergonomics, you’ll have to shop for chairs on your own.
Let’s face it. You’re going to be staring at a monitor most of your workday. Choosing the right one means working comfortably with vivid colors, high resolutions and the ability to reposition it if needed to create a more comfortable viewing angle. A component or a built-in feature to ease eye strain is essential, too. Of course, the type of work you do will determine the type of monitor you need and the arrangement. For instance, if you are a video editor you’ll want a dual monitor setup. If you are a graphic designer, color space and accuracy are must-haves. If you work in the financial industry you may want a monitor turned into a portrait orientation to view long documents or contracts or keeping an eye on market developments.
The BenQ BL series line of business monitors pack a lot of features in an amazingly affordable package.
They are ergonomic and flexible, for the perfect user environment with an extensive range of height, tilt, pivot, stroke and swivel monitor adjustments, so you can view your work from the perfect angle.
The BL Series features ere-care™ technology for reducing eye fatigue, and they are Green Certification Assured, by Energy Star, TCO and EPEAT, to offer an environment-friendly solution for your workspace. What’s more, they are stylish additions to your desktop and offer ultra-thin bezels, wrapping your picture with a thin frame that doesn’t get in the way.
The BenQ G Series of Home Office and Leisure monitors are designed for beautiful simplicity. For example, the GW2480 23.8-inch frameless monitor combines ultra slim bezels with hidden cable management. No chunky frames around your picture in the front, and no tangles of cables in the back.
The G Series features exclusive eye-care™, Low Blue Light Technology and Flicker-Free performance for extended viewing comfort. Long hours in front of a G series monitor won’t fatigue your eyes as much as the competition. Industry-leading Brightness Intelligence Technology™ delivers exquisite details in any ambient lighting environment.
The G Series adjusts to your environment and provides IPS (In-Plane Switching) Technology for accurate color and image reproduction from any angle. Expansive 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles ensure uniform viewing for multiple people in the room, perfect for huddling around with team mates.
Design pros will love the BenQ PD3200U, a 32-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio, 4K monitor in our DesignVue line. It is feature-packed with color accuracy and resolution optimized for visually intensive work in animation, visual effects, graphics, and photography.
The PD3200U is designed to meet the latest professional color standard through proprietary AQCOLOR™ technology. It also features three specific modes to serve the needs of specific genres of designers, from a CAM/CAD Mode for superior contrast for lines and shapes in technical illustrations.
Animation mode is for designers working with intricate details in dark images. Animation Mode enhances the brightness of dark areas without overexposing bright regions and provides 10 levels of display brightness to bring out every subtlety clearly in any ambient lighting.
For photography pros, there’s Darkroom Mode, adjusting image brightness and contrast for superb clarity and detail sharpness. It’s the optimal setting for work in darkened post-processing environments.
Rotating a monitor from landscape to portrait is a feature you will really enjoy if your work is long and narrow. For instance, programmers will appreciate the ability to view multiple lines of code all at once without having to scroll through the string as often. A portrait (vertical) computer monitor allows you to view your screen with more height then width. You can fit more text on the screen, and it will make viewing several pages of Google search results a breeze.
While wide screen monitors in a horizontal (landscape) orientation are great for gaming or watching movies. But, when it comes to browsing social media, e-mails or text heavy websites, a vertical monitor is far more effective. A horizontal wide screen in these circumstances is limiting because you have to scroll down a lot to see all the content. This is where the best vertical monitor excels.
How you plan to use your home office monitor will help determine whether landscape or portrait is best for your needs. If you’re using your monitor for basic computing like reading emails, paying bills, and checking social media, you won’t need an expensive, advanced monitor with a long list of features and modes. Some home office workers watch video content on Vimeo or YouTube, or sneak in the occasional half hour Netflix episode. If this is you, you’ll want a full FFHD monitor with LED or IPS display. Animators, designers, video editors and photographers will want high resolution and color clarity, while gamers will want to have a quick response time and a high refresh rate to minimize jittery action.
Almost anyone can benefit from using a dual monitor setup. Productivity studies have shown that generally, multiple monitor configurations can increase efficiency by 20-50%. Computer programmers, for example, can use one screen for source coding while the other screen is being used for programming.
Doubling up on the number of monitors makes workers better at multitasking. Customer service, support professionals and web designers can benefit from dual displays, too. Having the option to have different content on each screen is like having a bigger desk to sit behind.
Dual monitors also allow you to place the editing tools on one monitor while and the image you’re working on is on the other. You can also view two versions of a document or web page at once without switching between tabs.
Visible light enters the retina and causes damage to the eyes. Blue light, the most powerful visible light, is considered especially harmful. When one uses a monitor to watch videos for hours, screen light can cause an impact on the macula of the retina, due to strong blue light.
BenQ has designed two types of technologies to protect eye health, for both children’s under developed eyes and adults.
BenQ Low Blue Light Technology removes blue light (420~480nm) to reduce damage to the eye.
BenQ Low Blue Light Plus Technology filters harmful radiation (420~455nm), to specifically reduce damage while maintaining picture quality.
BenQ offers many monitors that are perfect for home office use, from the Home Office and Leisure line, the DesignVue line, the PhotoVue line and the G Series. There is a monitor to fit your needs and budget. Below are a few to consider.