Humanscale M8 Adjustable Monitor Arm Review
Hopefully, in the not-so-distant future, every office will have ergonomic furniture for the employees. Not only does it relieve back and neck pain most of the desk workers suffer from at some point in their lives, but it also stimulates productivity, and as a result – profitability. Increasingly popular members of the ergonomic furniture family are the monitor arms. By allowing height and depth adjustments, they facilitate long periods of computer work. Today we will try to review objectively Humanscale’s M8 monitor arm.
Humanscale is a company that has greatly contributed to developing new ergonomic solutions. Their products are recognizable by their elegant and sophisticated design. Humanscale is the proud holder of many design awards, and their products have been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Humanscale’s M8 monitor Arm Overview
Humanscale M8 Monitor Arm is closely related to the M2 model, but is slightly more advanced. By uniquely combining friction axles with an internal counterbalance mechanism, the M8 arm is capable of supporting greater weight – up to 40 Ibs. It accommodates one or two monitors, which is a very important aspect for those who need a dual monitor. This monitor arm is a true ergonomic pampering because it helps users in their effort to keep a healthy posture while working. By providing effortless height and depth change, Humanscale M8 Monitor Arm offers a completely new dimension of office work.
Humanscale M8 – Design
Humanscale M8 Monitor Arm is closely related to the M2 model, but is slightly more advanced. By uniquely combining friction axles with an internal counterbalance mechanism, the M8 arm is capable of supporting greater weight – up to 40 Ibs. It accommodates one or two monitors, which is a very important aspect for those who need a dual monitor.
This monitor arm is a true ergonomic pampering because it helps users in their effort to keep a healthy posture while working. By providing effortless height and depth change, Humanscale M8 Monitor Arm offers a completely new dimension of office work. One thing is sure – Humanscale M8 Monitor Arm has got style. It is a piece of art produced by the Humanscale Design Studio.
- Polished aluminum/white trim
- Silver/gray trim
- Black/black trim
The M8 is made out of 62% of recycled material. It is in fact 99% recyclable. This is extremely favorable towards environmental protection issues. Its decomposition at some point will not affect the environment. Also, a simple design implies fewer resources and materials. Thus, the disposal is far less complicated and demanding.
The arm’s maintenance is very easy and includes mild liquid soap and water. Gentle, non-aggressive wipes with a soft cloth will be enough. Although it looks slim and sleek, this is a very durable steel high-capacity arm. The only down side may be that it might stand out from a typical office environment. The elegance of Humanscale M8 monitor arm should not be tainted by the ugly cables hanging around. The integrated cable management system solves this problem by putting the cables out of sight.
Humanscale M8 – Mobility
Simply put, M8 has exceptional functionality. As mentioned, M8 is far from being a weakling. Quite the opposite – it can support weight from 8 Ibs to 40 Ibs. This versatility is very important because Humanscale M8 supports all kind of monitors – small, big, light or heavy. One more important aspect is that the M8 is surely capable of following the continuous changes of the modern workplace. Each adjustment you wish to make goes very easy and smooth. M8 extends up to 22”, and the height adjustment reaches 11.5.” The key to flexibility of the M8 model is in the internal counterbalance mechanism and a simple hex screw adjustment.
Dual Monitor Adjustment
A very neat feature of M8 is that it can accommodate two monitors if adding crossbar support. This optional crossbar helps you to convert the Humanscale M8 single monitor arm into a dual monitor arm.
By using this crossbar, the monitors can be put side-by-side. Both can be adjusted independently, thanks to a built-in fine-tune adjustment. The user can configure the entire setting so that the ergonomic requirements are fulfilled.
Humanscale M8 adjustable monitor arm also has a unique 180-degree stop mechanism. This is a very handy feature, because it prevents damage due to over rotation, by locking the position if it exceeds the given value.
Humanscale M8 – Installation
Like everything else about M8 model, the installation is also simple. M8 features a quick release ball joint which makes both installation and removal very easy. The installation Humanscale M8 manual offers a fairly comprehensive guide to the mounting procedure. However, Humanscale staff will help those less technically-skilled users. If mounted properly, the M8 shouldn’t move an inch from the original position on the desk. Humanscale M8 can be mounted through two solutions: clamp mount and bolt-through mount. Clamp mount is more popular since it doesn’t require drilling a hole in your desk, although both solutions work equally well.
Humanscale M8 – Features
Like every other Humanscale monitor arm, the M8 also allows the users to include some add-ons in the workspace. Besides clamp, bolt-through, and a crossbar for dual monitors, there are also notebook holders, VESA plates which support a whole variety of VESA monitors, M/ConnectTM USB 3.0, etc. you can use. If you combine a notebook holder with your M8 monitor arm, you will be very pleased with the result. The arm offers stability for your notebook, which is safely tucked in.
Humanscale designed the M8 so that it can support a whole variety of VESA plates and monitors with 75mm and 100 mm VESA hole pattern, so there are no restrictions in that area. Another great feature is the M/ConnectTM USB 3.0 – a dual-docking station. It will really facilitate your work since it enables easy access to user ports. It is also very efficient in preventing the formation of annoying cable clutters.
The Bottom Line
Not many ergonomic furniture manufacturers manage to unite a great weight capacity with a simple, non-robust design like Humanscale. Their M8 Monitor Arm supports up to 40 IBs, extends up to 22” and reaches 11.5” in height. Those who work with two monitors will also be more than happy with M8 being able to adjust both displays independently.
This assistant fulfills its primary purpose of being an ergonomic solution for unpleasant back and neck pain. By allowing fine, simple adjustments, M8 monitor arm amenably and silently follows the user’s commands. The built-in over-rotation prevention system, quick release ball joint, integrated cable management system, various VESA plates, easy installation, and very important – environmental awareness make this handsome monitor worth consideration.
We suggest you check out our Jarvis Monitor Arm guide if you don’t know if you would like to buy Humanscale M8.