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    Neck Strain anyone? iMac and your desk setup
    Just bought the 27" iMac and yet I'm always finding myself sitting in front of my MacBook.

    Using the iMac leads to a very uncomfortable and annoying neck strain. With the height of the iMac display I'll obviously have to consider my desk/ table height along with the seating height. However you can only decrease table height and increase seating height to a certain extent before your legs/knees meet your desk bottom. Seating too high also affects the mouse and keyboard ergonomics. Been wanting this big screen for some time and am looking for a solution to this problem. Any of you experience neck strain due to the iMac 's height combined with your current desk height? What setup did you come up with?

    Post pictures to your desk and iMac setup that has helped you avoid neck strain

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    I would suggest mounting it on the wall if that is possible for you. Then you can put it at whatever height you want.
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    You may need to look for a different desk.

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    I currently have a 5 year old Dell with a 24' wide-screen monitor I can adjust it's height up/down about 3 inches on its stand.

    I just bought a 27" iMAC and I didn't even think about this, so I'm just learning that I won't be able to adjust the height on my brand new iMAC?

    Wall mount is not an option, I have a custom made desk/wall unit where the desk area is in the corner.

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    I've thought about mounting it to the wall but it would still have to be above your desk to function.

    Just found this desk that might work but is not very attractive: iMac Computer Tables and Apple Mac Computer Desks--Tables for Mac Pro, Apple Cinema Displays, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro and iMac

    So no one else experiences neck discomfort eh? No adjustment period?

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    Quote Originally Posted by California View Post

    Using the iMac leads to a very uncomfortable and annoying neck strain.
    You do realize that your thread title says "Neck Stain" vs. "Neck Strain"???

    I was expecting to read some sort of a "laundry" based thread!

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    lOl ! Nice, neck stain

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    You do realize that your thread title says "Neck Stain" vs. "Neck Strain"???

    I was expecting to read some sort of a "laundry" based thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by California View Post
    lOl ! Nice, neck stain
    I had to read the title a few times to make sure what I was reading as well. >_>" I was expecting something about Vampires actually.
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    Just noticed the neck "Stain". (Ring around the collar perhaps?)

    Edited it for you. Have fun.

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    When we got our iMac 27 inch, my wife and I both felt the strain on both our necks, and our eyes. You really have to make sure you get that beautiful display mounted at the proper level, and distance from your eyes. Even after adjusting it, we felt some discomfort for a few days or so. Our previous computers had much smaller displays. You'll certainly adjust, but make sure you find the proper placement, so that you don't hurt yourself. (It sounds silly to say that sitting in front of a screen wrong can cause damage, but it can in fact.)

    For us, the 27 inch is about well, 23-25 inches from our eyes, and it's on a desk that keeps it at a height so that my wife's eyes hit it about mid screen. It works for her, and it works for me as well. (I've read that you actually want to have the screen an equal distance from your eyes, as the display is large, for example, in this case, if that is true, it should be at least 27 inches from your eyes. But I'm not sure if that's necessary or true)
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    My 27" iMac is sitting on my desk that is 29" high. I tilt the iMac slightly to get a perfectly good angle. My chair is high enough that my thighs are not hitting the bottom of the table but my hands naturally rest on the table.

    I've had no neck strain after extended use of the iMac..being a coder and all..it comes with the territory..

    When I first got the iMac with the wireless keyboard, it did take a little while to get used to the small keyboard, but I'm perfectly fine with it..

    Regards

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