CinemaLift full review

Whisper it, but Jonathan Ive isn’t quite the irreproachable design guru of myth. We had an inkling of it with his awful hockey-puck mouse – and it has now been confirmed by the Ive-inspired Cinema Display LCD monitors. Yes, they may look beautiful. But Cinema Displays are triumphs of design over content; of aesthetics over practicality. Why so? Because unlike virtually every other LCD screen out there, Ive’s one-height displays aren’t adjustable, meaning that if this one height doesn’t suit your working conditions – and you end up in a neck brace, or suffering from RSI – then tough. I found this out the hard way. Moments after unpacking my workplace 20-inch Cinema Display I found myself looking for a way to raise it, because it was far too low relative to my optimum chair height, and meant my viewing position was like that mirror-pose people do when checking how big their double chin has grown. I was aghast, because I could tell that this £1,049 monitor would end up crippling me. My first solution was crude: lifting the screen by sitting it on three shrink-wrapped bundles of old Macworlds. But then one of my colleagues discovered a product called CinemaLift – a hydraulic metal arm that suspends the Cinema Display above the desk. It’s adjustable through 360 degrees, and offers a screen-tilt of 200 degrees – and the arm can be either clamped on a desk or wall-mounted. Both types of bracket ship in the box.
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