I’m a believer in making one’s work environment adjustable… being in any fixed position does’t usually serve the body well.
With this setup, I can adjust height, distance from body, separation, and orientation – all independently, with 12 degrees of freedom (DoF):
- tray:(in/out + up/down + pitch) (3)
- L keyboard/R keyboard separation(1)
- keyboard halves:( oll,pich,yaw) (6)
- mousepad: (pitch, L/R) (2)
Its major components are Camvate camera rails, two annoyingly expensive mini ball heads and a fairly slick keyboard drawer by 3M.
All parts are on this Amazon list.
I’d like to change out the bottom mounts for a rosette style mount which provides more positive locking than the friction screw on the ball head, not to mention incorporating the anti-rotation pin into the setup, since there is some tendency for the mount to rotate, possibly with a quick release plate to make taking the keyboard elsewhere viable.
On order: a 2"x2" center mount touchpad to avoid having to go to the mouse so often…
Cost: keyboard drawer $150 + 2* $60 ball heads + $100 for the rails and clamps = $370.
Add another $100 for the touchpad setup for a $470 total. (not pictured)
But this also adds an additional 6 DoF, bringing the $$$ / DoF down by over 10% to $27 per degree of freedom.
Submitted for your amusement… happy to answer any questions…