The Q-Doc Document Holders from Bakker Elkhuizen are elegant, "inline" document holders capable of supporting all kinds of documents, including heavy files and binders. Using the Q-Doc improves body posture and comfort level by centrally positioning documents between the monitor and keyboard, eliminating neck twisting when viewing reference documents. The work surface is fixed in that it cannot be drawn down over the keyboard as can other more versatile holders such as the FlexDesk 640. However, the Q-Doc holders still offer seven possible angle and height settings to align documents for optimal viewing in relation to screen height. The Q-Doc holders can be slid forward over the keyboard when writing or notating needs to be done, eliminating the need to reach forward. Doing this provides support for the hand and arm when writing and can significantly reduce the risk of shoulder strain.
There are two models of the Q-Doc. Model 415 is designed for use with compact keyboards and is 15.35" wide, 10.8" deep and 4.5" high. The larger model 515 will work with both compact and full-size keyboards and is 20.3" wide, 11.4" deep, and 4.7" high. With both models, as the document holder surface is adjusted to steeper angles the rear elevation does increase beyond the minimum shown. See the Specifications to see the maximum heights for each model.
Reduces Strain on the Neck Muscles - The Q-Doc Document Holders position documents centrally, directly in front of the torso. This positioning eliminates the need to repeatedly turn the head as one would need to do when viewing reference materials or making notations with holders positioned to one side. This greatly reduces the risk of inflammation in the soft tissues or of damage occurring to the neck from such repetitive rotation.
Reduces Strain on the Shoulder and Back Muscles - Because the Q-Doc holders can be easily drawn forward over the keyboard, the need to reach forward over the keyboard when writing can greatly reduce the load on the shoulders. In addition, this eliminates the need to lean forward to reach materials and facilitates the maintenance of a correct upright posture, reducing the strain that is put on the muscles of the back when leaning too far forward.
Facilitates Easy Access to Work Area - The Q-Doc Document Holders utilize otherwise unproductive space between the monitor and keyboard, creating a centralized space for both reference and writing. This clears the desk surface to both sides of the keyboard, ensuring that keyboard, mouse and other regularly accessed devices are able to be positioned within the Comfort Zone. Learn More About the Comfort Zone.
Two Size Options: There are two widths of Q-Doc Document Holders. Model 415 will accommodate most Compact Keyboards such as the UltraBoard 950. Model 515 is designed for use with full size keyboard and would also work with a Compact Financial style of keyboard such as the UltraBoard 960 Compact Standard.
Generous Work Surface: Q-Doc Document Holders will comfortably support letter size papers.
Multi-Angle Adjustments: Both models of the Q-Doc offer 7 angle settings that also result in elevation changes. This means that individuals are able to optimize document positioning to match their viewing preferences.
Document Retainer Lip: Q-Doc Document Holders have a raised lip to ensure that documents remain in place.
Sturdy Lightweight Construction: The 5 mm thick clear acrylic construction presents a "clean" appearance in any office environment while also ensuring that the Q-Doc Document Holders are lightweight to facilitate easy movement.
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When adding the Q-Doc Document Holder to your workstation you will want to ensure that your monitor is positioned high enough that you are able to see over the Q-Doc. Remember that as the writing surface angle is increased the height at the rear increases accordingly. If you are of shorter stature your line of sight to the bottom of your monitor(s) is at a shallower angle and this may require that you elevate your monitor in order to retain full view of the screen. If your monitor stand offers height adjustment that might be sufficient elevation. Otherwise you will need to consider adding monitor risers to increase the elevation as needed. A wide variety of monitor risers are available in height increments from 1" up to several inches high. The other possibility may be to consider a monitor arm which would permit the monitor to be easily positioned at any height as required. If you are taller you should not require as much elevation as your line of sight is at a greater angle and you may be able to look down past the back edge of the Q-Doc to view your screen. However, if the document holder is set to a higher angle setting even taller individuals will most likely need to increase their monitor elevation. Learn more about Correct Monitor Positioning. Note: Those with multifocal lenses may find that raising the monitor is not an option as this can lead to RSI as a result of continuous neck extension. Neck tension and headaches are common problems which can occur as a result of this posture. It can also have deleterious effects on the physical structure of the neck and upper back. In these cases alternative solutions for document placement should be considered, e.g. a slantboard or document holder positioned to the left or right side of the monitor.
Your workstation needs to provide sufficient depth and width to accommodate your Q-Doc. Model 515 will accommodate any standard keyboard up 19" in width. If you are using a narrower "Compact" keyboard you may have difficulty positioning the mouse within close proximity to the keyboard. If this is the case Model 415 offers a narrower footprint better suited for use with compact keyboards.