Rear-view mirror on PC helps workers protect their...


August 31, 1998|By Rafe Colburn SlimScreen polymer filter reduces glare, radiation

Rear-view mirror on PC helps workers protect their privacy

One of the greatest indignities of the modern workplace is the ubiquitous "cube farm." And the most annoying thing about office cubicles is that they offer absolutely no privacy for their occupants. Even worse, it's not uncommon for people to sneak up behind you and watch for a few moments before spitting out whatever it is they came to say.

Fortunately, for $5 or less, you can get a leg up on your cubemates and shore up your sanity at the same time. The solution is one of the small, wide-angle rear-view mirrors sold in auto parts stores and in the auto departments of retailers such as Wal-Mart and Kmart.

These mirrors come in several sizes and have adhesive backing. By affixing one to the upper corner of your computer monitor (assuming your cube entrance is behind you), you can see what's going on behind your back. It's the visual equivalent of Caller ID, and it's becoming a trend. One Internet jukebox site ( gave away monitor mirrors as a promo. This way, says a representative, you can turn down the music when you see the boss closing in on your cubicle. Let's face it, the human head was not designed to be stuck in front of a computer monitor all day. Prolonged exposure to monitor glare and low-level radiation can cause eyestrain leading to headaches, fatigue and perhaps other problems.

Kensington's SlimScreen anti-glare filter ($60 for 14- to 15-inch screens, $70 for 16- to 17-inch screens) reduces 99 percent of that radiation and glare. The filter is made of a tough polymer mounted on a flexible plastic frame that attaches to your monitor with touch-fastener straps. A grounding plug connected to the SlimScreen drains static electricity that might build up on the filter's surface.

The SlimScreen does an excellent job of filtering out the glare without lowering the quality or brightness of your screen colors. It's also flexible enough to fit properly against slightly curved monitors.

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Gareth Branwyn

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