Monoprice’s absurdly named but near-perfect monitor arm is an absolute must for larger monitors.
Unpacking this monitor arm was remarkably easy, all the parts came together in one box. The monitor arm was one piece, the base was another, the mounting plate a third, and then the nuts and bolts to secure the base to the clamp. We were able to completely build this monitor arm in about five minutes, even while double-checking the directions to make sure we were building everything correctly.
We could tell right away that this arm was designed for a heavier monitor (currently with a screen that weighs just over 21 lbs), so we chose to attach it to the most used desk in our office space.
We wanted something we knew would be easy to swap out – as we switch monitors quite often at work (so we were thrilled to see the quick release VESA mount, which makes it easy to get the monitor off the arm removed) – while still looking clean and ergonomically correct. The base seemed rather large at first glance, with a sturdy clamp – but after we attached it to our desk, we understood the scale and no longer felt like it was too big.
Screen size: 32 – 49 inches
Support for up to 39.6 lbs
Edge clamp and continuous mounting options
Powder-coated aluminum and steel construction
Cable management built-in
Design and build quality
This model is a single-arm monitor mount, so it only supports one monitor and additionally has one pivot point, unlike some other models. This design comes down to the ability to have an excellent range of motion for moving your monitor; however, not as much as if you had a second arm and pivot.
We had the opportunity to try out this monitor arm with a plethora of different products during our testing time. We’re also currently using it with a 34-inch ultrawide, but it can handle 27-inch to 40-inch monitors just fine, both with 16:9 aspect ratios.
The installation process was about as simple as it gets:
The cable management solution built into the arm is a great way to hide most of the cables that need to run to the monitor. On average, a monitor needs a few wires; power, display (HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C) and the occasional cable or two. For our more “extreme” setup, we have power, USB-C, DisplayPort, HDMI, and a USB-A extension to use the USB-A ports built into monitors with our computer. All these cables could fit without any problems. The only disturbing part of the cable management on offer is that nothing covers the corner – but this might be understandably inconvenient.
Why you need a monitor mount
There are several reasons why you might need a monitor mount. Maybe you share your office with someone and need to be able to adjust the position of your screen so it’s out of their line of sight. Or maybe you have neck or back problems and need to be able to adjust the height and angle of your monitor to reduce pain. Whatever your reason, a good monitor mount can make your life a lot easier.
How to choose the right monitor mount
Not all monitor mounts are created equal. When choosing a monitor mount, it is important to consider the following factors:
Despite the cumbersome name, Monoprice’s desk mount is an excellent product for its modest price tag. While it is suitable for large screens, it can handle smaller screens just as easily. In addition, it can handle ultra-wide monitors, showing that it can hold some heavy screens. When using those wider screens, the visible cables in the corner are not visible when you’re sitting at the desk, making the only drawback of this monitor arm irrelevant. Therefore, depending on the screen, this can be a perfect choice.