Monitor arms can be a great addition to your desk and allow you to customize your work space and make adjustments whenever you want. If you follow our 5 tips, you can find the perfect monitor arm to add to your setup.
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5 Quick Tips For Finding Perfect Monitor Arm
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1. Vesa Compliant
One of the first things you need to know when buying a monitor arm is whether your current monitors or the ones you plan on purchasing are Vesa compliant. Vesa is an industry standard for monitors arms and monitor arm manufacturers and regulates how the monitor arm is attached. If a monitor arm is Vesa compliant, it will have a square mount on the back that is 75mm x 75mm or 100mm x 100mm. Oftentimes, the mount is totally visible and you may have to remove a plastic cover or the actual stand to reveal the mounting square.
However, if you don’t have a Vesa compliant monitor, you can still use monitor arms, but you will have to use more cumbersome solutions like large brackets that are attached to the outside edges of the monitor. You may also be able to use a more permanent solution like adhesive to attach the monitor to the arm.
2. Space Requirements
If your desk is set up so that the back is against a wall, you will want to make sure there is enough space for the monitor arms, which will stick out over the back edge of the desk. The hinging and pivoting features of the arms are helpful, but it can make the arms a bit intrusive if you are tight on space. Hopefully, you will be able to pull your desk away from the wall to accommodate the arms, but if not, you can simply pull the monitors closer to you so that the arms are more extended and don’t take up as much space.
3. Stability Issues
Stability issues with monitor arms are common, especially if your desk is already unstable. If you are able to stabilize your desk, then you will want to focus on the type and style of monitor arms you purchase. In our experience, the cheaper models have the most stability issues, however, even the most expensive models will also experience problems when fully extended from the post. That is why we recommend that you look for a high-quality monitor arm and take a look at how close the monitors will be to the post. The closer the mount is to the post, the less bounce you will experience.
4. Wire Management
If you are someone who is concerned with wire management and you want to keep your setup as clean as possible, this is something to consider as you look at monitor arms. Ultimately, you are going to have at least two wires plugged into each monitor and running somewhere under the desk. You will want to make sure that you have enough wire length to run through the monitor arms and this is especially true if you have a standing desk and your CPU is located on the floor.
5. Mounting Options
Most monitor arm brands will provide either a C-clamp or a grommet mount to attach the arms to the desk. The C-clamp option is a less permanent solution and can easily be moved as needed. With the grommet mount, you will have to drill a grommet hole into the desk. Both mounting options are equally as secure so the right mount for you depends on your preference when it comes to permanence.