|Submited By: C. Robinson on 02/05/2009|
This is the worst stand I ve ever used. The extrusions are cheap and have play in their fittings, and adjustments are very complex. Each monitor requires six hex bolts for adjustment with two different sized wrenches (fortunately included).
The problem starts when you mount the monitors. Most stands include a small bracket that you attach to your monitor, that then clips onto a mate on the stand. With this stand, you have to bolt the monitors directly to donut clamps on the arms. You can remove the clamps, but then putting them back on is a real pain as you struggle to hold the monitor and find/tighten two buried hex bolts inside the donut. To top it all off, there are thoughtfully included small plastic extension tabs to reach wider VESA screw mount hole locations, but the tabs are small and loose, and easily slip off the donut clamps while you try to mount the monitor!
Worse still, my monitors are half the weight limit (only 13 of the 25lbs supposedly supported) and yet the arms sag unless I torque the bolts down so TIGHTLY. This makes adjustment very difficult. There s a ball joint in each donut clamp for rotation and angle adjustment, but that s worse - it has four small hex bolts that adjust its tightness, and if you can adjust it, it sags. If not, it still has play.
You could remove the monitors and do the adjustments more easily, but then how would you know where you wanted them? And that s tricky anyway because you have to unscrew the four screws, remove cables, etc. That assumes you even have access to the back of your desk (I don t) and that you think monitor removal is a good idea whenever you need to adjust their locations (I don t). I got my monitors "close" to where I wanted them, then gave up.
Height adjustment is the worst. As soon as you start loosening the bolts, the arm slides down, and you have to either hold the weight of two monitors with one hand, and tighten the bolts back up with the other, or dismount your monitors (8 screws, wire removals, and all that hassle), and GUESS where the arms should be.
A steal. (From you, I mean.)