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Know your needs, then you'll know what to buy
on January 17, 2013
People, I looked at this because it's a $13 item, but you have to understand what you need and the mount's upper limits so it won't disappoint you and waste your time.
The mount description says max. VESA 300 x 260. This generally means a HDTV up to about 40" (200 x 200). I checked several 39"-40" HDTV's and they use 200 x 200. (My situation is a 32" back-lit LED LCD @ 10 lbs, very light).
The width of the mount is about 13" (337mm) so it won't span 2 studs (@ 16" center), but most NEW (2012 models) are in the 20-30lb range (CCFL's are at the higher weight spectrum while back-lit 40" can weight as little as 20lb w/o stand). As such, you can use 4 drywall plastic anchors (which were provided with my unit). For concrete or cement walls, I would suggest lead anchors which were NOT provided.
If you are able to position the mount over 1 stud (2 screws), and 2 other screws in drywall or plasterboard, and the HDTV is less than say 35 lbs, I think you would be safe for the long run.
Since I don't have a 42" TV, I don't know if those sets transition to 400 x 400 (one Walmart Sanyo 42" @ 33lb needs 400 x 400) so I would say the mount manufacturer is being too liberal in describing it suitable for 42" and up to 88lbs.
Bottom line, this is cheap & good mount for up to 40" (200 x 200) and up to 30 lbs (my guess, if no stud); ove 30 lbs, I would look for 1 stud before buying this mount. If you meet this, $13 and you're good to go. If 42" or more, or rated at 400 x 400, step up to the $25 mounts (look for free shipping) from other Amazon "basic mount" sellers -- the non-adjustable mounts are about 30mm from the wall, and the adjustable tilts are further out to provide needed clearance.
The steel is of the right heft gauge for the newer, lighter weight TV's, and the mounting screws seem complete.