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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2011
UPDATE: 7/27/2013
I noticed that this product description now says, "Clamps to surfaces between 0.87 ~ 2.25 inches thick". This description wasn't present when I ordered, nor was it true. If someone does order one after 7/27/2013, can you add a comment to verify this claim? 1" desks are pretty common, and that was one of the bigger "Cons" in my review below.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
Pros:
- Price
- Looks decent
- Works well in the right situations
- Comes with monitor mounting plate

Cons:
- Description doesn't list minimum desk thickness. Mine is 1", which isn't too thin, but I still had to use a spacer. This clamp stops just shy of clamping down on a 1" surface.
- If the base is offset, with the monitor hanging off the left or the right, the monitor will not be level. There is no adjustment to fix this. I put a washer under one half of the base, which causes the main support post to lean slightly to the left, but the monitor is now level
- Cheap plastic molded screws connect the monitor to the stand. I swapped them out for two other bolts and washers and a dab of LocTite
- Difficult to tighten enough to prevent movement

Reasons To Buy:
- You don't mind fiddling a bit to save some money
- Your desk is over 1" thick
- The main support post will be centered behind the monitor.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
One of the threads for the tightening knobs was slanted. Not sure if this was the caused, but the stand would not hold my 22" ViewSonic monitor upright in portrait mode. Also, buyers should clearly understand that you cannot swivel the monitor with this mount - in order to switch between portrait and landscape mode, you must remove the bracket mounting plate from the back of the monitor and reinstall it in the other mode; otherwise the hooks that attach the monitor to the bracket wouldn't work (they slide into the bracket vertically.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2010
This item does its job when it comes to extension and horizontal rotation, but on the vertical swivel, it fails miserably. The construction is sturdy, but the connector to the monitor relies on two plastic fused to metal screw to control the torque. Which means, when the screw goes bye bye, your monitor no longer stays up instead it faces down. Not recommended!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2011
While the price was good for this mount, I did run into two distinct problems trying to mount 3 monitors.

1. This is an ok product IF your desk has enough thickness. Nowhere in the product description, packaging or installation guide was there any information on a minimum required thickness of the mounting point. I attempted to compensate my 3/4" desk lip with a 5/8" block, to meet the approx. 1.5" minimum thickness the vice mount could squeeze down to, and it did work...until you get everything mounted and find out that if you so much as touch the arm, it will twist the vice grip mount off. I ended up having to permanently screw the 5/8" blocks to the desk so that the vice grip mount could have a stable mounting point.

2. Once all the mounting hassles was worked out, here come the monitors. The arm stays perfectly leveled and was relatively easy to adjust, so long as the arm sections were set perfectly straight at maximum extension. When they are not extended all the way, even with a 7.5 lbs LED LCD IPS monitor, the kink in the arm causes the weight to come off balance and gives the monitor an off camber rotation ranging from 3° to 8° depending on how turned you have the arm sections. It's pretty noticeable for me and since there is no rotational adjuster, unacceptable.

If you can overlook or compensate for these two flaws, it's hard to beat the price.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2010
You cant beat the price when comparing this to other desk mounted brackets. Its sets up very easily. The only issue I have with it, is if you are viewing the monitor from the side, and the bracket is not directly behind the monitor, it leans slightly to one side. They provide a small level with the monitor. It is only about 1/8" off, very hard to notice, but I have a keen eye for detail. After a bit of fussing and tweaking I got it perfect. They could have made an adjustment knob for this to, that's my only complaint. You will get that adjustment on brackets that cost 4 times as much. For me, I love the price and it works great. A fantastic buy! I would not spend more, this one is great
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2010
I didn't want to approach my boss with a request of $150+ on two mounts, but desk clutter was driving me crazy. Plus I found myself sitting uncomfortably in order to get a good view of my monitors. So I got two of these and they work great! Much cheaper than alternatives, too. I found several products on Amazon at various price points that look identical.

These are very solid/sturdy, and come with extra hardware to fit most monitors I would think. This includes thick spacers if your VESA mount is recessed. It comes with a neat little bubble level, which was a bad idea since I can't ever seem to get it perfectly level but I don't care. My two monitors are flush after some minor tweaks (a few sticky notes under one side of one of the mount brackets. In that regard, expect to have to work with them a bit to get them the way you like them if you are picky like me. The hardware isn't all that user friendly, but after tweaking it to get it mounted just right you shouldn't ever have to mess with it. I recommend using some kind of cheater bar to help you tighten the bracket screw down firmly.

I put a couple of 1x2 wooden blocks on my desk to get the right thickness and raise them up a bit. Plenty of height, except one of my monitors has the VESA mount near the top...stupid. I thought that I may wish these were taller, but now that I can move my monitors much closer I don't really need any more height. I am much more comfortable with my monitors closer to me, can see them better, and have more desk space under them to work with. 3 thumbs up! =)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2012
I put four of these into service, with different flat panels. I am quite happy with them. And the manufacturer must have changed the clamp from the earlier reviews, because it is threaded all the way to clamp securely to any thickness of desk. I mounted three by clamp, and used screws on the fourth.

The arm holds the monitors steady. Reach is not long, but adequate on a 30" desktop. Cable management is adequate and easy to work.

I think the only drawback is the tilt mechanism, which should be fine on lighter LED monitors, but if you put a 30-lb unit on this arm, you might find the tilt suffers as others have mentioned.

Another thing to note is the flange that attaches to the back of a monitor might be slightly oversized if your monitor is older and the attachment plate is recessed. For an HP monitor I used a few extra washers from the plentiful hardware provided to take up the gap between plate and monitor. Worked like a charm.

For the price this device gets the job done adequately.

Other reviews mentioned a level, which did not ship with my units. That's OK--my glasses are crooked anyway.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2011
Bought two of these for my twin Dell UltraSharp Monitors. After installing both mounts on my desk and mounting both monitors, both were listing heavily to one side. The whole metal stand was tilting....shows the poor quality of the stand itself. They include a level so you can level your monitor - great idea, but they should make sure their stand is capable of being stable in the first place. Both stands are on their way back to Amazon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2012
I ordered one of these, and it was quite good. So a week later I ordered 2 more of exactly the same item (used the Amazon record of my previous order to ensure it was the same item). The units that were received were not the same as the first and do not match the picture. They use a different height adjustment mechanism that simply wouldn't clamp. The flex arm joints had a great deal of play and were not adjustable. The box and instructions did not say "Monoprice". Looks like a generic replacement was made. Totally unusable, so I had to returned them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2011
I can't elaborate too much about this item since I did not have it very long. When I tried to retract the extension piece, it collapsed too quickly and cracked the plastic threaded sleeve. The rest of the item seemed to be solid quality metal. Why the one central piece is made of cheap plastic is beyond me; it couldn't have added more than a few cents to the overall cost.

Not part of my rating, but I'd like to add that this item taught me to avoid 3rd party sellers on Amazon; paying return shipping for a box of metal is a big lose.
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