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Poor design holds this back from being a superb deal
on December 6, 2012
I was enticed to buy this product for the price; so I tried to have reasonable expectations when it arrived. I bought to mount my Samsung 55 inch flat screen to the wall. It's a newer and much lighter model(about a inch and a half think); so I was comfortable in trying this mount out.
Like other reviewers have said; the installation instructions are lacking. It's as if someone decided it would be fun to only communicate with poorly draw pictures and vague one liners. I didn't bother watching the video; fearing more of the same.
I've installed these things before and was confident winging it. If you are a beginner, I would recommend going with a different mount simply for better directions; this set is darn confusing.
The quality of this item is decent; the center mount plate comes in two pieces that fit together with 4 small screws (this might turn some folks off). The hardware is solid and once this mount is together, it holds very firm.
My major complaint is the design of the tilting function; the arms are held in place by a couple of hex nuts which are loosened and tightened using a dinky allan wrench. (you can imagine how fun this is to adjust once the tv is on the wall). I was able to get the right level of "tightness" in the hex nuts to allow for slow, constricted movement; but I doubt this will hold for long due to the design.
The same issue can be found with the fail safe locking screws that hold the tv to the bottom of the mount. These little suckers are even more difficult to get to than the hex nuts once installed!! In fact, without a super long Philips screwdriver, I can't get to them. Glad I don't have to worry about earthquakes in GA!
Thankfully, I mounted my tv about 2 feet higher than eye level to the center of the screen - this allows me to simply leave the mount in full tilt position for the optimal viewing angle.
Do I recommend this item? Yes - with exceptions. This item is best for people with experience and on a budget.
Honestly, to save some headaches, I would tell most folks to spend about 10 bucks more on a better mount that's easier to install and is better designed.