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Good product, but could do more
on January 29, 2014
I'm sure that some will interpret a four-star rating as saying there is something wrong with the product. I don't think there is anything wrong, but there are some ways in which it could be improved. I installed the mount on my 42" Sony Bravia TV.
First of all, the product does exactly what it promises. The TV can be adjusted to tilt up and down and it can be swiveled from side-to-side. The construction of the product is sound. (I find no factual basis for the review that mentioned "low quality parts".) Although the mount is heavy and requires two persons, the installation was straightforward. (Yes, the instructions are not written by a native speaker of English, but I was able to figure them out with little problem.) It mounts well on my 16-inch spaced wall studs; it would work on closer spacing but not for spacing greater than 18". One reviewer claimed that the product, "when closed in, sticks way too far out from the wall". Well, that's the trade-off for the swivel feature. If you don't want the swivel and want the TV close to the wall, you should buy a different product. Some have questioned how far it swivels. The answer to that depends in part on your TV. If your TV is large, then its side will hit the wall, preventing further swivel. My 42" does not hit the wall. I can swivel it about 45 degrees before the bracket holding the TV hits the wall.
So, keeping in mind that this is a fine product that does exactly what it claims, here are a few things that could be better:
(1) The corner of the bracket holding the TV can hit the wall as you swivel it. It would be nice if there were cushions for the corners. I bought some glue-on cushions from the hardware store, but a plastic cushion that wraps around the corner would be better.
(2) The bracket has no provision for cord management. Think about it--the various cords are hanging from the bottom of a TV that may be 20 inches from the wall. It would be better if there were a loop on the wall bracket so that the cords would be held closer to the wall.
(3) As others have commented, the screws that you need to attach the bracket to the TV may be the wrong length for your TV. That's easily fixed with a trip to the hardware store.
(4) As others have commented, a paper template for screw locations would make it easier to attach the bracket to the wall. That's true, but not very important. The screw holes are oblong in shape, so your measurement does not have to be very accurate.
Finally, when planning your installation, keep in mind that the infrared sensors on your cable box or whatever are not swiveling with the TV. You may find that, although you can see the swiveled TV from the side, you may not be able to operate it without installing some sort of IR repeater. Also, some may want to consider that external speakers will not be swiveled along with the TV. (There's no way to attach a sound bar so that it can be swiveled with the TV.)
I hope this review helps some of you decide whether this is the right product for you. In my opinion, quality is not a problem, but the product may not be suitable for you needs.