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Perfect for even my 30" LCD, weighing 1.5 times the "max" spec!
on October 24, 2011
Not only does the stand manage to accommodate my monstrous 30" screen (WQHD, about 15"x26.7"---my aspect is 16:9, *not* 16:10 that is more common among computer monitors so I can't speak authoritatively for all 30" screens), it does so while supporting all the different rotation modes (I do have to slide it as far above the desk as it goes and tilt it all the way back when switching between portrait and landscape orientations---but this wouldn't be necessary for most smaller screens, including all sizes that this is actually designed to mount.), and it's capable of enough spring counter-balance to make it reasonably one-handed to adjust! There are two screws that adjust the tension of the weight-balancing springs; between these, essentially any screen that fits can be given the right level of spring to balance gravity---granted, my very heavy monitor isn't effortless to raise, but I can still manage it one-handed and it stays put at whatever height I like.
Let me say this again: If you adjust the two springs in back correctly (Yes, it can take many turns of the screwdriver to get there...), this *CAN* support any weight screen staying put at *ANY* height/angle, up to at least 1.5 times the rated screen weight. Reviewers saying the spring is too strong or too weak for their screen's weight have not made this adjustment. One spring is hidden under a plastic cover by the "main" angle hinge, the other is in the middle of the vertical support column, accessed from below. Google "3M MS110MB" (no quotes) and the 3M company page for it has links to useful PDFs of dimensions and specs, plus the end user manual.
Thankfully, the plastic covering the base and main column is purely aesthetic. All load-bearing internal structure is metal (from the look of it, something ferrous---probably steel).
Overall, quality is excellent, style is understated if you have dark hardware (and as elegant as matte black plastic can be). Unless you have very demanding positioning needs, this completely obviates the desk-attached arm you may have been considering.
tl;dr (a.k.a. "Summary"): Is your VESA-mountable monitor less than 30" diagonally, weighing under 24 pounds? This is *the* monitor stand to buy; all advertised features will work with your screen.