|Screen Size||24 inches|
Apple VESA Mount Adapter Kit for iMac and LED Cinema or Apple Thunderbolt Display (MD179ZM/A)
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- With a tool in this kit, you can remove the iMac or display stand and attach the VESA Mount Adapter. Then connect any VESA-compliant mounting solution with a 100 mm x 100 mm attachment.
- With the VESA Mount Adapter attached, your computer or display complies with the VESA MIS-D, 100, C version specification.
- Compatible with 24-inch iMac (aluminum and glass), 27-inch iMac (late 2009, mid 2010 and mid 2011), 24-inch LED Cinema Display, 27-inch LED Cinema Display and 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display.
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|Item Dimensions||7.1 x 2.3 x 6.1 in||6.5 x 6.13 x 1.5 in||8.27 x 6.69 x 2.36 in||5.91 x 5.24 x 1.18 in||5.5 x 14.6 x 19 in||18 x 17 x 6 in|
This VESA Mount Adapter Kit allows your 24-inch or 27-inch iMac computer, 24-inch or 27-inch LED Cinema Display, or Apple Thunderbolt Display to be used with a variety of alternative mounting solutions, such as wall mounts and zero-footprint articulating arms, based on the VESA flat-panel mounting interface (FPMI).
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The adapter itself:
Sturdy, solid chunk of metal that worked exactly as expected and mounted to my vesa compatible mount (amazon basic one that attaches to the wall)
The process of attaching it to the thunderbolt display:
Terrible... To get the stand off you have to slide a small plastic card (size of a credit card) between the stand and the cutout in the back of the screen. While doing this, you place a considerable amount of force on the stand to get it to push up against the back of the monitor. I thought I was going to damage the screen during this to be honest even though I had it on a flat surface with the screen protected. Now comes the worst part, you can barely access the screws the hold the stand onto the monitor, the last screw took a few tries to get with me putting my full wait onto the stand. The instructions say the the metal piece inside the monitor that attaches to the stand via these screws is supposed to "lock" into position and they are sort of correct. That piece can lock out, but if it doesn't, you're in for the same fun I had (not fun at all by the way).
Now let me explain what went wrong at this point, I got all of the screws out of the internal metal piece holding the stand but could barely access the holes to put the mounting bracket in place, so I incorrectly assumed it must not be locked fully in the out position. I tried fiddling with it and then slid the plastic card back in to try to move it, which was the worst thing I could have done. That caused the internal metal piece to shoot back into the case with a huge thud (I'm pretty sure it would have easily broken my finger if I had it in there during this point). I was no faced with no way to get the internal piece back out. I researched online for a while and found the internal apple repair guide for my thunderbolt display and found that they have a custom metal tool for technicians to use if this happens in order to extract the metal, spring-loaded piece that the bracket needs to have in the out position. Great, a custom tool that only apple technicians have access to. So I went about attempting to build a similar tool with a hanger and some duct tape since I wasn't about to have a worthless monitor and nothing on my wall. My tool ended up working (barely) after about an hour's worth of attempts. I had to cover the back of the monitor, below the opening, with masking type so that all of my failed attempts wouldn't scratch the monitor case too badly. It worked but it requires you to slowly tilt the tool back as you apply a significant amount of force pulling on the bracket, all while using a stupid plastic card to release the thing in the first place. Not fun, not enjoyable, and extremely frustrating. I eventually got it to work though. I included a picture of the half sized plastic credit card I needed to use (the one the comes with it is too big for the extraction procedure according to the apple guide and I found that to be accurate) which i placed on top of the hanger contraption for scale. The duct tape and paper is so that you can grip the stupid thing because you need to have a very good grip on it to apply enough force to get the piece back out.
The bracket is solid, the procedure to get it on is a pain, don't mess it up or you will regret it like I did :(
My motivation in getting the adapter was to free up desk space and get the middle of the monitor at eye level. Those two things are good benefits and made the purchase worthwhile for me.
The adapter is excellent in workmanship and style, as one would expect from Apple. I viewed instructional videos online to make sure I was installing it correctly. There is actually a trick to that.
The trick to installing this adapter is to screw in the center screw all the way, which requires more force than anticipated. The two thick side screws will not thread unless the center screw is in far enough. Other than that, the instructions were easy to follow and nothing really to think about.
I recommend this item, and anyway it's the only one that will work with iMac as far as I'm aware.
After I got the replacement, the adapter mounted just fine and it seems extremely well built. Check out YouTube for some helpful videos (I didn't make one, but found several that were helpful). (Tip: I'm extremely pleased with the service from the seller, J&R Music World!)
From an aesthetic and functional stand point, this is a 5-star product. However, the design, how it works and how it is installed, leaves me thinking that in the future, I'll get a Mac Mini or laptop and a non-Apple monitor. It's just too fussy to get installed.