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Mounting monitor screens has become popular nowadays. One of the advantages is that a mounted monitor makes more room on the desk, and allows the user to adjust the viewing angle easily. Whether you have a small office and need more room, or you just want more flexibility from your monitor, a mounted computer monitor will definitely improve your workspace.
Most monitors can be mounted. However, some of them might need a little help, as they are not prepared to do so. Knowing the difference between a monitor that is ready to be mounted and another one that needs some adaptation will help you to make your decision of which monitor to buy.
What is VESA? To understand how mounting works we need to understand what VESA standard is. VESA is the acronym for The Video Electronics Standards Association. This organization has created an international mounting standard for monitors, TVs and other screens and displays. The idea is to standardize the mounting pattern, so international manufactures can have the same mounting, making it easy for customers allowing for general interchangeability between monitor mounts and brackets, regardless of the monitor’s brand. Having just one standard also reduces the cost of installation and improves the ergonomics.
A screen that is compatible with the VESA standard features the same size and number of holes on its back. This pattern is measured horizontally and vertically usually with the mounting holes drilled directly into the steel frame of the monitor.
VESA monitor mount standard defines the hole pattern at the back of the monitor, the size of the screws necessary to attach the mount to the monitor and the weight capacity that the mount will support. That being said, it is not one size fits all, as these are determined by the monitor size and dimensions you plan to mount.
One major advantage of VESA compliant arms, is that there are so many models and types of mounting. I am sure one will suit your needs. By having a VESA compliant monitor, your choices are endless. For example, if you have more than one screen you can use a dual monitor stand. Actually, not only two, but there are stands and arms suitable for up to 4 or even 5 screens.
Most modern TVs and monitors are manufactured according to the VESA standard. To find out if your TV complies with the standard, you have to check its back. If you see a four holes screw pattern. The pattern will vary according to the TV size, but the most common ones are 75 x 75 mm or 100 x 100 mm, while larger monitors will be 200 x 100 mm.
Some TVs, particularly those that come with their own stands or mounts, may have hidden holes. Removing the attached mount will expose the hole pattern of the TV.
Another way to find out if your monitor or TV is compliant with VESA, is checking the user’s manual. When the manual is not available, a simple Google search with the model of the TV should be enough to find the information.
The vast majority of monitors in the market today are compliant with VESA. However, small and cheap monitors might not be. Some curved monitors, or monitors that are too thin might also not be compliant. Apple’s monitors are notorious for not featuring the VESA standard either. However, you may still use monitor arms and stands. Some brands, such as Brateck, have monitor arms suitable for apple screens.
For other non compliant brands, you can use VESA mount adapters.These adapters are usually widely available in the market and are inexpensive. They are sold as an aftermarket product.
That being said, if you are in the market for a new monitor and have the intention to mount it anyhow, I strongly suggest you buy a monitor VESA mount compatible monitor, as it will save you time and money, it will be a plug-and-play product.
Whether your monitor is compatible with VESA or not. To choose the correct mount you should be attentive to the the right mount for your needs. Consider the monitor size and weight ratings and compare to what you actually have to avoid potential damage to your monitor.
Understand the different types of mounts available and their specifications. Monitor stand mounts are the most affordable option, and you do not need to worry about drilling a hole on your desk, nor clamping the arm to your desk. However, freestanding mounts do not have adjustable features, meaning the viewing angles of the monitor are limited and might not be the optimal for your health.
Clamp stands are the more common, and allow you to fully maneuver the monitor and get a more comfortable viewing angle. This type of arm is attached to the edsk by a clam and usually features an adaptable bracket if you want to drill into your desk.
Monitor mounting is one of the best ways to adjust the monitor in the most comfortable viewing angle, and get the ergonomics of your workstation right. It also saves space in your desk and makes it neat and tidy.
TecnoTools has a great range of VESA compatible products, including single and double monitor arms and stands.
If you want to mount a TV instead of a monitor, TecnoTools also has a comprehensive range of floor TV stand with mounts. I am sure you can find one to suit your needs.