Do you have a sore neck or just want to free up space on your desk? Invest in a monitor arm! We have chosen for you the best models of VESA compatible monitor mounts.
What are the best monitor mounts?
Having a good screen, be it gamer or ultra-wide, is nice, but we have to admit that many of them are a bit lacking in terms of configuration. The vast majority are content with a slight adjustment of the vertical angle, and of the height for some. But don’t despair, PC monitor stands are here, they not only allow you to place your screen with little onions, but also save a lot of space on your desk. They also have a great aesthetic advantage. It is one of the essential equipment for a good teleworking office.
If this selection of display mounts may seem rather limited, it’s intentional. We have excluded cheap and poor quality feet. It is better to spend a few more euros on the purchase than to see your beloved screen break the figure. A quality stand is an investment: a good Ergotron monitor stand can last almost 15 years without wrinkling.
Looking for the perfect monitor? Read our guide to the best gaming monitors, the best office monitors, and our comparison of the best ultrawide monitors. Our Beginner’s Guide to Streamers may also be of interest to you.
Amazon Basics Monitor Stands: Like Deja Vu
We’re not always fans of Amazon Basics products, the e-commerce giant is used to taking inspiration from (or even outright copying) successful products to offer a more affordable version.
However, this is not the case at all here, since the monitor mounts offered here are manufactured by Ergotron, the market reference, and distributed by Amazon. Thus, we find excellent build quality and good cable management at a slightly lower price. Fixing its interface is simple.
However, the entire range is not offered as there are only low column support models (single or double screen) and a wall model. The black and white variants are also falling through the cracks. The truth is that despite these few limitations, these supports are, by far, the best value for money on the market for screens of 32 inches or less. Official Ergotron models sell for twice as much!
Ergotron HX: support for large PC screens
Have you fallen in love with a really giant screen like one of Samsung’s Odyssey G9? You won’t be able to use either foot! Fortunately, Ergotron, the industry leader in brackets, is there for you with this Ergotron HX.
As always in the brand, we find a perfect manufacturing quality and a price that stings. But that’s the price to pay to ensure you don’t see your screen fall. This display stand model is available as a desktop or wall mount.
Tri-screen HX arm: see triple
Looking for a large viewing area, but 49-inch screens aren’t for you? Combine three monitors up to a maximum of 24 inches with this mounting bar that attaches to the HX arm. With combination screens, it is possible to benefit from a 180 degree panoramic view.
Be warned though, this display mount costs as much as the original arm.
Apple and VESA: I don’t love you either
Because Apple hates to do things like everyone else, Apple-branded devices are not VESA-compliant by default. It is even more unfortunate that the latter often tend to be quite sparse in terms of adjustment possibilities.
However, if you want to use a VESA mount, there is a possibility: buy a specific version. Apple offers VESA versions of its iMac M1, Studio Display, and Pro Display XDR.
You will find them here:
If you bought a regular version of an iMac, there are slightly less elegant third-party monitor support solutions for the iMac M1 and earlier 21-inch and 27-inch iMacs.
Everything you need to know about monitor mounts
What is VESA?
The VESA interface standard indicates a series of standards for attaching a flat panel display to an external mount. It consists of 4 fixing slots for screws arranged in a square or rectangular shape.
There are 11 variants depending on the size and weight of the screen used. For the vast majority of current monitors you will find a format of 100 x 100 or more rarely 200 x 100 mm. In any case, we recommend that you consult the technical data sheet of your screen before buying a support.
How do I know if my display is VESA compatible?
The vast majority of screens have VESA mounting points, but we always recommend that you check before paying. To do this, look at the back of your screen – you should see 4 screw threads about four inches apart. If you can’t see them and your display has a removable stand, remove the stand. In fact, there’s a good chance the fixing points are hidden in there so the mount can slide in there.
PC display mount: the desk or the wall?
Two types of partitions dominate the market, on the one hand those that come to be fixed on a desk and on the other those that are attached to the wall.
For the vast majority of users, we recommend a desktop model. Not only are they significantly easier to install (just bolt on a clamp), they’re also easier to reuse.
Wall-mounted models, by contrast, take up less space and can offer a more elegant installation. On the other hand, we will have to play simulation.
I lost my screws, which one should I replace them with?
You bought a second hand mount or just lost the bag of screws for it… No problem, these are standardized. For each of your monitors, you will need 4 x 10mm long M4 pan head screws. If absolutely any type of fingerprint works, we recommend using Allen or Torx to make your life easier during assembly.
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