Setting up a monitor comes down to more than just choosing brightness, contrast, and other settings. Often you have to tilt the screen or even lift it up. What if the monitor does not have such adjustments? Special brackets will help here. How do they differ, how to install them correctly? Details are in our material.
Bracket vs Stand: What’s the difference?
Most monitors already have minimum settings – as a rule, users can easily adjust the angle of inclination. Typical indicators are from -5 to +20 degrees. More expensive models can deviate up to +35 degrees. Some models can also rotate and even become vertical.
This setting is called “rotate 90 degrees” or “portrait mode”
However, the standard design features do not always suit buyers. Sometimes you have to go beyond. This is where brackets come in handy.
Firstly, the bracket allows you to save space on the table. Most complete coasters have a wide base. The bracket is extremely compact. At the same time, it is reliable: it can easily withstand the weight of even widescreen monitors.
Secondly, the brackets allow you to mount multiple monitors. Try to place at least three monitors on a compact table with standard stands – most likely, they simply will not fit. If you have the appropriate bracket, the problem will be solved very quickly.
Thirdly, in many stands there is simply no depth adjustment. It is not always possible to move the entire monitor. The brackets offer the possibility of such adjustment with maximum convenience.
Preparing to Install the Bracket
Hanging the monitor on the bracket is quite simple. Several criteria must be taken into account.
The first is the presence and type of VESA mounts . As a rule, these are four fasteners in the form of a square or rectangle. Monitors typically use two VESA standards, 75 x 75mm and 100 x 100mm. The bracket must be purchased with support for the desired size.
The second is the length of the cables. In most cases, the wires will have to be routed along the bracket inside the cable ducts. Please take this into account when installing.
What should I do if my monitor does not have VESA holes? Special adapters will help – they hold the monitor with small “paws”. When choosing, be sure to consider the diagonal. The adapter allows you to mount a monitor on a VESA mount, even if the latter does not have the corresponding holes. However, installing the display in a vertical format is unlikely to succeed.
Such paws have another drawback – in frameless monitors, they can obscure part of the display. Users will also have to carefully control the tightening of the screws. If you overdo it, you can damage the matrix.
Will the bracket support all this construction? Even with the adapter, the weight will be within the normal range. Almost all modern monitors are quite light. So the 75 x 75 and 100 x 100 brackets can easily support the combined weight.
Attaching the bracket to the table
From the point of view of fasteners, brackets are divided into several types. The simplest ones are made by analogy with the stand. They are easy to install, but their stability is not very high. Other models are built directly into the countertop. In this case, you will have to work with the tool. However, the most convenient option is to mount the bracket with quick-release clamps. But here it is important to take into account some characteristics of the table.
To begin with, it is worth checking the overhang of the countertop – how far the edge protrudes from the leg or back wall. Maximum security is achieved when the edge of the worktop rests completely on the fixture. But the presence of a gap reduces stability. It’s better not to risk it.
As for the thickness of the countertop, most likely, you don’t have to worry. Almost all clamps allow you to adjust the emphasis. They are suitable for even the thickest countertops. For thin ones, you can always put something hard at point blank range.
If the VESA mount is non-removable, attach the bracket to the table and proceed to install the monitor. Of course, it is more convenient when the mount is detached from the bracket. Then you can conveniently fix it on the equipment, and then perform the final assembly.
The monitor arm is a functional and useful thing. The main thing is to choose the right VESA standard, check the parameters of your countertop and fasten the fasteners with high quality. The whole process will take you no more than ten minutes.