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Monoprice Workstream Single Monitor Desk Mount Review

Monoprice’s absurdly named yet near-perfect monitoring arm is an absolute must for large monitors.

Unboxing

Unboxing it Monitor arm It was remarkably easy, with all the pieces arriving together in one box. The monitor arm was one piece, the base another, the mounting plate a third, and then the nuts and bolts to attach the base to the clamp. We were able to completely build this monitor arm in about five minutes, even double-checking the instructions to make sure we were building everything correctly.

First impression

We can tell right out of the box that this arm is designed for a heavy monitor (currently using a display that weighs just over 21 lbs), so we’ve been using it all over our office space. Chose to connect to a table that is used more than

We wanted something that we knew would allow for easy monitor changes – as we change monitors often in our line of work (so we were very happy to see a quick release VESA mount which (allows for easy removal from the arm) – while still looking clean and ergonomically correct. The base, at first glance, seemed quite large, with plenty of clamps – however, after attaching it to our table, we understood the scale and it no longer felt as large.

Eyeglasses

Screen size: 32 – 49 inches

Supports up to 39.6 lbs

Edge clamp and through hole mounting options

VESA mount

Powder coated aluminum and steel construction

Built-in cable management

Design and build quality

This model is a single-arm monitor mount, so supports only one monitor, and also has a swivel point, unlike some other models. This design breaks down for the ability to have a perfect range to move your monitor around. However, not as much as you have a second arm and pivot point.

In use

Monoprice Heavy Duty Single Monitor Adjustable Gas Spring Desk Mount

Built-in cable management (Image credit: Future)

We had the opportunity to try out this monitor arm along with a number of different products during our testing time. We currently also use it with a 34-inch ultrawide, but it stands up perfectly to monitors from 27-inches to 40-inches, both with 16:9 aspect ratios.

The setup process was as straightforward as possible:

A cable management solution built into the arm is a great way to hide most of the cables that are needed to run the monitor. On average, a monitor will require a few wires. Power, display (HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C), and occasionally a cable or two. For our more “extreme” setup, we have power, USB-C, DisplayPort, HDMI, and a USB-A extension to use the USB-A ports built into the monitor with our computer. All of these cables were able to fit without issue. One annoying part of the cable management on offer is that there’s nothing covering the corners – but that’s perhaps an understandable difficulty.

Monoprice Heavy Duty Single Monitor Adjustable Gas Spring Desk Mount

Most are hidden behind the monitor. (Image credit: Future)

Why you need a monitor mount

There are several reasons why you might need a monitor mount. Maybe you share your office with someone, and you need to be able to adjust the position of your screen so it’s not in their line of sight. Or maybe you have neck or back problems, and need to adjust the height and angle of your monitor to ease the pain. Whatever your reason, a good monitor mount can make your life a lot easier.

How to Choose the Right Monitor Mount

Not all monitor mounts are created equal. When choosing a monitor mount, the following factors must be considered:

Monoprice Heavy Duty Single Monitor Adjustable Gas Spring Desk Mount

Removable VESA mount (Image credit: Future)

Final decision

Despite the cumbersome name, Monoprice’s desk mount is a great product for a modest price. Rated for larger displays, it can handle smaller screens just as easily. In addition, it can handle ultrawide monitors, indicating that it can hold some heavy displays. When using these wide screens, visible cables are not visible in the corner while sitting on a desk, making one thing about this monitor arm irrelevant. So, depending on the screen, it can be a great choice.

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