Getting a clean and ergonomic desk setup is nearly limiting. Many monitors let you adjust the height, tilt or rotate, but not adjust the viewing distance. So you may have to lean in or push back your chair, depending on your desk size. However, there is one line of product that fits the monitor adjustment requirements - Monitor arms. Also, they also help save space on your desk. However, buying a monitor arm on a tight budget can be quite puzzling if you aren't sure what's available in the market.
Apart from adding a cleaner look, monitor arms can also help you adjust the viewing angles based on your sitting or standing style of work. Apart from a monitor arm, you can include some visually pleasing elements like a headphone stand, wireless mouse and keyboards with RGB lighting to the mix, and you have a super cool desk staring right at you.
So, if you are looking for a durable and affordable monitor arm, here is our cherry-picked list of the best options. Let's take a look.
The North Bayou Monitor Arm can hold most 17-27-inch monitors that have the VESA-mount support. Though it looks affordable, it is a heavy-duty arm that can adjust as per your requirements. It's one of the few arms in this price range that comes with a good range of motion.
The best part is that it's quite easy to tweak the position of the display. For now, the NB arm can swivel and tilt. More importantly, if the power cords allow the flexibility of rotation, it can even rotate 360-degrees around the base.
Several users back these facts in their reviews on Amazon. Out of some 3,000 reviews on Amazon, it has managed to collect around 4.4-stars. Users have appreciated its easy assembly, sturdiness, and the range of motion.
If you're worried about messy cables destroying the look of this cool arm, the arm has ample room to help you get creative with cable management.
The monitor arm from Mount It! features heavy-duty gas spring joints that allow you to tweak the position of your monitor effortlessly. The body consists of aluminum material and its finesse gives the arm a premium look. On top of it, it features a solid clamp, which holds on to the desk securely, thus allowing you to tilt, swivel, and raise the display as per your choice.
One of the key advantages is that the screen rotation is quite comforting and you can easily rotate it from landscape to portrait.
Like its counterpart above, the Mount It! monitor arm comes with its cable management system.
Another excellent monitor is the Ergotech Freedom Arm. This one bundles an 8-inch tall pole that clamps to the table and an articulating arm that does most of the heavy lifting. It fits most 30 pound monitors measuring up to 27-inches, thus keeping the upgrade window open for the future. Like most of its counterparts, this one is compatible with monitors with VESA mounts (both 75×75 and 100×100).
You can use the arm to pan, tilt, or rotate the monitor effortlessly.
The monitor arm also includes a couple of clips for cable management that lets you route cords under the arm. That gives your setup a clean look and it becomes easy to clean the area behind the monitor as well.
Again, the C-clamp does a good job of securing the mount to the table. Its sturdiness has made this arm popular. Users seem to appreciate it for its durable, solid design and the quality of the material used.
It has 4-stars out of 5 on Amazon, with 60% positive reviews.
Ergotron's LX Desk Monitor Arm balances both looks and functionality with ease. It has a dual color tone, all thanks to the mix of black and silver. The company uses the in-house Constant Force lift technology on its arms, which makes it easy to play around with different adjustments.
If we talk numbers, it can hold 34-inch monitors with weight in between 7-25 pounds. Yep, you read that right.
And not only that. You are free to choose between the Desk Clamp and the Grommet Mount option.
Other than that, you can extend the monitor up to 25 inches, tilt it 75-degrees and pan 360-degree.
Speaking of its range of motion, user J.A Burher observes, "It holds the tablet in a very, very stable manner, yet it easily moves smoothly through an impressive range of motion. I can comfortably position the monitor at a good ergonomic distance and height when reading things, or I can pull it down into my lap when drawing and painting, and even pull it up and use it almost like an easel when standing."
It has gathered its fair share of reviews. Out of 2,000+ reviews, it has over 78% positive reviews.
Well, the name says it all. This monitor arm is a sophisticated piece of gadget, much similar to Tony Stark's sleek AI system. It comes with a wide range of functions and can support monitors up to 20 pounds. Size-wise, it can hold up to 32-inch wide monitors.
The best thing is that not only does it look super cool, but it also brings super-smooth motion to the table.
You can quickly adjust the height of the monitor to suit your ergonomic sitting position. If we talk numbers, it has a vertical range of 13-inch and can tilt, rotate and pan like most of its counterparts. Plus, it can extend up to 24 inches horizontally.
Like the arm above, you get two options of fixing it to your table — Grommet holes or a C clamp.
It is available in three colors — Black, Silver, and White. And, it's one of the sleekest arms out there.
If you are looking for a no-frills and no-nonsense monitor arm, you can check out the one by Amazon Basics. At around $120, this one isn't priced steep and gets most of the work done with ease.
For one, you can easily switch from the landscape mode to the portrait mode and back, extend, and retract. Plus, it has a 70-degree back tilt range and 5-degree forward tilt range.
Weight-wise, it can hold up to 25 lbs with a width up to 32 inches.
It has seen quite a lot of user reviews. It has 4.4-stars out of 5 on Amazon, with users speaking highly of its durability, sturdiness and the easy installation process.
However, this arm doesn't have great wire management. Hence, you may have to invest in a couple of cable clips and wire clamps, should you decide to buy this product.
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Before you click on the Buy button, check if the arm in question is future proof. That will prevent you from the burning extra cash in the future when you switch to a bigger monitor. At the same time, also check the warranty of the product for your region.
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