Best Desk Clamp/Screw Arm for 2017 iMac 21.5" ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by trevor2522, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. trevor2522 macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2011
    I am buying an iMac 21.5-inch with VESA bracket instead of the Apple stand. Which brand of mounting arm is recommended for adjustment of reach and height? I am not able to drill walls and a heavy stand is not easily portable -- so I need a G-clamp to desk or (preferably) screw-into-desk for security. Do bracket manufacturers supply the iMac adapter screws or must I buy these separately? I can't believe how little help Apple is in averting use of their very-limited-adjustment stand! Thank you.
  2. trevor2522 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2011
    VESA arm or Apple stand falling off the desk ... Apple still has its legal obligations and only knows what history is disclosed by the customer. There seems to be a good choice of VESA mounts for sale, so clearly the market is there for both Mac and PC users who want more flexibility.

    For those with generous luggage allowances there are custom-made photographer-style cases specifically made to accommodate iMacs sporting the original stand.
  3. rkuo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2010
    The whole point of the VESA adapter is to be compliant with VESA mounts. All monitors arms that are VESA compliant (basically, all of them) will work. I personally use Humanscale monitor arms, but even arms like those from Amazon Basics should be fine.
  4. trevor2522, Jul 10, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2017

    trevor2522 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Thanks. Humanscale seems to be the Rolls Royce of monitor arms. Did you ever see an arm which can screw onto a desk, rather than rely on a fallible G-clamp?

    Rated at 9.1 Kg. iMac 21.5-inch weighs 5.68 Kg, less the stand, so about 5 Kg -- safety ratio of almost 2:1. The 27-inch iMac weighs 9.54 Kg, less the stand, so would be at this stand's limit. For double the price Humanscale sells an 18 Kg-rated arm.
  5. rkuo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2010
    Yes, that's quite standard actually and it's called a bolt through mount. You can see the options on Humanscale's configurator (link). Obviously that will require making a hole in the desk so you have to be OK with that. The clamps are quite heavy duty actually ... nothing wrong with them if you can make them work in your setup.
  6. dogbait macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2005
    London, England
    Have a Humanscale M8 and can assure you the G clamp (it's actually two clamps) is incredibly tight. I have a large 34" ultra wide and not a hint of wiggle nor have I needed to retighten in two years of use.

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