Monitor Arm for iMac

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  1. levmc macrumors member

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    I have a 2017 27'' iMac. Does anyone know how to use this with a monitor arm? Any recommendations of monitor arms?
     
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  4. levmc thread starter macrumors member

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    If you didn't special order one with built in VESA mount, is it a lot more difficult to use it with a monitor arm?
    Did you have to online order for that?
     
  5. sahnert macrumors 6502

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    It used to be that you could detach the stand and add a vesa mount adapter, then you would get whatever VESA compatible arm you like.

    This post describes the process

    Not sure where to get that mount adapter. I don’t believe Apple sells it any more (they do sell one for iMac Pro). I also don’t know if the 2017 iMac had the user-detachable stand like older models.
     
  6. chuck21401 macrumors newbie

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    Yes. Built to order option.

    I believe you would have to disassemble the machine to convert a 2017 model. Earlier models used an adapter. But search more to confirm that.

    I have seen an adapter that works with the stock stand, but it’s not as elegant: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/NUMNTIMVS/

    After looking into this before buying my Imac, I decided to special order the one with the built in VESA mount.
     
  7. Alchemist macrumors regular

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    I recently went down this route myself so can speak with some authority on the subject. I initially bought an arm from Amazon. I don't remember the model, but it was cheap, though sturdily built. It was also well reviewed. Long story short, it wasn't strong enough to support a 27" iMac. They're heavy bits of kit! Even with everything tightened to the max, the iMac would sink down onto the table as the weight was exceeding the loading.

    In the end, I decided to get serious and bought a Humanscale M8. This is a serious bit of kit and super strong. Very well made from a company that makes wonderful equipment. I also have the M2 which is for lighter weight monitors and I use this with a 4K LG monitor and a second machine. The M series arms are worlds away from the cheaper arm I bought previously from Amazon. I got my Humanscale arms second hand on eBay and they've been great. They move much more more smoothly and once setup, they just stay put. The rotational axis isn't perfect, but it's fine once adjusted.

    Another thing to consider - the VESA mount/mounting option. I originally intended to use a iMac VESA mount and it was only after attempting to remove the iMac foot (stand) that I discovered that not all iMac's can have the stand removed. On my iMac (the iMac 5K late 2014) this wasn't possible. I could have sent it to Apple but I occasionally use it on location so that would have been difficult as sometimes I need that foot. In the end I settled for one of these Humancentric Mounts. (Note not the same high end brand as HumanSCALE). It's a bit ugly and pernickety but it works fine and I have limited complaints now it's setup.

    A few other things to consider, say:

    • I have now moved to an iMac Pro and the same setup is working admirably.
    • Since I bought my Humanscale arms it appears they have upgraded them to new '.1' versions.
    • They have also added an ultra heavy duty M10 model.
    • The iMac Pro was at the centre of a number of reports criticising the robustness of Apple's OEM VESA mount kit. Be wary of Apple VESA mounts at the moment.
    Hope that helps!
     
  8. levmc, Jan 24, 2019
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    "In the end I settled for one of these Humancentric Mounts."

    Is the black round thing in Humancentric Mounts adhesive? Will it be removable if I decide to not use a monitor arm for a time?
     
  9. hfg macrumors 68040

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    It is not adhesive. It simply presses against the iMac and is an adjustment for fixing the display angle. The whole adapter removes easily if not desired by removing the split ring at the end of the pivot bolt and then pulling the bolt out, releasing the mount from the stand.
     
  10. Alchemist macrumors regular

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    Yep, this. Not adhesive. Just a pad which applies pressure.
     
  11. james948 macrumors 6502

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    Anyone know how the flo plus compares to the humanscale m8 with an iMac Pro? I can’t find any video reviews of the flo with the iMac Pro.
     
  12. levmc thread starter macrumors member

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    Would it be hard to move the iMac up and down and side to side because of the weight?
     

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