new 24" iMac weight + tempered glass desk

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  1. f00f macrumors 65816

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    I just placed an order for the 24" iMac. Apple lists the weight of this machine as 25 lbs. I intend for it to be my primary desktop machine, claiming its residence atop my computer desk which is made of 8mm-thick tempered glass and aluminum framing.

    My only concern is that 25 lbs might be too heavy for the glass. Unfortunately I cannot find a maximum load specification for the desk anywhere. If I can find the manufacturer's number I'll certainly call them but I can't find that either. So, anyone here have a similar setup and care to comment? Coming home and finding shattered glass and 2 grand of mangled hardware wouldn't make for a happy time! :p

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  2. Chris. macrumors regular

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    I have a glass table with a 20" iMac and a 23" LCD on it, had the iMac on the table for over a year now and haven't had any problems. The glass looks stronger than you think :).
     
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    I have a 24" iMac on the a glass desk, not a problem, I guess the iMac stand sit on the support bar, so all the pressure is not on the glass, but the glass has no trouble supporting the weight.
     
  5. harmonica01 macrumors 6502

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    same thickness as my desk at home. The load capacity for mine is 78lbs. Currently holds ****tons of books my LG screen which is considerably heavier than the imac or cinema display just fine.
     
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  7. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a

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    Hehe I am asking myself the same question, as I am intending to buy this desktop (and for the same mac as you)

    Edit : this picture is from the IKEA catalog
     

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    there's only one major thing missing in that desktop, that's very important


    a mouse pad lololol, the mouse just will not work on the glass

    rather then that, it's amazing how can someone design a full desktop computer, and making the desktop so clean, not having wires to fill it up
     
  10. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a

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    hhhhhoooooo wait a sec ! that's a good one ! thanks !

    I didn't think to this... and I hate mousepads... hmmm... Just do not want to go further on this thread because I have created a new post on my new desk choice lol
     
  11. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    It'll be fine. For tables they usually use strong glass so it can hold a fair bit of weight.:D
     
  12. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    With 8-mm or 1/4 inch glass, I wouldn't worry too much.

    However if it was the standard $49-99 glass tables with tempered glass the same thickness as window glass -- then I'd worry. Since that glass would likely hold it, but be much nearer to the load limit (and dropping an iPhone may risk shattering it).

    If you've got a really spectacular table frame, and want to upgrade later, likely there is a architectual/decorator glass shop in your area that will cut/bevel/engrave/sandblast a custom glass table top for you.

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    Note: If you are really worried about the glass, or have kids, you can always order a package or security film/tint to add on the underside ... that'll keep it together if it breaks. When paired with some 1 inch tempered glass they now tout a the level bullet resistance the film adds. For cheap glass you'd probably end up with a giant fruit roll up made of glass.
     
  13. Serif macrumors regular

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    Oddly enough I was Googling for pretty much the same information the original poster was looking for and for much the same reason. I'm about to buy the new 27" iMac and have a Jahnke Flatline glass desk, 1.4m wide with 8mm toughened glass. The weight of the iMac has gone up to 30.5lb and I can't find load ratings anywhere. Everything I've seen so far however seems to indicate I've still got a fairly large safety margin with that setup.
     

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