VESA Mounting 5K iMac?

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  1. InfernoUk macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys

    Im looking to order a 5K iMac later today.

    I want to vesa mount it, but dont want to commit to a VESA version mac as that would destroy its resale value.

    Im wondering if there are any aftermarket ways to adapt the imac for vesa available in the UK? Ive found 1 adapter but its in the USA!
     
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  3. InfernoUk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just realised this means a random floating stand on the imac : / not sure it that would be raised high enough on my desk.

    perhaps ill get a vesa mac and just buy a stand for it for resale
     
  4. dyt1983 macrumors 65816

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    I'm not concerned with resale, so I bought a VESA iMac 5K once it was available (sometimes I buy launch-day stuff without thinking it through). It's a much cleaner solution.
     
  5. InfernoUk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah that would be the ideal but im always conscious of resale as i swap computers every 2 years! will be a very small market of users wanting vesa
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Your options are limited to the Vesa version or an adapter that has the stand floating in space. Others have taken a hacksaw to the stand, but I see that as an extreme move that will destroy the resale.

    If you're looking to sell the computer in a few years, I'd say live with the adapter.
     
  7. InfernoUk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    im just not sure if some random stand hovering above my desk is going to be too intrusitve to be honest, like will the vesa adapter raise it high enough for it to not be int he way of things on the desk!
     
  8. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    While not the most elegant sounding solution, I've used wire, cable, chain etc. to mount other non VESA type televisions and such to a wall.

    If the iMacs stand can withhold the weight of the iMac, I'd probably take some heavy cable and wrap it under the hing point where the foot meets the back of the case, and then make a loop of cable above that point and hang the Mac from the cable and a good solid bolt in the wall (bolt would need to be in a stud in the wall).

    Adjust cable until you have a good viewing angle. If you put some planning into it, you can conceal the bolt and the cable behind the imac's case / screen.

    That would leave the foot in place. Use plastic coated cable if you want to prevent scuffing the foot.

    I know it doesn't sound elegant. But I've hung some flat screen televisions that way without trouble that didn't have a wall mount option.

    It's worked fine. Just make sure the cable and bolt are strong enough for the weight. And test holding the iMac in your hands at that anchor point to see if it feels sufficiently solid there.

    Naturally, I make no personal assurances. The task is up to you to judge suitability and safety of the option. In other words, try at your own risk. Just stating things I have successfully done.
     
  9. InfernoUk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that one sounds a little too ghetto for me haha, id just buy an after market adapter.

    Is there dimensions for the height with stand etc so i can see how it would sit?
     
  10. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    Yep, can understand that. I grew up working on old beater cars and improvising when necessary.

    I've made some pretty interesting solutions over the years. Some looked cool, some just did the job.

    I kind of like the novelty of custom solutions. Sometimes the story more than makes up for the lack of elegance.

    I've put cars on the road with solutions to problems that were supposedly impossible to overcome. They were a breed of their own.

    If you want to see something interesting, you should see how I've put crazy stereos into cars when I was younger. It wasn't elegantly implemented. But it was visually clean and packed a lot in a little space.

    Or even better, cars built with body and mechanical parts pulled from cars spanning 20 years and then blended together. Or wooden body parts carved and painted to perfectly match the car (only noticeably different if touched).

    Sometimes you use what you got lol.

    Anyway, hope you find a solution you like.
     
  11. CWallace macrumors 603

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    I bought the Vivo iMac stand for my new 5K, but ended up not using it as I purchased a new desk that allows the machine to be perfectly-placed with the built-in stand. I was impressed with the workmanship and I fully believe I would have been pleased if I had gone forward with using it so I am keeping it around.
     
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  13. bwoodruff macrumors member

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    I had this question too. Ended up going with the VESA iMac. Having a stand floating in the air didn't seam like a reasonable solution to me.
     
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    CWallace macrumors 603

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    Yes, it would be nice if you could remove the stand to use a VESA mount like with the older models, but I understand the new thinner design precludes that.
     
  15. bwoodruff macrumors member

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    Form over function, unfortunately. Too bad. The iMac is not a product that I need to be "super thin."
     

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