The 8 Best Monitor Arms to Buy in 2017

Take your monitor to the next level, literally

In today’s connected world, many of us spend long hours at a computer on a daily basis. Using a monitor arm can help you create an ergonomic computer setup for one or multiple monitors that will protect you from injury and help you work more comfortably. A monitor arm can help prevent back and neck pain by properly positioning your screen. This can be especially helpful if you alternate between standing and sitting, if you share a desk with others or if you are working on posture issues. Monitor arms should be designed for stability and should be able to securely hold your monitor, so it’s important to look for one that is correctly rated for your monitor’s size and weight. Other important factors to consider are ease of installation, adjustability, cable-management options and, of course, cost.

Made from sturdy yet lightweight polished aluminum, this attractive monitor desk mount boasts a sleek, futuristic appearance and comes with patented Constant Force lift technology for easy-to-use adjustability. This monitor arm allows you to extend your LCD monitor up to 25 inches, and then fold it back over the base into a compact position, so you can totally get your monitor out of the way when you need space. It also allows you to adjust the height of the monitor up to 13 inches. Ergotron claims that this monitor arm has also passed its 10,000-cycle motion test giving it an expected lifetime of many years. A neat included cable management feature routes cords under the arm and out of the way to keep your workspace tidy. 

This bargain-priced monitor mount is the best overall for customers who want to easily mount and adjust two monitors. With the capacity to hold two 15 to 27-inch screens, this mount will free up lots of valuable desk space. Tilt and swivel each monitor independently to achieve the most comfortable working positions and eliminate screen glare. This mount comes with a c-clamp for easy installation and monitor cables clip onto the arm, providing a tidy solution for all those wires. Note that each arm only holds 17 pounds, though, so this might not be the best choice if you are using very large or heavy monitors. 

For many people, a desk-mounted monitor arm will serve their needs best since it provides more maneuverability. But if you are in a small work zone and need to clear off even more desk space, you can opt for a wall monitor mount. Though this wall mount requires drilling and therefore has a longer installation time than the others on our list, customers will love the incredible price. This wall mount, made from premium cold-rolled steel, holds 12 to 24-inch monitors, but can support a weight capacity of up to 40 pounds. Though wall mounts are generally not as maneuverable as desk mounts, this one still provides up to 15 degrees of tilt up or down and 180 degrees of swivel at each joint, plus it can accommodate monitors in either portrait or landscape orientation. Installation hardware is included. 

If you have a monitor under 17.8 pounds and less than 27 inches, this budget-friendly pick should work well for you. The Freedom Arm comes with a VESA-compliant plate, a lightweight aluminum articulating arm and a desk clamp base. This monitor arm has an impressive range of motion with an overall height adjustment of 14 inches (and a full extension range of 26.7 inches). You can also tilt your monitor up 90 degrees, down 45 degrees, pan 180 degrees and rotate a complete 360 degrees, so you can easily view your monitor in portrait or landscape orientation. The included desk clamp easily attaches to desks up to 2.5 inches in thickness.

The Amazon Basics premium single monitor stand wins the versatility prize since it works so well for multiple different situations. You can clamp it onto desks as thin as .4 inches or a thick as 2.4 inches, and it holds monitors up to an impressive 25 pounds. It can also accommodate LCD monitors up to 32 inches and includes an extendable and retractable arm. Tilt your monitor up to 70 degrees back and 5 degrees forward and easily rotate from landscape to portrait mode for simple maneuverability. Made from sturdy yet lightweight aluminum and VESA-compliant, this monitor stand can also extend your monitor outward up to 25 inches (and it only takes a simple motion to push it out of the way when not in use).

Customers love that this sturdy monitor arm provides enough clearance that they can use it with very large monitors. This tough 3M product holds monitors up to 30 pounds and is VESA compliant. You can choose to use the included clamp to attach it to desks up to 4.25 inches thick or you can use the included grommet mount hardware to permanently install it to desks up to 2.25 inches thick. The monitor arm, though very strong, is cleverly designed to be hollow, so that you can run your monitor cables through them, neatly solving the problem of having cords all over your desk space. The monitor arm provides 7.5 inches of height adjustability and extends up to 19.5 inches from the base. 

This budget-priced VIVO single LCD monitor desktop stand has an arm that comes with a cool internal counterbalance gas spring that adjusts to the weight of your monitor. This creates a suspended free-float effect that allows you to easily and instantly adjust the position of your monitor. Use the included hex tool to make the appropriate changes to the weight adjustment bolt on the back of the mount – simply turn the bolt clockwise to increase gas spring tension or turn the bolt counterclockwise to decrease tension. The gas spring arm can support weights up to 13.2 pounds and screens between 13 and 27 inches. The adjustable arm provides 90 degree tilt, 25 degree swivel and 360 degree rotation, allowing you to view your monitor in portrait or landscape mode. 

To truly transform the way you work, try out this Jestik Horizon Triple mount monitor arm. Create a stunning display with up to three 15 to 27-inch monitors (up to 17.7 pounds per mount). This VESA-compliant setup also accommodates ultra-modern curved monitors. The Jestik quick-release feature allows you to easily slide a monitor in and out without having to disassemble and reassemble the entire mount. With a longer pole size of 18 inches, its 360-degree turning feature allows you to tilt, swivel and rotate your monitors exactly the way you want them. Plus, it comes with an integrated cable management system that helps you organize all of those cords and keep your workspace neat. 

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