Finally here's the rest of the shrapnel. Ergotron includes every screw you'll need to assemble this stand including an Allen Key though you'll still need a Robertson screwdriver. Zap straps in the box get you started on the cable management, but of course, you can use more if you like. They also include some spacers for 75mm mounts that are recessed into the back of some panels.
As for the instructions, Ergotron has gone to great lengths to ensure that they walk you through each step of the assembly. The three page instruction pamphlet was well illustrated, but it lacked text instructions. This did make some steps a little difficult to fully grasp, but in the end I managed to get everything put together as it should be.
And Finally, with assembly completed, we have come to this. Without the panel mounts, the stand does take on a certain religious motif. Ignoring that, we still have to mount the panels, and adjust the height mechanism to support the weight of two 22" LCD panels. For panels I chose two different LCDs; a decent Samsung panel and a cheapie Soyo panel.
Doing Double Duty
Though it would seem obvious to some, this whole rig is quite a bit larger then even I was expecting. Still, the Ergotron Neo-Flex Dual LCD Lift Stand handled the mounting of two different monitors with ease. As for adjustability, the two 22" panels were a tight squeeze, but with some finagling I could easily rotate each panel. This is great for desktop publishing or web design, as when one has the expanse of a 22" LCD rotated into portrait mode, one can easily see an entire page without scrolling. The single stand now takes up quite a bit less room and thanks to the built in cable management, things on the backside certainly seem tidier.
The only downside with this stand is the static angle at which the panels are held at. As a gamer, I like to have my primary display right in front of me, and a secondary display off to the side. Granted this is meant to be an economical monitor arm meant for desktop and office applications, but it would be nice to tilt one of the monitors so it's at more of angle to the other. Overall, the stand still does what it says and there is no danger of anything working loose and falling off.
In the end, Ergotron has provided a monitor stand that will take two LCD panels and mount them inline with each other. By doing so, it will also give them adjustability ad features that may not have been present in the OEM stand mated to most monitors. This stand is thankfully not tied to any specific manufacturer thanks to the use of VESA standard mounts.
When you take into acount the excellent documentation, you have a stand the is easy to setup, easy to use, and a very good value. There are a few minor faults that I've pointed out, but overall I wouldn't have a problem recommending this product to someone looking for a value added way to rearrange their desktop, save space, and tidy up the cables.
- Easy to assemble and use
- Fully adjustable
- Supports any LCD up to 22" with a VESA mount
- No text instructions
- Relative monitor angle not adjustable
Overall Rating: 8.5/10.0
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