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Any place where you spend a significant amount of your time should be customized to your own needs and tastes — and that goes double for your workspace. Your desk, chair, lighting, and decor all play a role in how comfortable and productive you are throughout the day, and so does your monitor setup. Adding an adjustable monitor arm to your workspace frees up valuable desk real estate, and optimizes ergonomics as well.
What Are the Best Adjustable Monitor Arms?
The best adjustable arms differ in sizes and styles, but their basic function is to help elevate and extend your computer monitor for a more comfortable viewing angle. The best adjustable monitor arms also help you add an extra screen to your work setup. Perhaps you’re editing video or photos and need two monitors to jump between, or maybe you use a laptop and a traditional monitor as part of your work setup; an adjustable arm will keep things lifted and organized.
The arm, once secured to your desk by clamp or grommet, should be strong enough to fully support the weight of your monitor without sagging throughout the day. It should also have a flexible range of motion, allowing you to swivel and adjust as widely as needed. Some products include a laptop tray, which we find especially useful, and other arms attach to existing mounts, allowing you to add a second or third screen.
The piles of tangled cables that come with any additional device can further clutter your workspace, which is why we look for monitor arms that include some sort of cable management system where you can tidily store cords out of the way.
1. VIVO Height-Adjustable Monitor Arm
The two most common complaints we have with adjustable arms is that they have limited flexibility and that the weight of the monitor will cause the arm to sag by the end of the day. This arm, however, can be swiveled, angled, rotated, and flipped whichever way you want it, and by the end of the day your monitor will not have drooped from that spot.
The arm is compatible with most monitor screens — up to 27 inches and 14.3 pounds — which are easily installed by simply sliding the screen onto the device’s open plate. The arm has a 90 to 45 degree swivel and 360 degree rotation for a variety of viewing angles (including portrait orientation), while the pneumatic springs counterbalance the weight of your monitor to keep it steady.
Pros: Extremely flexible and strong.
Cons: Awkward cord organization so best for a desk that’s against the wall to hide the unsightly cables.
2. Viozon Monitor and Laptop Mount
This two-in-one mount combines the adjustable monitor arm with a laptop tray freeing up more space on your desk and keeping both screens comfortably at eye level.
Both the tray and the arm are adjustable, allowing you to modify the arrangement of both to whatever works best for you. The laptop tray has up to a 45 degree tilt, and the monitor arm a 145 degree tilt as well as a 360 degree range of swivel motion.
The device is made of heavy-duty aluminum, and so can handle a monitor up to 32 inches in size and a maximum of 19.8 pounds.
Because this kind of desk apparatus can often look a little industrial (and not necessarily in a good way) we like this monitor arm’s slim and minimal design that feels more corner office than basement command center.
Our one gripe would be that attaching the mount to your desk with the clamp might be a two-person job, as it can be a bit weighty and awkward to manage.
Pros: Includes both monitor arm and laptop stand with an attractive style.
Cons: Installation can be a bit awkward and tricky.
3. WALI Universal Three-Tier Arm Accessory
If you’re looking to add a second or third monitor to your desk set up, we recommend this arm, which attaches to an existing monitor mount.
The arm is compatible with most WALI desk monitor mounts, and is actually pretty simple to install using the included mounting hardware kit. The design of the mount is nice too, with holes to allow airflow and keep the monitor from overheating. We’re fans of the arm’s flexibility too, which has a max extension of 28 inches, and can extend, retract, tilt, and rotate to the best ergonomic position.
This arm fits a monitor of up to 27 inches and 22 pounds, though some people found it a little less robust than some of the other models.
Pros: Can add to an existing mount, making it ideal for three-monitor setups.
Cons: Not quite as strong as we might like.