What types of mounts are out there?
We specialize in all types of mounts for computers, TVs, Laptops, and tablets. The first decision you need to make when looking for a mount is how many screens you will be dealing with and what is most important to you from a usage standpoint - Whether you're building a home theater, gaming setup, or just trying to save some desk space. The most popular categories are dual monitor mounts (which includes the #1 Best Selling Monmount LCD-194 Dual Monitor Stand), triple lcd mounts, and quad mounts. Each of these will secure the corresponding number of LCD screens so they are great for many different types of applications from kiosks, workstations, or surveillance monitoring to playing poker online across multiple screens or even stock trading. We've seen people use their mounts for a lot of different reasons. If you're looking to mount a TV to the wall you will want to go to a different category - the TV Mounts. There you can shop by the size & weight of your television to find what you need to securely mount your TV to the wall in your home or office. Choose a swiveling or flip down TV mount if you want to be able to pull it from the wall and move it in a variety of directions for versatile visibility angles. If you don't want that, choose a stationary mount for the most secure hold.
Why get a monitor mount?
Monitor mounts, whether they one or more screens, are helpful devices in that they hold the display off of the desk, which often allows for more open desk space and a more ergonomic computer experience. Other features most mounts share are horizontal swivel, vertical tilt, arm extension, and height adjustment. Many mounts also provide clips for managing cables to keep a neat and orderly work area.
What type of monitor mounts are there?
Aside from the number of displays a mount can hold, the three main types of monitor mounts are weighted base mounts, wall mounts, and c-clamp mounts. Weighted mounts simply sit on top of your desk and have a heavy weighted base that acts as ballast, allowing them to stay securely upright when supporting your monitor. Wall mounts are more permanent, as they are installed into the wall using screws and other mounting hardware. Be sure to locate a stud to attach the mount to, as drywall is usually not strong enough to support the weight of a monitor. Weighted mounts and wall mounts are great for desks that are topped in glass or other materials that are not especially strong or robust. For sturdier furniture, a C-clamp mount would be a great addition, as they are installed onto your desk, counter, or table top by using a clamp at the base of the mount to grab onto a portion of the ledge of the top surface.
How do I know my monitor is compatible with mounts?
The universal standard for monitor mounts is VESA Flat Display Mounting Interface (FDMI), and is mostly referred to as VESA mounting patterns. The most common VESA mounting patterns use four screw holes on the back of your monitor, and are between 75mm x 75mm to 200mm x 200mm in size, but there are variations. If your monitor has a VESA mounting pattern, then it is compatible with a mount equipped with the same pattern.
What should I be looking for in a TV Mount?
The main factor you should consider when browsing our selection of TV mounts is the intended usage of the TV. We carry models that tilt, pivot, extend, or even stay completely still, so decide how much flexibility you'd like in your display and have a look! The next option to consider is the mounting bracket size of your TV. Just like modern monitors, flat panel TV's also use the VESA system for to connect with their mount, so you just need to look up or measure the dimensions of your TV's VESA connections. Our mounts are compatible with a range of VESA mounting sizes, so make sure the model you choose is compatible with your TV.
How to Create a Multi-Monitor SetupStart with Whatcha Got
Quite a few PCs these days can support dual monitor setups right out of the box. So before you start buying stuff, it's a good idea to check out what you've already got. Start by taking a peak at the backside of your desktop, this is where you'll find the motherboard's I/O (In/Out) interface, which is where your integrated video ports will reside (if you don't know what your video ports look like click on various items to see multiple images for each). If you've got two video ports back there, you can probably just plug in your second monitor and be good to go!
If your computer doesn't use integrated graphics, your video will be coming from a discrete (not integrated) video card, in which case the ports will be located a bit lower, in which case the ports will be located in the expansion port area of your case (but the video ports will look the same). The same is true though, if you've got two or more ports, you can likely run two monitors without adding any additional hardware.
There are, sadly, times when, even though you've got two video ports, they won't support dual video output. There are cases where you've got a TV-output (like HDMI, S-Video, or Composite) and a display-output (most often a DVI or VGA). If this is the case your graphics adapter is probably not equipped to output through the display output and the TV output at the same time. Dual monitor support will come from two display outputs, most often one VGA and one DVI or, in some cases, two DVI ports.
Adding a Video Card
If you don't have enough video ports for the number of monitors you'd like to support, you may have to take the hardware plunge and buy yourself a new video card. (Since the purchasing of a new video card deserves more treatment than I could give it here, check back next week for a post on how to pick a graphics card.) Ninety-nine percent of today's graphics cards use the PCI-Express x16 port located on your motherboard, which looks like this:
As far as the number of monitors you'll be able to support, most video cards can run two off the bat (AMD Eyefinity or NVIDIA Surround video cards can run three or more). If you'd like to use more in your multi-monitor setup, three or four for example, you've got a couple of options. First, you could get a second video card; this would require a second PCI-Express x16 port, second, if you've got a compatible chipset you could run Hybrid CrossFireX, which allows you to make use of your motherboards integrated video output in addition to a discrete graphics card. Third, you could purchase a video card specifically made to run multiple monitors.
Once you've got all the necessary connectors and everything is plugged in, you'll still need to configure your monitors. If you're running Windows, right click on your desktop and head to wherever you set your screen resolution (this is slightly different between XP, Vista, and 7) and you'll see a screen like this:
Another consideration you'll need to make with a multi-monitor setup is desktop space. Two, three or four monitors will take up a lot of space on your desktop. A good solution to this is a monitor mount.
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