- Page 1 Abbiecomp LCD ViewMaster – Adjustable Screen Mount
- Page 2 Abbiecomp LCD ViewMaster
- Review Price: £180.00
There’s no denying that one of the greatest advantages of a TFT monitor is the small desktop footprint. But wouldn’t it be great if that slim and sexy flat screen had no desktop footprint whatsoever? Well that’s where the LCD ViewMaster from Abbiecomp comes in.
The idea of mounting a TFT screen on some kind of arm is nothing new, and finding a screen that doesn’t have a VESA mount at the back is pretty rare these days. But the question is whether it is worth investing in a mounting arm in the first place, and whether it will really make your monitor viewing experience that much better.
Now, with TFT monitors becoming more and more common, the design and functionality of the stand has started to be the point of differentiation. Looking at the ViewSonic VP range of monitors, the stand plays a large part in creating the overall high-end look and feel of the unit. Features like dampened vertical movement and the ability to pivot the screen helps set the VP range apart from the competition. However, the ViewSonic VP range will take up a decent amount of space on your desktop, and despite the great stand, you are still somewhat limited to the extent to which you can position the screen.
The LCD ViewMaster takes away the need for a smart monitor stand, and gives you a completely free and empty desktop. The ViewMaster can be either clamped to the back of your desk or mounted onto a wall. The former will take up a very small amount of desk space, while the later will take up no room at all, although you’ll need to have your desk facing a wall in the first place.
Constructed from solid aluminium, the ViewMaster ships in three sections. The bottom section is the part that clamps to the desk or wall, while the central part is an optional extension arm. The third part is the clever bit – this is the gas dampened section that can be tilted up and down while the VESA mounting plate is connected to a ball and socket joint for infinite position adjustment.
When you get all the parts out of the box setting it all up does look like a pretty daunting task. However, there is a very detailed manual also supplied. In true techno-junkie style, I made no attempt to read the manual and jumped straight into the construction. Even without referring to the manual I had no problem constructing the ViewMaster and I soon had it clamped to a small desk in the labs.
With the optional centre section installed you can add extra height and length to the arm, as well as providing an extra pivot point. The main part of the arm incorporates gas assisted movement. The tension of the gas assistance can be adjusted to match the weight of the screen that you attach to the arm. The same goes for the ball and socket joint. When I first attached the 17in Samsung LCD TV to the arm it hung straight down like a dead flower. After a little investigation though, I found that at the back of the ball and socket there are four tensioning screws – after a bit of screwdriver action the screen was sitting happily upright.