I install television and home theater equipment for a living. I had a customer that wanted a television hung, but didn't want to pay for the bracket I normally use, so I purchased this one, which is about 1/3 the price, and told him I couldn't guarantee quality, since I have never used one. I was also curious if this would be something I could use instead of the other brand in the future.
This bracket says it is able to handle up to a 47" television. I mounted a 42" Sony LCD on it, and it was nothing but a hassle. First of all, most brackets have holes in the base that can handle many different widths of studs. This bracket did not. I had to drill holes where the studs were, because they happened to be 3" closer together where the television needed to be mounted.
That wasn't a huge problem, but when I got the television mounted, I immediately noticed that it kept tilting down. This is obviously what the allen wrench was for, so I tightened the bolts. Again, it started dropping down. I tightened them again, even harder, and again it tilted. Every time I would tighten the bolts as tight as I could, I would push the television back, and it would tilt. I would magically find that the bolts were still able to tighten again. After tightening the bolts about 10 times, they finally held, kind of. The television would still come down if any pressure was put on it.
After I got the bolts tightened so that the tilt would hold, I looked at how the bracket was behind the television. I noticed that the bracket was bowing, which added to the downward tilt. I would lift the television up from the bottom, and it would never quite straighten out all the way, even though I was holding the weight off of it.
Ultimately, I left the bracket where it was. It didn't appear that it would break, but it was certainly much more flimsy than it looks, and I wouldn't even guarantee that the bracket wouldn't break.
I will not be purchasing another one of these brackets. They are just not well thought out, and I wouldn't trust them to work.
PROS: It is full motion, and unlike some other full motion brackets, the bracket is hidden when the television is pushed toward the wall. It also doesn't look too bad, once installed.
CONS: Vertical tilt is very hard to get to stay stable.
Bracket bends under weight of 42" LCD.
Holes on bracket are only able to span studs if they are perfectly spaced, which almost never happens.
Bought 2 of these mounts, one for a 46" LCD flap panel and the other for a 42" plasma. Have had nothing but problems with these mounts and their ability to maintain the tilt of the panels - they keep tilting down as if the mount can't support the weight of the TV's. These TV's are well within the weight limits of the mounts. Very disppointed - this is the first time I have been disappointed in quality from Monoprice. I will be replacing these mounts.
I bought this mount to install in a new basement bar area. I could not be happier in the design and function of this wall mount. First I installed the mount to the wall, so it would be attached to a smooth hardy backer surface. I then installed the stone on the wall, going around the mount. Because of the way the bracket works, I am able to push the TV practically flush against the stone for a nice clean look. The mount is sturdy and has stayed in position after I tilted it up, down, left and right to get it the way I wanted. Would recommend.
PROS: Very functional
CONS: I little more than I wanted to spend on a wall mount
Although this mount says the maximum size TV is 47", my Samsung 55" falls easily within the mount's weight limitations and works great. I attached to a wall surrounded by a modular entertainment center and was concerned that only one end of the mount would attach to a stud. I was able to attach the mount to a piece of 3/4" plywood which then attached to two adjacent studs. It is very sturdy, and the plywood and mount are totally hidden by the TV. Suggestion: use bolts and T-nuts to attach the mount to the plywood. That is more secure than lag screws into the plywood.