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Monoprice 1-port 2-piece Inset Wall Plate with 4in Built-in Flexible High Speed HDMI Cable With Ethernet, White
|Minimum VESA||200 x 200/320 x 300|
|Maximum VESA||800 x 500|
|Maximum Weight||200 lbs.|
|Minimum Display Size||42"|
|Maximum Display Size||63"|
|Tilt Range||+5/-15 degrees|
|Swivel Range||±90 degrees|
|Wall Plate Dimensions||18.0" x 10.0"|
|Front Plate Dimensions||31.6" x 21.6"|
Does not fit 300x300,
No logo on mount
Questions and Answers
The unit is heavy and the armature feels solid, the action doesn't feel cheap but instead moves smoothly there isn't a lot of play in the joints. The instruction manual isn't going to win any technical writing awards but is decent enough, mainly you'll need it to reference the pictures of the many different bolts and bits of hardware included.
My review rating of 7 is sort of a compromise between an 8, which I would assign the unit assuming everything was done correctly, and a 6, which is the rating I'd assign to the particular unit that I received.
There were two problems, one minor: two missing metal washers from the hardware kit. Mounting large heavy things means weight distribution is key, so missing washers is bad. Luckily I had a pack of extra washers. The other problem was a bit more serious: the H-shaped bracket that affixes to the rear of the TV has 4 rows of screw holes that run horizontally, one row at the end of each arm of the "H." I was going along without a problem attaching the H-shaped bracket to the two vertical ears (which attach to the VESA mounting holes) and then realized one set of the H-arm holes was not threaded. I was wondering why I was having so much trouble getting the bolt to go in, and it turned out none of the holes in that row had threads. I could almost see the person at the factory turning the H-arm around in the tap and die machine, and then getting distracted before completing the last row.
At this point, I didn't see shipping the unit back as a viable option: I had already mounted the main bracket on the wall, complete with the 6 lag bolts in the wall studs, the unit is very heavy and large, and I had recently broken my foot. The idea of boxing it back up and shipping it was not a pleasant one. That and the non-threaded row of holes was on the upper arm of the H, not the lower one. Also, that part of the bracket is meant to fix the TV to the vertical mounting ears and prevent horizontal movement the bulk of the weight of the TV is actually supported in the oval holes where the H-bracket inserts into the vertical ears. I figured I can have my neighbor (who works with machine tools) use his tap and die set to finish the job that the factory was unable to do.
This unit would be great for the professional TV installer who might have extra tools and extra hardware on hand and who has plenty of experience. Plus you can't beat that bulk pricing Monoprice offers you could easily make this a $120 line item on your bill that you hand to the customer, assuming you're not in a price-gouging mood. Is this a good bracket for a first-timer home user (like me?). Probably not. If the unit had been in the condition as advertised, it definitely would have been easier to work with.
Some hints on planning mounting height: everything on the wall bracket and articulating arm is symmetrical your calculations there should be easy, just measure to the middle of the wall-mounting bracket and subtract the distance to the lag bolt holes accordingly. Where you need to be careful is: is the H-arm and ears mount centered on the back of the TV with respect to the vertical height? Mine was about 2" lower from center. Also, the point on the wall arm that affixes to the H-arm needs about 1" of vertical drop to seat properly. So be sure to compensate for those. Otherwise, in my case, the TV would have been 3" lower than desired, with respect to the floor. When you get in the upper 50" range (and higher) of TVs this becomes important.
Another tip: a heavy TV will make the tilt of the bracket engage and fall a bit. The tilt control is a bit hard to use, since there isn't a lot of clearance to rotate it. Tighten the other side of the tilt control with an Allen wrench first, until it's almost fully torqued down. Then adjust the other side, that has the lever attached.
So in summary, good bang for the buck. For under $100 you get an articulating wall mount that feels solid. I did mail Monoprice and suggest that they look into the QC on these units...seems like it could use a little help. My apologies for the long-winded review but I wanted to present a balanced opinion and maybe provide some useful info for others.
Now, time to go watch a movie.
This went into a cabinet which was custom built for a TV with an extra two inches of room. We unfortunately were called in afterwards so didn't have the mount or TV and they built it off spec sheets. We needed an extending mount since the TV had very little edge clearance and the client wanted to tilt to the side to watch from a kitchen (65" plasma).
The instructions were a disaster, but no big deal since it's just a mount. The spaces were no where near fitting and had to be cut down (they were needed slightly), but again, no big deal.
The main problem was after the TV was mounted we discovered it was impossible to rotate the tilt adjustment lever, so we pulled it down, guessed the tilt, put it back up. The whole thing sagged down due to a large amount of play in the bolts holding the tilting mechanism. While it seemed minor it resulted in over an inch difference top to bottom.
So after pulling it down, adjusting, and putting it back we found it would still just slide down the bottom resting position. Every time, no matter how tight the adjustment bolts were.
In the end we had to hammer composite shims into the tilting mechanism to try and hold it in place while another person tilted it to the maximum from the front. While this seems to be working for now it's a bad fix. This also increased the extension and the TV front is no longer flush with the cabinet.
Not done with the bad. Since the mechanism has play in its bolts, it means that one side tilts more than the other. So not only is the tilt off, so is the level. I've got a pully type rig holding up the right side now.
Client's disappointed, I'm disappointed. If the unit I got was malfunctioning or not I couldn't say. Either way it isn't coming down to get remounted again and this was the first Monoprice product to cause me a headache and doubt their quality. 4 stars for holding up weight and being constructed of solid materials, -6 for problems.
Not recommended, get a flush mount.
PROS: Big and strong. Supports the weight of a plasma.
CONS: Sags, horrible design on the tilt adjustment. Does not collapse to 4" when mounted.
The lag bolts. Worked just fine for me. They are pretty long, so if you don't drill a pilot hole, you could shear them off. Mine went into wall studs that were at least 40 years old, so the wood was very well cured.
Weight. The mount itself is pretty darn heavy. So when you read that the overall weight bearing capacity includes the weight of the mount, don't ignore that. In our case, the mount must have weighed 2/3 what the TV weighed.
Instructions. While the specifications suggest that a 400x400 VESA pattern is supported by the mount, you have to leave off bolting the adapter plates to the mount arms. That's not at all clear from the instructions. The result is still stable, but it's non-obvious.
Instructions part 2. The parts are all in individually labelled pouches, and the instructions refer to the parts you need both by dimension and pouch label. Unfortunately, in at least one case, the pouch label was wrong. Not hard to figure out, but if you're the sort of person whose GPS can lead them off a pier, this could be a problem.
Alignment - The plate at the end of the extension arm was not square with the mounting plate that went on the wall. Getting the wall plate level does not level the TV completely.
All that being said, the mount seems strong, and maintains the TV well at full extension without noticeable sag. Installation, once I figure out how to get the 400x400 pattern to match took all of 30 minutes. I do recommend it.
PROS: Very strong, resists sag
CONS: Instructions are a bit weak
Leveling the mounting plate doesn't necessarily level the TV
the installation was pretty straight forward, no rocket science here. i did, however, manage to screw it up initially. i mounted the dang wall portion upside down. yes, it DOES make a difference, as the tilt function of the mount only goes 1 way, down. so if its upside down, then you wont be able to tilt. after i got the sucker mounted the right way, i attached the tv, then SLOWLY slid the tv off the cabinet it was sitting on (yes, i did this all with no help) and all was well. i was neveous the mount would not hold, but with six lag screws it does not even sag with the full weight of the tv on it. i had factored in a little sag when i measured everything up, but initially there was none. over time maybe... we shall see
two complaints on the mount, both of which are kinda minor. 1) the tighten adjust for the tilt function has a long lever that is too large. once the tv is mounted up you can not adjust it because it will hit the back of the portion that mounts up to the tv. my solution was to take the screw out of the lever, then just "ratchet" with the lever around where it would fit, take the lever over, repostion it, ratchet some more. no biggie really. 2) there is no swivel function. there are 4 screws that bolt up the wall mount to the tv mount. if you loosen those up there is enough play in the holes to adjust a little bit, but not a great deal. just make sure the part mounted to the wall is level and you should be good to go.
outside those two little complaints, for 100 bucks shipped i was very happy with it once the tv was hanging on the wall.
As for the bracket installation itself, had I known that such a heavy-duty piece of hardware would install as easily as this one did, I wouldn't have procrastinated so long before installing it. :-) I did it without assistance just stuck my head up through the articulating arms and wore the thing on my shoulders like a yolk, put it against the wall and adjusted as per the built in bubble-level, then penciled in the hole positions with my free hand. It was a workout for sure, but it went up 100% level.
Heaving my 130lb plasma up the step ladder and hooking it onto the bracket was an entirely different challenge, one that I wouldn't want to repeat. Had to get my poor wife to spot me on that one. But once up, the thing looks like it's seamlessly floating in the middle of the room. The wife is paranoid about articulating it all the way out of the wall, which would effectively double the sheer forces. But when I experimentally did a few pullups on it, it managed to hold all 195lb of my weight so I would tend to trust it with a 130lb TV.
PROS: Very simple installation for such a solid and heavy piece of equipment. Hardly any "sag" once the TV is installed. Instructions were adequate nothing was "open for interpretation".
CONS: - Could have included small felt sticky pads, to mitigate the loud "clunk" of metal against metal when moving the TV into position. Nothing a quick trip to Home Depot can't solve.
- Does not take into account 24" stud spacing standards for non load-bearing walls.
PROS: Solid mount, Price
PROS: Received exactly what I ordered on time. Easy to assemble and mount with minimal tools. Mounted my Vizio 55" unit and required only one tightening adjustment to make TV level. Have been using it for over a month now and no issues
CONS: Cable management is poor, but I think related to the fact that I pull the TV in-out and swivel frequently. Easily rectified with cable ties
From the day I received this unit I was skeptical that it would be able to do the job I bought it for since the section where all the adjustments are made (and need to hold) were very loose and didn't seem to want to hold even with no weight on them.
FIRST INSTALLATION (yes, there were TWO!). I had a friend come over and assist me with taking down the old TV/mount. so far so good. we installed the new TV/mount....and this is where it's all down hill. After getting the TV installed and adjusted with quite a bit of fiddling and adjusting my buddy left....and after a few hours, so did the adjustments! It slowly sagged to the right....even though all the weight was as far to the left as you could get it???? WTF??? Called MonoPrice and they sent me a shipper and return label at their price as we both assumed that it was just defective....and it was...by bad design. When my buddy came back over and we got the TV off we looked it over and found that there were cheap plastic washers in the joints that you tighten to hold things in place (to keep friction low.....where you need it once things are tightened!). GREAT! We thought that by replacing these parts we could get things to hold better when adjusted.....and it did, but not good enough!!!! after putting it back up for the second time and making all the adjustments we could it still couldn't be made level and any more modifications would leave me with something I couldn't return. Don't get me wrong, you can get this to work with a 95lb TV....but you will spend a lot of time and money doing it and that's not what I pay for when i buy something that's supposed to work "out of the box".
PS. I would have gladly given this a ZERO rating but the software won't let you. DO NOT BUY unless you are willing to drill holes/mess with your mount. Monoprice has far better....like the one I remounted and am now watching my 95 lb TV on!
PROS: TV didn't fall off the wall......
CONS: Doesn't hold adjustments for a TV that's rated at less than half the rated capacity. VERY POOR design where all the adjustments are made
PROS: Relatively easy to mount. Very solid when in place - even when fully extended. Tilt seems reliable enough with the initial play but haven't determined if it will gradually droop with time.
CONS: A paper mounting template would have helped a lot. Having to use the full equipment as a template was tough work - especially by myself! Had help for the final hang of the TV and that was very easy.
PROS: 6 out of 5 stars...an extra star for such a low price. Like always, Monoprice ROCKS!!!!!