Well, it's a day I never thought would come. I received my first TV mount that didn't have Monoprice quality. I have been a long time customer and supporter of Monoprice, have received numerous mounts and products in the past, and my customers have also been very pleased. However, this item10486 just isn't up to par. This is the first mount from Monoprice that I have received that actually "twists" in my hands when holding the ends of it. For a 400 x 400 VESA mount, it seems about half the gauge steel of other smaller VESA mounts (reference smaller mount 3003). I was in a time crunch at a customer site and had to use the mount, but I don't know if I can sleep good knowing it is on the wall and is twisting away, holding a 47lb TV. Mount is rated at 88lbs. Again, this one would be fine if the steel on this mount was of comparable quality to other mounts, specifically the 3003s.
Monoprice did offer to accept the item as a return, but didn't offer to send me an advance replacement (I had to use the mount at a customer site and, once on the wall, didn't want to mess with it by removing it, leave the TV on the ground while waiting for Monoprice to send a replacement).
PROS: Size was exactly what I was looking for. Mount was just a hair wider that the 400 x 400 width, max size of mount, and size of my 47lb TV.
CONS: Very thin steel. As outlined below (and as some of you may know from previous Monoprice mounts), the steel used is usually heavy-gauge and won't twist in your hands. This one twists and makes it hard to attach the lower locks by pulling the tabs as the mount twists, pulls out from the top of the bracket, making the bottom of the mount closer to the wall and harder to lock in.
At first I was a bit worried by other reviewers who said they had trouble with the philips-head screws, but I just made sure to use the right size bit and had no issues whatsoever - very easy and secure installation.
I had previously bought a similarly-priced unit from Best Buy, but the release tabs for the bottom rail were plastic and broke during installation so I returned it. I was very impressed with the materials of construction of this mount - no plastic parts, all metal. This is a solid, quality mount at an extremely reasonable price.
PROS: Sturdy construction, slim profile, easy to install, super low price compared to others of same quality.
I've been buying from Monoprice for my company for about 5 years and this is the first time I've had an issue with one of their products. The wall bracket is lightweight and feels somewhat flimsy. However, so far it seems to be holding up my Samsung 55 LED tv well (but I have my hesitations). In regards, to the TV mount brackets one of them were nonfunctional. It seems like the black paint was not letting the spring loaded release to move in the channel. This was an easy fix by dissembling the part and filing down the black paint to allow the release to move. Overall the product does work but I'm not completely satisfied with the purchase.
The mount was exactly what I was looking for. It fit my 51" Samsung Plasma great (400 x 400 VESA pattern). It was very easy to install into the wall and to hang the TV. The built-in level was extremely handy.
PROS: Compact, Sturdy, Inexpensive, Easy to Install
The video is helpful. The straps that you pull down to lock are a little difficult to get at if you install a 55" tv. I just put a couple of loops of string thru each. After locking, just cut away and you are good to go.
I installed this mount on a snow day! It was for a TV that my daughter received for Christmas for her room! Install took about 20 minutes from start to finish! The only problem I encountered was tring to figure out what configuration to use to mount the brackets to the rear of the TV. I have installed two other wall mounts purchased from Monoprice and it was a little different than the other two! This is the first one I installed with a built in level on the wall plate which was a nice feature!!!! It saved a lot of time!!!
PROS: Easy installation! I would recommend this to anyone from the beginner to the pro!