It is common to see furniture showrooms incorporating the largest iMac monitors into their showroom displays. If not in their showrooms then in brochures & marketing imagery. Sexy as these monitors are it is difficult for users to find a “real” monitor arm to accommodate such large and heavy screens.
Without a monitor arm, users have a good-looking monitor but…one that takes up a lot of desk space and cannot easily be moved around for collaboration & idea sharing. Given Mac’s are heavily used in the design world where the sharing of ideas, imagery and other design stuff is critical to achieving the right outcome – this does not seem right.
Naturally, Apple have taken a different path from most monitor manufacturers (not sure Apple would like to be called a monitor manufacturer) by excluding the international VESA plate from the product. This creates a problem for users. Thankfully, there is the VESA adaptor plate to allow users to;
Use this kit to attach your 24-inch or 27-inch iMac, or 24-inch LED Cinema Display to a wall mount, articulating arm or other VESA-compliant mounting solution.
You simply need to mount this adaptor plate to the iMac by removing the iMac or display stand and attaching the VESA Mount Adaptor. Then connect any VESA-compliant mounting solution with a 100 mm x 100 mm attachment. By the way, once you remove the stand from the iMac the screen weighs a lot less (we think around 10.5kg – down from the 13.8kg’s stated on the specification).
Now get yourself a good monitor arm and you are cooking with gas! This is a challenge as the iMac is still a heavy solution and well outside the range of most monitor arms.
With our design team we installed an iMac 27″ using our standard (yep, no need for Hercules) Apollo4 solution. As you can see from the images we think this is a pretty cool solution and ensures users obtain all the benefits a monitor arm delivers.
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