Before jumping into purchasing a mount, it’s important to understand your needs as well as what’s currently available to create the experience you’re looking for.
Low Profile Mounts
This is considered the most basic mounting system. Simply put, this mount is meant to attach your tv or monitor to a wall at a fixed angle and height. After installation, there can be no change made to the orientation or position of the monitor. This is usually ideal for situations where angle doesn’t have as much of an impact on experience necessarily, for example, if you placed your monitor in a business or service establishment and played entertainment.
These are very similar to low profile mounts with the exception that they can be tilted upward or downward allowing for mild adjustment as needed.
Ultra Thin (Slim) Mounts
These are thinner version of low profile & tilting mounts. These are meant to make presentation more seamless, for people who prefer not to know what goes on behind the scenes. With this mount, the tv sits closer to the wall making the hardware less visible.
This mount allows for depth/horizontal adjustment; you can bring a tv or monitor closer to or further away from a wall as you like.
Like the swivel mount, this mount allows for horizontal extension but also has the ability to turn the monitor left and right allowing for more viewing angles. This mount is ideal for dynamic environments where you need to adjust viewing angles easily. This can also be ideal for entertainment centres if you have an environment with multiple viewing angle opportunities.
These mounts are specially designed for ceilings for special scenarios. Other mounts are generally designed to work with walls that are at angles perpendicular to the ground and should not be used in ceilings unless they are specifically designed to do so.
These mounts are for older models of tv sets such as CRT models that are much deeper than flat panels we have today. This type of mount allows older tvs to sit on a flat platform (occasionally with braces) supported by an arm attached to the wall or ceiling.
These mounts are a versatile solution for those who have uniquely dynamic environments that also require them to save space or hide their hardware for privacy.
Under cabinet mounts allow for monitor to be flipped down or folded away as needed. This is generally suited for smaller screen sizes.
When buying a mount, there are a few more factors in addition to mount type you need to be vigilant about other than mount type.
● Screen Size
○ When shopping for a mount, be sure to take into account the size of screens the mount supports. There are different mounts for different screen sizes and they often vary in ranges of 6 to 9 inches. If you get a mount that’s meant for a smaller screen, it won’t be able to support the weight of a larger tv. If the mount is meant for a bigger tv, then you’ll have a lot of mount hardware visible which will affect the seamlessness of your work or entertainment experience.
● VESA Compliance
○ VESA stands for the Video Electronics Standards Association. This organization maintains universal standards for video electronics to make your life much easier and, indirectly, the market more competitive to serve you better further. Check to see if your monitor supports VESA standards (also known as FDMI or MIS standards); this information is usually displayed in the owner’s manual that comes with the tv or monitor, in the wall mounting section. If it does, then you are all set to pick up a VESA compliant mount that matches your monitor’s size. You also need to make sure that the mount model you are interested in is VESA compliant by looking for the relevant markings on the box of the mount.
● Quality of Parts
○ Even if a mount is VESA compliant, that only refers to the regulation of the mounting system itself. This is not always the case with the complementary parts such as screws or bindings. In many cases with cheaper VESA compliant mounts, the mount is relatively fine but the screws included can break or snap during or after installation due to inferior quality. Check reviews of mounts and go with a trusted brand. By making an investment
on a proper mount, you are not only protecting your tv or monitor but also the people who are using it.