In this post, we will compare different dimensions of monitor stands such as installation type, arm type, size. You can find the best monitor stand, monitor arm based on your criteria.

Choose a monitor arm based on monitor count

  1. Single monitor stand for each monitor
  2. Dual monitor stand
  3. Triple monitor stand
  4. Quadruple monitor stand

1. Single monitor stand

Three single monitor arm

It’s a common thing to use two single monitor arms for each of your monitors instead of buying a dual monitor arm. See the advantages/disadvantages below.

Advantages:

  • Flexibility – Position your monitors however you want on your workspace
  • Stability – Single arm always be more stable than dual monitor arm

Disadvantages:

  • Space – It will take more space on your desk
  • Weight – Weight on the desk will be much more than dual monitor arm. This is especially important if you are using a height-adjustable standing desk because the work surface mostly back edge will be heavier to lift.

2. Dual monitor stand

Dual monitor arms

Advantages:

  • Price – a cheaper solution
  • Space – Dual-arm will take less space on your desk and it will be a much cleaner solution

Disadvantages:

  • Stress will be gathered on the same spot on the desk rather than multiple points which can cause problems if you have a flimsy desk.
  • Less flexibility – If you want each monitor a significant distance apart that could be a problem
  • Less stability – Stability will be less than a single monitor arm because of the weight but you probably won’t experience shaking while typing.

Read our latest guide about the top 5 best dual arm monitor stands for 2019.

3. Triple monitor stand

You will experience the same advantages and disadvantages as in the dual monitor stands.

4. Quadruple monitor stand

You will experience the same advantages and disadvantages as in the dual monitor stands.

Choose a monitor stand based on installation type

  1. Side clamp desk mounts
  2. Grommet – bolt through
  3. Freestanding monitor arms
  4. Wall-mounted monitor arms

1. Side clamp (C-Clamp) desk mounts

Advantages

  • It doesn’t require any drilling
  • It will increase your desk space
  • Easy installation (see the installation videos below)

Disadvantages

  • The stand has to be placed on the edge of the workspace which might not work for some setups

How to install a side clamp desk mount?

2. Grommet – bolt through desk mounts

grommet - bolt through desk mounts

Advantages

  • It takes up minimal space on your desk

Disadvantages

  • You need to have a hole in your desk or you need to drill one to use grommet type of desk mount

Installation

3. Freestanding monitor stands

Freestanding monitor arms

Advantages

  • It doesn’t require any drilling on your desk
  • Easiest setup between the options

Disadvantages

  • It will take up space on your desk like your standard monitor

4. Wall-mounted monitor arms

Wall mounted monitor arm

Advantages

  • It doesn’t take up any space on your desk

Disadvantages

  • You need to drill your wall if you want to use this method

Choose a monitor stand based on arm type

  1. Gas spring monitor arms
  2. Mechanical spring monitor arms

1. Gas spring monitor arms

Gas spring

Gas spring monitor arms are heavily used for their smooth and quiet operation. It’s more expensive than the mechanical counterpart.

Advantages

  • Smooth and quiet operation
  • Provides slower release of force (Slower kickback)

Disadvantages

  • More expensive
  • Moderate lifetime

2. Mechanical spring monitor arms

Coil-mechanical spring

Mechanical spring monitor arms are used because they are cheaper and have an extreme lifetime. They aren’t as smooth or quiet as gas spring monitor arms.

Advantages

  • More economical
  • Very long lifetime

Disadvantages

  • Provides faster release of force (Faster kickback)
  • Operate louder
  • Not smooth in operation

Monitor Size

  1. Monitor arms for standard size displays
  2. Monitor arms for ultrawide displays

1. Monitor arms for standard size displays

Coming soon

2. Monitor arms for ultrawide displays

Coming soon

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