The best monitor arms and monitor mounts in November 2023

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Whether you're a creative or a home-office worker, the best monitor arms and monitor mounts can help you maintain the best possible workspace. A good mount or monitor arm can massively change your working environment, granting greater versatility, better ergonomics, and even more surface area for storage and display.

So, when we test these devices, we're looking for great design, robustness, and adjustability, as well as other factors like budget, monitor size, and weight limit to ensure we've included an option for everyone. We use our personal experience as professionals as well as regular computer users to make sure these stands and arms.Flo Monitor Arm

If you're ready to really overhaul your workspace, make sure to also check out our guide to the best office chairs for back pain and the best standing desks for the most ergonomic setup possible. Note that all the options below use a standard VESA mount. If you're not sure whether your monitor supports this, check the back for a square arrangement of four screw holes.

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How should I choose the best monitor arm?

There are several things we look for when choosing the best monitor arm – all factors that we've considered when making our selection above. Firstly you want a monitor arm that's going to be solid and sturdy enough to support your monitor and allow you to move it without it feeling unstable (always check the max monitor weight, which we've listed for each item). This is even more the case if you use a touchscreen monitor.

A good monitor arm should also be adjustable in terms of height, swivel and tilt in order to allow you to position it in exactly the right angle for where you'll be sitting. Finally, although not essential, it's worth looking for monitor arms with cable management systems, which help keep those cables in order and avoid clutter at the back of your desk.

How do you set up a monitor arm?

Most monitor arms are fairly simple to setup, but make sure you check the instructions that come with them. In most cases, they'll attach to to the back of your monitor with a VESA mount, which is a square arrangement of four screw holes. Different arms have different bases and mechanisms for attaching to your desk (or a wall), but in most cases the options we've chosen attach to your desk using a clamp system that doesn't require any work on the desk itself.

How did we pick the best monitor arms for our guide?

Alongside our sister sites Techradar and Tom's Guide, Creative Bloq regularly tests and reviews a wide range of tech products. In our case, we focus more specifically on hardware, software and accessories that serve for creatives. Many of our reviewers and contributors also work in the creative sectors as designers, photographers and artists and use the equipment that we review in their daily work. We also compare online reviews from the general public.

Beren Neale
Deals Editor

Beren has worked on creative titles at Future Publishing for over 13 years. Cutting his teeth as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, he moved on to edit several creative titles, and is currently the Deals Editor on the most effective creative website in the world. When he's not testing and reviewing the best ergonomic office chairs, he can be found finding and comparing the best deals on the tech that creatives value the most. 

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