The best monitor arms and monitor mounts in June 2023

One of the best monitor arms on a gradient, purple background.
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The best monitor arms and monitor mounts allow you to position your display at exactly the right height, angle and distance. But which one should you buy?

At Creative Bloq, we're not just experts in tech, we're all day-to-day users of monitors ourselves. So we've drawn on our personal experience of working with computers over many years, to bring together a list of the best monitor arms and monitor mounts.

Whether you use a light or heavy monitor, or multiple screens, the best monitor arms and monitor mounts will help you avoid eye strain and bad posture. (The best office chairs for back pain and the best standing desks can help with this, too). 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.

The best monitor arms available now

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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.

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Beren Neale
Deals Editor

Beren has worked on creative tech magazines and websites at Future Publishing for 13 years. He started this journey as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, and in 2012 found himself bridging the magazine/website divide as Commissioning Editor on the newly launched Creative Bloq. Since then he took the editor role on ImagineFX, was Launch Editor of the fine art magazine Paint & Draw, moved to Canon Pro Europe website as Deputy Editor, and then edited the graphic design magazine Computer Arts. In 2020 he moved back to Creative Bloq, the biggest global art and design website, and as Deals Editor has applied his expertise in creative tech to help digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need and love. Outside of work, Beren likes nothing better than to climb himself a bit of rock.  

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