Review: Echogear gives your monitor a hand

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Echogear’s single monitor arm installed and “in the wild”. (Credit: Bryan Edge-Salois)

Echogear’s “gaming” monitor arm is sturdy, easy to install, and frees your monitor from the confines of its humble, static horizontality.

It’s rather unclear what differentiates a regular Monitor Arm from a Gaming Monitor Arm. The Echogear monitor arm does not feature any “lifestyle enhancement” affectations typically ascribed to gaming tech such as LED lighting, random laser beams, or a brilliantly colorful design in screaming neon and implied predatory creatures.

At the very least, they might have opted to build a USB 3.0 hub into the arm base. But no, Echogear’s gaming monitor arm is really just a humble monitor arm—but a perfectly good one at that.

The single monitor model is a straightforward vice/clamp-style arm that should work for most desks. All that is required is a suitable surface between .8″ and 2.6″ thick to which attach the clamp.

The single monitor model can hold up to a 34” monitor weighing up to 35LBs. For purpose of this review, I attached a 29” 21:9 LG UltraWide.

EchoGear single arm mount specifications

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  • Mount Type: Single monitor desk mount
  • Arm Type: Articulating arm
  • Fits Screen Size: 10″-34″
  • Tilt Adjustment: +-15º
  • Height Adjustment: 13.25″
  • Extension: 18.5”
  • Swivel: 90º
  • Fits Desk Size: 0.5”-3.5”
  • Screen Orientation: Landscape & portrait
  • Weight Capacity: 35lbs
  • VESA Compatibility: 75×75 – 100×100
  • Model: ECHO-GM1C

Installing the Echogear monitor arm

Installation took about 30-45 minutes and only required the use of the included hex wrenches and a Philips head screwdriver (not included). Once the clamp is secured to the desk, you attach some screws and optional spacers to the back of the monitor.

Once this is done, you can “hang” the monitor on the arm attachment momentarily, insert 2 additional screws, and then tighten everything up.

However, depending on your monitor you may need to take a slightly different approach. I wasn’t able to use the recommended “hanging” method because the screw holes on the back of the monitor didn’t line up properly to do so.  Regardless, this was a minimal complication and easily worked around by attaching the monitor to the arm with all four of screws (and spacers if needed) and then tightening everything up.

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EchoGear Dual Monitor Mount (Credit: EchoGear)

The included ¼” and ½” spacers can be used to ensure there is enough space between the back of the monitor and your cable attachments. If your monitor cables connect vertically to the back of your monitor you probably won’t need the spacers. I had to use the 1/2″ spacers to create enough space to connect my LG monitor DisplayPort connector (which connects horizontally).

After the monitor is attached all you need to do is use the included hex wrenches to tighten (or loosen) the arm joins, and connect and route cables along the arm’s routing channels. Once this is completed, you can attach a final (albeit optional) cable channel cover to keep everything neat and tidy.

About the only ‘complaints’ I can muster aren’t as much about the monitor arm itself, just constructive criticism to improve the manual. The manual is generally good but could provide more guidance for placing the monitor arm on the desk (don’t center it or your monitor will be off-center), as well as guidance for when the ‘hanging method’ described doesn’t apply to your monitor, and possibly recommendations for using the spacers.

Evaluation

The arm itself moves easily and provides a significant amount of freedom for your monitor to swivel, raise, lower, etc. It also frees up a little desk space.

Many of us probably don’t “need” the freedom of a monitor arm for a single monitor. I suspect a dual arm (or triple mount) saves considerably more space and is far more useful—particularly in cases where arranging multiple, disparate sizes of monitors is required (such as my own desktop, which pairs a 34″ Ultra Wide and auxiliary 24″ monitor).

Regardless, the ability to move, swivel and adjust a single monitor can be useful. And the EchoGear monitor arm does its job well.

Overall: 9/10 – Highly Recommended

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The Echogear gaming monitor arm may not be a true gaming-specific peripheral, but it’s still a great product and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend one.

Check it out (and some double-arm models for dual monitors) on Echogear’s Web site.

 

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3 comments

    1. For this mount, you adjust it using a hex key provided in the hardware pack and it adjusts along the pole. For our other models, the dynamic height adjust, you can adjust on the fly without any tools!

    2. Yeah, you can effortlessly raise and lower the screen as well. No tools are required for actually adjusting the position of the monitor (as is often the case with cheaper mounts). With the echogear you just use tools for tightening (or loosening) the joints.

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