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Echogear Monitor Mounts - Taking Your Game To New Heights

By Joseph Bradford on March 28, 2018 | Hardware Reviews | Comments

 Echogear Monitor Mounts - Taking Your Game To New Heights

Echogear’s dual monitor stand is an item I’ve been intrigued by, but hesitant to try until recently. I’ve always wanted to mount my monitors to hopefully save me some room on my desk and save my neck from having to look down at my old Samsung monitor with no adjustable stand and then re-adjust when looking back to my BenQ monitor. And while the mounts are not without their quirks, they definitely are worth a look at if you’re in the market for a new way to experience your games.

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Echogear has been around for a few years now and are well known for their stellar TV mounts. Moving into the monitor realm is a no brainer. I was able to try out their double desk mounted monitor stand and by and large the stands worked phenomenally.

Specifications

  • Arm Type: Dual monitor gas spring
  • Mount Type: desk clamp
  • Screen Size Range: 10"-30"
  • Extension: 20"
  • Tilt Adjustment: +-15º
  • Height Adjustment: 13.25"
  • Screen Orientation: Landscape & portrait
  • Weight Capacity: 20lbs per monitor
  • VESA Compatibility: 75x75 - 100x100
  • Model: ECHO-GM2FC

Set up was pretty simple. The instructions Echogear provides are incredibly clear are easy to follow and while most companies only label the individual pieces of hardware on the instructions, but Echogear goes a step further, labeling the individual pieces on their own packaging, making it incredibly easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

I mounted the desk stand to my glass desk (it also works on wooden or any hard desk surface) and while it took some finagling, I was able to get the BenQ monitor and an older Samsung monitor mounted on the two fully articulated arms. The problem from there was trying to figure out a configuration that worked well for me. In the end, I opted to have my older non-mounted Samsung still on the desk, the BenQ off to the right with the mounted Samsung above the non-mounted monitor. And for every day working tasks, it was perfectly fine.

The desk stand and the mounting arms are incredibly sturdy - I never felt as though throughout set up and use that the Echogear was going to fold or cripple under the weight of my old Samsung monitor - it weighs in just under the 20lbs the specifications list. In fact, when I was taking it off in favor of an Acer Predator monitor, lesser stands I’ve used bent at the stress points. However the Echogear was in perfect shape, as if it never had a monitor sitting high 24/7 the last week.

Gaming-wise, I’d still need to find my sweetspot. Thankfully, with the fact that I could push back from the desk, grab a controller and lean back in my chair to get comfortable, I could take advantage of the mount’s full range of movement. I put the monitor as high as I could make it and tilted it till it was perfectly in my view. I’ve spent hours playing Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Final Fantasy XV this way and it’s become one of my favorite ways to game. Normally I can’t stand to be at my PC after spending 8 hours working at it all day, but the fact I could kick back, relax and still experience my PC gaming without sitting hunched over a desk really won me over.

However, getting to that point was mildly frustrating. For starters, the mount kept hitting my wall, forcing me to rearrange my desk in the office so that it was no longer an issue. Additionally, the weight of the monitor kept causing the arm to slowly droop over time, meaning I was re-adjusting this every 20 minutes or so. And while the desk arm does have an allen wrench screw you can tighten or loosen to keep the arm in place, it didn’t always take. I had to crank it quite a lot just to get the monitor to stabilize, but that only lasted through the day - by the end of it it had started drooping like normal.

My desk, though, has a lot more room on it than before, thanks to the way the monitor stands don’t clutter up the area. I also don’t feel the strain on my neck and upper back looking downwards to my monitor as I did previously, thanks to being able to keep my work right in front of me. The stand arms also have nifty spots for easy cable management, though with my work station the cables were still incredibly visible. But for those who pride themselves on incredibly tidy management, the functionality is built right into the stand arms.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, I can see myself using the Echogear double monitor stand for quite some time. It’s given me more room on my desk, made gaming at PC after long days working at it more comfortable and if I did need to take them down for any reason, it wouldn’t be hard to do so, or even set them back up. And while they do have some issues in terms of getting the arms to stay where I want them, once you find that sweet spot it makes working and gaming much more comfortable in the long term. The price is a little steep - $199 for the double stand - but the quality is there to justify the cost. These are heavy duty - yet easy to use and set up. And as a result, using them has completely changed my work flow - and gaming comfort - to a whole new level.

Pros

  • Easy to use and set up
  • Heavy duty - doesn’t feel flimsy
  • Incredibly flexible giving you many ways to get your set up just right
  • A little pricey, but quality is worth the cost

Cons

  • The stand does have a tendency to droop sometimes, forcing you to really crank the height lock.