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Samsung Space S32R750U Review – Ergonomic 4K UHD VA Monitor for Mixed-Use

The Samsung Space S32R750U is a unique mixed-use monitor that incorporates an ergonomic design that is meant to save space while being functional. The product also holds a large 4K display that’s great for a bevy of tasks that can include digital design or even high-end gaming. The Samsung Space S32R750 is an excellent choice for those who want minimalist setups, but can it provide the performance that matches its ultra-modern design?

Design and Features

The Samsung Space S32R750U’s design is what makes it very unique, but it isn’t merely limited to looking good and clean. The matte black finish adds a sleek and easy to maintain look, but we wish this series also came with white variants. The screen is bezel-free, but you will still see thin panel borders when its in use.

One of the distinct characteristics of the Samsung Space S32R750U is its thin proportions which help the monitor fit into its unique mechanical design. The cabinet itself is only more than an inch thick and completely flat so you can stick it to a wall if your desk is against one. It’s also very light compared to other 32-inch monitors, so we’re confident that the stand can hold your desired viewing angle almost permanently.

Build quality for the Samsung Space S32R750U is excellent since there are no signs of fragility on the device despite having a thin frame. The product was free from cosmetic defects when it was unboxed, and we’re hoping yours is in the same condition when it arrives. The hinges on the stand are very robust as well, so it won’t loosen up during regular use.

The stand on the Samsung Space S32R750U is what makes it special since it allows the monitor to sit flush against a flat surface at the rear. You can also pull it down towards the surface of your desk and let the monitor sit on it, as if it was a tablet that’s propped up by a flip-stand. However, this design only provides tilt and height ergonomics, so you won’t be able to swing the monitor or set it in portrait mode.

The distinctive stand is also one of the limitations of the Samsung Space S32R750U since it’s not replaceable with a VESA stand. We think that’s fair since opting for a VESA arm nullifies the design of the monitor, but it would be nice to have options for certain situations. But the good side is you don’t have to deal with a massive base since the mechanism uses a c-clamp, so your precious desk real estate remains free.

Another limitation you have to deal with when using the Samsung Space S32R750U is its limited connectivity layout. The indented panel at the rear only has a DisplayPort 1.2 and a single HDMI 2.0 slot for video inputs, along with a lone USB port for servicing. You only need the former two for a PC and maybe a gaming console, but it would be nice to have extras from a product that emphasizes flexibility.

There are no speakers on the Samsung Space S32R750U, so you still lose some desk space to a separate set if in case you want audio as well. However, that’s a minor inconvenience since there are speaker variants that have compact satellites.

Display and Performance

The Samsung Space S32R750U boasts a 32-inch VA panel with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and 4ms response time. The backlight is a little weak at 250 cd/m2, while contrast sits at 2500:1 according to the spec sheet. This monitor isn’t specifically marketed for a type of use, but these specs are suitable for most of them on a day to day basis.

4K UHD is preferable in a 32-inch display simply because its more comfortable to look at and you do get a better sense of the resolution’s size. The pixel density of a little under 140 PPI provides fantastic levels of detail and crispness, but some users might struggle with reading small text and the like. You can use scaling, but in our experience, it’s less needed if the 4K screen is larger than the usual 27-inch variants.

The Samsung Space S32R750U is capable of great color quality, starting with 100% coverage of the sRGB gamut. It isn’t as saturated as other high-end VA panels, but images, movies, and games will look vibrant and alive. The DeltaE averaged stayed around the 2.3 mark by default, so you won’t need to calibrate the monitor unless you are planning on editing photos and graphics.

Using a colorimeter can improve the accuracy to a DeltaE of only 1.1, but in most cases, spending the extra on the gadget isn’t necessary. Gamma, on the other hand, is slightly off at 2.25, so some scenes may look a little bit darker than the usual.

The backlight on the Samsung Space S32R750U is extra potent, reaching as much as 348 cd/m2 when set to its maximum. We do, however, recommend staying at around 40% to 50%, since anything higher can be searing to your eyes during extended use. The monitor was able to reach 2250:1 at 40% backlight, providing inky blacks and excellent saturation across the board.

The Samsung Space S32R750U’s VA panel showed some flaws in panel uniformity due to a bit clouding on the sides of the display. The defect isn’t completely noticeable, but some dark scenes may look slightly washed out or uneven. Take note that this issue is within manufacturing tolerances, so some units might perform better than the others.

The slower pixel response time of VA panels is evident in the Samsung Space S32R750U 4K variant since it only goes up to 60Hz. Trails will become noticeable during very fast transitions or if you pan the screen too quickly. It’s unnoticeable in slower-paced games or movies, but it can get disturbing if you are playing competitively.

The Samsung Space S32R750U is a FreeSync monitor, so it would be a worthy purchase with AMD’s upcoming big Navi cards which supposedly have flagship-level power. G-Sync compatibility, on the other hand, isn’t guaranteed, since this model was not tested nor certified by Nvidia. Input lag sits at 11ms, so there should be no delays or “de-synced” instances even if this isn’t the fastest 4K monitor out there.

Thoughts on the Samsung Space S32R750U

The Samsung Space S32R750U is an excellent buy if you want a good quality 4K monitor with strong imaging performance and unique design. The space-saving mechanism is unique and it works well, but it induces some limitations which a minority of users could deem as deal-breakers. However, we know a few that have limited desktop spaces in dorms and apartments, and that is where this model comes in to save the day.

But on the other hand, that same design that makes the Samsung Space S32R750U desirable is also its main limitation. You can’t swivel the display or set it to portrait mode, plus you have to live with it since there are no options for VESA mounting. However, for its current price at the time of this pricing, we’d be willing to risk it to enjoy a different look while being able to utilize a superb 32-inch 4K display.

Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.

Samsung The Space Review: 32-inch Monitor with Special Stand

The new Samsung The Space Monitor tries to differentiate itself from the competition’s models by its space-saving mounting. Whether the new concept can convince and whether the Samsung The Space Monitor can convince not only by its design, but also technically, we show in our following test. Currently the Samsung The Space Monitor is offered in two versions, soon a third version especially for gamers will follow. The review refers to the 32-inch model of the monitor.

Versions of the Samsung The Space

Samsung The Space 27-inch

The 27-inch model of Samsung The Space is currently available for 379 Euro. The resolution of the VA panel is WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels). The maximum brightness is 250 cd/m², the contrast ratio is 3000:1 and the refresh rate 144 Hz. With a response time of 4 ms, the Samsung monitor can’t keep up with high-end gaming monitors, but casual gamers should also be satisfied with the Samsung The Space 27-inch for fast shooters.

Samsung The Space 32-inch

With 32 inch screen diagonal the Samsung The Space Monitor has 489 Euro. Unfortunately, the VA panel with its 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) offers only 60 Hz refresh rate, which makes the monitor a bad choice even for casual gamers. As with the 27-inch model, the response time is 4 ms, and the brightness is also identical with a maximum of 250 cd/m². Unfortunately, the contrast ratio of the larger model is only 2500:1.

Samsung The Space 32-inch as “Gaming Version”

In addition to the two already available models, Samsung also announced a Gaming version in 32-inch at Gamescom 2019, which offers 144 Hz refresh rate at WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels). According to Samsung, there are no differences between the gaming version and the 32 inch The Space Monitor, except for the other panel. At which price the monitor with AMD Radeon FreeSync support will come on the market Samsung has not yet announced during the show.

New Mounting Concept and Ergonomics

Instead of a conventional stand, the Samsung The Space Monitor has a clamp that can be attached to tables up to 90 mm thick. The mounting concept is only known when using an additionally purchased monitor mount like the Arctic Z2 Pro (Gen 2), which costs between 50 and 100 Euros depending on the model. Due to the lack of a VESA hole for mounting alternative mounts, Samsung The Space users are limited to the supplied stand.

According to Samsung, the new fixing option should create space on the table where only a small part of the edge of the table is clamped. The space saving is also enormous in reality in comparison to the feet that are usually quite protruding on 32-inch monitors. When upright, The Space Monitor is directly on the wall and occupies only a few centimetres of the desk.

Unfortunately, the concept also has a decisive disadvantage which, in my opinion, significantly devalues the actually clever solution. This is due to the height adjustment of the monitor, which can only be done by pulling the monitor towards the user via the central hinge, which also changes the inclination of the display. Paradoxically, the concept, which was actually designed to save space on the desk, ensures that a height adjustment of the image close to the desk top ensures that the monitor requires even more space during work than models with a conventional stand. On the positive side, the mounting clamp hardly wobbles, even though it is anchored to the tabletop with a screw.

In addition to the height adjustment, the ergonomics of the Samsung The Space Monitor are also severely restricted by the new mounting concept. The monitor therefore lacks not only the pivot function (90 degree rotation) but also the swivel function (rotation around its own axis). Only the inclination of the monitor can be freely adjusted by the large hinge.

Design and Workmanship

The Samsung The Space Monitor has a completely black housing and an overall very minimalist design. At first glance, it’s the narrow display edge, apart from the underside of the monitor, that is most noticeable, reminiscent of notebooks such as the Dell XPS series. In order to realize the thin frame, Samsung has done without elements like a webcam or buttons for the on-screen display at the front of The Space. Settings are changed via a single 5-way button on the back, which resembles a joystick. The Space by Samsung also has integrated loudspeakers.

Samsung also attaches great importance to an attractive design and a tidy workplace when it comes to cable routing. For this purpose, two channels are integrated in the holder, through which the cables from the connections in the monitor can be routed under the table. Unfortunately, the cables regularly slipped out of the channel during the test when the monitor was folded down onto the table.

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The processing of the monitor is impeccable. The case is made of high quality plastic and all parts of the mount that are heavily loaded, such as the screw terminal, are made of metal.

Connectivity

As already mentioned, Samsung has reduced The Space Monitor to the bare minimum. Unfortunately, this is also noticeable in the connections. Besides an HDMI port (2.0) there is unfortunately only one DisplayPort (1.2). Other monitors in this price range are much better positioned here. The USB port on the back provides only diagnostic data that technicians can read out in case of a defect. There is no USB hub or charging possibility for tablets and smartphones due to the narrow frame.

The scope of delivery includes a combination cable that occupies only one of the two cable ducts of the bracket and can be used to connect both the HDMI signal and the external power supply. Despite the relatively high purchase price, a DisplayPort cable is not included in the package.

Image Quality and Usage

The image of the Samsung The Space looks brilliant due to the 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels). The sRGB color space, which is now standard for mid-range and high-end monitors, is also fully covered by the Samsung The Space, according to our test. According to Adobe’s graphics software, the monitor only has minor weaknesses in the Adobe RGB, which nobody but professional photographers should notice in everyday life.

Unfortunately, the relatively low maximum brightness of 250 cd/m² ensures that, although The Space Monitor has a matt display, disturbing reflections can occur in direct light.

The Picture-in-Picture mode, which offers two sufficiently large areas thanks to the 32 inch screen diagonal, is also positive to note. For example, it is possible to display contents of the work computer on one half of the monitor, while the notebook can be displayed on the other half if required. In practice, switching between the standard mode with an image source and the Picture-in-Picture mode was very fast.

Gaming and other purposes

The Samsung The Space can inspire casual gamers with its high resolution, if there is a correspondingly fast computer available that can deliver current games in 4K resolution. Ambitious players and eSportsmen won’t be happy with The Space because of the low refresh rate of 60 Hz and the relatively high response time of 4 ms (grey to grey).

This is mainly due to the fact that fast shooters have small streaks compared to current gaming monitors. In addition, the Samsung The Space seems to have a relatively high input lag, which is no disadvantage for office use, but leads to a delay in the processing of input for particularly fast games. The monitor also doesn’t offer Nvidia G-Sync, AMD FreeSync and HDR. Gamers in this price class would be better off with a different device.

The Samsung The Space, on the other hand, can show off in typical office use, where the low refresh rate and the other “gaming disadvantages” don’t come into play. The large screen also makes it easy to edit oversized Excel tables or view two Word documents in parallel. Another positive feature is the LED backlight, which, like Samsung promises in advertising, is flicker-free in practice. The workhorse is rounded off by the integrated blue light filter, which filters out parts of the light that are particularly tiring for the eyes. Long working hours are therefore no problem with the Samsung The Space.

Conclusion

The currently available 32-inch version of Samsung The Space is suitable for users for whom design is particularly important. Nevertheless, the monitor cuts an excellent figure in office applications. Gamers should currently wait until the 32-inch version with 144 Hz panel comes onto the market.

Samsung’s Space Monitor is an excellent display that doesn’t declutter your desk

You’ve likely seen Samsung’s Space Monitor floating around online, either through announcement posts or fancy GIFs of it pivoting up and down. Like many, I saw these and was immediately taken with the monitor. It seemed an ingenious idea: a display with a stand that clamps on the side of your desk, out of the way, that can pivot and shift to meet your every need.

While the monitor is full of promise, some things just don’t live up to the hype. Samsung’s Space Monitor is one of those things that may not be as good as it seems.

Samsung recently sent over one of the smaller 27-inch Space Monitors for me to try out. I’ve been using it as my dedicated second screen in the office for about a week and a half. In short, the display is excellent, the stand is nice and overall it was a welcome addition to my desk.

Bless the desk with ?SPACE?

When the monitor arrived, I was startled by the sheer size of the box. For a 27-inch display, the box was quite long. However, when I unpacked it, it made sense. The length comes from the stand, which consists of a clamp to attach to your desk and an arm.

It’s worth noting that assembly will probably require another person to hold the monitor. You’ll need to screw the arms onto the mounting bracket on the backside of the display before clamping it to your desk. That means you need to hold the monitor in place until the clamp is secure, or it’ll fall over.

Once secured, you can then manipulate the monitor, which can hinge up and down on the arm and tilt accordingly. Want to lower it down so it sits on the surface of the desk? You can! Want to lift it up flush against the wall? You can do that too.

One thing you can’t do, however, is swivel the monitor. The Space Monitor only moves along the vertical axis, so if you want to adjust the angle of it, you’re out of luck. This ultimately proved to be one of the biggest issues I had with the monitor, but how much of a problem it is depends on your setup.

In my case, my desk is quite thin, but is really wide. Typically, I use a second monitor that’s off to the side so I can maximize the depth and have a comfortable typing position. Unfortunately, that wasn’t an option with the Space Monitor, as I couldn’t rotate the screen and have it placed to the side.

Thankfully the monitor is quite tall, so I was able to place my laptop beneath it and work with a vertical monitor stack. This wasn’t ideal, but still tolerable. Again, the swivel likely isn’t a significant issue but, depending on your desk setup, could make or break your experience with this monitor.

Space Monitor surrenders your desk to other clutter

When you consider that you can pick up a basic desktop monitor mount, complete with a clamp and features like swivel, for close to 30 on Amazon, it’s hard to argue that the Space Monitor brings anything unique to the table.

Samsung’s system is refined and it’s nice to have an all-in-one system, but when that means it costs 50 to 100 or even more than most comparable monitors, then it becomes harder to justify.

Worse, the Space Monitor arguably doesn’t accomplish its biggest claim. In almost all of Samsung’s marketing, it touts the monitor’s ability to tidy up your workspace as a major plus. Practically, I found the monitor didn’t free up more deskspace at all.

Granted, the Space Monitor’s stand is smaller and takes up less space than the average monitor base, but that alone doesn’t provide significantly more space. Where Samsung claims the monitor really saves space is in its ability to sit flush against the wall. In theory, this does free up desk space as it gets the monitor out of the way so you can utilize almost the whole desk for other tasks. In practice, it doesn’t quite work out. When you move the monitor out of the way, you’ll still have other items like the keyboard, mouse or, if you use a laptop, the computer on your desk. Sure, these things can easily be moved out of the way, especially if they’re wireless, but that doesn’t make the Space Monitor any more adept at saving space.

It’s a nitpick really, but I think it’s important to clarify that if you’re buying the Space Monitor, it isn’t because it’s going to free up space on your cluttered desk. It won’t. If anything, the monitor invites more clutter by minimizing the stand. Compared to my other, regular monitor, I have more cable clutter because I can no longer tuck it out of sight behind the monitor stand.

That said, the Space Monitor does offer two cable management solutions. The first is a divet that runs down the back of the stand’s arm to hide the display cable. The second cable management solution is that the power and display cable the monitor comes with are one unit. At one end, you have an HDMI head and a power-in for the monitor. About half-way along the cable, the power splits off so you can route it to an outlet and keep the display cable going to the input on your computer. It’s a Smart solution that, unlike other aspects, actually offers some space savings.

Additionally, the monitor only has a single HDMI-in and Mini DisplayPort-in for ports, along with a ‘Service’ USB-A port. In other words, users will be quite limited in options for connecting the Space Monitor to a device. Granted, the ubiquity of HDMI makes this a non-issue, but it’d be nice to see more options like USB-C.

If you buy the Space Monitor, it’s for the screen

If you’re going to fork out the money for the Space Monitor, you’re probably doing it for that crisp Samsung display.

The Space Monitor comes in two variants: the 27-inch ‘WQHD’ 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution display and the 32-inch ‘UHD’ 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution screen (also known as 1440p and 4K options). Additionally, both screens sport 16:9 aspect ratios, 250cd/m2 brightness and a 4m/s response time. Other than resolution and size, there are only a few real differences. Contrast, for one, with the 1440p monitor sporting a 3000:1 contrast ratio compared to 2500:1 on the 4K screen. Refresh rate is another, as the 27-inch monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate compared to the 32-inch version’s 60Hz. The other major difference is, of course, price, with the smaller screen coming in at 599.99 and the bigger at 699.99.

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While I can only speak for the 27-inch screen, I can say that the colours were fantastic and the picture was crisp. All in all, Samsung’s display technology is fantastic and it’s hands down one of the best monitors I’ve used in that regard. The high refresh rate screen was also a welcome addition, even though I didn’t get to use the monitor for any gaming while I was testing it.

For things like photo editing and general productivity, the monitor was fantastic. I never had to worry about messing up the colours in my photos, and the display provided more space to spread out my work.

The only real issue I had in terms of colour was when I tested the display with a MacBook Air. Apple’s True Tone display software, when enabled, caused the Space Monitor to take on an awful red tint. Fixing it was as simple as turning off True Tone, but it was a minor annoyance I would have preferred not to deal with.

A superb display that won’t magically clean up your desk

Unfortunately, not all dreams are reality and the Space Monitor, while excellent, manages to miss a few important beats. There seems to be a trend in the industry of computer monitors where companies create excellent displays then jack up the based on a fancy included stand. The Space Monitor is not as egregious as other displays, like Apple’s exorbitant Pro Display XDR and Pro Stand combo — the Space Monitor thankfully comes with its own stand. But it follows the same principles: Samsung designed its monitor around a fancy stand with mechanics to allow for a gentle hinge for easy adjustment, raised the price above equivalent displays and marketed it accordingly.

Suffice it to say that the Space Monitor, by no merit of its own, saves any space on your desk. Sure, it reduces the footprint of the monitor stand but if that was the sole cause of your workspace clutter, did you even really have a need to save space?

Nor does the Space Monitor justify its higher price through space savings or any other practical benefit.

These things don’t necessitate that the Space Monitor is bad. By all counts, it’s an excellent display and I think the concept is solid. If you want a quality Samsung display with a unique stand and cool aesthetic, the Space Monitor is for you. If you’re hoping to magically solve your clutter problems, you should look elsewhere. Oh, and if you just need a decent monitor and all that matters is the display, plenty of companies — including Samsung — make comparable displays without the space-saving gimmicks.

The Best Monitor Arms

We removed some discontinued models mentioned in this guide.

A monitor that’s positioned too high or too low—or too close or too far from you—is a recipe for neck and shoulder pain.

Unlike the stand that comes with most monitors, a monitor arm provides flexibility to position your screen exactly where you want it for proper ergonomics and comfort. It can also free up space on your desk and help your workspace look neater.

After assessing 10 monitor arms ranging in price from 50 to 335 in a new round of testing, we found that the Fully Jarvis Monitor Arm is the best option.

It moves smoothly into a wide range of positions and angles, holds monitors up to 32 inches in size steadily and securely, and is easy to set up. It’s also backed by the longest warranty we’ve seen for monitor arms.

The best monitor arm

The sleek and sturdy Fully Jarvis makes raising, lowering, and rotating a monitor easy, and it’s backed by a 15-year warranty.

Buying Options

At the time of publishing, the price was 130.

The Fully Jarvis Monitor Arm can support monitors up to 32 inches and about 20 pounds, with a wide range of motion and a solid build quality. Although there are nearly identical monitor arms that cost less, such as the Monoprice Workstream 15526, the Fully Jarvis was easier to set up, sturdier, and smoother to operate in our tests. It also adds three color options and a much longer warranty (15 years versus other companies’ 10- or even one-year warranties), so it’s an arm you can expect to support your screen for years to come.

Supported monitor size: 13 to 32 inches

Supported monitor weight: 2.2 to 19.8 pounds

Supported desktop thickness: 0.4 to 3.5 inches

Maximum height: 19.8 inches from tabletop to center of the monitor mount

Maximum extension reach (how far toward you the arm can reach): 23.8 inches

For larger or heavier monitors

The Ergotron LX monitor arm supports slightly larger or heavier monitors than the Fully Jarvis, but it costs more.

Buying Options

At the time of publishing, the price was 180.

The best monitor arm for people taller than 6 feet

The Tall Pole version of the Ergotron LX adds over 5 inches of pole length, which makes it a more comfortable choice for people taller than 6 feet.

Buying Options

At the time of publishing, the price was 237.

If you have a 34-inch monitor or one that weighs up to 25 pounds, the Ergotron LX Desk Monitor Arm will work just as well. The LX has nearly identical side-to-side ranges, tilt, and pan and rotation capabilities as the Fully Jarvis—but its max height range is a few inches lower. If you’re over 6 feet tall, the Ergotron LX Tall Pole would be a better option for you. The Ergotron LX is nearly identical to the AmazonBasics Single Monitor Stand, but Ergotron’s warranty is 10 years, far longer than Amazon’s one-year coverage. We think paying for a longer guarantee is smarter than prioritizing short-term savings—a monitor arm should last you many years, and the company that makes it should stand behind it.

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Supported monitor size: up to 34 inches

Supported monitor weight: 7 to 25 pounds

Supported desktop thickness: 0.4 to 2.4 inches

Maximum height, LX: 15.4 inches from tabletop to center of monitor mount

Maximum height, LX Tall Pole: 25.6 inches from tabletop to center of monitor mount

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Maximum extension reach, LX and Tall Pole (how far toward you the arm can reach): 25.6 inches

The best monitor arm

The sleek and sturdy Fully Jarvis makes raising, lowering, and rotating a monitor easy, and it’s backed by a 15-year warranty.

Buying Options

At the time of publishing, the price was 130.

For larger or heavier monitors

The Ergotron LX monitor arm supports slightly larger or heavier monitors than the Fully Jarvis, but it costs more.

Buying Options

At the time of publishing, the price was 180.

The best monitor arm for people taller than 6 feet

The Tall Pole version of the Ergotron LX adds over 5 inches of pole length, which makes it a more comfortable choice for people taller than 6 feet.

Buying Options

At the time of publishing, the price was 237.

Why you should trust us

Wirecutter has been reviewing monitor arms since 2016. In that time, we’ve researched more than 70 monitor arms and tested over 20 with monitors of different sizes and weights. We test monitor arms like we do other products, including essential ergonomic home office gear, such as laptop stands and standing desks: We set up and use each one side by side against their competitors to see which ones we would recommend to friends and loved ones depending on their needs.

We also referred to advice from ergonomic experts. For our latest update, we interviewed Lisa Zakhari, ergonomist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, over email to better understand the ideal placement of a monitor.

Who this is for

If you work at a computer for long periods of time, an ergonomic setup with proper screen positioning can help prevent back and neck pain. What is proper? Well, it’s definitely not hunching over a laptop.

Zakhari told us that no matter what kind of screen you’re looking at, the top of the screen should be at eye level. (If you wear progressive lenses, the monitor height may need to be slightly lower, depending on if you’re looking down into the lenses.) “You want the head to be neutral when the user looks at the monitor,” Zakhari said. (Previous expert advice recommended the eye line to be 2 to 3 inches below the monitor casing, but that accounted for monitors with much larger bezels than we have today.)

A monitor arm can position one or more external monitors at the proper height for you. But you might not need a monitor arm. Our monitor picks come with adjustable stands that work for most people in most setups. If your monitor’s stand can’t go as high as you need, you can place it on a monitor shelf or stand (which is much cheaper and easier to set up) or even on a sturdy book or two.

Those solutions, however, take up more space on your desk and don’t let you easily move the monitor left and right, move forward and back, or rotate it. If you need those features, you should get a monitor arm.

A monitor arm also makes it easier to share a workstation with people of varying heights, since you can quickly move the monitor to make easy, on-the-fly adjustments. You can also do this if you want to show something on your screen to someone else in the room without making them come over to your desk and hunch over. If you have a standing desk but still can’t get the proper monitor height while sitting or standing, a monitor arm can help. However, in most cases these arms aren’t a good way to convert a standard, fixed-height desk into a sit-stand desk. (For one of our testers, who is 5-foot-2 and has a desk that’s 29 inches tall, the fully extended monitor arms still put the screens below eye level when standing. A standing desk converter would be a better option in this case.)

Before you invest in a monitor arm, it’s a good idea to take a few measurements to figure out exactly what you need. We all have different sitting and standing heights, as well as monitors of different sizes and weights. We recommend:

  • Looking up your monitor model to find its weight and making sure it can use a VESA mount, which is what most monitor arms use to attach to the monitor. Ergotron has a monitor lookup tool that can help.
  • Measuring the distance from the top of your desk to your eye level (this can be approximate). Repeat this if you switch between sitting and standing.
  • With your monitor roughly arm’s distance away, measuring the distance from your eyes to the monitor. This is the “arm extension reach” that a monitor arm should offer.
  • Measuring your desktop’s thickness.
  • With all that information in hand, look at the specs of any monitor arm you’re considering to make sure it would suit you. We’ve listed these specs for our picks above.

How we picked and tested

It’s easy to get lost in the jungle of available monitor arms, since most of them look pretty similar and offer close to identical specs. Based on our previous years of testing and writing about monitor arms, here’s what we’ve found takes a monitor arm from passable to great.

  • Support for multiple monitor sizes: Because 27-inch monitors have become so common—they don’t cost much more than smaller displays—we considered only monitor arms that could handle a screen at least that size. All the models we tested can work with smaller displays, and a few can even hold larger displays, up to 34 inches.
  • Wide range of motion: Everyone has a different body, a different monitor, and a different desk setup, so the wider range of motion a monitor arm has, the easier it will be for you to get the perfect placement for your display—especially if more than one person uses it. Vertical movement (up and down) is the most important range if you work at a sit/stand desk, but side to side, forward and back, and rotation and tilt are also crucial for achieving ideal ergonomics for a wide range of people, postures, and workflows.
  • Smoothness of motion: We preferred monitor arms that were firm enough to stay put while we worked but could reposition easily and didn’t require too much force.
  • Long warranty: Monitor arm technology isn’t something that will change radically and warrant a replacement every year or two. Instead, you should expect a monitor arm to last many years and adapt to changes such as a new desk or display. It’s furniture. Because of that, we looked at warranty length and customer support to see which companies would stand behind their models and the arms’ expected years of performance while holding up an expensive monitor (or two). Note that monitor arm warranties don’t include damage to the monitor itself.
  • Desk mounting and VESA support: We focused on desk-mounted arms for this guide because they’re the easiest to assemble and don’t require putting holes in your wall. Monitor arms must also attach sturdily to the desk; most secure themselves with a grommet or desk clamp. A good mount should be adjustable for a range of desk or table thicknesses and widths, and it should include cable-management options, too. For the side of the arm that attaches to your monitor, we made sure the arm used the VESA standard, which just means that the screw holes and locations on screens like TVs and monitors will match the size and layout on compatible mounts—it’s common on most hardware and all of our picks.
  • Easy to assemble: Monitor arms should come with clear instructions or supplementary assembly videos online. We favored monitor arms that required fewer tools to set up, too.

In 2019, we researched 64 monitor arms and tested 11, based on the criteria above. For our 2021 update, we retested our four previous picks, the Fully Jarvis Monitor Arm, Ergotron LX Desk Monitor Arm, Ergotron LX Desk Monitor Arm Tall Pole, and Fully Jarvis Dual Monitor Arm, against six models we hadn’t tested before: Ergotron Trace Single Monitor Arm, Monoprice Workstream 15526 (single monitor), Monoprice Workstream 15525 (dual monitor), Vivo V002K Dual Monitor Arm, and Fully Pole-Mounted Monitor Arm (dual and single monitor, now discontinued).

In 2021, we tested by assembling each monitor arm, then mounting it to a 1-inch-thick desk with the included clamp. For the single monitor arms, we attached a 27-inch monitor (a Lenovo ThinkVision P27-10). For the dual monitor arms, we attached two 24-inch monitors (the Dell Ultrasharp U2415 and U2414H). For each arm we assessed the setup process, the sturdiness, and the range of movement in all directions.

What about dual or multi-monitor arms?

After testing a few dual monitor arms, we think the best option for people who have two monitors is actually getting two single monitor arms instead. It will cost a bit more (40 at the time of writing for two Jarvis Single Arms versus the Fully Jarvis Dual Monitor Arm), and you’ll have two arm bases on your desk instead of one. The benefit is you’ll be able to position, angle, or rotate each monitor much more precisely than you can with a dual-monitor arm. That’s an important factor, especially if you have two monitors of different sizes or with different VESA mounts.

Also, if your desk is positioned against the wall, it’s not possible to have two monitors placed side by side unless they come forward about 12 inches. That’s too close for ergonomic comfort if your desk isn’t more than 30 inches deep.

We’re now looking at dual monitor arms that use a different crossbar design that moves two monitors in tandem rather than separately, which would increase stability and also not require the screens being inches from your face.

Our pick: Fully Jarvis Monitor Arm

The best monitor arm

The sleek and sturdy Fully Jarvis makes raising, lowering, and rotating a monitor easy, and it’s backed by a 15-year warranty.

Buying Options

At the time of publishing, the price was 130.

If you want an attractive monitor arm that’s easy to set up and adjust, get the Fully Jarvis Monitor Arm. It has one of the widest ranges of motion among the arms we tested, it’s sturdy enough to support common monitor sizes and weights, and it’s also the best-looking monitor arm we tested—the sleek arm comes in white, black, and silver. Fully’s 15-year warranty is the longest of any of the monitor arms we tested aside from the Ergotron Trace Monitor Arm, which costs more than three times as much.

The Jarvis works with most VESA-compatible monitors—officially it supports up to 19.8 pounds and displays as big as 32 inches. Even though other monitor arms, such as the Ergotron LX, can support 25 pounds, we don’t think most people will come up against that limit. Our 27-inch test monitor is just 10 pounds without its stand, and even a 34-inch, ultrawide display can weigh as little as 15 pounds. However, we did read a review from someone who bought the Jarvis to use with a 34-inch curved monitor that weighs 18 pounds, and customer support told them that if a monitor is curved or is shifted too far forward, it reduces the overall weight that the arm can support. If in doubt, we recommend contacting support before purchasing.

Compared with the nearly identical (in appearance) Monoprice Workstream 15526, the Jarvis moved more smoothly—almost effortlessly—particularly when elevating or lowering the monitor to a specific midpoint. And it offers a range of motion that should support most workflows: The Jarvis has a 13-inch vertical range (about the same as that of the AmazonBasics arm and the Ergotron LX), which allows for a total height of 19.8 inches from the tabletop to the center of the VESA mount. It can extend 24 inches side to side, move 23.8 inches forward from the back of the desk, tilt 90 degrees, rotate 180 degrees, and pan (spin around on the base) 360 degrees. Just so you know: You’ll need about a 1-inch clearance at the back of your desk to accommodate the arm, and it will bring the monitor about 5 inches toward you at its most compact setting. This is why we recommend taking measurements for your workspace before you purchase a monitor arm.

Despite using what looks to be identical parts, the Jarvis (left) was sturdier than the Monoprice Workstream 15526 (right). Photo: Melanie Pinola

The ease of assembling the Jarvis was due in part to its more clearly written instructions. Photos: Melanie Pinola

Despite using what looks to be identical parts, the Jarvis (left) was sturdier than the Monoprice Workstream 15526 (right). Photo: Melanie Pinola

As with most monitor arms, the Jarvis takes some fine-tuning with the included hex key to get the tension on the arm just right, but it’s responsive and simple to adjust. It also has handy slots in the back where you can store the hex key—something most other arms we tested don’t offer—so it’ll still be there if you need to make minor adjustments in the future (if the setting loosens over time or you switch to a new display with a different weight).

None of the models we tested—including the Fully Jarvis—impressed us when it came to cable management. Fully’s arm includes cheap-feeling plastic pieces that snap and slide on to the underside of the arm to manage cables. They’re a little more difficult to align than similar designs on other models, but since this is something you should rarely have to adjust, we don’t think it’s a dealbreaker.