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Review: TCL Alto 6 2.0 Soundbar

Posted in Products with tags on May 15, 2022 by itnerd

Let’s face it. The speakers that are built into your average TV suck. So if you want decent audio, you need a soundbar. But your use case for a soundbar may not include having 5.1 surround sound or 7.1 surround sound. It just may be simply having decent audio. That’s where the TCL Alto 6 2.0 Soundbar comes in. It promises easy setup if you have a Roku TV and “premium sound” via the fact that it is Dolby Audio compatible. Let’s see if they deliver on both those fronts. But first, let’s see what you get in the box:

Besides the soundbar, you get the usual books and paperwork, a remote control, a pair of batteries for said remote control, a power cable, an HDMI cable, and an optical cable.

Looking at the ports on the soundbar, you get an USB port, HDMI port, optical port, an aux port and the power connector.

Now if you have a Roku TV, like I do, then the setup of this soundbar is laughably simple:

  1. Plug the power in.
  2. Connect the HDMI cable from the soundbar to the HDMI ARC port on the TV.
  3. Turn on the TV and follow the prompts.
  4. Done. Declare victory and have a beer.

For those of you who don’t have a Roku TV, you have the option of setting up via HDMI or optical depending on your use case. But if you do have a Roku TV, this ease of setup means that it also fully integrates with the Roku remote that you already have. Meaning that you can completely ignore the remote that comes with the soundbar. I like that as it cuts down on the number of remotes that I have to deal with.

Now about that sound part. The soundbar when it’s positioned properly has a very large sound stage with clear dialog and decent bass. It’s not going to blow you away with the quality, but it will be better than the speakers that your TV comes with, and you will be able to hear little details in movies and video games if you use those on your TV.

It also has Bluetooth connectivity so that you can stream audio from your phone or tablet for example. And one thing that I really like is that this soundbar isn’t constantly broadcasting it’s availability via Bluetooth. Thus someone won’t be able to prank you by playing sounds on it at 3AM. The only downside is that you either need to use the remote control to put the soundbar in pairing mode, or you have to walk up to it to do the same thing. In any case, playing music on it sounds great with a fair amount of detail and the same large sound stage that you get when watching movies.

Having said that, I do have a few gripes:

  • There’s no way to tweak the soundbar to get the audio the way you want it. TCL is marketing this as a plug and forget solution. But it would have been nice for people who want to tweak the bass for example to have a way to do that. Though I will note that Roku TVs do have a limited ability to do this sort of things.
  • Documentation is sparse. TCL could have done a better job of documenting how this soundbar works. Especially how it works with a Roku TV so that I didn’t have to randomly press buttons and go through menus to figure out how to get the best out of this soundbar. Which it turns out that I had a limited number of options, as in one, when I pressed “*” when inside a Roku channel or when using a device attached to it such as my computer. By doing that I was able to go to the sound options and choose if I wanted the sound balanced for TV, movies, or music.

The best part of this soundbar is the price. In Canada, it goes for $109 CDN. But if you look at Amazon, you can get it for less if you wait for it to go on sale. I’d recommend this soundbar for anyone who lives in an apartment or a small room that can’t wire up a surround sound system, but still wants half decent audio. And if you have a Roku TV, then it’s a total win. As long as you don’t expect that you’re going to be able to tweak the settings of the soundbar beyond a few basic settings, you’ll be happy with the TCL Alto 6 2.0.

Review: Ekster Carbon Fibre Cardholder

Posted in Products with tags on May 8, 2022 by itnerd

Ekster wallets have been my go to cardholder for some time now. First I did a review of their Aluminum Cardholder, which my wife then promptly claimed as her own. Then Ekster was kind enough to send me a second wallet which I then tried out for two weeks and loved so much that it became part of my every day carry. But I wasn’t a fan of the camo look of the wallet. Sure it didn’t affect how the wallet functions, but my personal style is black, matte black, or carbon fibre all the things. So I decided to treat myself to a new Ekster wallet. Specifically their Carbon Fibre Cardholder. Instead of being made of 6061-T6 aluminum, this cardholder is made from 3K carbon fibre. 3K carbon is the workhorse of carbon fiber because it’s light and relatively stiff. 3K has a high threshold before failure and better strength than 6K, 9K or 12K. It is typically used in aviation, industrial purposes, sporting and recreation goods such as bike frames and tennis racquets. In short, this is quality stuff that also looks cool as a side benefit.

So let’s start with the fact that this is a light cardholder. Here’s the weight of the aluminum variant:

Now 77 grams is pretty light. But Here’s what you get for the carbon fibre variant:

It may be hard to read, but it says 62 grams. That’s a 15 gram difference. And surprisingly, I do notice it in my pocket. Plus it feels just as stiff and solid as the aluminum version. As far as I am concerned, that’s a win. And it comes with exactly the same functionality as the aluminum version. Specifically:

The main section of cardholder fans out your cards at the click of a button. This is where you store your less frequently used cards. The cardholder holds a maximum of 6 non-embossed cards, or a combination of 4 – 5 embossed/non-embossed cards (depending on the thickness of each card). You can also shove a couple of bills or something like a proximity card under the strap as well.

The expandable metal backplate (it is a shame that this wasn’t carbon fibre as well) allows you to carry a pair of cards that you frequently access (credit cards for example) while keeping a slim profile. There a notch at the bottom center of this section that helps you to push them out so that you can get to them. Finally, it still has the RFID protection in place.

My only gripe is the cost. This is not cheap as it $103 CDN. It does come in two styles in case you don’t like the carbon fibre weave that you see above. But if you want to add a bit of style your everyday carry, and shave some weight in the process, this is a great, though pricey way to do both.

Review: DeltaHub Carpio 2.0

Posted in Products with tags on May 3, 2022 by itnerd

Here’s a fun fact. Using a mouse can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. And anyone reading this blog likely uses a mouse. Thus you’re all at risk. But DeltaHub claims to have a solution to that problem. It’s an ergonomic wrist rest called the Carpio 2.0. And the unboxing experience is one of the better ones that I have seen lately.

You get this rather plain box when you get the Carpio 2.0 delivered to you. But when you open it that’s when the magic happens.

The box slides open and you not only see your Carpio 2.0 along with a bag and in an Apple like move, a DeltaHub sticker, but at the top there’s instructions on how to use it properly, but there’s a QR code that takes you to this YouTube video:

I give DeltaHub major points for trying really hard to make sure that the Carpio 2.0 is used correctly as I can see it getting a rather negative reputation if they didn’t try this hard. That effort is going to result in high rates of customer satisfaction.

The Carpio 2.0 is available in left and right hand models in large and small sizes. How do you know what size you are? This video will help you with that:

One other thing I should note, if black isn’t your thing, they do come in white and grey. And they have replaceable pads in a bunch of colours that you can choose from. That way you can get the look that you want.

My wife and I got one large and one small Carpio 2.0. Both for our right hands. And I have to say that they arrived quickly. As in we ordered them on a Wednesday and got them on a Saturday. That is impressive.

This is what it looks like when I am using it:

Now about the ability for the Carpio 2.0 to glide with your hand. You mileage may vary with that. If you have a mouse pad or you’re just using a hard desk, that’s 100% true. On my desk pad which is made of vegan leather, not so much. At least, not until I made a minor adjustment to the height of my armrest on my office chair. Then I was good to go. Even if I didn’t do that, it’s far from a deal breaker for me as I have the DPI cranked up on my Kensington Mouse so much that I can control it by making subtle movements of my hand. Now it took me about a day to get used to it, but now I use it consistently. I don’t feel any pressure points while using it and I don’t even think about using it now. As far as I am concerned, this appears to be a total win.

The going price for these is €29,90 with discounts if you buy more than one. After using the Carpio 2.0 for a few days, I’m glad that my wife suggested that we get these. And I’m sure my right wrist will be thankful as well.

Review: Kensington Contour 2.0 Business Laptop Backpack

Posted in Products with tags on April 28, 2022 by itnerd

When I travel I tend to use a laptop case. In fact, the laptop case that I have had for well over 15 years has not only served me well, but it is in amazing condition. But since getting my hands on the Kensington Contour 2.0 Business Laptop Backpack, I am thinking about retiring it. More on that in a second. First let’s get to the backpack:

So this looks like your typical backpack. It’s made of water resistant 1680D ballistic polyester. There’s nothing special here. Right? Well, that’s not so.

For starters it opens up like this so that you can leave your laptop AND tablet in your backpack while going through an airport security checkpoint.

Though my version is for laptops up to 15.6″, my 16″ MacBook Pro fit just fine. There’s also a tablet pocket in front of the pocket for the notebook.

If you were going someplace overnight and you wanted to travel light, I can see a change of clothes fitting in here with ease.

Here is the backpack in a more “normal” configuration. Both sides have polyester with velcro attached that allows it to get into the flat configuration that you saw earlier.

The zippers for this section has hoops so that you can lock them and secure the contents.

There’s a port for those people who still use wired headphones.

Here you can see a zippered pocket that is not easily seen. You can pop sunglasses or perhaps valuables in there.

There’s a compartment where you can store, pens, your phone, and other random items. And there’s a strap with a hook for something that you don’t want rattling about.

What puts this laptop into “top tier” is the fact that it comes with an RFID blocking section. Drop your passport or anything else with an RFID chip in here and it will be safe from threat actors who might try to scan it.

There are two zippered pockets on either side of the backpack. One has mesh that allows you to pop a water bottle into it. The other has a pocket for small items.

There’s another zippered pocket for smaller items. By the way, this Kensington logo is the only noticeable logo on the backpack. While there are logos on the zippers, the branding is pretty minimal and low key. Bonus points for that.

Moving to the back, there’s a strap that allows you to slide the backpack through the handle of your carry on. That’s a feature I really like when travelling.

Above and below that is padding that’s designed to get rid of heat. The straps also are designed to do the same thing as well. It also moves the backpack into a body hugging position which makes it easier on your back. That of course assumes that you take the time and effort to adjust the straps properly. I should also note that the padding feels really great when I wear the backpack.

I have to admit that this is a well designed backpack that once the world stops ending, I can see myself using when travelling. The build quality is excellent, which means that I wouldn’t have any concerns about it falling apart or getting damaged. I should note that there are two other versions of this backpack. There’s one for 14″ laptops, and one for 17″ laptops. So it is highly likely that Kensington has a Contour 2.0 backpack that fits your needs. My version has an MSRP of $114.99 CDN which isn’t cheap. But in my opinion it’s worth it given the feature set and the quality that this backpack has.

Review: Kensington SmartFit Easy Riser Go

Posted in Products with tags on April 27, 2022 by itnerd

So what started out as a revamp of my desk setup has turned into a complete revamp of the den that my wife and I work out of because my wife is redoing her desk setup, and we’re also making some changes to other parts of the den. In regards to what my wife is up to, she’s running two computers. A Lenovo ThinkPad and my old 2015 15″ MacBook Pro. And she needs to have them both on her desk in a way that works for her. To help her with that, I set up her ThinkPad on a Kensington SmartFit Easy Riser Go laptop riser.

Now this laptop riser folds up into a thin package that allows you to put into your laptop bag and take it with you. It’s made of plastic that feels solid and it appears to be well engineered. This specific one is designed for 14″ laptops or tablets. But Kensington makes a 17″ version of this as well.

You’ll note the colour coding in this picture. This is the unique feature that sets this laptop riser apart from pretty much everything else on the market. These colours allow you to size this riser so that it is ergonomically correct for you. Kensington calls this their SmartFit System.

What you need to do is place your palm on this diagram and see what colour you match up to. In my wife’s case, she was green. That led me to set the stand up like this:

And when you add her ThinkPad to the mix, this is what you get:

For her, this is the perfect angle to view the screen of her ThinkPad. And so far this is working for her. Now one thing that I should point it is this is not meant for you to type on. Which is why she also got this Kensington keyboard from me which she is now using with both this ThinkPad and with her 15″ MacBook Pro as it supports multiple connections. The net result is that this setup is a win for her. The Kensington SmartFit Easy Riser Go laptop riser has an MSRP of $29.99 CAD and this is an easy recommendation from me whether you are on the go, or working from home like my wife is.

Review: Sylvania Smart+ A19 Full Colour LED Bulb

Posted in Products with tags on April 26, 2022 by itnerd

As part of the work on my desk setup, which has now evolved into a home office makeover, I wanted to do something about the lighting in my den. Now I have used smart lights bulbs in the past connect via WiFi. But they used a unique app and didn’t talk to HomeKit. Since I have been standardizing all my smart home devices on the Apple HomeKit platform, I decided to make a move towards HomeKit compatible light bulbs. Thus I chose the Sylvania Smart +A19 Full Colour LED bulbs (as I got a pair of them to install in my den).

These are Bluetooth enabled smart light bulbs that speak to HomeKit. The fact that they are Bluetooth enabled creates some challenges if you have a large home, or like me you live in someplace where Bluetooth signals don’t travel too far. In my case, that’s because of the concrete walls in my condo. So just like when I installed this HomeKit door sensor and alarm, to make this work I had to buy a third HomePod to install into my den so that it could connect to the lights and control them. So if you go for these bulbs, you should keep that in mind.

As for installing them, it was pretty straightforward:

  • Screw them into the light sockets and turn them on via your light switch. .
  • Open the home app and click “Add Accessory”.
  • Scan the HomeKit barcode that comes with the light bulb and follow the prompts.
  • Done. Declare victory and have a beer.

So, about that “full colour” capability. What that means is that you can choose from over 16 million available colors and you can adjust the white colour temperature from 2700K-6500K. That way you can get the vibe you want. My vibe is boring, so I just adjusted them to the temperature that you see in the picture. The thing is that you need to do this via the Home app as the Sylvania Home App which is recommended in the instructions is pretty much useless for this, and one other feature which is firmware updates. In my case, I tried to update the firmware for the two bulbs and went through this sequence of events:

  • Open the Sylvania Home App
  • Click On Apple HomeKit
  • Watch a pinwheel spin as it tries to find the bulbs and can’t. Which isn’t a problem as if you flip the lights off and on five times, they’ll pop up and indicate that there’s a new firmware available.
  • You then watch it perform the firmware update and it claims it is successful, but exiting and going back into the app indicates that there’s a firmware update available.

Here’s the thing, the bulbs are running firmware version 1.1.31. I can’t find anything anywhere online if this is the latest firmware or not. Plus this number never changed in my attempts to upgrade the firmware. And Sylvania (or more accurately LEDVANCE who seems to be selling this product) doesn’t have much of a support presence online. So if you run into some sort of trouble with these bulbs, you might be on your own.

Another issue that I tripped over is that a couple of days into owning these, I had to reboot all of my HomePod Mini units to get them to connect to one of them after they started to display the dreaded “not responding” error. I don’t know which one as HomeKit doesn’t expose that to end users, but I assume it’s the one in the den that they are connected to. I didn’t have to do that with my alarm/door sensor. But I will keep an eye on this to see if this is an ongoing issue, or if this is related to my attempts to update the firmware as it might have confused HomeKit in some manner as the attempts to update the firmware power cycles the bulbs, which might have put them into a state where they were not connecting properly.

So would I recommend the Sylvania Smart +A19 Full Colour LED bulbs? I would not for the average user as from what I can tell, these aren’t “plug and play” which is the whole point of HomeKit accessories. There’s just too many rough edges with these smart lights where I could confidently say go to out and buy them. I will be running them for the next little while to see if my experience with them improves. But don’t be surprised if you see me post a review in a few weeks with another HomeKit compatible light bulb that replaces these bulbs. I paid $48.07 CDN for each bulb on Amazon. But if you look around, you might find it for less.

Review: Kensington Multi-Device Dual Wireless Compact Keyboard

Posted in Products with tags on April 25, 2022 by itnerd

An item that I have thought about adding to my desk setup is a keyboard. Now I’ve been using the keyboard on my MacBook Pro because it is so fantastic and has Touch ID to allow me to unlock the MacBook Pro quickly. But in the interest of seeing if I could I could do better, I gave the Kensington Multi-Device Dual Wireless Compact Keyboard a shot. Here’s what you get in the box.

Besides two AAA batteries and a 2.4 Ghz USB-A receiver, you get the keyboard. The keyboard is plastic, but it feels like high quality plastic. By the way, if black isn’t your thing, you can get it in white.

One handy design feature is that you can store the 2.4 GHz receiver inside the battery compartment. That way you should never lose it should you need it in the future.

The keyboard has some weight to it. That’s important because it means that will not move on your desk while you type. It’s pretty compact so you can travel with it without having it take up a lot of real estate in your bag. You’ll also note that it has a layout that works with PC or Mac. Thus you can use it with either platform, or both platforms via its marquee feature, which is that this keyboard has the ability to connect to three devices at the same time and switch between them using Bluetooth 3.0, Bluetooth 5.0, and 2.4 GHz wireless. That’s handy if you run multiple computers as part of your workflow. Once paired, you use the F10 key to switch between keyboards. And it worked without issue for me during my testing between a pair of Macs via Bluetooth, as well as a Mac and PC via Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz wireless.

From a typing perspective, the keyboard has a great feel. The keys are a bit firm, but they have great travel as the keys are scissor switches. That means that for people like me who learned to type on typewriters back in the age of the dinosaurs, it feels familiar. The keys are also about the same size as ones that you typically find on most notebooks. Which again will feel familiar. Meaning that you can type without having your brain go through gymnastics to deal with something that it perceives as being radically different.

Finally, the keyboard also claims AES-128 encryption as well for data that’s shuffled from the keyboard to the computer. There’s not a whole lot of documentation on this, but it’s nice to know that your keystrokes can’t be sniffed by a threat actor.

So will I use this keyboard going forward? As good as this keyboard is, I like to keep my desk minimal so I won’t be using it. However my wife works with both a PC and Mac at the same time, and she is also in the midst of re-doing her desk setup. So I’ll be setting this so that she can use it as it fits her use case much better than my use case. The Kensington Multi-Device Dual Wireless Compact Keyboard has a MSRP of $39.99 CAD and is absolutely worth having a look at if you juggle multiple computers and you only have space for one keyboard, or you need a small keyboard for when you travel.

Review: Kensington SureTrack Dual Wireless Mouse

Posted in Products with tags on April 22, 2022 by itnerd

In my quest for the perfect desk setup I’ve considered a lot of things to add to the setup. One of them however wasn’t a mouse. I have always found the trackpad that’s built into my MacBook Pro to provide me with the best way to scroll and swipe my way through macOS. But I am reconsidering that position after spending a couple of days with the Kensington SureTrack Dual Wireless Mouse.

Here’s what you get in the box:

You get a AA battery, the mouse which is made of plastic and pretty lightweight. And it should be noted that if you don’t like black, there’s four other color choices. And a 2.4 GHz USB-A receiver. The mouse feels very good in my hands. There’s no sharp edges or weird shapes that I can feel. Which means using it for long stretches of time will likely not be an issue. The buttons have great feedback along with the scroll wheel. And finally it’s also compact should I want to travel with it as it won’t take up a lot of real estate. So from those perspectives this mouse is a winner so far.

Here’s where things get interesting. You can connect this mouse using the 2.4 GHz USB-A receiver. Or you can use Bluetooth as pictured here:

As you can see here, the mouse supports Bluetooth 3.0 and 5.0. That is the first mouse that I recall that has that ability. Another thing that I noted was that Kensington says that the mouse when communicating encrypts the traffic using AES 128. Though the documentation doesn’t speak to how that is achieved. In any case, I went the Bluetooth 5.0 route as that lets me use Bluetooth LE which uses less power with no performance hit. It also exposes the battery status in the menu bar of my MacBook Pro as pictured here:

That will be handy so that I know if I have to change the battery. Which will likely be a long time from now as Bluetooth LE devices tend to have long battery life.

The really big reason that is making me reconsider using the trackpad of my MacBook Pro is how this mouse operates. It is insanely smooth and precise. And it has the ability to tweak the DPI (dots per inch) settings on the fly which is handy if you want to change the DPI for a specific task. That’s done via the button on the bottom of the mouse and it supports 1200, 2400, and 4000 DPI.

Honestly, I really love this mouse. And while it requires a couple of extra clicks to replicate what I would normally do with the trackpad, I’m willing to give this mouse a shot over the near to medium term. That tells you what a good job Kensington has done with SureTrack Dual Wireless Mouse. It has a MSRP of $39.99 and as far as I am concerned, it’s money well spent.

Review: Kensington UH1400P USB-C Mobile Hub And 100W USB-C Power Adapter

Posted in Products with tags on April 21, 2022 by itnerd

Over the last few months I’ve been evolving my home office desk setup. Which meant looking at the tech and other items that I have which allows me to be more productive. While I admit that this is still a work in progress, the pieces are starting to fall into place on that front. One of those pieces is the Kensington UH1400P USB-C Mobile Hub which is currently my docking solution of choice at the moment. Let’s have a look at the mobile hub.

From the back you get a HDMI 2.0 port capable of 4K resolution at 60 Hz, a USB-A 3.2 Gen1 port, and a USB-C port which supports USB-C PD 3.0 power delivery.

On the front you get two more USB-A 3.2 Gen1 ports as well as an SD card reader and a microSD card reader. The card readers do UHS-I speeds which is 104 Mbps.

On the side you get an Ethernet jack capable of gigabit speeds.

The mobile hub is tiny. If you’re using this on the go it will easily fit into a backpack or a briefcase. In my case, I’m using it on my desk because it takes up very little real estate. It’s also made of metal (which is handy because while it is in use it is warm to the touch) and feels very premium. Kensington promises that this mobile is plug and play. And that was the case when I plugged it into my Mac as it worked without any drivers or hopping through hoops to get it going.

Now my use case is to have it connected to my Acer monitor, my uninterruptible power supply, and have it charging my MacBook Pro. To help with that last part, I also got this:

This is the Kensington 100W USB-C Power Adapter which uses GaN technology to pack a lot of charging power into a small package. And as a bonus, it won’t produce a lot of heat in the process.

Here’s the Kensington power adapter next to the Apple 140W adapter that came with my MacBook Pro. As you can see it’s significantly smaller, and I can say it’s lighter as well. Now while I will highlight that the Apple adapter will do 140W, it will only do that over MagSafe. Via USB-C it’s capped at 100W. So if you’re travelling, you likely want to carry the Kensington power adapter with you because it will take up less space and it is lighter. But in my case, I replaced the Apple adapter with the Kensington one because it takes up less space on my uninterruptible power supply. That allows me to get this result:

This gives me a one cable solution that allows me to use my monitor and charge my MacBook Pro as well as have the uninterruptible power supply communicate with my computer. And unlike the USB-C adapter that I was using previously, I get two USB-A ports and a couple of card reader ports as well. I’m not using the Ethernet jack as I’ve got 802.11ax/WiFi in the condo which eliminates the need for a wired connection.

One thing that I did observe is from a video perspective, this hub delivers much sharper and more fluid video than my previous adapter provided. And it supported 120 Hz video via HDMI even though 60 Hz is the supposed limit of the Kensington adapter. In terms of data transfer speeds, while the Kensington adapter maxes out at 5Gbps a second, I found transfer speeds from USB-A attached devices more than acceptable. If you need something faster, Kensington can sell you a Thunderbolt 3 or 4 dock. In terms of charging, the Kensington adapter is capped at 85W which is fine for me as my MacBook Pro has amazing battery life and 85W allows me to charge it at a decent rate.

In terms of gripes? I really don’t have any major ones. This seems to be a well sorted piece of kit that I’d recommend either for a portable use case or my use case. Kensington UH1400P USB-C Mobile Hub has a MSRP of $99.99 CDN and the Kensington 100W USB-C Power Adapter has a MSRP of $99.99 CDN. That’s not a lot to pay for the functionality that you get. I’d take a good look at these products if you need a USB-C hub and power adapter at your desk or on the go.

Review: Vivo Single Desk Mount

Posted in Products with tags on March 26, 2022 by itnerd

Ever since I got my FlexiSpot Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk last year, I’ve been looking for a better way to have my Acer Nitro Gaming Monitor on it for a couple of reasons. For starters, when I did My Desk Setup article I had it on an old monitor stand which took up a lot of space and didn’t really look that great. Plus I wanted the option of having some extra adjustability should I need it. It’s taken a fair amount of effort, but I think I have finally found the solution in the form of the Vivo Single Monitor Desk Mount.

What I like about this solution is that it bolts right to the desk so that it looks like it part of the desk.

You do have another clamp option where you drill a hole into the desk and put a bolt through it to clamp it to the desk. But I decided not to go that route as I didn’t want to drill holes in the desk. One plus to this mount is that it’s pretty flush to the edge of the desk.

The stand comes with a VESA mount that supports 75mm x 75mm and 100mm x 100mm mounting, and you have to use their screws and washers to attach the mount to your monitor. I point that out because my monitor came with screws and they weren’t long enough to work. The knob that you see allow you to move the monitor up and down. From what I tell, unless you’re 7 feet tall, you should be able to put the monitor in a position that works for you.

The monitor is removable and secured with a single screw on the left hand side. I should note that their VESA mount allows 10 degrees of adjustment up and down, as well as the ability to rotate the monitor. However there’s no left or right movement. Which I’m fine with.

There’s very basic cable management included as well as I was able to get the power cable and HDMI cable out of the way. If they included a second one of these in the box, it would have been better to make things look neater.

Assembly was relatively straightforward and took about 25 minutes. Everything you need to assemble this stand is in the box with the exception of a Phillips screwdriver. Though reading the manual first will help you to plan out how you should mount this to your desk. Once assembled, it’s extremely solid. Which means when I do move the desk up and down, it’s not going to shake. And the net result is that I have a workspace that now has a bit more room for me to work, and is a bit more ergonomically correct as well. Not to mention looking much more modern.

I should note that the stand supports up to a 27″ monitor, and a maximum weight of 17 pounds. So that fits most use cases that most people should have. I found Vivo Single Desk Mount on Amazon for $54.99 CDN which as far as I am concerned as is money well spent as the result is top shelf. And the eagle eyed among you will note that I have some other stuff on my desk that you might not have seen before. I’ve been evolving my desk setup and I’ll have a new desk setup article posted in the coming weeks as I continue to tweak this setup to work for me.