The best monitor arms in 2024: position your monitor perfectly for total comfort

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The best monitor arms are something everyone working in photography needs, because in the long term they'll protect your eyesight along with your neck, back and shoulders. 

Why? Because unless your existing monitor stand places your screen in the perfect position (which is unlikely), you'll need a way of placing it more effectively. So if you've invested in the best monitors for image or video editing, a decent monitor arm is a must-have to complete your setup.

Clamping securely to the back edge of your desk, they do a great job of maximizing your work area in front. And the best monitor arms offer a ton of flexibility, in terms of height, pan (left/right) and tilt (up/down) movement. 360 degrees of rotation is also a common feature, allowing you to easily switch from landscape to portrait. In all, it's a world apart than relying on your existing stand.

In this article, we've brought together the best monitor arms available today. Our list includes monitor arms for both single monitors and multiple monitor setups, and cover a range of styles and prices.

The best monitor arms in 2024

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1. Ergotron LX Desk Monitor Arm

The best monitor arm overall

Specifications

Arm type: Desk mounted
Max monitor size: 34"
Max monitor weight: 25lbs / 11.3kg
Height adjustment: 7.9" / 20cm
Tilt adjustment: 70 degrees backward, 5 degrees forward
Pan adjustment: 360 degrees
Mounting hole patterns: 100x100mm, 75x75mm
Arm weight: 8lbs / 3.6kg

Reasons to buy

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Rugged-looking design
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Lots of adjustment
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Can support up to 34" screen

Reasons to avoid

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Somewhat pricey
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Only 20cm height adjustment, though taller option is available

We'll start with the best of the best. Ergotron's LX Desk Monitor Arm impresses with its polished aluminium construction which is solid enough to support a monitor weighing up to 11.3 kg and/or 34-inches screen size, plus it's guaranteed for 10 years. 

The arm itself weighs in at 3.6kg and attaches via a clamp to a desk surface 10-60mm thick, and it's packed with ergonomic adjustment. You get 33cm of height adjustment, 70 degrees of backward tilt and 5 degrees forward tilt, 360-degree pan and 360-degree rotation. The arm can fold right back to sit directly above the base, maximizing desk space in front. Just be sure the monitor you'll be mounting has VESA mounting holes conforming to either a 100 x 100mm or 75 x 75mm pattern, though these are almost universally standard.

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2. Mount-It! MI-1771 Single Monitor Arm Desk Mount

The best value monitor arm

Specifications

Arm type: Desk mounted
Max monitor size: 32"
Max monitor weight: 20lbs / 9kg
Height adjustment: 13" / 33cm
Tilt adjustment: 90 degrees up or down
Pan adjustment: not stated
Mounting hole patterns: 100x100mm, 75x75mm
Arm weight: 4.37kg

Reasons to buy

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Decent adjustability
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Accessible price

Reasons to avoid

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Weight capacity not that high
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Not particularly attractive

Want a more affordable option? This desk-mounted monitor arm may not have quite as much wow-factor as pricier models on this list, but it can certainly match them on specs. You can mount a display up to 32 inches, it'll support up to 9kg, and there's an excellent 33cm of height adjustment. You also get all the usual range of adjustment, with up to 90 degrees of up or down tilt and 360-degree rotation. There's even a gas spring inside to balance varying monitor weights for super-simple height adjustment. 

The aluminium and steel arm can be had in silver of black finishes and will attach to a desk up to 8.4cm thick. Providing your monitor has a 100 x 100mm or 75 x 75mm mounting hole pattern (highly likely), this arm is a great value buy.

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3. AmazonBasics Single Monitor Stand

The best cheap monitor arm for smaller monitors

Specifications

Arm type: Desk mounted
Max monitor size: 24"
Max monitor weight: 10kg
Height adjustment: 16cm
Tilt adjustment: 85 degrees backward, 15 degrees forward
Pan adjustment: Not stated
Mounting hole patterns: 100x100mm, 75x75mm
Arm weight: 2.54kg

Reasons to buy

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Bargain price
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Clamps to a wide range of desk thicknesses

Reasons to avoid

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Aesthetically challenged
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Max monitor size only 24 inches
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Limited and basic height adjustment

Amazon's Basics range is cheap but reliable, and this back-to-basics arm is a good example. The main catch (other than the less-than-designer looks) is you're limited to a max monitor size of 24 inches. But if that's not a problem, this arm enables a decent range of adjustability, although changing height requires you to release a clamp and to slide the arm up or down the mounting pole - no gas lift monitor balancing here. But since most of us rarely need to change the height of our display, that's not necessarily a deal-breaker. 

This arm will, however, clamp to any desk from 2 to 10cm thick and it's compatible with standard 100x100mm and 75x75mm VESA hole patterns, so you should have no trouble fitting it to your desk or monitor.

Product shot of Amazon Basics Premium, one of the best monitor arms

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4. Amazon Basics Premium

The best cheap monitor arm for larger monitors

Specifications

Arm type: Desk mounted
Max monitor size: 32"
Max monitor weight: 11.3kg
Height adjustment: 33cm
Tilt adjustment: 70 degrees backward, 5 degrees forward
Pan adjustment: Not stated
Mounting hole patterns: 100x100mm, 75x75mm
Arm weight: Not stated

Reasons to buy

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Robust
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Affordable
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Supports up to 32 inch monitors

Reasons to avoid

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Basic overall

Like the idea of a cheap, basic monitor stand from Amazon, but have a monitor that's larger than 24 inches? Then check out the Amazon Basics Premium monitor stand, which supports monitors up to 32 inches. And despite the low price, this is actually a pretty high quality stand. 

It's sturdy, lightweight and very flexible. In that the arm extends and retracts, tilts between 70° back and 5° forward, and rotates between landscape mode and portrait mode. Cable management isn't particularly sophisticated, and overall this is quite basic, but it's also great value. This stand is built to hold a monitor up to 11.2 kg. 

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5. Ergotron MX Wall Mount LCD Arm

The best wall-mounted monitor arm, and the best for large monitors

Specifications

Arm type: Wall mounted
Max monitor size: 42"
Max monitor weight: 30lbs / 13.6kg
Height adjustment: 5" / 12.7cm
Tilt adjustment: 75 degrees up, 5 degrees down
Pan adjustment: 360 degrees
Mounting hole patterns: 200x200mm, 200x100mm, 100x100mm, 75x75mm
Arm weight: 3.7kg

Reasons to buy

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Can support very big and heavy screens
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Stylish looks

Reasons to avoid

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On the expensive side
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Height adjustment could be better

Don't fancy mounting your monitor to your desk and want a more solid fixing point? A wall-mounted arm could be the answer. You'll just need a power drill, some basic tools and the right fixings to suit the construction of the wall you'll be mounting to. 

Once in place, Ergotron's MX Wall Mount LCD Arm is ideal for supporting big-screen and ultrawide monitors up to 13.6kg in weight and a whopping 42-inches large. As such, the mounting plate is larger than average, accommodating typical 100 x 100mm & 75 x 75mm VESA hole patterns, along with large panel 200 x 200mm and 200 x 100mm hole patterns. 

The arm itself is easy on the eye with its polished aluminium finish and it features internal cable routing to maintain the sleek look. Monitor manoeuvrability isn't quite as extensive as with some desk-mounted arms, but it's still respectable, offering 12.7cm height adjustment, 90 degrees rotation and 360 degrees of pan movement.

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6. 3M Dual-Swivel Monitor Arm

The best monitor arm for heavy monitors

Specifications

Arm type: Desk mounted
Max monitor size: 27"
Max monitor weight: 30lbs / 13.6kg
Height adjustment: 10.6" / 27cm
Tilt adjustment: 90 degrees backward, 15 degrees forward
Pan adjustment: 360 degrees

Reasons to buy

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Supports 30lbs
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Nicely adjustable
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Hides cables

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky to assemble

Here's a great choice if you have a heavier set up. The 3M Dual-Swivel Monitor Arm is capable of supporting screens up to 30lbs/13.6kg, and can clamp to desks up to 4.25 inches thick. It offers with 18.6 inches of vertical adjustment and horizontal extension up to 19.5 inches, and allows angle tweaks for perfect positioning as well as giving you the option to rotate from landscape to portrait orientation.

This arm is hollow, allowing you to run your cables inside, and avoid lots of trailing wires getting in the way. It's a bit trickier to set up than many of the models on this list, but the extra strength and solidity it provides makes that well worth it should you have a weighty monitor.

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7. Ergotron LX Desk Monitor Arm, Tall Pole

The best monitor arm for tall people

Specifications

Arm type: Desk mounted
Max monitor size: 34"
Max monitor weight: 25lbs / 11.3kg
Height adjustment: 13" / 33cm
Tilt adjustment: 70 degrees backward, 5 degrees forward
Pan adjustment: 360 degrees
Mounting hole patterns: 100x100mm, 75x75mm
Arm weight: 9.7lbs / 4.4kg

Reasons to buy

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Great height range
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Excellent all-round adjustability

Reasons to avoid

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Noticeably pricier than standard version

If you're tall, a wall-mounted monitor arm may be for you. It allows you to position your screen at the ideal height to suit your eyeline. But if you'd rather not start drilling big holes above your desk to fit a wall-mounted arm, this desk-mounted alternative with an extended height range is worth considering. 

Where the standard Ergotron LX Desk Monitor Arm 'only' offers 20cm of height adjustment, this Tall Pole version ups that range to 30cm. So even LeBron James perched on a bar stool should still be able to be able to get a comfortable viewing position. Apart from the extra lift, this arm is essentially the same as a regular Ergotron LX Desk Monitor Arm with excellent adjutsability. There's also a dual-screen Tall Pole option should you need it.

NB North Bayou Heavy Duty, one of the best monitor arms

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8. NB North Bayou Monitor Desk Mount Stand

Good choice for large monitors

Specifications

Arm type: Desk mounted
Max monitor size: 42"
Max monitor weight: 33lbs / 15kg
Height adjustment: 17.1- 23''
Tilt adjustment: +12° to -12°
Pan adjustment: 360° Rotation

Reasons to buy

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Supports heavy monitors
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Sturdy
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Flexible

Reasons to avoid

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Overkill for small monitors

The NB North Bayou Monitor Desk Mount Stand is another great option if you're looking for the best monitor arm for a large display. It's made of high quality steel and aluminum alloys, with heavy duty construction to keep everything stable. Supporting monitors between 24 and 42 inches in diameter, and up to 33lbs (15kg) in weight, it's a good choice for heavy gaming monitors. It's compatible with 75 x 75mm and 100 x 100mm VESA mounts, and rotates throughout 360 degrees.

Product shot of the K1D, one of the best monitor arms

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9. Chief Kontour K1D Dynamic Desk Clamp Mount

Quality desk-mounted monitor arm

Specifications

Arm type: Desk mounted
Max monitor size: 30"
Max monitor weight: 25lbs / 11.3kg
Height adjustment: 13" / 33cm
Tilt adjustment: 75 degrees backward, 10 degrees forward
Pan adjustment: 360 degrees
Mounting hole patterns: 100x100mm, 75x75mm
Arm weight: Not stated

Reasons to buy

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Excellent range of movement
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Sexy design
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Suitable for larger monitors

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than most rivals

The sleek, carefully engineered Kontour K1D sure looks the part, and this arm is far from just style over substance. Inside, the forged aluminium arms gas springs enable effortless, perfectly balanced height adjustment which can be easily fine-tuned for different monitor weights. 

You get a huge 33cm of height adjustability, while the monitor backplate can tilt 75 degrees backward and 10 degrees down. Cables are neatly routed through the arm, concealed by tool-less covers. The Kontour K1D can support up to a 30-inch monitor weighing 11.3kg, with its mounting plate compatible with 75 x 75 and 100 x 100mm hole patterns. It clamps straight to a desk with a tabletop thickness between 1.3cm and 6.4cm.

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.