Arctic Z2-3D Dual Monitor Desk Mount Review

Arctic Z2-3D Dual Monitor Desk Mount Review 4



Brand: Arctic
Model: Z2-3D
Price UK:  £94.99 (At time of review)
Price US:  $160.99 (At time of review)

They say that a great way to increase productivity is to use a secondary monitor*, which up until the rise of cheaper 4K screens, has been a popular choice for many gamers and office-based employees. The problem is, however, that having dual screens takes up a greater amount of desk space and then requires additional cables, which will require routing across your desk. The solution? To use a desk or wall mount, that will free desk space and greatly aid in cable management – not to mention, provide better ergonomics and in some cases, add more features such as rotation or USB hubs.

Today I am taking a look at Arctic’s latest desk mount system: The Z2-3D. This is a dual monitor mount (indicated by the 2) and the 3D part of the name indicates that you have the full range of movement across each axis. In the past, I have had bad experiences with desk mounts that come in under £100, but Arctic had said this is a vast improvement over their previous models, so I will be going into this with cautious optimism.

The Z2-3D has the following spec:

  • VESA Standard: 75 / 100
  • Maximum Monitor Weight: 8 kg (17.6 lbs) per mount
  • LCD size: 13″ – 27″
  • 4x USB 3.0 Port Hub
  • Tilt: +/- 45°
  • Swivel: 180°
  • Rotation: 360°

As you can see, it reads like a pretty decent stand, full of features and maximum flexibility, however, in the past I have tested out dual screen stands and have found that each screen is not level with the other! Major pain if you like to have your monitors lined up perfectly.

Let’s take a look.

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  1. I just bought online the (Z2 Pro) model as I didn’t even bother checking out the 3D version on the official website thinking it would be something useless for “3D Movies” but I should have… this is only +30$CAD over the current one I just bought, yet it seems A LOT better!

    I’m quite disappointed by the one I have, even though it is Gen 2 which isn’t any better than Gen 1 other than a better looking stand. Now I can’t return my unit because of the huge shipping fees and the fact it took me houres to mount my 2x 27in monitors, I don’t feel like doing it all over again. A monitor stand without height adjustement is completely useless and garbage in my opinion, plus the fact you get 2 monitors at different levels.

    Can you easily rotate verticaly the monitors with the Z2-3D as it is near impossible with the Z2-Pro as if you slacken a bit the screws, it will completly tilt forward from the weight but if you tighten is just a little bit then it won’t fall forward but you won’t really be able to rotate the ball joint without hearing a loud annoying and scary noise like if it was about to break and it will be very hard to rotate around, requiring a lot of force. If I knew all this I would have never bought this stand.

    • Reviewer here – Arctic sent me the Z2 Pro first and it was utter garbage! My two screens were identical, however the arms were not level – very frustrating! I also had the same problem with rotating the screens. I was constantly tightening them and loosening to rotate. Went in the bin after the Z2 Pro arrived, as it was much easier to rotate and adjust height.

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