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.