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KENSINGTON(R) 52785 Monitor Stand, SMARTFIT Standard
- Stand positions monitor in line with your eyes to help reduce eye strain.
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SmartFit system lets you adjust monitor height to your personal requirements. Determine your SmartFit comfort colour, then setmon itor height to match by snapping 1 or 2 risers into place.
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- Compatible with monitors up to 21" and 40 lbs.
- 2-Year Warranty
- 90-Day Money Back Guarantee (Warranty and Guarantee only valid if purchased through Kensington Authorized Resellers)
Trust the brand with 20 years of ergonomic expertise for a monitor stand that works perfectly in the office and for home office professionals. Kensington’s patented SmartFit System helps you position your monitor at the correct height without need for a specialist, reducing neck, back and eye strain. The stand has 3 height settings and leaves storage space under the platform to maximize your desktop surface area.
Allows you to find your ideal setting, with adjustable snap-in risers that provide 3 height options to match to your personal comfort color using the included hand chart.
Reduce Eye/Neck Strain
By setting your monitor at the proper height that’s in line with your eyes, you can lower the chances you will suffer from aches and pain after spending long hours on the computer.
The area underneath the stand is open and can be utilized for accessories storage, allowing you to maximize your desktop space.
Sturdy Universal Platform
The base of the stand is large enough to fit a wide variety of standard and widescreen monitors up to 40 lbs. with a screen size of up to 21 inches.
For more than 20 years, Kensington has been the brand that professionals choose when they need innovative and comfortable ergonomic solutions for their business or home office. Leveraging U.S. Army studies, the patented SmartFit System is second to none in self-fitting to help alleviate aches and pains at the desk. This product has been designed with high-quality components so its built to last.
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~ COLOUR : BLACK
The height adjustable monitor platform comes unassembled in a cardboard box measuring around 31 cm x 25 cm x 5 cm. It is relatively easy to assemble as per the QUICK START GUIDE, although, in my case, it was a bit of a challenge to screw the 2 x leg stands into the base and get the heads flush with the top surface.
Then it is a simple enough practice to slot in the leg extenders, although some are quite tight and some quite loose on mine. It is stable enough once assembled but the monitor needs to be central on the stand, in my experience. Fortunately, my monitor is on the smaller side and the back legs of the stand are up against an acoustic screen so there is no danger of a leg slipping off the back of my desk.
There are 3 height settings. On my measuring, the lowest height is around 4 cm; the middle around 7.75 cm; the highest around 11.5 cm. The platform measures around 30 cm x 24 cm, with rounded edges. The gap between the legs, I find, is not that big to utilise for much on this size.
It comes complete with a packet containing 4 screws and an Allen key, as well as 4 (3M backed) pads to help prevent the legs slipping.
The usual height guidance information from Kensington® is also included (last images below refer).
‘Made in Taiwan’
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It's a very simple stand requiring minimal self-assembly to screw the two brackets onto the underside using the screws and allen key provided. Once in place then it can either be use immediately at 4.5cm high or raised by inserting the moulded plastic blocks which click into place. One block raises it to 8cm and the second block adds a further 4cm raising the monitor by up to 12cm. A 'SmartFit' guide consisting of a curious hand-shape (resembling a glove sizing chart) and strip of foil to place on the monitor for aligning eye level determine the height at which to set the monitor. It seems an odd method but it does actually work and once the monitor is at the recommended height then it feels so much more comfortable and really does make a difference.
The stand is well designed with a 30x24cm platform, takes only a few minutes to assemble, has non-slip feet and convenient storage beneath. Inclusion of a small sliding tray for use underneath would have made it even better but a small plastic sandwich box does the job.
I would recommend this to anyone with a habit of slouching over a low screen and am confident it will improve posture and reduce neck and shoulder ache to making working life more comfortable particularly when spending long hours in front of a screen.
The pictorial instructions provided are not great, but what you need to is pretty obvious so this wasn't a problem. The instructions include a chart which you should measure your hand against to determine how high the stand should be - according to this I should only use one riser per leg, but this would have been way too low for me so I ignored it and used two. There's also a piece of cardboard which you are advised to attach to the top of your monitor to ensure that it is level with your eyes (the correct position apparently).
The stand is hollow underneath so you can store items below it to save on desk space. So is it worth paying for this rather than balancing the monitor on a box or stack of books? I think it looks smart and it certainly feels sturdy but there are cheaper options available.
I got the small version to raise a 24" monitor off my desk.
The riser itself is like a mini-footstool. There's a plastic coated MDF top into which you screw two bars. This is an easy job - the tools are provided and the screws are very heavy duty.
As is the riser takes the monitor about 2" off the desk.
You then have two sets of plastic blocks that can be placed onto the four corners of the two bars. This is very easy to do - just like Lego. Thus you can raise the monitor by about another 1", or 2".
In that sense it's adjustable - you can adjust it to get the height you want. It works for me. However to re-adjust it (for different users, say) is not so easy. You have to remove the monitor and add/remove the little plastic blocks. A bit fiddly if you need to do this often.
I wanted to raise my monitor about 3" off the desk, permanently. This does the job, perfectly. However a few books would have done the same job, although a little less elegantly.
Read the description carefully and think about how often you will want to adjust it.
As a do-it-once permanent solution this is great for me. Very expensive for what it is, although undeniably heavy duty.
The product is self assembly. 4 screws to through the top and into side supports. The screws have an allen shape in the centre and a key is provided to assemble the parts. The screws went through the wood really easily but getting them into the plastic was another matter, took a lot of force, and I struggled to get them flush with the top.
The stand has plastic legs, also a little difficult to position. If you only want a small lift for your monitor you can leave off the legs, or to get more height, add one or two risers. When you’ve chosen your height there are 4 rubber pads to put on the bottom and prevent scratching your desk top. You can adjust the height by taking out one riser but if you pick the lowest height or want that later it may not be so easy to peel off the rubber feet and reposition them.
Once made the stand looks good, and the wooden base gives it some stability so its not easily moved by small knocks.
In the box.
This is a self-assembly stand. In the box you get the top stand, leg assembly, screws and leg height pieces. An alan key driver is included. You need this to bolt the lag struts to the base.
This is very easy and took around 5 minutes.
My current monitor stand is a pile of wobbly books, this does a much better job. It provides a solid an easily adjustable platform for monitors, printers and small laptops. Everything is solid and there is room under the stand for my backup drive. It has certainly made my desk much tidier.
It is all plastic but is solid and should last for ages. The price is a bit steep in my opinion but it does the job very well.
An easy to assemble stand that is solid and functional. Pity about the high price but it does the job very well.
A heavy plastic covered wooden top, which you screw onto thin plastic legs. It does not look elegant, nor fills me with confidence. "Smart-fit" mean that you can pull out sections of the legs, to lower the had if you want to. This is not something that you would want to do on a regular basis. A Kensington slim keyboard will fit between, the legs of the stand when not in use; so will our cat.
If you know what height you want a monitor stand to be, then there a better cheaper options. We are a tall household, with growing children, so it could be said that for us the height adjustment option could be of some value. I said "could" because there is the alternative solution of switching seating.
We are going to be using this as a general purpose stand, rather than as a monitor stand. For lighter objects, it is less hassle adjusting the height of the legs. The stand is also small enough to be packed away temporarily.
The Kensington monitor stand is very plain and simple, but perfectly suited to its job. It comes with a rather odd but strangely effective guide to determine what height your monitor should be at (you basically put your hand on a coloured chart, and that tells you which of the three leg lengths you need, although if you don’t add the legs at all, you have four height options in total), and a little reflective strip you then temporarily stick to your monitor to make sure you’ve got it right.
The stand also has a very compact footprint, meaning it’s ideal for small or cluttered desks. Easy to set up and pretty sturdy, this is a far more professional looking solution than my previous one!
When you think about it, it's already a third more complex than it needs to be: there's no reason why it couldn't be supplied with the runners already attached to the base. But I assembled it ... only to find that one of the screwheads did not fit the hex key supplied; it was slightly too small. I managed to screw it in most of the way, but this leaves the stand being slightly wonky and wobbly, which is pretty annoying for the user.
It's a small stand, which is fine - a 17" laptop might look a bit odd on it, but it'd still be fine, but the base is about the size of a 13.3" laptop. Maybe other models are fine, but this one failed.
The round edges are completely pointless, just a waste of space. It's also unstable if you place you monitor near the edge. This makes an already tiny stand into a barely usable one. I ended up using it for my windows tablet, not trusting it with my monitor. The assembly process is a pain, this should be as clicking in two bits of plastic; instead we have screws, which are unnecessary on such a small stand; nobody is going to be putting a huge heavy monitor on it, plastic would be fine.
I like the fact it's adjustable, so that's one good thing. The only good thing.
The price is what finishes this off as a viable product; an RRP of £30 is madness. As it is right now I wouldn't pay £10 for this product.
I have some concerns in regards to the quality of the stand, as coming out of the box the plastic coating on the wood was starting to seperate. You can see the wood beneath, which makes this look like a cheap product right out of the box. A great shame, really. On the plus side, it holds my monitor safely and securely.
In conclusion, this stand works as a stand, but the quality is questionable.
The base itself it weighty MDF. Supplied with 4 screws, an allen key, adjustable legs section and some rubber pads for the legs, you really don’t need anything else. After 5 minutes, I was set to go. Kensington supply a view finder stick which you can attach to the top centre of the monitor to determine whether the height of the monitor is properly position (or that you’re properly positioned). Considering the monitor I have is a 24” one, there are no stability problems.
A great monitor stand with space underneath it to store pens, pencils, small notebooks etc. Highly recommended.