Today, I’m going to review the Loctek D7D Dual LCD Arm Monitor Mount: a feature packed and aesthetically pleasing standing desk accessory that allows you to mount and adjust two monitors up to 27”.
But, before we get into the nitty-gritty details, let’s quickly discuss why you might even want an monitor mount when you could simply just put the monitors on your desk.
Are arm monitor mounts even necessary?
Ergonomics research (and OSHA!) suggests that monitors should be placed at, or just below, eye level. For many people, their monitors are placed too low, which can lead to chronic neck pain. Millions of people spend hours with their neck cranked and tilted forward bearing the weight of their entire skull on a very sensitive area at the back of your neck.
Without an easy way to adjust their monitors, most people fail to achieve this optimal position. Eye level can also change if they shift positions or move from sitting to standing, or if more than one person uses the same desk.
So, if you want your monitor to always be at an optimal level, you should have an easy way to move it around and adjust it. Monitor arms allow you to do that. They’re certainly not the only way to accomplish ergonomic positioning, but they are one of the easiest and most flexible ways to keep things ergonomic.
Bonus: Monitor arms also free up space on your desk by eliminating monitor stands. Clean and clear desk space can help boost creativity and productivity.
Now that you know why you should want one for your standing desk, let’s get into the specifics of the Loctek D7D.
There are 3 primary steps to installing the D7D: Attach the base, attach the monitors, and cleanup the cables. The entire process can be done in under an hour.
Each arm comes tightly constrained by a Velcro loop. There is warning label on the bag and it is important to be careful when you open the bag and maintain a bit of compression as you cut the straps. The arms are under tension and will spring apart a few inches. Just keep it away from your face and you’ll be fine.
1. Attach the base
There are two ways to mount this to your desk: clamp and grommet. Both the clamp and grommet provide a strong grip for the base, which is important considering the weight load on the arms.
The metal plate that attaches to the base has several holes allowing for a variety of desk thickness (between .98 and 4.72 inches). Also, to prevent scratching or otherwise damaging your desk, they have included custom cut adhesive padding that is to be pasted under the base.
2. Attach the monitors
The D7D uses the standard 75mm and 100mm (75x75mm and 100x100mm) VESA mounting holes that can be found on many monitors to attach the monitor to the mount. This part is straightforward.
Once attached, use the provided allen wrench to tighten or loosen the arm movement as needed for the weight of your monitor.
3. Cable Management
The Loctek D7D dual arms desk monitor mount also comes with a great cable management system via its upper and lower parts of the arms. Plastic casings allow you to run and hide cables and can be removed by pressing down both sides to reveal the channel under it.
The D7D has two arms, which, obviously, means you can attach two monitors. They rotate 180 degrees horizontally and have a 105-degree tilt angle, which means you can move them around a lot. You can also lock them in place if you don’t want them to move.
Each arm supports monitors that contain VESA mounting brackets and are:
- 10 inches to 27 inches
- 4.4 to 19.8 pounds
(Apple Thunderbolt displays are not supported)
It’s built with anti-scratch aircraft-grade aluminum, which is both practical and beautiful. The arms remind me of robotic arms, easily looks like something Tony Stark would use on his desk.
The D7D also has gas springs to keep it upright and easily movable and cable management trays to make sure everything is organized.
The Loctek D7D is beautiful aesthetically and allows you to easily move your monitors around in a wide range of motion. You can really see the quality engineering when you move side to side, up and down, and tilt the monitors.
It’s also nice to be able to quickly change heights if you move from sitting to standing, or re-arrange things on the fly, instead of needing to physically move around your monitors. You’ll also find that you have more desk space, as the monitor stands are no longer hogging your valuable desk real estate.
The base of the mount also includes pass-through USB and headphone jacks, which is a nice bonus. Saves you the trouble of going behind the computer if you want to plug in headphones or a flash drive.
If you want to upgrade the functionality and ergonomics of your standing workstation, the Loctek D7D is an excellent choice. It’s definitely not cheap. But, for a premium price, you’re definitely getting a premium product. If you can afford it, definitely consider adding the D7D to your office. It may just be the best standing desk accessory you never knew you needed.