• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great overall, but disappointed with the colour (solid grey, not aluminium)

    After reading all reviews carefully, I bought one of these and a clamp as well which means no need to drill holes in desk. I am really very pleased with the mount, easy to set up and works a treat. I repositioned the clamp a couple of times to get my set-up perfect, so I'd advice anyone to get the desk clamp too which allows easy adjustment of the positioning of the whole setup. (If you prefer not to use the clamp, you can always remove the desk-clamp, but only then you can be confident of the exact positioning of the hole to be drilled.) So overall a great product I am very pleased with, but the only fairly minor disappointment is that the colour of the mounts are actually a solid light grey rather than a metallic. Looking at the product images I expected natural coloured anodised aluminium to match (or at least to complement) Apple displays and MacBooks, so I feel that the product images are slightly misleading.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Its a Nightmare Installing, but a Dream Using.

    After reading all of the reviews regarding the bolt issue, i still went ahead and ordered. We have access to a workshop after all.
    Sure enough our desk was too thick and the bolts weren't long enough. A good look around the workshop and no luck finding replacement bolts, so a trip to the local Fixing Specialist. An hour later an £10 lighter we had the correct length bolts and all was well.
    The thread size is 5/8 UNC for the big bolt and 1/4 UNC for the 4 thinner bolts for your info.
    Brentford need to do 5 things.
    1, Supply a few different lengths of bolts.
    2, Include the correct size allen key (mine had no key for the 1/4 UNC Bolts).
    3, Move over to the Metric system (nightmare finding Imperial Allen Keys).
    4, Clean the bolts, that nice main support column ended up being covered in black fingerprints.
    5, Tap the holes deeper (our longer bolts just started bottoming out)
    Apple need to make sure that the 3rd party items they sell are the 'complete package'. We all buy from Apple because of the quality and for the main part its there, its solid and well engineered. But the Fixings let it down, and Bretford know it.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product but installation a headache if your desk is 35mm+ thick

    I'm left with mixed feelings of satisfaction and disappointment regarding this good product but an associated installation headache. Most disappointing was that, upon researching my issues, it seems other customers had already reported them to Bretford, but received no response. The issues I experienced were easily avoidable. I also reported the issue, but received no response.

    If your desk is 35mm+ thick, read on...

    The problem with this product, in my opinion, is that the supplied bolts that are too short. The bolts are approximately 45mm long, but consider that:
    - The plate that goes underneath the desk is approximately 10mm thick
    - We probably need 10mm of the bolt engaged in the main post

    The result being our desk must be < 25mm thick. My desk is 35mm thick so I was stuck! Unfortunately I had already drilled holes in my desk, otherwise I would have returned this product in principle, due to lack of interest from Bretford. "Why not buy longer bolts?" This is where the second issue arises!

    DIY shops in the UK tend to sell metric bolts, however the bolts provided appear to be an imperial thread. My engineering degree long forgotten, having been in IT for 14 years, I found it difficult to determine the exact thread making it difficult to order some longer bolts - I was also too impatient to post a bolts to a supplier for them to review and to send back longer versions. Instead I opted to use a tap and die set to cut metric threads in the other end of the main post, such that I could use longer metric bolts more easily available from local DIY shops.

    All Bretford need to do is listen to the feedback and supply longer bolts. Is that too hard to do?

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Back to the drawing board…

    Firstly, the good: it's solidly made.
    Now for the rest: It's poorly conceived, designed and executed. The first one I received was missing the desk clamp – Apple supplied a replacement eventually. Then I found that the mounting system a) requires five holes to be drilled in your desk b) the mounting screws are only designed for particularly thin desk tops and c) everything is in some quaint and parochial thread that is almost impossible to source outside the USA. When I finally did get the thing installed after a LOT of running around, I found that the height adjusters are not readily adjustable (you need an allen key and two people) and the mount rotation cannot be locked at all so that the monitors/imac rotate as soon as looked at.
    I'm pretty unimpressed with this and certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone living outside the USA. Also Bretford's tech support weren't much help in trying to source longer screws.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Several months on and still impressed

    Yes it is a bit of hassle to have to measure and carefully plan where you want to drill holes in your desk but it's well worth it.

    We have a TV mounted on the other side of the mount and the desk up against a wall so it's great being able to work and watch the news occasionally. All up 5 stars from me.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    Excellent item at an excellent price! Using this to mount a 27” Mid 2010 iMac and a 27” Cinema Display screen and have to say, that it is perfect in every way.

    Installation is a 2 man job, after trying as a one man exercise, it is much easier with another set of hands!

    Providing you use the correct drill bits, the 5 holes are straight forward - Assembling the support column is where the benefit of the additional person helps, but once you’ve lined up the bolts, you’re good to go, and once tightened, the monitors can be mounted - and again, the extra help is beneficial in adjusting to the required position. Once tightened in position you’ll feel the benefit of extra desk space and reduced neck fatigue.

    If you’re contemplating investing in this kit, I’d certainly have no hesitation in recommending.

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