While the best computer monitors come rocking their own stands, it’s better to use an aftermarket display arm to hoist the display up into more comfortable positions. The Mount-It! MI-7C012 is an excellent choice and comes in two variants, one for a single monitor and a second for two. The price, solid build quality, and display size support make this mount our top recommendation.

Best Overall: Mount-It! MI-7C012

With the ability to hold displays ranging from 19 inches to 27 inches (and 19.8 pounds or 9kg), the MI-7C012 by Mount-It! is a superb mounting option for those with a single display. The only downside for some will be the price, but it’s worth it when you consider the specifications of the mount itself. Both VESA 75mm and 100mm are supported, which makes adding different monitors easy.

The highlight of the MI-7C012 is the gas spring arm with an adjustable height of 13.5 inches. This spring arm offers a counterbalance to the weight of the monitor attached, which makes it possible to alter the height and orientation of the screen with little effort. Because this mount can support displays up to 27 inches, it needs to have a secured clamp, and thankfully, Mount-It! has a solid system included. The C-Clamp will secure the display and mount it to any applicable surface.

It’s recommended if you sit at a desk for prolonged hours that you invest in an arm mount or stand that raises the display up higher than what’s offered by pre-installed solutions. This is to help reduce neck, shoulder, and back pain with better ergonomics. This all depends on your sitting or standing position, however. Overall, the MI-7C012 is a stunning mount and is well worth the investment.

Pros:

  • Sturdy design
  • Gas spring
  • Can hold up to 27-inch
  • Great value

Cons:

  • Sag with heavy monitors

Best Overall

Mount-It! MI-7C012

Sturdy build with gas-powered spring

All you really need in a monitor arm is stability and strength, which the Mount-It! has in immense quantities.

Runner-up: AmazonBasics Single Mount

The AmazonBasics single display mount puts Amazon in an interesting position. The company isn’t targetting the more affordable range of mounts, but more the premium solutions from companies like Ergotron and VIVO. What makes it even more strange is this is a fantastic mount for your display.

Holding up to 32-inch monitors, this arm is easy to adjust too. It extends, retracts, tilts, rotates, and does a whole other list of tricks to get your display positioned just right for work and play. If you find yourself wanting more desk space and want something sturdy for peace of mind, you could do much worse than this solution from Amazon.

There’s a dual-screen option available should you have an additional monitor at hand to hoist.

Pros:

  • Sturdy
  • Cable management
  • Fits up to 32-inch screens
  • Solid construction

Cons:

  • Limited warranty

Runner-up

AmazonBasics Single Mount

AmazonBasics Single Mount

Basic but brilliant

It’s not often you find Amazon’s own products considerably more pricey than competitor solutions, but this mount is worth it.

Best Value: Duronic DM352

The DM352 by Duronic is an affordable mounting solution for those who are looking to get into the bracket market for their monitors. This particular model holds two screens (with VESA support) to make way for some other clutter on the desk. Made of quality components, this arm will be able to hold up to two 27-inch panels.

It’s not perfect, and you will notice a slight sway on the displays if they’re of considerable weight, and you’re typing away on a mechanical keyboard. Still, even some sway when something knocks against the desk, it would take some serious force to knock the mount off balance.

I’ve personally been using the Duronic DM352 alongside a few other mounts, and the unit I have has lasted three years so far without issue. Not bad for a low price.

Pros:

  • Sturdy
  • Supports two screens
  • Affordable
  • Cable management
  • Freestanding base

Cons:

  • Difficult to adjust

Best Value

Duronic DM352

Affordable but reliable

It’s a rather inexpensive but sturdy and reliable mounting option for a dual-monitor (or even a single unit) setup.

Best Triple Mount: Mount-It! MI-789

When two monitors just aren’t enough, you’ll want to choose something like the Mount-It! MI-789. Not only can this mount hold three monitors (up to 24-inch each), but you’ll be able to adjust them accordingly with each placement allowing for 15 degrees of tilt and 360 degrees of rotation. It may be a little difficult to carry out said operations, though if the displays are massive enough.

Like other arms in this round-up, a significant advantage of using the MI-789 is the clearance it provides underneath each display, allowing you to store various items and other devices on your desk. And because you can adjust each display to match your seating position, it’ll help you avoid neck, shoulder, and back-related health problems.

Interestingly, unlike other mounts, the base used here doesn’t clamp to the surface. Instead, it’s weighted, so it can be positioned on a desk without needing to be located at the edge.

Pros:

  • Sturdy
  • Supports three screens
  • Good value
  • Cable management

Cons:

  • Difficult to adjust

Best Triple Mount

Mount-It! MI-789

Compact and secure

Why have two monitors when you can have three? This MI-789 from Mount-it! lets you attach all three screens to a single mount.

Best Widescreen Mount: VIVO V102AM

Widescreen monitors usually come with sturdy stands that not only hold the display upright but look good in the process. The issue with many stands is the size since they can take up valuable desk space. This is where a mount like the VIVO V102AM comes in, allowing you to attach not only a single widescreen display but two. This makes for quite the desktop and gaming experience.

The V102AM comes ready with 15 degrees of tilt, a 180-degree swivel, and 360-degree rotation, allowing you to get the two displays positioned just right. The heavy-duty c-clamp attaches to any desk with adequate clearance to shield the panels from movement and vibrations transferred from the surface.

Throw on two curved displays, and you’ll have an immersive cockpit.

Pros:

  • Sturdy
  • Ideal for widescreens
  • Good value
  • Cable management
  • Dual clamp

Cons:

  • Heavy display sag

Best Widescreen Mount

VIVO V102AM

VIVO V102AM

Ultrawide support

The issue with ultrawide displays is many mounts out there do not support them. This is where the V102AM from VIVO truly shines.

Best Premium Mount: Ergotron LX

This rather expensive mount from Ergotron can hold displays up to 25 inches in size and offers excellent cable management. You also get a 5-year warranty for added peace of mind and is incredibly easy to adjust on the fly.

The polished aluminum finish with the cables being located beneath the arm itself results in a tidy look for a tidy office. As a bonus, this arm can be configured to hold your laptop off the desk if you prefer working on your portable PC and not a desktop.

Pros:

  • Sturdy
  • Great adjustability
  • Works with laptops
  • Cable management
  • 5-year warranty

Cons:

  • Pricey

Best Premium Mount

Ergotron LX

Ergotron LX

Incredibly versatile

Need a display stand that can double up as a mount for your laptop? This is the solution for you.

Bottom line

When it comes to buying a monitor mount for your desk, there are only three things you really need to worry about: price, if it can support the monitor size, and adjustability. The MI-7C012 from Mount-It! ticks all those boxes. It’s a great option to mount your PC monitors to clear desk space and have them positioned at more comfortable levels for long sessions of work and/or play. This mount, in particular, offers great value with a reasonable price and solid build with a gas spring to boot.

The gas spring makes it incredibly easy to adjust the monitor(s) to your liking without having to strain under the combined weight.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He’s been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

Cale Hunt is a staff writer at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on PC, laptop, and accessory coverage, as well as the emerging world of VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.