Humanscale M2 Monitor Arm Review
The M2 monitor arm from Humanscale was designed and developed by the company’s in-house design studio. True to their design style, the posh and polished M2 arm takes quite a pretty picture. However, our team isn’t blinded by glitz: we’re carefully scrutinizing the M2 in our testing labs, and an in-depth review is underway. In the meantime, here are our first impressions of the M2 Monitor Arm.
In the active office furniture industry, Humanscale is the resident aesthete. Two of their previous entrants, the Float Table and the Quickstand Desktop Riser, both sport attractive designs that underscore their minimalist philosophy: Humanscale makes products that are simple and clean, from the Float Table’s unobtrusive height adjustment lever to the Quickstand’s embedded cable management.
The M2 seems to follow a similar aesthetic principle. Its steel-and-aluminum construction results in a white-chrome luster that’ll feel familiar to the iPhone crowd. In stark contrast to the plastic-laden Ergotron arms, the M2 is visually less obtrusive, especially in the articulating joints connecting the two arm segments, where the M2 boasts a much slimmer profile.
Looking at the M2’s spec sheet, we didn’t find anything out of the ordinary. A 10″ height adjustment range and 20-pound lift capacity all fall within normal expectations for monitor arms. Any monitor arm worth its salt should be durable, and in this category the M2 shines. It boasts an outstanding 15-year warranty, indicating Humanscale is likely pretty confident in the arm’s lasting power. Less obvious are the M2’s other performance specs, like ease of adjustment and monitor stability. We’ll go into more detail about those qualitative facets in our final review.
While the M2 is Humanscale’s entry-level monitor arm, it nevertheless offers some notable features. Cable management clips on both the top arm segment and the mounting column make hiding monitor cords hassle-free, and a removable 180-degree stop prevents the arm from colliding with any walls or panels behind the desk: we’ll be testing to see if the extra wall safety is worth the limit in adjustability.
Humanscale has been around for over seven years. In that time the company has made a name for itself producing beautifully designed, durable equipment for the modern office. Their products have won numerous design awards and have even been featured in Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
The M2 utilizes a spring lift system. For an explanation and comparison of spring and gas lift monitor arms, click here.
Monitor arms are an integral part of truly ergonomic workstation, so we’re looking forward to seeing how the Humanscale’s arm performs in the field. Our team of experts has the M2 under intense scrutiny, and our full review will be out soon. Sign up for our newsletter to make sure you never miss another update. In the meantime, check out some of our reviews on other monitor arms, like the Ergotron LX.