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iMovR Tempo Dual LCD “Hubbed” Monitor Arm Review

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iMovR Tempo Dual LCD “Hubbed” Monitor Arm Review

Overview
Review Summary

It can be quite challenging for standing desk users to mount two monitors at an ergonomically appropriate height, but iMovR’s Tempo Dual Screen Two-Arm makes it easy. Its considerable range of ergonomic adjustability allows for a ton of different configurations (though the most common by far is side-by-side), and its internal gas-lift counterbalance mechanism allows for smooth, yet precise, adjustment. Arriving pre-assembled, installation is a breeze. The 15 year warranty is exceptional.

Street Price

$319

Shipping

Free shipping to lower 48 states

Warranty

15-year warranty

Colors Available

Black / Black, White / Grey, Silver / Grey

Maximum Height

24.4" above desk level

Weight Capacity

20 lbs

Maximum Monitor Size

23" W (this typically accommodates monitors up to 26" measured diagonally)

Number of Monitors Supported

2

Product Weight

15.34 lbs

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Positives

Super-smooth gas cylinder counterbalance uses high grade componentry that will outlast most other monitor arms. 20 lb weight limit per monitor and independent adjustability make almost any set-up possible. Built-in weight gauges on each arm make setup much easier. Arrives pre-assembled. Solid construction and 15-year warranty ensure a long product life.

Negatives

In some cases two single-LCD arms will provide more stability and versatility in positioning. For example you probably would not want to mount two older, heavier iMacs together on this dual arm - use two single-LCD arms instead.

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Bottom Line

The Tempo Dual Screen Two-Arm is one of the best, most versatile dual-mounting solutions available for standing desk users. It provides more than enough height adjustment for every conceivable user, and its superb build quality makes it a joy to use daily, and for years to come. Two built-in weight gauges make setup simple at home or at the office.

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Disclosure: iMovR and WorkWhileWalking have mutual ownership interest*

Mounting Two Monitors on a Standing Desk Has Never Been Easier

Note: For the review of the single-screen versions of the Tempo monitor arm, click here.

Selecting a good monitor arm for a standing desk can be a challenge, as many monitor arms were designed with sitting, rather than standing ergonomics in mind. Using two monitors with a standing desk is twice the challenge. You could buy separate monitor arms for each monitor, and it would work just fine (provided that each arm has enough range to accommodate standing), but it’s not an incredibly elegant solution. iMovR’s Tempo Dual Screen Two-Arm Monitor Arm is a cleaner solution for dual monitor standing desk users.

Gas-Lift Goodness

One big differentiating factor of iMovR’s Tempo line is that they feature a gas cylinder counterbalance rather than a metal spring coil mechanism. If you’re unfamiliar with the inner workings of a monitor arm and how your monitor actually stays elevated, check out our detailed write-up comparing gas-lift versus spring coil lift mechanisms in monitor arms.

Using any of the Tempo monitor arms just feels smooth and easy, and we wish more arms felt as easy to manipulate and adjust as the Tempos. But should this really be a key selling point—how often do you need to adjust your monitors, anyway? For standing desk users, the answer is “very frequently.” Due to the extension of your torso while standing, your monitor arms need to be positioned higher while standing than while sitting, so every time you switch between the two positions, you want to adjust your monitors slightly so that the top is level with your eyeline. If you’re using a cheaper arm, or an older arm that’s beginning to lose its counterbalance strength, you might find this constant rearranging to be a real hassle (after all, you should be switching between sitting and standing at least twice per day).

The "dual hub" of the Tempo, with an adjustable counterbalance and weight gauge in each arm.

An Arm to Delight Enterprise IT and Facilities People

Imagine an office setting where dozens or hundreds of monitor arms are being installed at once. With any other line of monitor arms, the unlucky soul charged with setting up the arms would have to calibrate each arm manually, or worse, leave it for each employee to figure out why their monitors are sinking or floating). Tempo monitor arms avoid this issue with a built-in weight gauge, which allows the installer to quickly and easily set each arm to the correct weight limit right off the bat. This is especially ideal if all employees are using the same monitors—but if they’re not, the weight gauges are still helpful for getting your monitor arm in the correct counterbalance ballpark before sending it off to an unwary employee. Home users also get to reap the benefit of a faster and easier set up, but the difference is truly pronounced at a larger scale. Since the Dual-Arm supports two monitors independently, it features separate weight gauges for each arm, allowing you to set up each counterbalance with precision. Putting together a dual-monitor setup can be intimidating, but with Tempo, it’s as easy as it can possibly get.

Create Your Perfect Ergonomic Set-Up

The key benefit of a “dual hub” monitor arm system like this one, with two independently adjustable arms protruding from a single “hub,” is the ability to position each monitor at its respective perfect height. Now, the majority of users end up positioning both of their monitors side by side, which a heavy duty single arm with a dual-LCD crossbar addition can handle just fine. But the dual-hub model affords a few nifty benefits:

  1. You can work with heavier monitors, since each arm has its own counterbalance. The Dual Screen Two-Arm can support two monitors up to 20 lbs each—that’s a total of 40 lbs. Crossbar-based units tend to have lower weight ratings per monitor, due to their single-arm designs.
  2. If you have two differently sized monitors, you can position both of them so that their tops are at the same level. Crossbar-based arms align monitors along their respective centers, and if there’s a difference of more a few inches between your monitor heights, the result can look weird and distracting.
  3. You can experiment with other monitor configurations, such as stacking your monitors vertically, or using one monitor in a portrait orientation with the other in landscape. The possibilities are endless, and the Dual Screen Two-Arm has enough ergonomic breadth to let you explore all the non-standard configurations you can dream of.

Feel free to experiment with dual-stacking configurations.

Not only does the Tempo give you these extra options, it also excels at the fundamentals. Much like the Tempo Single-LCD Monitor Arm versions, the Two-Arm boasts excellent stability, build-quality, and comes with an exceptional 15-year warranty to boot (there are a few other monitor arms on the market that use gas cylinder mechanisms but cheap ones from China use subpar pistons and thus tend to have very short warranties). Stability and adjustment range are probably the two most important factors for monitor arms (and many other types of ergonomic office products, for that matter), and the Tempo is not found wanting in either department, with a bodacious 14.7” of height adjustment range. These are arms designed explicitly with standing desk users in mind.

Installation and Set-Up

Despite being a more complex product than the single-screen Tempo arms, the assembly and set-up process for the Two-Arm is just as easy. It arrives pre-assmbled in the box, so all you have to do is mount the clamp to the edge of your desk (or through a grommet hole if you prefer). Then, attach your monitor to the standard VESA plate, and adjust your counterbalance so that your monitor is stable, and viola. You're ready to work while standing or sitting in a more ergonomic way. Again, there are cheaper monitor arms on the market but in some cases their installation can be quite involved if not unnerving.

The Takeaway

The Tempo Dual Screen Two-Arm delivers on its promise of mounting two monitors to a standing desk in an ergonomic way, and then some. Its build quality and generous warranty mean it will continue to serve for years to come, and its ample adjustment range will suit all but the tallest standing desk users. Dual-stacking and other configuration options are just icing on the cake. 

*Full disclosure: iMovR and WorkWhileWalking have mutual ownership interest. However, we can assure our readers that we expose the good and the bad of every product, regardless of any financial connection we may have to the manufacturer.

  • Number of monitors: 2
  • Weight capacity: 20 lbs per monitor
  • Max screen size: 23”
  • Lift mechanism: Gas-lift
  • Max height (mounting plate): 24.7”
  • Max user height (est): 6.6”

15 year warranty

Free shipping to lower 48 states

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