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iMovR Tempo Single-LCD Monitor Arm Review

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iMovR Tempo Single-LCD Monitor Arm Review

Overview
Review Summary

iMovR’s Tempo Monitor Arm is available in three configurations—this review focuses on the Light and Heavy Duty single arm versions. Smooth and silent adjustment, sleek looks, quality componentry, and a weight gauge for the adjustable counterbalance put these arms at the top of the crowded field of monitor arms. 15 year warranty is best-in-class for gas cylinder based monitor arms.

Street Price

$185 - $195

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

5-20 lbs

Number of Monitors Supported

1

Product Weight

10.34 lbs

Where to Buy
Positives

The iMovR Tempo arms are well-made, easy-to-install, and operate with a smooth and silent gas-assisted lift mechanism. Built-in weight gauge is great for enterprise customers, or anyone looking for a hassle-free set-up. Sleek looks and built-in cable management are icing on the cake. In a field with hundreds of "me too" products the Tempo monitor arms a truly innovative and user friendly. 15 year warranty sets them in a class of their own for gas cylinder based arms.

Negatives

No tall pole option is available, so standing desk users over 6'6” tall will not be able to use them (see iMovR's Concerto and Xtend arms for greater top end height). Gas cylinder lift mechanism is super smooth and silent but has shorter life span than the spring coil lift mechanisms; that said, the 15 year warranty on all iMovR monitor arms is an indication of the high quality air pistons used in the Tempo models.

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Bottom Line

The Tempo Light and Heavy Duty Tempo Monitor Arms are high-quality products that provide ample ergonomic adjustability for the vast majority of users—and they fit right in with iMovR’s trend towards “easy set-up, exceptional quality.” While tall users might be better served by a taller-pole arm, the Tempo is an easy decision for everyone else. For the innovation, ease of use and reliability offered, the Tempo is one of the best values to be found in the crowded field of ergonomic monitor arms.

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Full disclosure: iMovR and WorkWhileWalking have mutual ownership interest. Learn More

Pick your Tempo

A monitor arm is essential to proper positioning while working at a standing desk—you might be able to get away without one for sitting, but you certainly don’t want to stand for long periods of time without a monitor arm or you run the risk of neck strain, and even back strain if you start to contort your posture to look down at your screen. Like most standing desk manufacturers, iMovR offers its own brand of monitor arms. In this review we look at the most popular model in their premium Tempo line of monitor arms.

There are three different types of Tempo arms available—The Tempo Light and Heavy Duty arms, and the Tempo Dual-Screen Two-Arm. This review covers the first two, as they are identical except for the stronger counterbalance in the Tempo Heavy Duty. The Tempo Light features a weight range of 5-20 lbs, while the Heavy Duty 10-30 lb range. Since each arm accommodates one screen, there is no maximum screen size recommended, and the only determining factor for which one to choose is the weight of your monitor.

Heavy all-in-one PCs such as the Apple iMac will generally require the higher-capacity monitor arm, but the Light should be more than sufficient for most modern monitors (and even newer models of all-in-one computers like the Apple iMac, which used to weigh upwards of 30 lbs a decade ago but now are around 12 lbs). Assembly, aesthetics, and functionality are all otherwise identical for the Light and Heavy arms. 

Note: iMovR also sells a Tempo Stool and Tempo Chair, designed for compatibility with treadmill desk systems, but these products are not related to the monitor arms.

Enticing to the Enterprise Market

iMovR’s ThermoTread GT walking treadmill includes a click-wrap liability waiver feature as a nod towards the enterprise market, and their Lander Standing Desks are also practically assembly free, which corporate buyers (as well as regular consumers) love. The Tempo Monitor arms continue in the tradition of high-quality products with unique features aimed at enterprise: in this case, it’s a handy counterbalance meter.

Most decent monitor arms feature an adjustable counterbalance, so you can set the tension at the perfect level for the weight of your monitor. The Tempo takes it a step further and allows you to see how tightly your counterbalance is set according to a weight gauge built into the elbow of the arm. On a related note, it’s just much easier to adjust the Tempo's counterbalance rating in terms of sheer number of turns of the Allen wrench (as compared with, say, an Ergotron arm which can require 50 turns to see any effect).

So, what does this have to do with corporate appeal? The idea is that a corporation that has standardized on certain LCD monitors will be more likely to want to set a large number of arms to the same weight, and the weight gauge makes it easy to do so. Rather than having someone set up each individual worker's monitor arm to the right counterbalance level at his or her desk, the company can perfectly calibrate a set of Tempo arms to the weight of their standard monitors all in one go, saving a significant amount of installation time and ensuring a perfectly-balanced monitor for every user.

Home users will appreciate the weight gauge as well of course, but it’s nice to see iMovR continue to add features that help differentiate their product to corporate buyers, and as a result, adding features that everyone can appreciate. We've never seen this feature on any other monitor arm in the market, and we have to admit it takes all the guesswork out of the sometimes irksome chore of setting the proper counterbalance force. 

So how do the arms stack up?

This is an iMovR product through and through—everything about it is easy to understand and use, and its quality is apparent the moment you experience the smooth air-assisted adjustment of the Tempo. In the realm of monitor arms, the first thing to consider is the internal workings of the counterbalance lift, which you can read all about in our primer on Gas Cylinder versus Spring Coil Lift Mechanisms in Monitor Arms.

In a nutshell, gas cylinder arms like the Tempo feature smoother movement as compared to spring coil, and they're completely silent. As gas cylinder monitor arms go, there are many emanating from Chinese factories that use cheap components that tend to leak air prematurely. While the Tempo is manufactured in China as compared to iMovR's Concerto and Xtend models that are made in the USA and use spring coil mechanisms), the gas cylinders inside are of the highest quality, reflected in their 15 year warranty. While spring coil arms cost less, they also have a greater lifetime than cheaply-made gas cylinder arms. In this case, all of iMovR's arms come with a 15 year warranty.

Designed for an office environment (where your desk is likely to be against a cubicle wall), the Tempo Light and Heavy Duty arms fold against the wall so that your screen is only 4.5” in front of the wall, meaning it won’t be too close to your face (remember, your monitor should be about arm’s length away). It can also extend outwards up to 26.5” from its mounting point, which is useful in case it’s being mounted to the far corner of an L-desk. Plus, cable management is built-in (as with most high-quality arms), which will help keep your workstation looking neat and tidy.

The vast majority of users should find the Tempo arms more than sufficient in terms of ergonomics. However, users over 6'6" tall may not be able to get enough height while standing, and will want to look toward iMovR's American-made Concerto and Xtend monitor arms, which have an even greater height adjustment range. 

The Tempos are high-end arms, and are priced accordingly—that being said, they are actually a better deal when compared to similarly high-end arms from makers like Humanscale and Ergotron. The Heavy Duty in particular is a bargain when compared to comparable arms from other manufacturers. 

Installation and Set-Up

A side view of the Tempo base and desk clamp.

Set-up of the Light and Heavy Duty Tempo Monitor Arms is just about as easy as it gets. The arms arrive fully preassembled (initially, the Tempo arms required a small amount of assembly where the user would have to attach the clamp base to the arm, but this is no longer the case). One small point against this aspect of the arms is that the installation manual isn’t up to iMovR’s usual standard—their other products tend to feature manuals with full-color photography and detailed instructions, while this features a more standard black-and white manual that isn’t anything to write home about.

The process goes like this: clamp your Tempo arm to the edge of your desk and tighten it using the twist-knob at the bottom (or attach it to a grommet hole in your desk rather than the edge if you prefer), and then attach your monitor to the VESA plate, and finally adjust the counterbalance so that your monitor doesn't droop down or pop upwards at the slightest touch. That’s it—you’re ready to use your monitors in an ergonomic way, sitting or standing.

The Bottom Line

While the Tempo Light and Heavy Duty Monitor Arms may not quite hit the mark for the tallest users, everyone else has found a winner. Their smooth air-assisted lift mechanisms make them a joy to use, and their set-up is as easy as can be due to their uniquely quick installation process and built-in weight gauge. If you’re looking for a solution for one monitor, look no further, and if you’re looking for a solution for two monitors, you have the option of using two of these single arms or the Tempo Dual Arm. The Tempo arms are able to compete with the best of them, and we feel comfortable giving them our highest recommendation.

Full disclosure: iMovR and WorkWhileWalking have mutual ownership interest. Learn More

  • Number of monitors: 1
  • Weight capacity: Light 5-20 lbs, Heavy Duty: 10-30 lbs
  • Max screen size: N/A
  • Lift mechanism: Gas
  • Max height (mounting plate): 26.75”
  • Max user height (estimated) 6'6"

The dimensions for the Light and Heavy Duty versions are the same- only the interior counterbalance is different.

15 year warranty

Free shipping to lower 48 states

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