iMovR ZipView Single-Display Monitor Arm Review
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Our top value pick for use with standing desk converters (X-lift and Z-lift types, specifically), as long as your monitor weighs 17.6 lbs or less. Uncommonly robust features and high quality construction for a monitor arm in this price range, with a 10-year warranty and commercial office furniture grade ratings to match. Note that the “short pole” design, while making this the ideal arm for use with desktop converters, also means it may be too short for taller individuals to use on a full-fledged standing desk or treadmill desk.
Ideal for use on standing desk converters (e.g. iMovR’s ZipLift) where the edge clamp is attached to a surface that’s already 5″-6″ above the desk it sits on. The lightweight design and lower minimum height range pairs well with converters, leaving them more liftable weight and a more ideal monitor height adjustment range for most users.
|MSRP / List Price||$119|
Gas piston counterbalance mechanism
Aluminum and Steel
Height Adjustment Range (“stroke”): 10.5″
|Typical Assembly Time||
5 minutes (watch the helpful video first to breeze through installation)
Meets or exceeds BIFMA x5.5 and CSA CAN/CGSB44.227
|Competition||Compare to Other Top-Rated Monitor Arms|
|Where to buy||
Buy on iMovR
|Ease of Assembly|
|Quality and Aesthetics|
|Positives||Features, quality, and easy installation not commonly found on monitor arms in this price range. 10-year warranty and commercial-grade componentry make it a highly-durable, reliable choice. Finger-touch adjustment made possible by high-performance gas piston counterbalance. Perfect height range for use on X-lift and Z-lift style standing desk converters, and its lightweight design leaves more counterbalance lift capacity for other equipment (monitor, laptop, etc). Easily installs in less than 5 minutes thanks to helpful video instructions. Nice touches like integrated cable management make this a no-excuses ergonomic mount for monitors under 17.6 lbs, at a great price.|
|Negatives||The low height adjustment range makes this arm perfect for use on desktop converters but taller users may want to avoid using it on full sit-stand desks. Only comes in silver.|
The Best Monitor Arm for Standing Desk Converters?
- Originally designed for regular fixed-height sitting desks, and thus lacking sufficient max height for average-to-tall individuals to use with a sit-stand desk (since we stretch out when we stand)
- Actually designed for adjustable-height standing desks, with higher top-end range
- Actually designed for X-lift and Z-lift standing desk converters, being lighter weight and with lower dynamic height adjustment range, since the desktop converter adds 6″ to the height of the arm already
The ZipView is perhaps the best monitor arm we’ve ever tested that’s a decent arm overall for the first two categories, but exceptionally good in the third.
Being lightweight is critical for this third category, because the last thing you want to do is add a heavy monitor arm to a desktop converter that only has a typical maximum supportable weight of 30-35 lbs and a counterbalance weight of 15-20 lbs (meaning that at ~17.5 lbs no additional force is required from the user to raise or lower the converter between sitting and standing height).
Weighing it at a scant 6 lbs, the ZipView Single-LCD Monitor Arm we review here is one of the lightest on the market. But it’s also full-featured, extremely well made and very easy to install. This model is also the least expensive of the nine manually-adjusted ergonomic monitor arms that iMovR offers (i.e. not including the 12 versions of their EMMA electric monitor arm series, launching in Q2 of 2021, and which we are currently testing).
As one of the leading manufacturers of standing desks, treadmill desks, and standing desk converters, iMovR is well ahead of the game when it comes to fine tuning the ergonomic setup of a given workstation, something we cannot say for most of the competition. The wide variation in desk styles, monitor sizes and individuals’ anthropometry is why iMovR offers 9 different ergonomic arms (3 in the ZipView line, 3 in the Tempo line, and 3 in the TopView line).
The sad truth is that most online sellers of monitor arms don’t have an inkling as to the differing needs of a fixed-height desk user, a standing desk user or a desktop converter user, much less a walking desk user. This lack of attention to ergonomic details leads to monitor arms being one of the most frequently returned ergonomic accessories.
While the ZipView Single-LCD Monitor Arm is technically iMovR’s “bottom of the line,” the apt comparison would be to BMW’s X1. While being the least expensive in the line at only $119, it’s still a “BMW” among monitor arms. As far as iMovR’s own ZipLift standing desk converters go, the ZipView Single and ZipView Dual are the ones you’ll see featured in its list of add-on monitor arm options.
Quality Construction and Componentry
Beneath the ZipView’s minimal design is a reliable and smooth gas spring adjustment control that provides a 10.5″ dynamic height adjustment range (“stroke”). As we explore in depth in our article on The Differences between Gas Piston and Metal Spring Counterbalance Mechanisms in Monitor Arms, we prefer gas struts for their smooth and precise action, but we also caution against cheaply made ones that’ll lose their pressure in short order.
The ZipView’s 10-year warranty, uncommonly long for a monitor mount in this price range, is one indicator that this arm will perform flawlessly for many years to come. Most arms in this price range come with only a 1-5 year warranty, if they advertise any warranty coverage at all. And most of them are made with steel spring counterbalances, not the nicer, fingertouch-adjustable gas piston mechanisms.
The fact that this arm meets or exceeds ANSI/BIFMA x5.5 and CSA CAN/CGSB44.227 is another indication of quality, ensuring the consumer that it has been exercised by robotic testing machines through thousands of test cycles to ensure that its quality stands up to commercial office furniture standards.
The ZipView Single-Monitor Arm supports displays weighing anywhere from 2.2 to 17.6 lbs. If your monitor weighs more than that you’ll want to check out iMovR’s Tempo Heavy Duty Single Monitor Arm and their TopView Heavy Duty Single Monitor Arm—or hop directly to our comprehensive round-up of all our ergonomic monitor arm reviews.
Like all quality monitor arms, the ZipView and all of iMovR’s monitor arm options come with the hardware to install using either the edge clamp or through a grommet hole.
Some monitor arms, especially cheap ones made in China, come in so many parts and such hard-to-follow instructions that you need to set aside a significant chunk of time to install them. The ZipView’s installation is a relative breeze as it arrives mostly pre-assembled, and there’s a great installation video showing you exactly how to attach it to your desk. Just slip your monitor over the easy-install VESA bracket, and make your final adjustments.
While many monitor arms will leave a slight indentation in your desk if clamped down too hard, the ZipView arms come with an adhesive-backed 3M protection pad to protect your work surface. The ZipView also has a clip-on holder for the Allen key you’ll need to make finer adjustments to the counterbalance and other settings—a thoughtful feature typically found only on higher-end commercial-grade arms.
Lastly, the cable routing features of the ZipView arms are excellent. They’re easy, clean-looking, and durable. Very often we find the plastic shrouds that you route your cables through are made of thin plastic that easily breaks if you don’t pop them out of their detents just right. The ZipView’s are really well made and add to the professional aesthetic of the arm rather than detract from it with a cheap, plasticky look.
Wide Adjustment Range
The edge clamp itself is smooth-edged and has a large purchase on the desk edge, ensuring a very stable mount.
The 10.5″ of height adjustment allows for a bottom end of 5.5″ and a top end of 16″. As mentioned above, this is the one major drawback to this arm design, in that taller users at a standing desk or walking desk may be wanting for more top-end height. Make sure to check here for a more in-depth look at how a monitor arm will fit you before you purchase.
Arm retraction (how far the back of your monitor will sit relative to the back edge of your work surface) is 4″, which is as good as it gets. Maximum reach of the arm is a healthy 21.2″, so there’s no issue using the ZipView on a deep L-desk corner, or pulling your monitor forward and aside for collaborating with a colleague. The ZipViews have a great 180º lockout feature—also not commonly found except on high-end commercial arms—to protect the wall behind your desk from accidental banging.
The VESA joint itself is one of the most robustly adjustable you’ll find on a monitor arm. You can tilt your monitor completely flat, 90º, if you want to. Technically the VESA joint will tilt -90° as well (not sure who’d ever need to do that) though the arm itself will get in the way so the practical negative tilt range is really -25º. More importantly, the VESA joint rotates 90° in either direction so you can easily flip your monitor from portrait to landscape orientation.
One thing we really like about the ZipView and other monitor arms from iMovR is that their specs and installation instructions are so robust that there’s really very little chance that you’ll need to return your arm after a frustrating realization that it won’t work well for your workstation setup, your monitor, or your stature. Like all the iMovR monitor mounts, the ZipView Single (like its cousins the ZipView Dual and ZipView Dual Unison) are exceptionally well made, reliable, durable, and easy to install.
Our only caution on this one model is that it’s dynamic height adjustment range, while great for converters like the ZipLift, is going to be shy on the top end for taller standing desk users (unless they are using very large displays, or displays that have their VESA mount location well below the centerline of the monitor). Our only pet peeve on the ZipView models is that they only come in one color, silver. Alas, iMovR offers eight other excellent models to choose from, so there’s bound to be one just right for your specific needs.