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Guide: VESA Arm Selection

Below are a few of our favorite VESA arms that will help to position your Vertical dock and monitors at the ideal height.

Safety note:

Some VESA arm models are tuned for different monitor sizes and weights. If you are using gas-adjustable monitor arms intended for heavier monitors, the arm may spring up when you un-dock your Surface causing you to drop your Surface or cause injury. To avoid this, follow the directions included with your VESA arm closely and add weight to the arm as necessary to ensure it is operating within the weight range specified by the manufacturer. Most customers will just need to tighten a few screws on the monitor arm. But some customers have used 5-pound (2 kg) ankle/wrist exercise weights strapped to the monitor arm for even more precise tuning. The Veritcal Dock without a Surface docked weighs about ~2-3 pounds (0.9-1.25kg) depending on the options. With the Surface docked, the combined weight is ~3-6.75 pounds (1.4-3kg) depending on the model.

Single Arms:

If external monitors are already well positioned, you need not spend a fortune on new monitor arms. A single arm can be used for positioning your Vertical dock at the correct height. We recommend gas-adjustable models tuned for the weight of the Surface + Dock, but budget non-adjustable models work OK too:

  1. Fleximounts M01 light-duty single gas-adjustable arm (3-11 pounds) ($40)
  2. MonoPrice non-adjustable ($25)
  3. ErgoTron LX ERG45241026 (with optional arm extension, you can bring the Surface as far as your lap for drawing) ($175)
    • Note this arm works best with 7-25 pounds weight. You may need to add weight to the end of the arm for best results with the Vertical dock.


Single to Dual conversion adapters:

If you already have VESA arms and just want to add your Surface on the side without buying a new arm, these single -> dual adapters may help. Do note that these adapters weigh ~5.5 pounds (2.5kg) and when combined with the weight of the Vertical Dock + Surface, may be too much weight for budget single arms. Check the manufacturer specs carefully.

  1. VIVO Dual VESA Bracket Adapter (MOUNT-VW02A)
  2. DoubleSight Universal Dual Monitor Cross Bar (DS-ExtBar)


Dual Arms:

A dual arm can hold a Vertical dock plus a single monitor or two monitors. Our favorite models are from Loctek:

  1. Loctek D5D mid-duty dual gas-adjustable arms (up to two 27" monitors 3-11 pounds each - well tuned for positioning the Vertical Dock) ($75)    
  2. Loctek D5DH heavy duty dual gas adjustable (up to two 27" monitors @ 9-22 pounds each) ($90)
    • Note this arm works best with 9-22 pounds weight. You may need to add weight to the end of the arm for best results with the Vertical dock.
  3. Loctek D7DR heavy-duty dual gas-adjustable (up to two 34" wide monitors @22 pounds each)
    • Note this arm works best with 9-22 pounds weight. You may need to add weight to the end of the arm for best results with the Vertical dock.
  4. Ergotron LX ERG45245026 (with optional arm extension, you can bring the Surface as far as your lap for drawing) ($225)
    • Note this arm works best with 7-25 pounds weight. You may need to add weight to the end of the arm for best results with the Vertical dock.


Triple Arms:

Triple arms are great for a clean look in mounting two monitors plus a vertical dock. But in our experience, there is a price premium and less flexibility in monitor placement with these rigs. Unless you absolutely need the cleanest look for your desk, many customers are better served getting a dual mount such as the Loctek D5D plus a single mount like the Fleximounts M01. That being said, here are a few triple mounts that customers have reported success with:

  1. EleTab triple mount ($125)
  2. Mount-It MI-2753 Arms ($150)
  3. HumanScale M2 M/Flex Arms ($500)
    • For best results with the Vertical dock, get the "M2 light" arm. M2 or M8 arms are better for heavier monitors and you may need to add weight to the end of the arm for best results.


What about Glass desks?

The above mounts use clamp mechanisms which won't work for glass desktops. Free-standing weighted models such as these will work better:

  1. VIVO Single Stand V001H ($45-50)
  2. Mount it Dual articulating Stand MI-792 ($75)
  3. VIVO Dual Stand V002P ($45-75)
  4. VIVO Triple Stand V003FG ($80)