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Technology Showcase: Flatpanel Mounts

Jul 13, 2009 12:00 PM, By Jay Ankeney

Once considered mere accessories, new mounts put flatpanels in their place.

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New from Ergotron is the Neo-Flex Mobile MediaCenter cart, which lets you rotate your display to portrait or landscape orientation. Its narrow footprint allows presenters to move closer to the display, and the Neo-Flex Mobile MediaCenter easily tucks into corners or nests with other carts for space-saving storage. Built with the same features as Ergotron's award-winning LX Large Display Cart, the Mobile MediaCenter's modular cable channel system is adaptable for various wiring configurations, and CPUs attach safely to the rear of cart with an optional Universal CPU Holder accessory.

H. Wilson's new Universal Tilt flatpanel display mounts all include the company's WFST mount, which incorporates a glide bracket that hooks onto the wall plate to secure 32in. to 60in. flatpanel screens. Its WPSMS51 mobile flatpanel stand features four 4in. lockable casters, a shelf for a DVD player, and integrated wire management. H. Wilson's heavy-duty flatpanel carts are designed for mobility with an LCD or plasma screen mounted securely on top, and they can be fitted with optional custom rack components. Each cart also includes a WFST mount and a wire-handling grommet accommodation in the top shelf.

Luxor is known for developing the world's first large plastic table for TV applications back in 1986. Now, its LEW28UD cart features a universal plasma/LCD mount that holds screens up to 50in. All of the LEW28UD cart's 48in.-wide-by-24in.-deep shelves are reinforced with two aluminum bars for added strength. Luxor's larger LEW442CUD cart, also designed for up to 50in. screens, includes two locking steel cabinets with two sliding doors.

Premier Mounts has developed a unique flat HDMI cable and right-angle HDMI adapters that fit between the flatpanel display and the wall. Two of these ultrathin HDMI right-angle adapters come with Premier's new WTFM3765 low-profile mount that started shipping in May. Premier claims its WTFM3765 allows flatpanel TVs to hang on the wall 0.37in. from the surface. At InfoComm 09, Premier Mounts unveiled a new line of reduced-depth flatpanel mounts, including the P2642F for flatpanel displays from 26in. to 42in. and the P5080F for screens from 50in. to 80in. These new models have installer-friendly features such as a post-mounting leveling system, universal spacers, an extensive universal hardware pack, and an open back-plate architecture design for cable and power installations. They also boast bracket safety screws to prevent accidental removal of a costly flatpanel display from its wall plate.

The WMK3260-L is a tilt wall-mount kit from NEC that works with its current plasma and LCD displays as well as its new MultiSync X Series. NEC also offers the DSK3260, a turnkey digital signage package that includes all of the necessary components to complement NEC LCD and plasma displays ranging from 32in. to 60in. in size. The latest mounts from NEC, released just last month, include the WM-46UN, a 2x2 wall-mount kit for NEC's new MultiSync X461UN ultranarrow display. The WM-46UN-L (landscape) and WM-46UN-P (portrait) mounts for the X461UN are designed primarily for tiled mounting. These can be configured in videowall matrices of up to 10x10.

The Power55 was designed as an expansion of OmniMount's current product line to accommodate most 37in. to 55in. flatpanels up to 110lbs. The Power55 tilts up to 15 degrees for glare reduction and pans 20 degrees left and right to allow viewing from more than one room. It sits a mere 2.9in. from the wall when resting in the home position. Remote-controllable via IR (two memory) and RS-232 (three memory) programmable positions, the Power55 is constructed with open architecture for easy access to in-wall wiring, an installation template and level, and OmniMount's exclusive Lift n' Lock design for easy installation. In addition, OmniMount's smaller Power40 is a medium-sized remote-controlled cantilever mount that fits most flatpanels with screen sizes from 23in. to 40in. and weighing up to 66lbs. OmniMount's Power40 sits just 2.7in. from the wall when in the fixed position.

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