• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes, it can be difficult...

    • Written by from Milpitas

    ...but you can outsmart it! I've done this twice now, and by far the hardest part for me has been getting the 2 side bolts in (didn't have a problem with the credit card thing, you just have to aim farther upward than they imply). Anyway, today I outsmarted it with a spoon from the kitchen - perfect shape to create a lever and lift the bar up to get the holes to line up!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!!

    • Written by from Vail

    I purchased two VESA Mount Adapters. Once was for my 27" iMac, and the other was for a 27" Thunderbolt. I read one of the reviews and he had posted a Youtube video of him installing an adapter on his Thunderbolt. That video was very useful. I used the included tools and I had no problems with aligning the screws, removing screws, stripping screws that some of the other reviewers had problems with. Take it slow, make sure and put plenty of pressure on the screws when removing and installing them, and make sure the included allen wrenches are completely seated in the screws and you will be fine.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    painful to install

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    I had a difficult time installing the VESA mount on an Apple Thunderbolt Display. One of the flange bolts stripped during the installation so I had to make do with only 7 bolts attaching the flange. Before I realized the threads were stripped I took the flange off and somehow the spring-loaded bracket (that the flange attaches to) snapped back into the monitor :-(.

    The "good" news is that I was able to pull the bracket back out of the monitor using a large paper clip formed into an ad-hoc handle. Once I hooked the ends of my handle into holes on either end of the bracket I could pull the bracket out with some force.

    I believe the spring-loaded bracket was locked as the manual asks - I used the plastic "credit card" to depress the latch and the bracket seemed very stable. Somehow, though, when struggling to attach the flange I managed to unlock the bracket. I think this is a very poor design that allows the bracket to snap back into the monitor and become nearly unreachable.

    I recommend attaching the flange to the bracket quickly once the bracket is visible, and once the flange is attached, not removing it again. I think if I had done that everything would have gone smoothly.

    Once I had the flange attached, attaching the mount adapter was pretty easy. By using the center bolt to dial in the position of the flange I could put both horizontal bolts in almost entirely by hand.

    This bolts in this kit are low quality. One flange bolt stripped and the head on one of the hex bolts was deformed by the included hex wrench. The included tools are garbage: I used my own Torx screwdriver and hex wrenches instead. IKEA furniture literally comes with higher quality tools and parts. For $40, this is really disappointing.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not compatible with EDU model A1311 (EMC 2496)

    • Written by from Edmond

    Not compatible with EDU model A1311 (EMC 2496)
    Their is no latch to allow base to move forward.
    The base brackets limit access to the screws, making this mount incompatible.
    The screws also have a different spacing than the bracket... why apple...why?
    Would be nice if all bracket bases had the same standard...

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not thought through

    • Written by from Council Bluffs

    The screws on this mount strip out VERY easy. Make sure to take your time and use the correct wrenches. The ones that are shipped are very poor! BE CAREFULLY installing this.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Install but Lack of Thought by Apple

    • Written by from Levittown

    I received my two mounts today and had them installed in about 20 minutes. I have no complaints about the ease of installation. What I am disappointed about is the lack of thought by Apple with these kits. We have already paid a considerable amount for the displays, and then we drop $36 for each mount, but Apple doesn't include the mounting screws to mount the displays. They did a great job at making sure the mounts stayed with the design of the display, but to not give us the 4 screws per mount is just plain wrong. At the very least they should have something in the description that states we have to supply our own screws.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Torx wrench is a joke

    • Written by from Westfield

    Like other reviewers I had trouble using the flimsy plastic card to expose the screws on the back of my 27" imac. In trying to remove them with the included torx wrench I stripped the heads on several. Both the screws and wrench are sub-standard in quality and now I'm stuck trying to extract stripped screws.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Vesa Mount is a piece of Junk.....

    • Written by from Orange

    I love Apple products have 2 - iMac's - iPhone - iPad --bought a new Mac Book Pro 13" top of the line - Bought a Thunderbolt Display 27" 1st 1 I bought would not detach for the Vesa mount went down to my Apple store they replaced it I got 2nd Display detached but the Vesa mount will not easily attach to the Display the tork wrench and screws are a joke as well as the alignment. I do not understand why they would need to make attaching a Display so labor intense. I spent 2-3 hours on 2 different days trying to get this built...I was so upset I almost tossed the display through a window needless to say all 4 items are getting returned Mac Book Pro- Vesa Mount - Thunderbolt Display- Bretford Stand...Thanks Apple for wasting my time..
    Mike

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    First step

    • Written by from Shelby Twp.

    I couldn't even get past step one, getting the stand off the back of my monitor. I spent 2 hr. Sliding that card up to the latch and never could get to the screws to release the stand. So it may be an excellent product but I'll never know.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Tip for installation

    • Written by from Brentwood

    There are two primary pieces to this product - the adapter bar (goes on first) and the VESA plate (attaches to the adapter bar).

    Tip!! - go out and purchase a good set of precision "torx" drivers and “hex” drivers. You should own precision tools if you own a computer anyways.

    After you remove the stand and install the "adapter bar" with the 8 torx bolts, you will now install the VESA plate with the top bolt and the 2 side bolts.

    This is the trick. When you install the top bolt, don't just tighten down to a normal snug tightness. You have to keep tightening until the bar comes out enough to line up the holes for the 2 side bolts. Remember, the "adapter bar" is attached to a moving piece so as you continue to tighten the side holes pop up further and will line up properly for the side bolts. Apple is known for precision, so be patient and line them up perfectly.

    This is done so the final VESA plate is rock solid.

    This has been an issue with many of the complaints that you are reading, and I made the same mistake until I called a friend. I hope this helps! The product is great!

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't fit ??

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Following instructions, I easily removed the stand from the back of the Thunderbird display (that I bought a couple of weeks ago.) But for the life of me, I can't see how to attach the adapter flange . The piece that the adapter flange would fit onto is located "below grade" of the back of the monitor. I can't figure out how to lever the interior connector plate to a position where the (purchased) flange could be screwed on.

    Neither does the flange seem to fit into the slot in the back of the monitor.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than expected

    • Written by from Mission Viejo

    How much thought do you really put into a monitor adapter plate? This part is actually designed to do its job very well. I have no concern that this adapter will ever be a problem, even if the monitor is subject to some unintended abuse.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perhaps Revised

    • Written by from Neeham

    This kit installed with no issues for me. I read the comments here and was careful to tighten the central Torx fastener tight. The kit may have been revised because the included Torx tool was sufficient, and does not flex or bend. I did not remove the rubber strips. Note that the tips of the hex screws that go in the sides of the mount are tapered. I had to apply a bit of inward pressure to get the threads to catch, but they did catch. When I was done, the Torx fastener that I had tightened as far as I dared was raised enough to turn it another 180 degrees. The result is rock solid with zero play... perfect. Now I have my thunderbolt monitor mounted on an M8 monitor arm from Human Scale in portrait orientation... 170+ lines of code visible if I maximize my IDE :) As noted by another. the kit does not come with VESA mounting screws, but the monitor arm did.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    total disaster

    • Written by from Lexington

    Had to call in IT Support just to get the stand unlocked and expose the screws to take off the stand. Having done so, now the flange has retreated inside the monitor where getting it out is going to be extremely difficult. The VESA adapter instructions say "Important: Keep the flange in the locked position" but not until the next step! What kind of brain-damaged product is booby-trapped like this!

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Woe is me

    • Written by from Spring Branch

    I got the stand off my iMac, but the spring loaded device that attached to the stand, sprung back in at the last moment and it's impossible to get it out...even the Mac experts I spoke to said, if the mounting element is not locked in place (even though mine appeared to be)...it will probably require a trip to the Mac Store for the Techs to fix.

    BUT, I did find an alternative. Ditch the mount and use two metal "S" hooks (available from Home Depot for twenty five cents each)...put one end of the "S" in the back of the iMac and the other fits into the VESA Wall mount....works fine. It's either that or having to cleanse my iMac and put it in the shop for a week...Argghhh. Instead, I'll just keep it this way until I get a new iMac someday. Take a tip from me, make sure that stand is locked in place before removing the bolts holding it on...cause that spring has about 10K lbs of spring able tension.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't come with the screws?

    • Written by from Costa Mesa

    I had been waiting for this to come in the mail and was excited to set it up. Unfortunately Apple does not include the screws to mount it to the VESA arm. How ridiculous is that? No one around me carries them so I have to order and wait another 5 days for them to show up. Lame.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Difficult???

    • Written by from Blairgowrie

    I'm not sure how anyone could find this difficult to fit. Insert card, push display forward, remove screws, remove foot. Apply mount and align with metal blob, reinstate screws, done, simple!

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice product

    • Written by from Madison

    and easy to install. Not sure why others have said the alignment of holes is tricky. I didn't have any problems and was relieved that it went so smoothly.

    Attached this to a Human M8. Perfect match.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Interesting Challenge

    • Written by from Maidstone

    The product looks great and the explanation on how to mount it is fine. It only seems that they expect it all to work as described, whereas I found some of the mounting did not work as simple as it was described, you need to supply quite a bit of force to get it mounted, even when following the instructions in exact detail. Considering that apple products can generally be used as a warm knife goed through butter, that seemed a bit disappointing. It does look great once installed though.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Over-engineered & poor QC

    • Written by from Lewes

    I must have gotten a dud. You have to put a lot of force on the center set bolt, so much so that the torx points started to strip so I gave up. Only one side bolt would align correctly, and with it in place, I could easily see that there was no way the other side bolt was going it due to the NASA-like tolerances milled in this thing. Come on Apple, we're not putting wings on the space shuttle!

    …hoping the replacement works

    21 of 31 people found this useful