• 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.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 2 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..

    1 of 2 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.

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  • 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!

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 5 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.

  • 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.

  • 1.0 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!

    3 of 4 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    4 of 7 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.

  • 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

    20 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from Brno

    Got this installed today, very easy and fast. Only concerns is the quality of screws and tools which come with the adapter. Overall a good product.

    4 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very well engineered

    • Written by from New Braunfels

    I have to agree with the reviewer that said something about the single Torx fastener that lines everything up. It comes with a Torx wrench and it will do the job, but barely. You have to put a lot of pressure on the metal tool and it nearly starts to round out as you go through the tightening process. But, it did do the job and my monitor is sitting atop an awesome extension arm. Highly recommended, just be careful with the tightening process.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty straightforward

    • Written by from Greensboro

    I bought one of these for a 24" LED and two of the ones for 23" Cinema Displays. After reading the reviews here I was really worried these were going to take some effort to get in place.

    These are only slightly more complicated than the Cinema Display counts due to the release mechanism holding the stand in place. Still was pretty easy to do. Simply follow the directions provided with the adapter and do not over-tighten any of the screws.

    Only two reasons I am giving this a four instead of a five:
    1) Lack of screws provided with each adapter. $1.60 and I got four from Lowes (4M 10mm).
    2) The fact that I had to drop $100 to mount my three displays to a stand.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Arcadia

    I had 13 of them to install, so I decided to read his thread.
    Here's what I did after removing the stand.
    1 put on flange and tighten all bolts.
    2 place the mount on the flange and tighten the center bolt firmly, not too tight.
    3 pull the top edge of the mount and slide in a folded cardboard. The cardboard in the iMac box (folded in half already) is perfect. make it narrow so it doesn't get clamped by the mount. Wedge it between the flange and the body of the iMac.
    4 align the holes to the flange. insert the bolt on both sides and make a turn or two, realign, and them tighten equally on both sides.
    5 the center bolt will now raise about 3/8". Tighten it one last time.
    None of this was outlined in the manual, which marred the otherwise fine product.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware! Does not properly fit 27" 2010 iMac

    • Written by from Glendale

    There are other posts that refer to this problem and it is quite frankly shocking that it has not been acknowledged by Apple. In order to attach the Vesa mount, I had to jam 2-3 plastic cards (credit card shaped) beneath the Vesa flange to bring it high enough to attach the two final screws. Ridiculous. I wasted an hour or two trying to solve this problem, but thanks to the other reviewers was able to follow their lead and solve it.

    Buyer beware!

    10 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible to mount.

    • Written by from Malmö

    If you don't have a good torx screwdriver, you're up for a challenge.

    I had the same issue as some others here, I had a lot of problems to align the mount so that the two last screws would fit.

    I had to use two credit cards and the card that is included in the box for dismounting the foot of the iMac, to be able to get the last 2-3 millimeters that were needed to align it perfectly. I had to put these under the bracket that you mount in step 3 or 4. It takes some focus and patience but the cards will fit under the bracket. And when the two last screws are in place, you just remove the cards.

    9 of 19 people found this useful