Arm Setup & Use
This first thing that we will have to congratulate Silverstone on with the arm setup is its ability to hold very heavy panels. The Dell U3011 that we have fitted to the arm weighs in at 9.2kg without its stand and for many arms on the market, this is well over their maximum rated weight.
Swinging the monitor around, we can see how the two-part arm with its elbow in the middle allows the panel to move with far more ease, allowing it to be positioned above the desk clamp rather than to one side.
The head, even with this heavy weight attached still move with ease and once in position holds well. As noted, the screws used to attach this panel are the original screws from the panel as the included ones were not compatible – something to watch out for.
The upper cable tidy is very easy to arrange and the cover simply clips in once the cables are bunched together. Here I have run through a thick DVI cable, power cable and USB with plenty of space for another one or two display / USB cables depending on the gauge of cable.
The lower cable chase does require a bit more work to fit the cables in. All four screws need to be removed to lower the tidy out of the arm and once the cables are clipped in the four screws need to be reinserted and tightened whilst holding the chase in place.
The desk clamp site very firm with the cable clip on the back easily holding all the display cables to run up the arm.
With all the parts out of the box, the ARM11SC may look rather complex to setup, but in fact it is far from complex. Whilst the instructions are not the clearest to read, it is not too hard to work out where everything goes and setup should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.
Fitting the monitor to the arm and then to the rest of the stand is a little more involved when compared to the Peerless AV arm that I looked at recently, with the whole upper arm bolting to the screen instead of having a separate head that then affixes to the arm.
The cable chase system is also very good, with plenty of space although the lower chases is a little fiddly to get sorted due to the four small screws that have to be removed and replaced. Once installed though and with a bit of slack left at each joint, the chase does a very good job at keeping everything nice and tidy, no matter what position the arm is in.
On the note of positioning the arm, as with any panel, it does take a bit of time to get the torque on the upper arm set just right for the affixed panel. Set to high the panel wont stay down, but too lose and the screen will just drop down to its lowest position. For heavier panels this will reuire a higher torque setting, but once set, the arm is easy to move about, even with the elbow in the middle and this also means that the arm can be positioned further back towards a wall when compared to an arm with no elbow in the middle.
Overall the arm is of good quality and is easy to use once setup, presuming you’re likely to move the panel on a regular basis.