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A couple of months ago I was clearing out the garage and looking for spares for a television stand that I got free with my LG television. It wasn't for me, but for a friend who had just bought an LG television and the stand wasn't to my taste, hence a goodwill gesture which then turned out to be a cost effective exercise when said friend offered money for it as the stand was never constructed, kept in its packaging and hence had never been opened except for inspection purposes. Whilst going through old furniture, I also discovered a BBC Computer monitor stand that belonged to my late father - it now sits back in the home pride of place for my laptop, hooked up to my Apple wired keyboard. But when it came to being used with my Mac mini computer, what I required was something with a bit more versatility to it - if anyone has a Mac mini they'll know instantly that all the jacks are mounted at the back of the unit - and so a removable or slide out tray would be required here rather than constantly having to remove the unit, thus by wearing down the feet on the base of the Mac in the process of removing to add cables or memory sticks of my choice.
The Price, The Product & The Promise
After looking online and at private computer shops, one brand name became almost very clear to me in so far as being one of the best-known names for computer peripherals - and it isn't Logitech! Targus are known normally for their camera bags but they seem to be very popular with computer accessories and at the time of purchase I had a look at two universal monitor stands sold by the company and typically the one I wanted wasn't in stock. Online I got an instant shock when the prices range from £35 to £46, which is far too expensive and was much relieved to find the same product online at EBay UK for a much cheaper price of £22 with postage and packing for free! Now that's more like it! After all, what you get here is a universal computer monitor stand completely decked out in thick, shiny black PVC with silver inserts. I wouldn't dream of paying £46 or any more for an all in plastic unit!
Nar2's Quick Skip Product Spec
* Brand & Product: Targus Universal Monitor Stand PA23SE.
* Size: 48.5cm length by 35.5m width and a height of 16cm.
* Black PVC plastic with silver legs (4).
* Height adjustable legs, snap-to-build type & hook & loop fasteners included.
* Slideable base tray with ribbed sections and flush handle.
* Interior width: 40cm front and 35cm back opening.
* Interior depth: 35cm with tray inside, 56.5cm with tray extended.
* Interior height: 8.5cm to 13cm extendable.
* Weight 2.5kg - can handle up to 40kg of weight on the top.
* My price £22-00 from EBay UK, £30-83 from www.misco.co.uk, Amazon UK £35 to £46-00, comes with manufacturer 2 year warranty.
General Quality & Design
Although black plastic is the order of the day, this is a curvy looking stand against the generic boring straight edge stands sold by Fellowes and some cheaper rivals don't have enough space underneath with about as much space to slide a thick user manual under! Here, there's a central plasti-emblem set in the top shelf of this universal stand, curvy non sharp, safe corners and four snap on-to-build-up height legs are also enclosed that fit in their own holders to separate the bottom and top shelf. It is far from cheap looking, although the silver clip together legs are a matter of taste and don't reveal their interiors until you realise that the smoother, curvier flusher parts stick out with a seamless design and the internals are close to the eye, looking in the way. They are quite thick to look at and hold and there's a ribbed shelf underneath that slides out, handy for accessories to slide out when and if required. Generally, although the surface area is quite large, this isn't a bad looking unit and it is easy to keep clean as well as feeling quite durable and non-susceptible to showing up scratches easily.
In reality though, when it comes to construction, the Targus Universal Monitor Stand PA23SE feels lightweight in the hand even though from appearances, it is robust provided that it doesn't get moved around aside from the slide out tray - the PA23SE has curvy looking height adjustable legs and you get stick on adhesive pads (round small type) that fit into their own little holders on the base to prevent marking on surfaces. Measuring approximately 48.5cm length by 35.5m width and a height of 16cm makes this ideal for generic/universal computer monitors, 19" flat screen types or any other additional PC/Mac peripheral required such as a printer or scanner flat bed. It is slightly larger to the generic plastic footstools that you can often see in hardware shops and mimics its style, somewhat. This is right down to the fact that the top shelf does not pivot but is fixed and provides a flat level surface, giving you the opportunity to fix the monitor at any angle you desire rather than have a moving joint on the stand itself.
General Performance & Downsides
As a monitor stand for my old Philips TFT 17" monitor, I can get quite a lot more on top thanks to the slim and flat TFT design and the silver monitor goes well with the silver legs of the Targus universal monitor stand. The Philips is a fairly old monitor and it weighs in excess of 20kg, which is just as well that, the Targus design seems to be able to hold it without a problem. Infact, the PA23SE can accept up to 40kg making it appealing to future purchase if I want to use another stand for the nearby printer and paper trays underneath! My new label printer sits on the right hand side too just by the monitor - so the Targus is able to accommodate my needs well.
However, whilst the bottom tray is very handy to pull out and push in, the tray at the bottom has been an excellent server for my Mac Mini - particularly if I want to swap any USB points about or add another peripheral. The beauty of the Mac Mini is that it is small enough to place on one side with an additional Mac Superdrive right next to it. Though there is hardly any space left thereafter with two Apple products sitting side by side at the front there are acres of free space at the back where I could happily add any other accessory from my Belkin USB hub to headphones should I wish to store them there - and there is enough ventilation/accessibility due to the fact that I had taken off the snap on legs to make the surface area taller underneath, and so to allow my computer systems to get enough air as possible as well as gaining better access to hide cables and wires.
Downsides are far and few between with this particular stand though, although it is a pity that for the price, another shelf couldn't be added on top. This is purely because that whilst there is a handy flush handle built into the bottom moving shelf, the ribs on the main tray act as very suitable pen holders - if another set of legs and another shelf was included, you could effectively have the bottom shelf for stationery etc.
One of the greater aspects of having a monitor stand like the Targus PA23SE is simply because it only takes up a quarter of space on a large desk, so it is quite space efficient and very handy to have, particularly for study rooms and large business desks.
Although I paid a good price for the Targus Universal Monitor Stand PA23SE, some sellers may be too greedy to supply this product at a reasonable price and that's about the only conceivable downside to this stand. However, the design of this stand is very good, quite versatile, spacious and does what it promises. Okay, so it isn't the best looking but when it's full of accessories and systems, and able to take a heavy weight when it is also easy to clean and features a slider tray underneath with enough space in between, that is more than sufficient for me! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2013.
Last month the cable that was provided with my desktop broke, so I urgently needed a new one so that I could connect my hard drive tower to my monitor, and the way I have my desk set out, I needed one that was quite long in length. The standard cables are only a couple of metres, so after extensive shopping online, I was pleased I found he Startech cable. The length was the main reason why I purchased it, even though I wasnt planning on paying for than £10, I ended up purchasing this product for £15 on Amazon. There was two different types of this cable, both the same, with different lengths, so even if you dont have the requirements that I did, then this model could be for you.
I trust this cable, and am confident that it will last a long time, as the outer cabling is so thick, therefore providing the the wires on the inside, a great advantage in my opinion. Quality is perfect with this cable, both in terms on connection and video, something I thought was greatly important. You can use this cable with most models of computer models, but I would double check before making the purchase, you never know. Even though the cable was so thick, I was easily able to pin it away for safety, I didnt want a 15 metre cable hanging everywhere. All in all, this is a great product, I recommend it as a brilliant purchase. Thanks for reading.
The house we live in isn't very big and now I am expecting our first child we have been having a little bit of a change round, one of the things we have done is buy a small desk for our computer and printer. With both Mark and myself doing home courses we thought it would be somewhere to keep text books as well. The desk is only small and to maximise the space we bought a Targus Universal Monitor Stand.
The monitor stand is black and silver/grey in colour and seems very sturdy. It does need assembling when you get it and to be honest I felt this was Marks department. You don't need any tools for the job and he had it put together in less than ten minuets, as there was no swearing I feel I can confidently say it was easy to assemble. It also comes with four little rubber stoppers, these stop it from sliding around your desk.
The monitor stand is 37cm's wide, 48cm;s deep and 9cm's high with the option of raising it up an extra 5cm's if you choose, it will hold weight of up to 40kg. The nice thing about this monitor stand is not just the fact that it will raise your screen to a nice eye level eliminating an aching back, neck and shoulders, something I suffer from quite badly, and also free up valuable space on our desk top but it also has a little slide out tray underneath which can be used for a laptop or just about anything you choose, spare paper, pens anything. This is a really handy feature for us as our desk isn't very big and space is of a premium.
If you keep a laptop on the tray the open design of the monitor stand means there's no problems getting to USB ports or CD ROM drives, everything is accessible.
We bought our Targus Universal Monitor Stand from Amazon for the sum of £19.99 and we are really pleased with it, so pleased in fact that we have bought another one for our TV in the bedroom. We have stood the TV on the stand and popped the DVD player underneath on the little sliding tray, its ideal and once again a great space saver. We only have a little mini DVD player so it fits perfectly.
I would certainly recommend the Targus Monitor Stand, its a neat little unit that has given us some much needed desk space both downstairs and in our bedroom. Its also made a big difference to my aching neck and shoulders. I find I can sit and work at the computer for much longer than before. The unit is sturdy and was easy to assemble. This little gadget is ideal for both homes and offices and can be used for smaller TV's too. Its a great little space saver that was worth every penny.
With limited desk space at home, I needed a solution to my storage problems and had to create more desk space. The Targus Universal Monitor Stand is perfect for supporting your monitor in a more ergonomic position and means you can store a laptop/notebook where the monitor originally stood. There is a sliding tray under the stand and so you can indeed use it to store your laptop, but it can also be used to store anything else that you needed the space for in the first place. A lot of people have to basic desktop stands and they often dont provide enough space for paperwork and other things once the printer and/or scanner and keyboard are in place.
The stand supports monitors up to 40kg which is sufficient and it also comes with an adjustable riser that allows you to alter the monitor stand height to suit your needs. The stand would also be perfect for putting a printer on top and using the extra space below to store paper and ink cartridges etc. I am aware of one friend of mine who uses his to sit his TV on and then puts his dvd player below it.
Although this stand is universal for monitors upto 40kg, it can also be used for a variety of other electricals such as televisions and perhaps cd players. The stand shelve and top are completely black and the legs are silver which gives this stand a smart appearance. overall I am impressed with its uses due to the sliding tray. Unfortunately the pricetag is shocking at £25+ and because of that I would recommend it only for those desperate for space at their workstation.
I have a Targus monitor stand, but it isn't used for the purpose for which it was designed. This is no fault of the stand it is simply for one reason at least that I don't really need it with my current monitor. I now use it as a little table for my printer and it serves this purpose very well, as indeed it did when it was used in its proper capacity.
The unit is quite large when seen against comparable products, being that it stands roughly 6 inches high and has a top surface of roughly 1.5 ft by 1 ft. The two surfaces are separated by four peculiar looking feet. I use the word peculiar because; well they don't really seem to fit in with any normal PC set up. I have considered them in various scenarios and they do still appear quite odd. This said they are the feet supplied with the unit and they do do a good job in keep the bottom of the Targus stand firmly attached to the top. Incidentally on sizes the bottom portion is slightly larger than the top portion, which is perhaps part of the reason for it looking a bit odd.
They currently retail at anything from around £15 to an extortionate £26.99. At the end of the day this unit is just two slabs of plastic stuck together by funny feet, so this price range is a bit steep. Mine was free from work, it was getting thrown out, and to be perfectly frank if I wasn't using mine as a printer stand then it probably would have had the same fate months ago if my wife had anything to do with it. I guess that they were pretty handy in the good old days of CRT monitors, they'd raise your monitor up to a height where you weren't staining your neck to read my reviews. With todays all adjustable singing and dancing LCD monitors there really isn't much of a market for these any more. As a printer stand it is great. The printer stands neatly on the top and the gaping space where all the junk of the day used to be stored is now a very convenient place to store the paper for the printer. It looks more at home as a printer stand than it ever did as a monitor stand.
The main problem basically was its size, and I appreciate that in its duty it would have to partake of supporting some pretty heavy monitors, but it was just too bulky. The other reason that I briefly touched on was the fact that the space in between the two main surfaces. This space was open and hence was available to dump all the nick knacks and bits of office equipment that were not currently in use, making the area look like a tip.
I guess all in all they were a good thing in their day, but that day is well gone, and I can't see these huge eyesores staying around much longer given that the LCD monitor has taken over and the good old CRT has drifted into PC obscurity along with floppy disks and shortly Cd's.