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Targus Hits The Target As A Top Computer Stand!
Targus Universal Monitor Stand
Member Name: Nar2
Targus Universal Monitor Stand
Advantages: Smart, spacious, compact, easy to clean, functional, sliding bottom tray and adjustable height.
Disadvantages: Not to all tastes, build quality could be a bit better, no storage for extra legs.
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. İNar2 2013.
Summary: It may look weird but it is the ideal stand where space may be limiting & can take a heavy weight.
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