Apple MD179ZM/A VESA Mount Adapter Kit for iMac and LED Cinema or Thunderbolt Display (Silver)
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- Versatile and compatible with a variety of mounting solutions
- One-cable convenience
- Thunderbolt versatility and magsafe connector
- Compatibility: 24-inch iMac (aluminum and glass), 27-inch iMac, 24-inch LED cinema display, 27-inch LED cinema display and 27-inch Apple thunderbolt display
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This VESA Mount Adapter Kit allows your 24-inch or 27-inch iMac computer, 24-inch or 27-inch LED Cinema Display, or Apple Thunderbolt Display to be used with a variety of alternative mounting solutions, such as wall mounts and zero-footprint articulating arms, based on the VESA flat-panel mounting interface (FPMI). With a tool in this kit, you can remove the iMac or display stand and attach the VESA Mount Adapter. Then connect any VESA-compliant mounting solution with a 100 mm x 100 mm attachment. With the VESA Mount Adapter attached, your computer or display complies with the VESA MIS-D, 100, C version specification.
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The adapter itself:
Sturdy, solid chunk of metal that worked exactly as expected and mounted to my vesa compatible mount (amazon basic one that attaches to the wall)
The process of attaching it to the thunderbolt display:
Terrible... To get the stand off you have to slide a small plastic card (size of a credit card) between the stand and the cutout in the back of the screen. While doing this, you place a considerable amount of force on the stand to get it to push up against the back of the monitor. I thought I was going to damage the screen during this to be honest even though I had it on a flat surface with the screen protected. Now comes the worst part, you can barely access the screws the hold the stand onto the monitor, the last screw took a few tries to get with me putting my full wait onto the stand. The instructions say the the metal piece inside the monitor that attaches to the stand via these screws is supposed to "lock" into position and they are sort of correct. That piece can lock out, but if it doesn't, you're in for the same fun I had (not fun at all by the way).
Now let me explain what went wrong at this point, I got all of the screws out of the internal metal piece holding the stand but could barely access the holes to put the mounting bracket in place, so I incorrectly assumed it must not be locked fully in the out position. I tried fiddling with it and then slid the plastic card back in to try to move it, which was the worst thing I could have done. That caused the internal metal piece to shoot back into the case with a huge thud (I'm pretty sure it would have easily broken my finger if I had it in there during this point). I was no faced with no way to get the internal piece back out. I researched online for a while and found the internal apple repair guide for my thunderbolt display and found that they have a custom metal tool for technicians to use if this happens in order to extract the metal, spring-loaded piece that the bracket needs to have in the out position. Great, a custom tool that only apple technicians have access to. So I went about attempting to build a similar tool with a hanger and some duct tape since I wasn't about to have a worthless monitor and nothing on my wall. My tool ended up working (barely) after about an hour's worth of attempts. I had to cover the back of the monitor, below the opening, with masking type so that all of my failed attempts wouldn't scratch the monitor case too badly. It worked but it requires you to slowly tilt the tool back as you apply a significant amount of force pulling on the bracket, all while using a stupid plastic card to release the thing in the first place. Not fun, not enjoyable, and extremely frustrating. I eventually got it to work though. I included a picture of the half sized plastic credit card I needed to use (the one the comes with it is too big for the extraction procedure according to the apple guide and I found that to be accurate) which i placed on top of the hanger contraption for scale. The duct tape and paper is so that you can grip the stupid thing because you need to have a very good grip on it to apply enough force to get the piece back out.
The bracket is solid, the procedure to get it on is a pain, don't mess it up or you will regret it like I did :(
When used with an iMac, you need to be particularly attentive to removing the stand. The kit comes with a credit card like device to "unlock" the stand, then lean the stand forward to reveal the screws attaching the stand to the mount on the iMac. You can lock/unlock the stand all you like, but you have to be very careful to make sure the stand is unlocked and latched in place before you remove the screws. Otherwise, the holder/screws will disappear back inside the iMac holder and it is exceptionally hard to "unlock" that component again...you'll need to fish it out with the credit card unlocked, and some sort of metal hook or... to fish it out. IT IS NOT EASY. It can be done, but it is not easy.
IF you have problems, you can fish around trying to release the stand again without worries about damaging internal components - apparently that stand is self enclosed (per tech support) so you're safe to go about hunting for the release mechanism.
So best to make sure the stand is locked in place when you go about removing the screws on the stand.
Update - 5 March 2013
As a follow up, I wanted to add that I was told by tech support that the iMac stand holder (the piece that pivots from inside the iMac cavity on the back where the stand attaches) can be gotten out with some work. I however have had no such luck after a couple weeks and will be taking my much abused iMac to have it professionally extracted.
I was able to get it to pivot just to the opening, but the spring on the holder is very strong. I found that a radiator hose pick works well to manipulate that holder btw if you're have/need to give it a try. The second pick from the bottom of the product image worked best to position it behind the holder and leverage it forward.
The second pick from the bottom worked best.
My motivation in getting the adapter was to free up desk space and get the middle of the monitor at eye level. Those two things are good benefits and made the purchase worthwhile for me.
The adapter is excellent in workmanship and style, as one would expect from Apple. I viewed instructional videos online to make sure I was installing it correctly. There is actually a trick to that.
The trick to installing this adapter is to screw in the center screw all the way, which requires more force than anticipated. The two thick side screws will not thread unless the center screw is in far enough. Other than that, the instructions were easy to follow and nothing really to think about.
I recommend this item, and anyway it's the only one that will work with iMac as far as I'm aware.