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I just purchased a 34 inch "ultra widescreen" monitor. Most reviews recommend using a VESA stand, because the one that comes with the monitor is so terrible. However, the maximum supported width I can find in a consumer desk stand is 30 inches. I've never used a 3rd party mount. What difference does that make as long as the monitor is under the max weight?

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it'll probably work, but will put additional torque on the mountings. the width of the monitor will act like a leaver, and alter the way the weight is distributed to the mounting, making it effectively weigh more at the connection points. –  Frank Thomas Jul 2 at 19:28

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