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Possibly an adjustable monitor arm like this instead: [link] . They make them for holding several monitors.
I'm looking to build something functionally equivalent to this:
It needs to support an 18lb monitor with a standard VESA mount setup. It also needs to be at least 24 in. high. Adjustable and articulating is a huge bonus but not a must.
Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks.
These are the ones I got. I don't see anything about max allowable weight. 28 lbs is quite heavy, but I doubt you'll have any problems if your desk is strong enough. The build of the monitor arms is quite solid and are probably able to sustain a much higher weight than they are rated for, as long as your desk can support the concentrated sheer and bending.
A word of caution: this does not have a rotating head. I replaced the head with a rotating one from another stand I have. Definitely pros and cons with this stand, but it was cheap.
Where in AZ are you? I have this one: [link]
I use two of these. I mount them on the monitor stand that I own.
The mount for the two monitors is a DURAMEXwhen I click it on Amazon it brings me to another listing, they may just be sold out of it, and this is the one for the singular TV/Monitor Mount-it!
I use this one with my 29" monitor, and I have no complaints.
This one goes up to 30"
It's an LG 21:9 34" 1440p IPS. It's mounted on [link]
I have two of these for my duel monitors, they work great: [link]
Holds my 27" 1440p monitor just fine, though I don't adjust the height very often.
Because I'm still waiting to see what you were looking at, you're just being lazy and not actually looking, until I can see what "monitor" you're looking at that has speakers just use this.
Edit: After your edit, I realize I forgot about your $200 price range, but still easily searched up
and just get the monitor stand, or a different one, yet you should still be in the $200 range
Your monitor mount looks like this
Is that it? How's it holding up to that beastly monitor?
Depends on your skill level.
I think you can buy steel slats that would work if you have the equipment to cut and drill and what not, that and some heavy springs and a few star knobs to lock position. I don't know if the design really lends itself to something as heavy I am sure it can be done it's just one of those things that would take a bit of tweaking.
Most would likely skip DIY all together and go for something like this.
Not quite what you are looking for but covers the bases, I was going to suggest the tilting mechanism be pipe like because you can buy pretty cheap fittings like that. It's how I have a disc sander table mounted to my lathe actually.
I have no experience or affiliation with that product in the amazon link so do your own research on if it's good or not. Seems about what you are looking for and it's only a little more expensive than a swing arm lamp.