Product Review (March 2008) - Omnimount
UCL-X Dual Arm Cantilever Flat Panel Mount

Omnimount, a leader of A/V mounting products and accessories, has recently introduced the new UCL-X Dual-Arm Cantilever Flat Panel Mount. Universal mount includes hardware to fit any 42" to 60" flat panel screen weighing up to 200 pounds. The UCL-X mount combines the CL-X with the UAL Universal Adapter plate to create a powerful product. The dual-arm design provides easy adjustability of the flat panel to extend, swivel and tilt for optimal viewing positions. The vertical adjustment enables the screen to be lowered or raised 1" after installation for fine tuning. A roll feature allows for easy screen leveling and cable management to help keep the cords organized and out of sight. The wall mount is available in either a high gloss piano black or a high gloss silver finish design to match the color of contemporary plasma or LCD displays. The high quality construction and finish will enhance the look of any flat panel.

In the Box
The UCL-X Flat Panel Mount comes well packed with all the hardware (minus tools) necessary for the installation. As with any mount, several basic tools will be required unless the user decides to have it professionally installed. This can be a wise choice for many who are not comfortable with properly securing the mount to the wall. As with any flat panel mount it is important to determine the best position of the screen prior to drilling any holes in the wall. The UCL-X consists of two basic items, the articulating arm (CL-X) that gets attached to the wall and the UAL Universal Adapter plate that attaches to the back of the flat panel. Most displays are well within the weight limit of this wall mount and in our case the Mitsubishi LT-52133 LCD display is less than 100 pounds.

The UCL-X Mount includes all of the standard M4 through M8 metric screws in three different lengths along with 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm Allen wrenches. Lag bolts and wall anchors are also provided to secure the mount to the wall. A set of 5/8" and 3/4" spacers are included along with adapter covers. The installation manual covers 27 different languages making it truly a universal mount. However, this introduces a large amount of extra information when trying to follow the step-by-step instructions. Rather than a english section covering the complete installation, each section contain all languages (See example).

Flexibility
The UCL-X features a fully adjustable configuration on the UAL Universal Adapter plate. The design includes a set of variable sliders that move on a viscous gear mechanism. This allows both vertical bars to move inward or outward in concert so that the distance is always balanced relative to the center of the mount. It is a clever design that goes unnoticed once the mounting holes are aligned and in place. The picture above shows the mechanism and the gear assembly.

The horizontal beams on the UCL-X measure 32" wide and are fixed in size. Two sets of vertical rails are provided with the 21.5" rails for smaller displays and the larger ones for bigger displays. Our Mitsubishi LT-52133 LCD required four screws fastened to the standard 21.5" vertical rails. A set of square washers are provided for the mounting screws along with spacers to allow for a gap between the plate and the display. This is sometimes necessary for recessed mounting holes or to provide access to the A/V jacks on the rear of the flat panel. Once the vertical rails are installed, a set of adapter covers snap into place to give the mount an attractive look.

Wall Template
Standard tools are needed for the installation task that include a drill, level, stud finder, socket wrenches, pencil, and screw drivers. Anyone can install the mount if they are handy and understand the importance of securely fastening the unit to the wall. One must always make sure that the mount is properly fastened to the wall to avoid injury. All of the weight will be placed upon four bolts that hold the mount, so attaching it to the studs is a must. The template included with the mount provides an easy way to determine the mounting holes on the wall with slight offsets to optimize the center of the studs. The two large squares are option cutouts for cabling.

Cantilever Arm
The UCL-X mount is a very strong (supporting up to 200 pounds) and rugged design that is also flexible, giving users a wide variety of screen positions. The cantilever arms allows the flat panel to be placed as close as 6.2" to the wall or extended out as much as 28", providing an easy way for the flat panel to be rotated left or right and tilted (up or down). The lower portion of the mounting plate that attaches to the wall has two large openings for running cables behind the flat panel. A set of plastic covers are provided if one or both of the openings are not used. The front side of the cantilever arm that mounts to the Universal Adapter (UAL) plate has a pair of slotted holes. This makes it easier during installation, allowing the user to hook the heavy display on the arm and then tighten and fasten the rest of the adapter plate. Many flat panel mounts have similar techniques to prevent having to hold a heavy display while tightening the mounting screws.

Conclusion
The Omnimount UCL-X Dual-Arm Cantilever Flat Panel Mount is an attractive and very functional flat panel mount for today's modern displays. The universal design allows retailers to stock a single mount designed to support virtually any display from 42" to 63" weighing up to 200 pounds. The Lift n' Lock interface between the ULA and wall mount makes installation simple and easy. The integrated cable management keeps wires under control. The dual arm design is both rugged and gives the user optimal flexibility when positioning a flat panel. When not in use, the panel sits close to the wall and blends in nicely with the room. We didn't have any problem using this mount and the strong design gave us peace of mind with our display.

- Kevin Nakano




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A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables


Review at a glance


OmniMount UCL-X Dual Arm Cantilevel Flat Panel Mount

Features

  • Universal cantilever mount
  • Combines CL-X with UAL Universal Adapter plate
  • Dual arm Cantilever mount
  • Lift n' Lock for easy installation
  • Integrated cable management
  • Easy installation
  • Specifications

  • Fits 42" to 63" Flat panels
  • 200 lb. (90.7kg) max weight
  • Double stud mounting
  • Profile from wall: 6.2"
  • Product Tour

    Source: Manufacture supplied
    Model Number: UCL-X
    MSRP: $599

    Company Information
    OmniMount
    8201 South 48th St.
    Phoenix, Arizona 85044
    1-800-MOUNT IT (1-800-668-6848)
    URL: www.omnimount.com

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