Product Review (August 2004) - Vantage Point
UFO - Universal Flat-Panel One Mount

 

While the popularity of flat-panel displays has increased, so has the need for high quality mounting hardware. Vantage Point Products Corporation located in Santa Fe Springs, California has addressed this with the introduction of their new Universal Flat-Panel One Mount, cleverly called UFO. The UFO package contains all the necessary hardware needed to mount any flat-panel display up to 50" in size. The design of the UFO is not only functional, but attractive as well. The contour of the assembly has a smooth and stylish look for something that is primarily hidden behind the display. The hardware is solid and strong enough to support a maximum load of 180 pounds, which is typically far heavier than most 50" plasma displays we've seen.

Installation is simple for any capable do-it-yourselfer. Simply bolt the main Rail/Wall Bracket Assembly into the wall studs. It's important to make sure this main bracket firmly fastens to the center of each stud to ensure that the weight load can be met. The main horizontal bracket slides within the vertical brackets that get bolted to the wall. This allows the user to adjust the assembly as needed for the next step. If the main horizontal bracket is too long, the user can cut the length down with a hack saw. Once the main bracket is installed, the two Flat-Panel Attachment Brackets need to be fastened to the flat-panel display. It's important to overhang the hinged part of the panel bracket 1/4" below the bottom of the panel to ensure that when lowered, the panel does not touch and potentially damage the display or wall. Once the Flat Panel brackets are installed the user simply hangs the display on the previously installed horizontal rail. The supplied screws are then put in place to firmly grab the rail. Now the user can tilt the display making it easy to install the video cables. There will be a 2 1/2" gap behind the display to allow for the tilting capability.

The design really only requires one person except for lifting the heavy display. For some, this isn't a problem, but for others it might help to get another person involved to ensure the safety of your display. The design of the UFO makes it simple for the user to adjust the hinge tension to the appropriate level for moving the panel. However, there must be enough resistance to prevent the panel from falling forward due to the heavy load. It's really a great design and it looks like a lot of thought went into the UFO product.

Conclusion
The UFO is a complete package that includes everything needed to install any size flat-panel display up to 50" in size. The UFO design is flexible and accommodates variations in stud spacing with the adjustable brackets that slide on the horizontal mounting rail. The mounted display can be tilted from -3° to +90° allowing for flexible installation of the cables. Tie wraps are also included for the wiring to tidy-up the installation. As with any flat panel installation, power must also be coordinated with the installation, especially if the display is located far from a power source. Companies such as Panamax offer a great solution for this with their MAX® In Wall Kit for wiring power to flat-panel displays. Vantage Point's UFO design is a great product that allows any do-it-yourselfer to install a heavy flat-panel display. The design and ease of assembly makes this product attractive. The complete package retails just shy of $400, but it can be found for considerably less if you shop around.

- Kevin Nakano



Review - At a Glance

Vantage Point
UFO - Universal Flat-Panel One Mount

Features:

  • Easy installation
  • -3° to 90° flip down allows for ease of wiring
  • Fits 200mm VESA pattern LCDs
  • Designed for large plasma displays
  • Easy left to right monitor positioning during installation
  • Wall brackets accommodate any stud spacing

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  • Company Information
    Vantage Point Products Corp.
    10233 Palm Drive
    Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

    Tel: (562) 946-1718
    Fax: (562) 946-3898

    Source: Manufacture Supplied
    Model Number: CGUFP01-SD (Silver)
    UPC: 7 34703 55105 6
    MSRP: $399.99

    Warranty: 1 year parts and labor

    Customer Service: cons-serv@vanptc.com
    URL: www.vanptc.com

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