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Omnimount OE120IW

When it comes to the foundational parts of our industry, mounts really are one of the most basic-*pieces of equipment-*we use. Just like everything else in our industry, there are different levels of quality and price points available to suit your needs.-*When I look at mounting products I look for-*the best mount I can find-*that fits the budget.-*Today-*I,Aeom looking at one of those very products, the brand new OmniMount OE120IW articulating in-wall wall mount.
-*-*Omnimount OE120IW Applicationshot

The Skinny:

This brand new mount from OmniMount is an in-wall full motion articulating mount designed to be used with-*flat panel TVs from 40,Aeu to 80,Aeu under 120 pounds. -*It-*fits within-*a 2,Aeux4,Aeu stud wall framed on 16,Aeu on centre. -*The OE120IW supports VESA patterns from 200mm x 100mm-*to 600mm x 600mm-*and has a profile of .5,Aeu when fully recessed yet extends to 10.8,Aeu off the wall.

The Mount:

OmniMount has one of the best packaging systems in the-*business, when the mount arrives,-*at one glance you instantly know what you,Aeove got. OmniMount,Aeos product packaging is designed to show you what type of mount it is. Green signifies that the box contains an articulating mount -*and the product model reminds you that this mount can support 120 Lbs and it,Aeos an in-wall mount shown by the ,AeoIW,Aeo at the end of the-*model code.-*When you open the box, you,Aeoll find the product manual and the mounting template greeting you on top. Here OmniMount does-*a great job in simplifying their instructions so that they make sense to people like me who install everyday and Johnny Homeowner who may not-*have installed a mount before. Now one additional-*thing that is include with the instruction package is OmniMount,Aeos ,AeuNeed Help,Aeu flyer with information on how to access Tech Support for assistance with installation.-*It,Aeos a nice touch to put that info front and centre so you don,Aeot have to go searching for it.
Omnimount OE120IWOnce you remove the instructional pack, you will find the cover plate that finishes off the-*installation,-*the main back plate, wiring plates,-*and all the fastener packages. Under the cardboard tray, you,Aeoll find the in-wall back box and the arms that attach-*to the back plate.-*As soon as you pick up the back box that is an all-in-one piece-*containing the welded box-*with the articulating arms and two wiring knockouts, you realize just how beefy this mount is. Even the adjustable arms that connect to the back plate are incredibly thick steel arms. None of the metal in this mount gives me anything but confidence in the strength of-*this mount. And that is always my concern when it comes to any articulating mount, I want the steel to feel incredibly strong, I don,Aeot want to feel any flex in any part of the steel in mount and this OE120IW doesn,Aeot disappoint. One other nice touch in the packaging with this mount is all the metal parts are wrapped in bubble wrap if-*they are packaged directly with other parts as to ensure nothing arrives scratched up.

The Installation:

Given the fact that this mount is an in-wall mount, the-*installation is surprisingly straight forward. Once I got the flat panel I was installing into a position to easily attach the back plate with the adjustable arms. I unpacked the back plate and setup the four arms to fasten them to the plate. With a few quick turns of a ratchet driver, the back plate was ready to go. All that was left was to select the right washer/spacer/bolt combination and securely attach-*the plate to the panel. Once the arms were secured to the panel I was able to crank down the arms to the bolt plate with my ratchet driver, ensuring the plate was centred right where I wanted it. All told, the plate was attached to the panel in less the 5 mins from taking it out of the box.-*Not to shabby!
Next comes the back box. Now as I previously mentioned, I love big beefy mounts and this one doesn,Aeot disappoint. I took this back box out of the box and tested it against the template, then started to work on the wall. Determining that we wanted to mount the panel, centred in the room, we knew where we wanted to start. Knowing an approximate height for the back box, I used a stud finder (with electrical warning mode) to locate the nearest studs and then verified the measurement, stud to stud. This is where you have to be fairly precise, there isn’t-*a lot of wiggle room with this mount. You need your cavity to be 14 1/2,Aeu wide, or 16,Aeu on centre,AexB6 no more, no-*less. Usually this won,Aeot be a problem but, you need to verify this measurement before you start cutting holes. Once you,Aeove got your centres marked, you can grab the supplied template, make sure it,Aeos level and then go ahead and trace out the cut out.
(Side Note-*- My pre-production model included a template that was slightly oversized for my back box, So my traced cutout was a little larger then it needed to be and the drywall needed to be patched to rectify. This is something to keep in mind, you always want to double and triple check all your measurements before you begin cutting.)
Now that I had the cutout traced out on the wall, I just grabbed my cutoff tool and zipped the drywall out-*then-*grabbed my drill and predrilled the holes for the carriage bolts. Feeding-*the wiring that was already in the wall through the cutouts in-*the mount, I was able to set the back box into the cut out opening and secure it with the supplied bolts. Again using-*my ratchet driver, I was able to securely fasten the back box to the wall, checking for level as I went. I then had my electrician stop-*by to ensure that I had an-*receptacle installed into the un-used-*opening in the-*other side of the mount.
All that was left was to pick up the 51,Aeu Panel and-*place it on the swing arm of the back box, then using the suppled screws with lock-tite pre-applied, lock down the back plate to the swing arm-*then tighten up the tilt lock to properly apply tension to the panel. Now just to wire the power-*cable, HDMI, and network cable through the mount cable chases to the back of the panel and then secure the cable cover inside the back box and then snap the wall plate into place. And just like that,-*I,Aeove got an in-wall articulating mount installed.

The Takeaway:

I like this mount a lot! Like a whole heck of a lot! It,Aeos got a tiny foot print all things considered and is built like a tank. I,Aeove got a-*pretty heavy plasma panel mounted on it compared to the feather light LEDs and it still feels solid when you move the full motion mount around. And better then that, it hold whatever position I put it in. The arms on the mount nest beautifully without any assistance from me when I push the panel back into the wall-*while extending without much effort. I,Aeove been living with this mount for 2 weeks now and I,Aeom amazed how much I actually-*move my panel with this mount over some of the other ones I,Aeove used. Because it moves so easily, even my wife will re-position the panel depending on where she wants to sit. My only complaints with this mount would be the wire pass through plates and the wire chases on the arms. I had two of the tabs on the wire plates snap on my during a readjustment. As per the wire chases, they don,Aeot eave a lot of room for much. I,Aeom limited to two cables per side, so if you,Aeore planning to send multiple signals to your display, you,Aeoll need to find another way to secure that cabling. Neither of these issues are by any means a big deal and won,Aeot change my opinion of this mount or my plan to sell this mount all day long. Long and short, I love this mount. It,Aeos easy to install and move around once it,Aeos installed and most importantly, it,Aeos an-*incredibly solid mount.-*I,Aeom going to begin using this mount as my go-to articulating mount, not just for specifically in-wall requirements but any articulating mount.

Pros:
– Solid Mount, built like a tank
– Quick to install
– Wide range of compatibility
– Super thin installation
– Did I mention it,Aeos solid!

 

Cons:
– Small wire chases
– Pre-Production template was a little oversized
– Fragile Wire passthrough plates

Update:

I’ve been living with this mount for over a month now and have nothing but good things to say about it. I’ve got it locked down pretty tight so that it requires a firm hand to adjust it but it also never moves by itself which is a notorious problem with articulating mounts. The ability to keep it firmly locked down but still have the ability to adjust it if the need arises has been great. With a new baby in our house, my wife has been home more during the day then ever before and she loves being able to pull the display off the wall and adjust it to the perfect position for where ever or how ever she decides to sit with our newborn. I don’t know if I’d ever go back to just a plain flat mount for any room where you have multiple seating locations.

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