30 thoughts on “iMac + Humanscale M8

  1. Awesome! Where did you get that? I never thought it was possible to drastically modify an Apple product that way. Now I need to found out if this is has been done to an iMac or could be done to it. Thanks for any direction on that subject.

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    1. It’s made by Humanscale and I picked it up from thehumansolution.com. Shipping appears to be direct from Humanscale no matter where you order it, and it takes a few weeks to arrive. But it’s definitely worth it — I like it even more now than when I originally installed it. I updated the post with a gallery of photos that shows a little more about how it was installed and its range of motion.

      As you can see mine is installed on a 27″ iMac. You’ll need this adapter kit from the Apple Store.

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  2. Are you happy that you went with the polished/white? I went by Humanscale and saw the M8 in person today. Very robust, very nice. They show me a black one which looked great and I would consider even though the iMac now has a silver and not black back. The polished/white was in use, very dirty, and looked like you would need to polish it up quite often.

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    1. Yep, I love it. I find that I make adjustments by pushing or pulling on the iMac itself, so I hardly ever touch the arm. The sides of my iMac, on the other hand, have to be cleaned almost daily. :) The black model wasn’t available when I got mine, just white or grey. I’d honestly prefer one that was solid metal and didn’t include the cable channel. I find that because of where my cables need to run to and their length, it’s not practical to snake them through the arm.

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  3. Thanks for the feedback. I am going with the same white/silver polished. But a direct hardwall mount, not the clamp. It was that or the Innovative 7500, but I really like the M8 once I saw it in person. As much as the black is muted which is nice and the silver doesn’t quite match, I think it just has more pop and style. I’m looking at 2-3 weeks.

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  4. Just got mine but having issues with the iMac drooping due to the weight, seems to be where the “ball” socket is. Did you have to adjust yours in anyway or did it work first time?

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    1. Yes — I had the same problem. There are three screws that surround the ball joint, you’ll need to use the smaller of the two included allen wrenches to tighten them up.

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  5. I’m going to order one of these soon, but do you have any last minute advice?

    I’m most interested in how well it works. Is it very easy to reposition it with a 27″ imac? does it stay where u want it? does it droop much over time, where readjustment is frequently needed?

    thanks!

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    1. Adjusting the arm up and down, left and right, and front to back are all very easy. Adjusting the angle of the display takes some force and both hands — it’s not nearly as easy as adjusting the angle with the iMac’s original base. But, that said, I’m still happy with it. Being able to easily adjust the display’s height is really what sold me on the arm. Droopiness: definitely not that I’ve experienced. All of the joints are adjustable and can be tightened if need be.

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  6. I got Humanscale M8 about a week ago and have been working with Humanscale customer service to try and resolve the drooping/slipness in the ball joint (same as mentioned above). Basically you attach the imac, adjust to vertical, then let go and the ball joint slips causing the imac to slow rotate towards a face down position. Humanscale sent me a new ball joint which I tried – same problem. Other than that it is great and other joints in the M8 hold the imac weight just fine, but the ball joint just can’t handle it (even though the M8 is rated at 42lbs). Personally I’d like a fixed position joint up front as I (and lots of others) have no use for that much adjustability especially at such a critical joint.

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    1. If you’ve tightened the three screws on the ball joint and it’s still slipping, I’d definitely say there’s a defect with your stand. My M8 has been supporting my 27″ iMac for about a year now with no trouble at all, and I adjust the tilt at least once a day.

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  7. Just installed my iMac 27″ on an M8. I’m having same ball joint droopiness issue. I have adjusted the three screws to max tightness. You must be very strong.

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    1. I wonder a bit if something’s changed with how they’re manufactured over the last year — when I got mine, the ball joint was so tight I didn’t realize it could even be adjusted. I called Humanscale to ask about pitch adjustment, and was surprised to learn I could loosen the ball joint to make it tilt. It sounds like more than a few people are having the opposite problem now.

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  8. There is definitely a problem with the ball joints now. Just got a couple of these in today, one for my 27″ iMac the other for a 27″ thunderbolt display. The iMac keeps angling down towards the desk. I’ve cranked the three screws on the ball joint as tight as I care to go, if I tighten them any more they’ll strip. The other big issue is that I’ve got the screws so tight trying to keep it facing me, that I’m concerned it is going to damage the iMac when adjusting the angle back up to use it. It is really unusable for me with the iMac and the droopy tilt adjuster.

    One of the two arms wouldn’t keep the iMac facing me, even with the screws as tight as I could get them. That arm seems to be doing better with the 27″ thunderbolt display, though I’ve just left the screws cranked way down. Too bad, I’d love to be able to adjust the tilt on the display while using it.

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    1. That’s a bummer — thanks for the information, though. Since the iMac is well under the M8’s 42lb limit, hopefully Humanscale is aware of the problem and able to assist.

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  9. Hi, i’ve the same ball joint issue/problem. After i’ll mount my m8 [wallmount] i’ll discover that is impossible to use tilt or block it. My iMac 27″ keeps angling down towards the desk too! #@#@#@#

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  10. I do not have an iMac, but I do have a 30″ monitor. At first I also thought the ball joint was broken. I had to tighten it up quite a bit from stock to get it to not droop.

    That seems to be the weak point in an otherwise very robust design. It takes a lot of friction to hold up that much weight when the center of gravity is a few inches out in front of the ball joint.

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  11. How much space (inches) does the base clamp take from the edge of the desk (underneath)? I like your solution but I am not sure that my desk would have enough of a lip?

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  12. Are you still happy with your color choice? I’m trying to decide between silver and chrome to get with my 30-inch Apple display, and later to be used with a new iMac.

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    1. Yeah, I think white and chrome turned out to be a good choice, it’s held up well and it complements the design of the Apple devices without trying to match Apple’s materials and colors and failing, like some manufacturers do. I ended up taking the arm down for now though, after getting frustrated with how difficult it is to adjust the display’s pitch when using the arm. There are definitely some downsides to using the built-in foot, but it is insanely easier to adjust than the Humanscale hinge (for obvious reasons — the stiffness of the Humanscale hinge is the only thing keeping the display upright).

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  13. What do you mean by “…getting frustrated with how difficult it is to adjust the display’s pitch” I thought its movement was real fluid? What makes the hinge difficult? I just placed an order, so now I’m worried. I have never seen an M8 in person, I’m buying one based on reviews I’ve read online. I work with photos, graphics, and videos, so I plan to move the arm frequently to get the display closer to me as needed.

    Thanks!s

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    1. Adjusting the depth and side-to-side position of the arm is really, really easy. Adjusting the pitch, or the vertical angle of the display is not as easy. The ball joint that supports the entire weight of the display (or the iMac) is the joint you’ll be adjusting when you want to angle the display up or down. So that’s naturally going to be a stiffer joint to adjust than the others. Needless to say though, all of them can be adjusted so you may find it works fine for you.

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  14. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for posting so much helpful info on the humanscale M8 — including your recent experience with the pitch adjustment issues. Out of curiosity, did you originally purchase the monitor arm to alleviate neck or back strain? I’m currently hunting for a solution for that purpose. I’m curious to know if you found the M8 to help with preventing neck or back pain after sitting for long hours? BTW, great ergo setup.. What type of chair is that?

    Thanks for your input!

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    1. Hey, sorry for the late reply. I bought both the Humanscale mount and the new chair to try to alleviate back pain I’d experience after long days at my desk. I found that while both helped, having a good chair was by far the more beneficial element. Apple’s displays have great pitch adjustment built into them, so the primary benefit of the Humanscale mount is being able to adjust the display height. I found that when I got my chair to the right position, the built in base on Apple’s displays was the right height, so the mount wasn’t really necessary.

      The chair is a Herman Miller Embody chair. I think it’s pretty much the perfect office chair because of its customizability; the seat height, arm height, arm position (for wider or narrower bodies), seat depth, recline resistance, and lumbar support are all adjustable.

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  15. Yep I had a similar problem. My M8 arrived today and the ball joint isn’t strong enough to hold without droop. In fact I tightened so much to try and prevent it that the heads are a bit mashed now :(

    Thankfully Humanscale are sending me a replacement ball joint, but in the mea time, the monitor is resting on my desk.

    The actually height adjustment is great, though I find reach to be more than a bit stiff. However, the arm is mounted directly behind the monitor, so I may try moving it off to one side to help the action of the arm when I adjust the reach – at the moment it is trying to push back against itself, rather than a natural twist to one side.

    If the replacement ball join works I’ll let you all know. It’s a shame because the arm is otherwise excellent, stuff reach adjustment aside.

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  16. Hello everyone, I bought two of these arms on december and while they look good, the ball joint of both them can’t support any of my cinema displays since it tilts down and it can’t stay on a decent inclination to be useful. Are there any work arounds so i can fix this issue?

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