Ergotech Freedom Quad 1-over-3 Desk Stand Review

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by Rob Williams on March 18, 2014 in Graphics & Displays

A monitor stand might sound like a simple product, but if you happen to pick one up that’s built poorly, you’re going to quickly regret it. This is especially true with stands that support multiple monitors – some are simply built better, and designed better. With Ergotech’s Freedom Quad Desk in the lab, let’s see what it’s made of.

Final Thoughts

I sometimes feel like I could write a 1,000 word review about a paperclip, but here I managed to cover this stand’s highlights and the entire installation process in a mere 1,300. With so few words, it almost feels like I’m doing the product a disservice, but in the end, monitor stands are really quite simple, and when one is as well-built and well-designed as this one is, a couple of sentences can sum the product up very quickly.

The last stand I had was a bit of a nightmare. It was composed of far too many parts, had clunky mounts, and had difficulty in keeping my monitors exactly where I put them – something that resulted in me accidentally breaking a piece off of one of the mounts. Suffice to say, that stand left a very bad taste in my mouth.

I had no such problems with Ergotech’s Freedom Quad Desk, however. From the moment I took the stand out of its packaging, I quickly realized just how simple it was going to be to set up. Admittedly, the pivots were a bit tough to turn, and I was worried I was going to break them, but I believe that to be an after-effect of the nightmare mount (quick note, though: don’t worry about turning the pivot once it’s connected to a display until it’s connected to the stand).

Ergotech Freedom Quad Desk Stand [100-D28-B13] - Installed, Turned On

If I had to start the install process over from scratch, I believe it’d take no more than a half-an-hour to go from unboxing to having all of the displays installed – things truly are that simple. The hardest aspect of the entire setup is shared by all multi-monitor stands – you’re going to be spending a little bit of time perfecting that angle. The only reason this can be complicated is because the pivots have to allow you to change a display’s angle, yet it also has to retain the angle you settle on. Because of this, it’ll take a bit of effort to perfect, and if you don’t have a load of patience, like me, it might never be. The end result will still look fantastic.

Overall, Ergotech’s Freedom Quad Desk stand has impressed me on all fronts – installation is simple, it’s built like it means business, and it features a clever design. It’s a winner in my book. Don’t need 3+1? 3×1 is taken care of just as well with the Freedom Triple Desk stand.

Note: One thing I noticed is that some Amazon sellers are not selling this exact stand model, even though that’s what’s being listed. Instead, you’ll receive a 2×2 stand from some of them. So, before buying, I’d recommend contacting the seller directly to ensure that they’re listing the correct model.

Pros

  • To call it “well-built” seems like an understatement.
  • The base is large, but it’s flat enough that it might not be noticed – even if a keyboard sits on it.
  • Installation is simple overall, though turning the displays might require some brute force.
  • Includes cable routers to keep the install as clean-looking as possible.

Cons

  • Pole (28-inches) might be a bit short for some.
  • Perfecting the monitor angles will require a bit of time (which isn’t unique to this stand).

Ergotech Freedom Quad Desk Stand - Techgage Editor's Choice
Ergotech Freedom Quad Desk Stand

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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