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Let's face it, not every HDTV purchase is going to be of the 50 plus inch variety. In fact, the average HDTV size in the US hovers around 40 inches, with more and more smaller displays being scooped up for bedroom, office or dorm use every day. Well, those smaller displays need love too and OmniMounthas a simple, straightforward and affordable fixed-mounting solution for such HDTVs in the company's 1N1-S wall mount.
Retailing for less than $20 (depending on where you shop), the 1N1-S is among the more affordable fixed wall mounts you're going to find if you're looking to mount an HDTV up to 32 inches diagonal. It's a true universal design, featuring OmniMount's new VESA plate design for increased compatibility. The 1N1-S is a low-profile design, extending the depth of your chosen HDTV less than a half an inch. Its Lift-n-Lock design makes moving, removing or updating your display fairly trouble-free and its safety screws make security a non-issue. The 1N1-S comes with all the requisite hardware to affix the mount to your wall and to your chosen HDTV.
I requested the 1N1-S to use with a variety of smaller HDTVs that I have in my home. None are larger than the 1N1-S 32-inch limit, though all are from different manufacturers, such as Vizio, Dynex, Hanspree and LG. I use the smaller monitors as secondary displays for things like music surfing, setup menus and such, as it keeps me from having to fire up the projector all the time. The 1N1-S proved to be capable of accommodating and safely supporting all of my various secondary HDTVs with little fuss. In truth, it is among the easiest wall mounts I've ever encountered, helped of course by the fact that the displays themselves are very manageable in size and weight. I was able to install the 1N1-S in less than 10 minutes and had each display resting securely in its grasp in another five.
Read about the high points and low points of the 1N1-S mount on Page 2.
For a small mount aimed at small HDTVs that are lightweight, the 1N1-S is surprisingly well-engineered and made of heavy-gauge steel. While I would never recommend exceeding the manufacturer's weight specifications, I have to imagine the 40-pound limit is a bit on the conservative side.
The included adaptor arms make fitting larger 32-inch displays even easier.
The security screws are a nice touch, not only for safety, but for a ridged, straight fit.
The 1N1-S truly performs as advertised and is all the mount I required for my small, secondary HDTV displays.
Because of its low profile, the 1N1-S may make cable routing difficult, depending on how your HDTVs inputs are laid out and what type of HDMI cable you use.
The 1N1-S does not provide for any sort of movement or adjustment after the fact, so be sure to mount it straight and at the desired height the first time to avoid having to redo your work.
Competition and Comparison
I don't spend a lot of time reviewing small HDTV mounts, as most of the displays I get for review tend to be on the larger side. That said, there are a number of manufacturers that offer mounts that cater to the under-40-inch crowd. These include Sanus, Monster, Monoprice and more. For more on these HDTV mounts and others like them, please check out Home Theater Review's Accessories page.
You'd think all wall mounts are the same, but they're not. A lot of times, even the so-called universal mounts fail to be compatible with a wide range of displays. Not so with 1N1-S from OmniMount. While aimed at smaller HDTVs, the 1N1-S continues in the OmniMount tradition, as it is truly universal, affordable and exceedingly easy to live with and use. While we may pine for that 70-inch HDTVwe see in the window, it's nice to know there are options available to us for our realistic needs. If you've got a small HDTV and want to get it up off the furniture or out of the way, the 1N1-S fixed wall mount from OmniMount is a great way to accomplish your goals.