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Secretlab MAGNUS Monitor Arm Review: The BFF For Your MAGNUS Desk

Secretlab designed the MAGNUS Monitor arm exclusively for its Secretlab MAGNUS, fitting absolutely perfectly into the cable tray opening of the desk.

Secretlab MAGNUS Monitor Arm : The BFF For Your MAGNUS Desk
Published Nov 9, 2022 5:09 PM CST
Manufacturer: Secretlab
8 minute read time
TweakTown's Rating: 99%
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The Bottom Line

Secretlab's new MAGNUS Monitor Arm is the total BFF for your new MAGNUS metal gaming desk, cheaper than alternative options, and fits like a glove onto your desk!

Pros

  • + The BFF for your new Secretlab MAGNUS gaming desk!
  • + Just $149, cheaper than other alternatives.
  • + Very easy to get up and running, and tweak on the go!
  • + Magnetic awesome sauce from Secretlab FTW!

Cons

  • - You'll be waiting until January 2023, damn.

Should you buy it?

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Introduction

Secretlab took gaming desks to the next level with the introduction of the new MAGNUS Pro XL sit-to-stand metal desk, and while the desk is game-changing on its own, there were some accessories the company unleashed at the same time.

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One of those is the new Secretlab MAGNUS Monitor Arm which was built exclusively for the MAGNUS desk, supporting up to a large 34-inch UltraWide monitor. I've been using the monitor arm for the last month or so, with monitors ranging from 27-inch through to a 32-inch gaming monitor, but then on the tail end of this review a larger 34-inch panel arrived so on it went to the Secretlab MANGUS Monitor Arm it goes.

The desk itself is an amazing product and has been part of my life since the day I opened it, but the new MAGNUS Monitor Arm is a wicked extension of that. I hadn't used monitor arms much until last year, but now I am surrounded by them here in my lab. I've actually got 4 monitors on mounts now, with the Secretlab MAGNUS Monitor Arm being an absolute treat to use.

It's an absolute must-have for Secretlab MAGNUS gaming desk owners, while the company also has a dual monitor arm in the MAGNUS if you're a power user with multiple monitors. The single Secretlab MAGNUS Monitor Arm is impressive on its own, so if you've purchased (or plan to) the MAGNUS Metal Desk... this is a must-have purchase alongside it.

Secretlab is selling the MAGNUS Monitor Arm for $149, while you can get the Dual Monitor Arm for $249 but they have an ETA of January 19, 2023... so you'll be waiting for a couple of months, if not more.

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Detailed Look

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Secretlab keeps the packaging nice and clean, just like the rest of its family of products... with the MAGNUS Monitor Arm arriving in a great-looking box with everything inside to take your monitor off the desk, freeing up valuable room for everything else.

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Inside, you've got the Secretlab MAGNUS Single Monitor Arm tool kit, which also includes extended VESA screws that some monitors will require (or else they simply won't be capable of getting mounted, the extended VESA screws are great to see in the package by default).

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Secretlab designed the MAGNUS Monitor Arm exclusively for the Secretlab MAGNUS desk, fitting perfectly into the cable tray opening with a specially machined base clamp that lets you open the rear-hinged cover and not have your monitor thrown to the ground.

The included tool kit has you installing the Secretlab MAGNUS Monitor Arm in a few minutes, with all adjustments to the monitor arm taking less time.

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The powder-coated aluminum construction is gorgeous in the flesh, pictures just don't do it justice. It also feels great to the touch, if that matters to you.

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The "quick release" button on the back is awesome, just don't have this bad boy upside down when you're taking your monitor off.

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Purely designed for the Secretlab MAGNUS gaming desk.

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You've got some magnetic cable management attachments that you can magnetically connect to the Secretlab MAGNUS Monitor Arm, continuing the magic of magnets that Secretlab has leaned on (oh-so-well, I might add).

Installation, Specs, Marketing

Features:

  • Designed exclusively for the Secretlab MAGNUS. Fits perfectly into the cable tray opening with a specially machined base clamp that works seamlessly with the rear hinged cover.
  • Easy installation with top screw mount. Find your ideal position with a premium tensile spring mechanism that supports the full range of tilt, swivel and rotation adjustments.
  • Built-in channels make cable routing easy. Magnetic cable guides snap on and off, so you can hide all your cords from view.
  • Free up close to 100% space on your desk, so you have even more room to do so much more.
  • Full powder-coated aluminum construction. Choose from single or dual arms to fit your setup.
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Specifications:

  • Full aluminum construction
  • C-clamp mount
  • VESA MIS-D compatible (hole pattern: 75mm x 75mm or 100mm x 100mm)
  • Max. screen size: 34" monitor on each arm
  • Min. weight: 2kg per arm
  • Max. weight: 8kg per arm
  • Max interface recessed: 10mm (spacers provided)
  • Tilt range: +90�/-90�
  • Screen swivel range: +90�/-90�
  • Screen rotation range: +90�/-90�
  • Height Adjustment Range: 295mm
  • Extended Arm Reach: 515.7mm

Test System Specs

I've recently upgraded my major GPU test bed for 2022, but I will be upgrading again soon enough once Intel launches its new 13th Gen Core "Raptor Lake" CPUs and Z790 motherboards, and AMD with its upcoming Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" CPUs and X670E motherboards.

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The new upgrades include the shift to the Intel Core i9-12900K processor, ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard, 64GB of Sabrent Rocket DDR5-4800 memory, and 8TB of Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD goodness. Intel's flagship Core i9-12900K is a beast, with the Alder Lake CPU packing 8 Performance cores (P-cores) and 8 Efficient cores (E-cores) at up to 5.2GHz.

Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme

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I've got that installed into the bigger-than-life ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard, which is absolutely loaded to the brim with technologies and features that it houses everything you need. We're talking about one of the best-looking designs on a motherboard yet, PCIe 5.0 support, enthusiast-grade 10GbE networking, and oh-so-much more.

RAM: 64GB Sabrent Rocket DDR5-4800

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Sabrent helped out in a huge way by sending over 64GB of DDR5-4800 memory in the form of 4 x 16GB DDR5-4800 modules of its new Sabrent Rocket DDR5 memory. The company also helped out in an even bigger way, supplying us with a gigantic and super-fast 8TB model of its Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD.

SSD: 8TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus M.2

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We're talking about 7.5GB/sec+ (7500MB/sec) from a single M.2 SSD, along with a gigantic 8TB of capacity. The 2TB drives aren't big enough for all of our game installs for GPU testing... the 4TB is much better, but the 8TB gives us room to move into 2023 without worrying about installing multiple games that are 200GB+ in size.

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Some glory shots, of course.

Displays: ASUS ROG Strix 43-inch 4K 120Hz

ASUS has been a tight partner of TweakTown for many years, with the fine folks at ASUS Australia sending over their ROG Strix XG438Q and ROG Swift PG43UQ gaming monitors for our GPU test benches. They're both capable of 4K 120Hz+ through their DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity.

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I will be upgrading these in the near future, over to some DisplayPort 2.0-capable panels and some new HDMI 2.1-enabled 4K 165Hz panels in OLED form of course...given that next-gen GPUs are right around the corner, there has been no better time to upgrade your display or TV.

I've been working on this system for a while now, but now we're stretching its legs with the newly-released PC port of Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered. Not just in 1080p or 1440p, not even in just 4K... but at 8K with a native resolution of 7680 x 4320. I've run through some of the very fastest GPU silicon on the planet.

What's Hot, What's Not

What's Hot

  • The BFF for your Secretlab MAGNUS metal gaming desk: It seriously is the best friend for your Secretlab MAGNUS metal gaming desk experience, it will be something you buy where weeks or months later you'll say to yourself "why didn't I do this sooner?" and you'll be right.
  • Not expensive: At just $149 for the single monitor arm and $249 for the dual monitor arm, it's not going to be another $300-$500+ expense after you've plonked down those Benjamins for your Secretlab MAGNUS desk.
  • Secretlab style and design: I wouldn't expect anything less from Secretlab, as they continue to evolve into an Apple-like company for PC gaming and accessories.
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  • Super easy to install, and customize: It only takes a few minutes to get the monitor arm onto your desk and up and running, and even less time when you need to tweak it. Depending on the monitor size and weight, you'll want to adjust and move it around in different situations: working, gaming, watching a movie... it's all ezy-peezy on the Secretlab MAGNUS Monitor Arm.
  • Magnetic goodness for cable management: Seriously, going magnetic is the best thing Secretlab did.
  • You'll have more room on your desk for activities: Yep! More room for activities on your desk once you've moved your monitor onto the Secretlab MAGNUS Monitor Arm. If you've got a big stand or base for your monitor, putting it onto a stand will be the best thing you've ever done. You'll be amazed by how much more room you'll have on your desk.

What's Not

  • You'll have to wait until January 2023: Unfortunately you'll be waiting until January 2023, which is about 8 weeks from now (at the time of writing).

Final Thoughts

Secretlab is really filling out its ecosystem of products in a very Apple-like manner, where its new MAGNUS Pro metal desk is an absolute treasure to use, but every gamer has a monitor... and every monitor needs a mount. S of you've got a VESA-capable monitor and you are looking at (or have already) purchased the MAGNUS metal desk, grab yourself the MAGNUS Monitor Arm.

In typical Secretlab fashion, there are so many tiny little things that make this yet another "one of those Secretlab products". From the start, the packaging is beautiful... right through to the installation itself is a breeze. Secretlab wants you to get its new MAGNUS Monitor Arm onto your desk quick smart, and you can feel it. It takes minutes to install, and less time to customize.

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I was using many different monitors on the Secretlab MAGNUS Monitor Arm for the review, and it handled all of them -- ranging from 27 inches to 34 inches -- without a problem. The included tool kit gives you some extended VESA screws as some of the monitors that you will use with the monitor need the extended VESA screws, namely the ASUS ROG Strix XG32UQ. I'm using that monitor right now as I type, with the extended VESA screws coming in handy, big time.

The monitor arm fits absolutely beautifully into the cable tray opening on the Secretlab MAGNUS metal desk, with a specially machined base clamp that works perfectly with the rear-hinged cover. The built-in channels on the MAGNUS Monitor Arm are a stroke of genius, with Secretlab cleverly using magnetics to keep your cables hiding away in the monitor arm.

Secretlab definitely has to send me over the MAGNUS Dual Monitor Arm, but I think it would be ideal to have two identical monitors to use on it... so if you have two identical monitors that aren't huge... the Dual Monitor Arm is going to be the best present you can buy for your Secretlab MAGNUS Metal Desk.

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Secretlab's awesome MAGNUS Monitor Arm is a must-have purchase for any Secretlab MAGNUS desk owner. You'd almost be silly to buy the Secretlab MAGNUS Pro metal sit-to-stand desk and NOT buy the accompanying MAGNUS Monitor Arm. Doubly-so if you don't own a monitor arm yet.

In the words of McCain's frozen chips: Ah, Secretlab, you've done it again!

Performance

95%

Quality

100%

Features

100%

Value

100%

Overall

99%

The Bottom Line

Secretlab's new MAGNUS Monitor Arm is the total BFF for your new MAGNUS metal gaming desk, cheaper than alternative options, and fits like a glove onto your desk!

TweakTown award
99%

AVLT Single 13"-34" Monitor Arm Desk Mount

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
$79.99$79.99$79.99
* Prices last scanned on 12/8/2022 at 7:11 pm CST - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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