A universal option that should fit most flat-screen TVs from 23" to 55". Mobile floor cart can lock or roll wherever you need it. Shelf will hold laptops and other accessories. Easy-to-install without hassle. Great for small rooms.
Some find adjusting the height to be a tedious task.
The hollow tube design lets you run video cables from your TV to your Blu-ray player or gaming system without clutter. Holds most flat-screens from 32" to 70". Wheels roll easily without swaying or toppling. Easy to set up.
Some find the included instructions hard to follow.
Swivel-mounted top makes adjusting the television set a breeze. Holds up to 55 pounds—more than most commercial TVs weigh. The universal mount on top should fit most options. This is especially great for small television sets.
Some take issues with the quality of the included hardware.
The adjustable tray lets you adjust your DVD player, gaming system, or cable box. A convenient and sturdy option for home and presentations. Wire management in columns prevents clutter. More robust than most other options.
Included setup instructions are difficult for many buyers.
Sturdy steel frame with a wide base for extra stability. Holds up to 100 pounds. VESA compatible. Fits both flat and curved screens. Caster wheels deliver smooth maneuverability and lock for stationary use. Telescoping columns make height adjustment a breeze. Triple load tested for complete user confidence.
Directions aren’t the clearest. Smaller wheels might encounter some difficulty rolling from tiles onto carpets.
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It used to be that you bought a big TV and were presented with a big problem: it was so large that there was really only one place it fit — atop a gigantic entertainment center in your living room. Today, with a flat screen TV, we’ve got the opposite problem: you can mount it just about anywhere, so where should it go?
A mobile TV cart answers this question by sidestepping it. Simply mount your TV on a cart that moves easily from room to room. This is a great home solution. A mobile TV cart also shines in the classroom, the office, the conference room, at expos and trade shows — and even in public business settings such as bars and waiting rooms.
While most mobile TV carts are similar, there are nonetheless important differences among them to consider before choosing one. This buying guide examines these differences — in everything from height adjustment and build quality to casters and shelving — and will help you to select a moveable TV cart that works for you at the price you want to pay.
The standard for a mobile TV cart’s frame construction is all steel, with some carts offering powder coating for increased durability. As such, mobile TV carts can be quite heavy, with some weighing 60 pounds or more. A heavier cart — especially one with a wider base — will tend to be more stable, but it can also be tough to move around in tight spaces. A high-quality TV cart’s frame will have no rough edges that could scratch or damage your furniture, walls, or woodwork. Also take note of the quality of a mobile TV cart’s shelving for accessories and related TV components, such as game consoles, DVRs, and DVD players. Metal shelving is the strongest and most durable option, and it generally performs better than plastic and other materials.
The weight a mobile TV cart can support is a big consideration, and this number varies greatly. Weight limits for mobile TV carts typically start out around 100 pounds and can reach up to 200 pounds. A rare few carts are specifically designed for smaller and lighter TVs with supportable weight limits considerably under 100 pounds, so be sure to verify a cart’s weight capacity before ordering.
Similar to weight capabilities, these carts can vary in the physical size of the television that can be mounted on them. All carts should fit a range of sizes based on Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), particularly those in the mid-size range. Televisions that are either super small or huge may run into problems with some of these carts, however, so take care to ensure that your TV fits on any mobile TV cart that you choose.
With some mobile TV carts, you can tilt the TV (usually 15 degrees in either direction) to customize the viewing angle. If a cart offers this feature, the angle adjustment method should be easy to change. This is usually in the form of a bolt that is loosened and then retightened after adjustment.
A mobile TV cart should have some way to adjust its viewing height, allowing you to position the TV at a variety of levels depending on your preference and viewing needs. For instance, watching TV on stools near your breakfast bar requires a vastly different viewing height than lounging on a sectional in the living room. The maximum height available on carts usually tops out around 60 inches. Look for carts where the method of height adjustment is easy to use and locks firmly into place.
Assembly: Does the cart ship fully or mostly assembled, or will you need to spend a couple of hours putting it together? Are assembly tools included? Any assembly required should be aided by a robust set of instructions with clear step-by-step directions or illustrations (preferably both).
Wheels or casters: True to the “mobile” in its name, a mobile TV cart should have wheels or casters so it can be easily moved around. Wheels or casters should be large enough to roll smoothly on a variety of surfaces and should offer a locking feature so your cart won’t roll away on its own.
Mounting bracket: As mentioned, the TV mounting bracket should offer a range of VESA patterns, including one to fit your television. The bracket should fit the back of your TV snugly and be rugged enough to hold up over time. Some mounting brackets are designed to fit curved TVs as well as flat ones, so check to be sure your TV is compatible with your chosen cart.
Cable management: The majority of mobile TV carts are built with hollow frames so that you can easily snake cords and cables through them to reduce clutter. If this is a feature you plan to use, be sure that the cart is designed so that you can take advantage of it at all cart heights and configurations.
Shelving: Shelving for components such as laptops, gaming systems, and cable boxes is relatively standard for mobile TV carts. But be sure you know the numbers of shelves, their size and weight capacity. These shelves generally hold from 10 to 30 pounds.
As the design of these varies little from cart to cart, it should be no surprise that the pricing is fairly consistent, too. Mobile TV carts start out around $100 and can reach up to $250 or more, but you will find the bulk of them in the $100 to $150 range. Here you will find carts designed for small to midsize televisions (roughly 39 to 50 inches). If that is the size of your TV and you’re using it in your home, paying above $150 is probably not necessary.
At a higher price point, you will find carts that can be used with larger and heavier televisions. The build quality should also be better at the higher end, including larger and sturdier shelving. If you run a business or are using a mobile TV cart in an office setting, you might find that spending a bit more will be worth it in the long run due to the greater durability of more expensive models.
Weigh your TV, and break out a tape measure to double check its weight and size before ordering a mobile TV cart, just to be sure that the cart will support your TV.
Check that any mobile TV cart you are considering has four casters for maximum stability and mobility.
While hollow-frame cable management features may be difficult to use initially due to kinked up cords, once implemented, these systems are a big plus. Not only will your viewing setup have a tidier appearance, you will also avoid having to drag around a rat’s nest of cables whenever you move your TV.
Check the TV plate width of the stand, particularly if you plan to use it with a narrow TV. Some plates can extend beyond the TV width, which can be a distraction.
Some mobile TV carts include a top camera shelf, which can be handy if you plan to use the cart for meetings and teleconferences. This is also a great place to mount gaming system sensors.
Upon receiving your cart, check the hardware list against the included hardware to verify that they match up. You don’t want to spend an hour assembling a cart only to discover you are missing a key part or fastener.
Q. I see VESA mentioned in all the cart specifications. What does VESA mean?
A. VESA, which stands for Video Electronics Standards Association, is an industry standard used by TV manufacturers that defines the distance (in millimeters) between the holes in the backs of televisions. These holes are used for attaching the television to a wall mount or cart, something that is easier to do if you have a series of standardized hole configurations. The VESA standard covers a variety of sizes ranging from VESA 75 x 75 to VESA 800 x 600.
Q. Do I need to remove the TV from the cart before I raise or lower the height?
A. A mobile TV cart should be designed so that you do not need to remove the television before adjusting the height. Choosing a cart where you don’t need to remove the TV to change the cart height is the best option. But if you don’t anticipate changing the height often, or ever, this is less of a problem. Some mobile TV carts use spring loaded pins or Allen screws that may be easier to access or operate without the TV in the way or adding weight to the frame. If you are having trouble adjusting the height with the TV on the cart, a compromise may be to have a second person assist you by lifting up on the television so the pins or screws won’t have the weight pressure on them.
Q. Can I leave the shelves off the cart when I assemble it?
A. The majority of these carts incorporate some form of shelving system for holding components such as Xbox systems or cable boxes. These are often constructed from a lighter material — such as plastic — and don’t add significantly to the cart’s stability or integrity. As such, you should be able to leave any unneeded shelving off the cart, but check with the manufacturer to be on the safe side.
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