No, I’m not talking about the chocolate mints left on your hotel pillow. I mean mounts, as in the devices used to hang flat panel HDTVs on the wall. Maybe you haven’t been concerned about how thick your wall mount is, but apparently the people who design and build them are hoping that “thin is in“.
Chief Manufacturing has just announced its new Thinstall mount, that is less than a half-inch deep. Designed for the new generation of thin flat panel HDTVs such as Hitachi’s new 1.5-inch thick models, these mounts will hold up to 175 pounds. The first model is scheduled to ship today.
I’m taking a wait and see stance on whether thinner is going to be a successful selling point for flat panel HDTVs. I believe that price is going to be the most important factor, especially in sizes below 50″. Next, I think energy efficiency and other “green” factors may be more important, with thickness coming in third. After all, you spend most of your time looking at the front of the set where you can’t tell how thick it is anyway.
But it’s good to know that if thin turns out to be important, Chief is ready with a mount to get your HDTV as close to the wall as possible.