Introduction: Portrait Monitor Easel - Designed by Apple in California.

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This a quick one, so simple, and great I had to share. For the past week I have been thinking about setting up my second screen in portrait mode.

Mac OS X supports easy resolution rotation of most monitors, i had already flicked the switch and tried it.

The main problem, my monitor was a 'media one' and came with no form of VESA mount. So i decided the best solution would be to make an 'Easel' of sorts, to hold my monitor as if it was a painting.

Here is how i did it.

Step 1: Finding Some Good Items.

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I had recently picked up a cheap stand off the back of an iMac, i figured due to its solid construction this would make an ideal stand.

I was stuck for how to make the monitor remain still. At this point i remembered that i picked up an iMac VESA adapter kit.

Both of them are made of hefty aluminum, they both read, Designed by Apple in California.



Next I needed to combine the two items, thus i introduce the ULTIMATE DOUBLE SIDED TAPE

I purchased this tape during my PC modding days, its a great super strength double sided tape, its made of like a plastic gel stuff. It easily holds several pounds.

I saw i used to hold perspex windows inside PC cases, i spent 50 GBP on this massive roll of the stuff.

Step 3: Apply the Tape

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I applied three strips of the UDST (ULTIMATE DOUBLE SIDED TAPE) to the underneath of the VESA mount section.

I then worked out the correct place to attach the VESA mount to the stand, i marked it with masking tape, so i could place it perfectly.

The tape is super strong, and will never budge, especially on metal like this. However, the tape can be removed and leave no marks.

Step 4: Stick Them Together!

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I carefully peeled back the strips from the double sided tape, the best thing i have found for this is to use the back of an X-acto or scalpel to peel it off.

Carefully line up the pieces by eye, and place, press firmly.

You can see the tape easily holds the two pieces together, the picture shows how the tape supports the weight of the stand easily.

Step 5: Finish.

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Thats it, i knocked the stand of the monitor, and sat it nicely on one side.

The final stand is very stable, and the aluminum matches in with the rest of my apple goodness.

A simple Instructable, but as you can see, the portrait screen, running at 1050 x 1680 is the perfect proportion and resolution for viewing web pages.

Just look how much of the instructables front page fits on there?
Instructables needs to be viewed in portrait, just like the rest of the internet.

As you can see, Picard approves.

- gmjhowe


L14M333 (author)2010-01-10

 Thats good and i think thats the same tv i have... but i use it for my xbox and i think i would struggle with the xbox on the side lol... i have another cheapo 15" one i might just mount above my mac so i can see it easier from my bed :D

mayney93 (author)2009-03-21

Is it just me or is everyone else thinking the same thing, for 800 pound i can get a imac but for half that i can get a better pc, i just recently bought a intel quad core system for 400 quid yet if i had got a mac at double the price i would have got half the power as they only have dual cores, they seem to be very overated and overpriced.

gmjhowe (author)mayney932009-03-21

I have my reasons for using an iMac, as a professional i know exactly what i need, and the iMac provides. Also, im guessing your making the usual mistake of comparing a slimline all in one PC, with a standard tower pc. The iMac is also made of aluminum, the quality of the screen alone is equal to that of a £400 LaCie screen - so the screen kinda makes up the price without taking into consideration the form and size.

ReCreate (author)gmjhowe2009-07-25

Aha, Pc's range in so many brands and materials, That that reason to buy a mac would be invalid, PC's are also made of metals(like aluminum) and high-quality plastics. And the screen, Also Invalid.

gmjhowe (author)ReCreate2009-08-11

No, because to buy a pc made from aluminum, and with the lacie screen, it works out about the same.

Bartboy (author)gmjhowe2009-10-18

So? Imac screens aren't any better than the 300$ 24" Screen I bought.
Sure, it's LED, and uses a lot less power/makes less heat, but it's not worth 800$

It's just apple being greedy.
A while ago you could buy macs from other companies, that were better and much more powerful, for a fraction of the cost, but apple wasn't making enough money. It's like how they charge 400$ for an Ipod, that probably cost them less than 50$ to make.

I just think that it's apple charging tons of money for the OS, and leave it at that.

Macintosh is a way better OS, but for 1000$ I bought a desktop and Full HD plasma monitor, that has:
More Memory,
Better graphics,
a Better sound card,
More USB slots,
Bigger Hard drive,
and has a way better processor
than my 2000$ Imac.

The only thing that the Imac does better is it has a way better wireless network card.

I prefer the Imac, but for a lot of stuff, the desktop is much better.

ReCreate (author)gmjhowe2009-08-11

Same what? Also, A metal casing is dangerous, You drop it, and the insides crumble, You bend it, And it shorts out, You touch a hot part(like near the CPU) you burn yourself and drop it, not to mention it would end up heavier.

mayney93 (author)gmjhowe2009-08-11


=SMART= (author)gmjhowe2009-03-21

+ Macs are beautiful !

LinuxH4x0r (author)2009-03-20

what he said

gmjhowe (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-03-21

You know you need it. Thats only three screens worth of scrolling for me to read all that..

LinuxH4x0r (author)gmjhowe2009-03-21

Unless you want to buy it for me it'll have to wait plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz

gmjhowe (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-03-21

haha, the macbook runs a 1680 x 1050 screen with great ease as well!

LinuxH4x0r (author)gmjhowe2009-03-21

Yeah, I know, but I don't feel like spending over $150

gmjhowe (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-03-21

I paid £160 for that monitor about 1.5 years ago! You can get it for about £90 You could get a 17" widescreen?

LinuxH4x0r (author)gmjhowe2009-03-21

I said dollars, not pounds.

The Ideanator (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-09-09

I'm using a 21" acer monitor I got for $200 a few years back, its quality is so-so but overall its pretty good (not the best for post image processing though)

gmjhowe (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-03-21

I know, i was expecting you to convert it.

LinuxH4x0r (author)gmjhowe2009-03-21

~129.95 Still more than I can afford right now

gmjhowe (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-03-21

Thats why it might be best looking for a 17" widescreen

LinuxH4x0r (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-03-20

there was supposed to be an arrow

lemonie (author)2009-03-21

It's great - only the second portrait monitor I've ever seen. L

gmjhowe (author)lemonie2009-03-21

Not alot of people make use of the feature, windows involves a messy bit of software, or a screen designed to be rotated with drivers. Mac os X on the other hand has drivers built in to support rotation of most monitors.

ReCreate (author)gmjhowe2009-07-25

That is because Macs always(well mostly for more modern ones) have the same monitor/graphics card, If PC's where made the same way they would also have it, Also, Most Graphic card Manufacturers for PC's have that feature. Such as intel,Nvida,Trident and such

lemonie (author)gmjhowe2009-03-21

It's no problem at all on my machine, but that's NVIDIA software. L

ReCreate (author)lemonie2009-07-13

Yeah the same for my Intel graphics card

gmjhowe (author)lemonie2009-03-21

Ah yes, graphics card software would be another way. You have got a good mid range one.

Apple Rule (author)gmjhowe2009-03-22

Go gmj :D

lemonie (author)gmjhowe2009-03-21

Mid-range today, it's an old machine...


gmjhowe (author)lemonie2009-03-21

Was it once, top of the range?

lemonie (author)gmjhowe2009-03-21

I don't know, but I'm assuming that it must have been higher-up when I bought the thing a few years ago(?) To be honest, I don't really care - I got a big tax refund and spent it on a high-ish spec-machine (from what was Watford Computers)


gmjhowe (author)lemonie2009-03-21

Well, i spent near £900 on my iMac.

lemonie (author)gmjhowe2009-03-22

It was more than that, but I'm sure that I'm not using the full value (thought of it a future-proofing...) L

gmjhowe (author)lemonie2009-03-22

Yes Future proofing was one of my best sell up techniques when i sold computers.

lemonie (author)gmjhowe2009-03-22

(Ha!) My decision, L

gmjhowe (author)lemonie2009-03-22

hey, i used it as a sell up technique because its what i believe and follow. I made the mistake by recently buying a second hand apple, it was a good price, and a great machine, but i found my self needing to upgrade. My new iMac will hopefully give me the 6 years my original iMac did!

Berkin (author)2009-03-30

You watch Star Trek?? LOL, that most efficiently tops off your awesome geekiness.

(A compliment.)

gmjhowe (author)Berkin2009-03-30

Star Trek is the win. I own all 7 seasons of The Next Generation.

Derin (author)gmjhowe2009-07-22

6 seasons

galenorama (author)gmjhowe2009-04-19

Agreed! Star Trek is great! I can't wait until the new movie comes out!

Derin (author)galenorama2009-06-19

I watched the new movie. paaaaat küüüüüüt

Berkin (author)gmjhowe2009-03-30



I have also found you on Twitter! LOL

Derin (author)2009-04-23

Where would the CD drive in an iMac be?Just wondering.

gmjhowe (author)Derin2009-04-23

On the right, about the same height as picards shoulder, slot loading drive (no tray)

Derin (author)gmjhowe2009-06-19

Thanks for letting me know.

Berserk87 (author)2009-04-20

im not trying to be negative but every computer for a long long time has been able to do this. you also put this in the epilog challenge - yet i dont see a single thing anywhere in this that gives this a "green twist". "Designed by Apple in California." what?

gmjhowe (author)Berserk872009-04-20

I know it has... the whole idea of this is the stand i made. Which was made from old apple mac parts! Up-cycling!

Plasmana (author)2009-04-13

That reminds me of the funny problem my mom had, she accidentally pressed some keys on the keyboard at the same time and the computer screen flipped sideways.. While my dad tried to figure out the problem, i suggested to him to turn the whole screen sideways... lol

ItsTheHobbs (author)Plasmana2009-04-17

Some kids got in trouble at my school for doing that to the computers in the library.....

GorillazMiko (author)2009-04-09

I like. +5/5 stars.

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