Geek Dad Gadget: Sanus XF228 Full-Motion Mount

Look, sometimes we guys can make Abe Lincoln say “ouch!” We walk up and down the aisles of our local big box electronic store and grab the cheapest cord, remote, or wall mount we can find and call it good (enough). Not anymore, not this time. You’re going to spend your hard-earned money on a quality product that will keep your prized possessions safe – just like when you and the little lady go out for a night on the town.

Now I’m not comparing your child to a flat screen TV per se, ok… I am just a little, but you can see the similarities, right? You love them both dearly. They both make your life worth living. Moreover, you don’t want anything bad to happen to either of them. Looking for a babysitter is a lot like looking for a TV wall mount. You check the prices, ask if anyone you know has had any experience with it, and spend some time on Google pouring the reviews. Then you find the all-star sitter, one that may cost a little more, but it’s certainly worth every penny..

The Sanus XF228 Full-Motion wall mount is that all-star. This isn’t your mediocre hunk of metal that screws into the wall and holds your $1,200 flat screen on a lip no wider than a hotwheel. Instead, the XF228 uses a mounting plate, two arms, and a handful of lag bolts to fasten the centerpiece of your man cave or family room to the wall. You’ll be amazed to learn that the hideous cords from your cable box, blu-ray player, and PS3 can be concealed within the arms (including the elbow) that hold the TV.

Although that’s pretty sweet in and of itself, I was more stoked about the full-motion capabilities because it allows for the TV to extend, pan, tilt and swivel for easy viewing anywhere in a room – a handy feature if you or your wife love rearranging your furniture as often as I do. Still not convinced? Sanus even thought to include adjustments for leveling the mount in case you happen to screw it up when you were drilling the pilot holes.

Speaking of drilling pilot holes, installation is quite a lengthy process, even with the aid of the installation video. But what do you expect from such a complex mounting system? After a few hours, you finally realize something just isn’t right. That’s when you’ll be thankful the arms swing left and right to make it possible to center the tv on the wall even when the studs aren’t.

One last thing about the XF228 that separates it from its economy counterparts is the security screw nicely tucked in the back. As long as this baby is snug as a bug in a rug, the only way to get the TV off the wall is to remove the mount from the wall entirely. This tiny little guy makes it that much harder for a thief to make off with your idiot box. I know, that’s no way to talk about something I just compared to your kid.

When it comes to protecting and properly displaying the ultimate HDTV, you’d be foolish to skimp now and get anything other than this. With a plethora of cool features, a reasonable price, and the strength of Sampson, the Sanus XF228 is not going to leave you feeling buyer’s remorse.

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