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What is a CPU Holder?

 

Definition of CPU Holder

A common term in the office furniture industry that refers to a product used to lift the entire PC off of the floor. A CPU Holder will usually be fixed into the underside of the worktop, or mounted onto the desk frame, using a custom-made bracket.

 

Why Should I Use a CPU Holder?

  1. Prolongs the life of your PC

    Lifting the PC off of the floor reduces static and dust build-up, helps to keep the PC cool by allowing air to circulate, lowers the potential of the PC becoming damp if liquids are spilt and therefore improves performance and prolongs life. It also reduces the chances of the PC being damaged accidently by being kicked or bumped with cleaning equipment for example. Some CPU holders also offer a security feature, reducing the risk of the PC being moved without permission.


  2. Maximises space

    By removing the PC from the desktop, your working space is increased and the office can generally look less cluttered and more professional. Lifting the PC off the floor also makes cleaning and vacuuming under the desk easier and more effective – particularly important in ‘clean room’ environments, such as laboratories.


  3. Provides easier access

  4. Mounting the CPU holder under the desk keeps it within close reach and avoids the need to bend down under the desk, hurt your back or get your clothes dusty! The addition of a track and rotate plate to the CPU holder can also allow the PC to be pulled out in front of the desk and provide up to 360 degrees of rotation, improving access for both the user and IT staff.

    CPU holders are also useful if you work at a height-adjustable or standing desk, as your PC and all its cables will move with the desk as you adjust the height, avoiding anything from becoming accidently unplugged or damaging connectors and cables.

 

Types of CPU Holder

Sling CPU Holder

Sling CPU Holder

How they work:

A winding mechanism tightens/ loosens the sling, allowing them to hold the vast majority of PC shapes & sizes.



Things to consider:

  • Is the sling material breathable (to allow cooling, regardless of where the fan is positioned on the PC)?

  • Are tools included for winding the sling?

  • Can the tools be stored with the CPU holder to avoid losing them?

  • Is the sling long enough to fit your PC? Slings that hold up to 1300mm circumference will fit the vast majority. If the sling is long enough to reach the floor, this will make mounting the PC easier.

  • Is it strong enough to hold the weight of your PC?

  • How many people are required to mount the CPU holder and PC (more people may lead to higher installation costs)?

  • Will it suit your furniture? Are colour options available to suit your desk range?

  • Will it work with a track and rotate plate to allow slide and rotational movement?
  • Is a security feature included to allow the CPU holder to be locked in position?

  • Are instructions included to show how to mount the CPU holder? Are fixings included?

Metal Frame CPU Holder

Sling CPU Holder

How they work:

Adjustable vertically and horizontally to clamp around the PC.




Things to consider:

  • Will it allow sufficient air flow and cooling (is the design open enough or does it cover too much of the PC)?

  • Are tools included for adjusting the height and width?

  • Will it protect your PC?(does it feature a soft surface to prevent scratching the PC)?

  • Does it adjust enough to fit your PC and is it easy to adjust the width and height individually?

  • Is it strong enough to hold the weight of your PC?

  • How many people are required to mount the CPU holder and PC (more people may lead to higher installation costs)? Does the frame hold itself together (the safer design) or come apart?

  • Will it suit your furniture? Are colour options available to suit your desk range?

  • Will it work with a track and rotate plate to allow slide and rotational movement?
  • Is a security feature included to allow the CPU holder to be locked in position?

  • Are instructions included to show how to mount the CPU holder? Are fixings included?


Strap CPU Holder

Sling CPU Holder

How they work:

Straps are tightened around the PC by hand and threaded through a bracket that gets fixed to the desk.



Things to consider:

  • Are the buckles easy to use (over-centre buckles allow much easier adjustment than clip-together buckles)?

  • Is there a quick connect feature in the bracket to allow easier mounting?
  • Are the straps high quality (cheap straps can stretch as cause sag over time, loosening the fit)?

  • Are the straps long enough to fit your PC (straps that hold up to 1300mm circumference will fit the vast majority)? If the straps are long enough to reach the floor, this will make mounting the PC easier.

  • Is it strong enough to hold the weight of your PC?

  • Is the price reasonable (this design should be one of the more economical CPU holder designs)?

  • How many people are required to mount the CPU holder and PC (more people may lead to higher installation costs)?

  • Will it suit your furniture? Are colour options available to suit your desk range?

  • Will it work with a track and rotate plate to allow slide and rotational movement?
  • Are instructions included to show how to mount the CPU holder? Are fixings included?


Caster CPU Holder

Sling CPU Holder

How they work:

Usually with adjustable side panels to suit a range of widths. Most designs use 2 non-braked and 2 braked casters to allow or prevent movement.

Things to consider:

  • Are the sides adjustable to securely hold your specific width of PC? Reversible sides allow the largest adjustment range.

  • Will it be stable enough to hold your PC?

  • Does it include braked & non-braked castors to prevent or allow movement?

  • Is it strong enough to hold the weight of your PC?

  • Will it suit your furniture? Are colour options available to suit your desk range?
  • Are instructions included?


Price Range

CPU holders typically range in price from about £13 up to £110, depending on the strength, ease of mounting, look and security level required, as well as the brand of the CPU holder.