Take a look at my post regarding using an adjustable desk mounted arm. It allows me to lower the screen all the way down to the desk and with the arm turned sideways, it doesn't go beyond the back of the desk.
Here is a pic I just took of it. As you said, it isn't very elegant but it works great. When I'm using it for long periods, I can adjust it up higher to be a bit more comfortable. You wouldn't get that from a solid base.
Actually, the post you refer to was very helpful. The reasons I can't use this approach are ...
- Arms like this are 4x the price here in Thailand, from the MSRP in the USA.
- They add a great deal of depth to the back of the screen - my desk is 2 feet deep!
Can you show me how low they really go ... does it touch your desk at the bottom? Does that not cause heating issues within the screen?
It is down to the desk so I can just see over it. I have it about 1/4" up for a cable to get under and for the sound/air flow.
Depending on the desk, you could move the arm to the side (where my lamp is sitting in the picture) then you could push the display all the way back. The arm "wrist" and the VESA mounting bracket is only 5" deep from the back of the display.
FYI, the foot of the arm is either a C-clamp or flat that you would drill a hole thru the desk and connect bolts to it. It comes with many different mounting options.
Oh, and my desk is just over 2 feet deep and everything fits just fine.
According to the Ergotron website Where To Buy page, there are a couple of resellers in Thailand. Perhaps one of them will have one for you at a better price than importing from the US.
In the end, I bought a VESA mount adapter from Apple and a simple TV mount from Sanus (MF202). The TV mount itself was connected to the cubicle wall through a custom component somebody in the office had made for me that slides over the cubicle wall rather than require holes to be drilled. It has been working very well for a long time now!