Hardware Impressions: Official Kinect Sensor Wall Mount
Posted by James Newton
If your TV is wall-mounted, you may have struggled to get your Kinect into an aesthetically pleasing position: if the official Kinect floor stand didn't float our boat, the official wall mount might be more up your street.
Inside the box you'll find all the pieces you need to get started, including rawl plugs and screws, which means you'll need a drill and a spirit level. The plate that attaches the mount to the wall is a sturdy metal piece, and when securely screwed into place will hold the weight of Kinect with no problems.
The plastic grip for Kinect slots onto the plate, so isn't actually secured to anything, though the connection feels sturdy enough. There's a small groove in the grip for the cable to be fed through, though naturally the wire will still snake down the wall in an unsightly fashion, but there's not much you can do about that.
There's also a mounting plate for attaching the sensor to a standard camera tripod, in case you don't fancy using the Kinect floor stand.
The biggest problem we have with the sensor wall mount is that it's just not that attractive to look at: chances are that if your TV is wall-mounted, the majority of the magic happens behind the TV itself, but due to the nature of Kinect the plastic grip needs to sit underneath the sensor. The grip itself is also quite long, and although this is a good thing — meaning the sensor can turn to keep you in the picture — it doesn't help with the aesthetics.
The mount is a sturdy solution for attaching your sensor to the wall, and it complements Kinect's glossy black plastic perfectly. It may not be the most beautiful part of your living room decoration, but it does the trick, and that's what matters.