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Review: PS4 Wall Mounts from Borangame

So today we’re continuing on in our series of wall mount reviews. This is the third review in a four part series overall. Before we dive into this one, if you would like to read up on the Floating Grips or the HideIt mounts, you can do so now. But obviously, they aren’t required reading. Maybe you’re just interested in the Italian made Borangame mounts that we’re reviewing today. Fine with me! Let’s move on then.

Features/Descriptions:

  1. GameVspace: This is the reason why Borangame decided to launch this new GameVspace line, a complete series. The vertical wall mount is compatible with PlayStation4 (CUH-1000 series/ CUH-1200 series), PlayStation4 Slim (series CUH-2000) and PlayStation4 Pro (series CUH-7000). The various models of PlayStation have a significant weight and need a durable and quality material. We diversify ourselves from the rest because we have chosen the black powder-coated iron. GameVspace is composed from three parts that together ensure a solid position and a greater stability thanks to the fixing on the wall in two points avoiding accidental falls and keeping the console safe on the wall. The console is inserted into the GameVspace and locked by a top arm preventing any possible sliding. The central piece consists of several holes, depending on the console you have, you will choose which one to use. Furthermore, the product has been designed to allow complete access to the ports and air vents. To assembly it, you will need a screwdriver and a 8-mm wrench and for the wall-mounting a drill with a 10mm drill bit. Screws and dowels are included. Borangame helps you to significantly reduce space, place the console in plain sight, without sacrificing appearance and usability!
  2. GameVspace Duo: This is the reason why Borangame decided to launch this new GameVspaceduo line, a complete series, equipped with two cooling fans to avoid overheating the console during long sessions of play. The space is integrated into the support to insert two controllers. The vertical wall mount is compatible with PlayStation4 (CUH-1000 series/ CUH-1200 series), PlayStation4 Slim (series CUH-2000) and PlayStation4 Pro (series CUH-7000). The various models of PlayStation have a significant weight and need a durable and quality material. We diversify ourselves from the rest because we have chosen the black powder-coated iron. GameVspaceDuo is composed from three parts that together ensure a solid position and a greater stability thanks to the fixing on the wall in two points avoiding accidental falls and keeping the console safe on the wall. The console is inserted into the GameVspaceduo and locked by a top arm preventing any possible sliding. The central piece consists of several holes, depending on the console you have, you will choose which one to use. Furthermore, the product has been designed to allow complete access to the ports and air vents. To assembly it, you will need a screwdriver and a 8-mm wrench and for the wall-mounting a drill with a 10mm drill bit. Screws and dowels are included. Borangame helps you to significantly reduce space, place the console in plain sight, without sacrificing appearance and usability!
  3. Gameside Bundle Big Daddy: With the wall mount horizontal GameSide Bundle Big Daddy can finally show your console in a new unique and innovative exhibit with led light. With the GameSide wall mount you can place your console easy and secure at the wall next to your TV or monitor and plug all the cables and any power supply on the back so there will be no more tangles in sight! It installs easily to the wall with 4 plugs supplied and you can safely place your console thanks the sturdy lower shelf that make GameSide Horizontal compatible with the PS4® Slim and Pro, Xbox® One X, Xbox® One S, and ALL versions of PS3®, Xbox® 360! The buttons, ports usb, hdmi and network are affordable and the cooling system also takes advantage by the dissipation provided by the GameSide’s high-strength metal. The GameSide is composed of these parts: vertical support, the supports for 2 pads, 2 shelfs to lock the console, cooling fan, plugs for wall mounting, multicolor led strip usb and game cases holder.

Unboxing:

Instructional Video for the Large Unit:

GameVspace:

So upon opening the box, you’ll find just a few pieces. These pieces are all necessary for composing what will become the mount. Yes, that means that you have to assemble the pieces yourself. It comes with screws to combine the three primary brackets that you get. It also has a small instructional sheet. You will only really need this sheet for knowing which hole set to put the bolts through. This is because there are 3 different sets of holes depend on if you own an original PS4, a PS4 Slim, or a PS4 Pro. All in all, I would estimate that it took me a total of 5 minutes to assemble the product and 5 minutes to hang it as well. For me personally, that is some great time from box to wall.

This mount, being the smallest possible iteration that they sell for the PS4, has the least amount of features. It is exactly what it is and what it shows is what it does. It holds your PS4 on the wall. It’s for the people who just want a clean and simple gaming setup. I’m definitely one of those people, but mainly out of necessity. I have limited space, so something of this smaller variety is perfect for my needs. Your mileage will vary because if you have a lot of space Borangame makes larger, more feature rich PS4 mounts as well. But that’s for a little later in this article.

The GameVspace clocks in at just over $40. If you saw my unboxing video above, you’ll know that it comes in a nice small box. I believe that the reason that there is some assembly required is to keep the packaging on the smaller side. This is to presumably to help keep shipping costs lower. But I do feel that the $40 price point is justified in this instance as well. Their products are made out of iron (crazy right?) and it’s been powder coated as well. Powder coating seems to help against scratches, scrapes, and paint loss in most regular use instances. I also believe the price point is justified as this one mount can be used across all three models of PS4. So, for example, I have an original PS4 but when I inevitably upgrade to a PS4 Pro, all that I have to do is adjust the one top bracket to the PS4 Pro holes.

I think that there is a time and place for the more plastic wall mounts out there. The ones that are like $20 at max and aren’t really designed for anyone other than a single person. Or couples without kids. But these mounts from Borangame seem to just outright hold up. They’re so dang solid and hearty that you just know that if you have kids around that these are going to keep your system on the wall even with kids slamming doors or jumping around on the floor. I tried to create vibrations in the room whilst using these products and found that they are just really, truly structurally sound.

GameVspace Duo:

For the Borangame GameVspace Duo, there is a bit of a change to the body style from the standard GameVspace. You now have cooling fans on the bottom. You also have a space to hang two PS4 controllers. So in the box, you’ll find the same back and top bracket that the GameVspace use. The bottom will have a different bracket. This is what the weight of the Ps4 will rest on. It’s also where you’ll end up placing your controllers. Also in the box, you’ll find 2 fans which will be mounted underneath the PS4 section of the platform. The two fans power come together into one USB cord that can power said fans. The last pieces that you’ll find in the box are the bag of screws and bolts, but also a USB to dual male microUSB. This cord is for plugging in your 2 controllers into one port to charge at the same time.

Since this is just a step up from the GameVspace, it has the same features of the GameVspace. It can house all three models of the PlayStation 4. It does take a while longer to assemble as well. If I were to estimate the length of time that it took to put it all together, I’d say that it was maybe double the GameVspace. Which, all things considered, still is not that bad. It takes just about the same amount of time to place it on the wall though. Honestly, I was fearful that the mount wasn’t going to be able to stay in the wall. Yes, it has drywall mounts, so I shouldn’t have been worried. But there is so much going on with this one, I thought it might weigh too much. I had my hands ready to catch it if it came tumbling down, but it did not. It was just as sturdy as the GameVspace.

Now let’s talk about its $68 price point. It’s roughly $17 more than the Borangame GameVspace, but is it justified? I would say that just based off of the microUSB cord alone, the price is validated. Buying a dual cord like this or buying 2 other cords of the same length gets you about the same price point. But even if that weren’t true, having a cooling system built into the mount is almost priceless. The fans, according to the site, are “a speed equal to 3600RPM + 10%, range 55CFM, dimensions 60x60x25mm, the blades are ultra-thin to ensure less vibration, noise, and turbulence.” So they’re not loud, they’re thin bladed, are small, and spin tremendously fast for immense cooling. The more I looked at this mount, the more I fell in love with it. And it’s almost the same size as the previous model. This one just comes out about 8 inches further from the wall. And on top of all of that, it has all of the GameVspace features as well. Yes, I would say that it’s worth paying the additional $17 if you can swing it.

Gameside Bundle Big Daddy:

What comes in the box this time? Well…a lot. Like, a ton of objects. This box weighed in around 15 pounds, so it’s all iron and lots of it. I’m just going to list the stuff off because it might just make more sense that way. We have the base that the game console will sit on, there is the back piece that mounts to the wall and everything mounts to it. There is the video game box shelf as well as the two brackets for holding the PS4’s controllers. But that’s not all. You’ll also find one magnificently large fan to go on the underside of the whole base. This is also USB powered like the GameVspace Duo. Additionally, you’ll find another dual microUSB charge cord for the controllers and several bags of screws, bolts, nuts, drywall mounts, and plastic screw caps. But wait, there’s more! In the box, you’ll also come across some double sided 3M style foam tape and a one foot long LED RGB light strip.

So I had this giant pile of stuff that had to be assembled. Obviously, I was up to the challenge. It took me somewhere between half an hour to 45 minutes to assemble all of it. There is just an obnoxious amount of bolts, nuts, and rubber caps needed. However, when it’s all over, it’s satisfying to know that you just created this magnificently large mount. I mean, the thing is a work of art. It really is a sight to behold. I can honestly state that no other mount company has a mount that is so multi-featured like the Big Daddy is. And besides all of the features that it comes with (building upon the features that the GameVspace and the GameVspace Duo have), it can do more. The biggest feature is that it can hold different systems than just the PS4. Now, it is only logical for the low flat consoles. We’re talking the XBOX’s, the PlayStations, heck, I would say even a Wii U would work just fine. And while it doesn’t make much sense for the Switch or Wii, it is technically possible.

It’s also worth mentioning that this is very, very large. It requires 4 massive screws into the wall. In fact, the pictures that I have featured of this are of the item all set up, just not mounted into the wall. There is only so much I can get away with in my apartment and still be able to get my deposit back! Having said that, this thing is a beast. And I can confidently state that if it’s mounted on your wall, there is just no fathomable way it’s going to move. It’s just that solid. But it’s size could also be a drawback for you, clocking in at about 14 inches cubed. However, some of you might find this to be the perfect all in one solution for your gaming space. It certainly would be a talking point for company that visited if they saw it. There’s no way you can miss this when entering a room.

Now let’s talk about a few of its shortcomings right quick. And they’re not so much shortcomings of the mount so much as it is of the mount’s accessories. First of all, the USB cords don’t reach for the original model PS4. This goes for the LED light strip, the fan, and the controller’s resting area. I’m not certain if this is true of the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro as I don’t own them, but if they only have USB ports in the front, then it is. Additionally, it seems strange that the fan seems strange to have on the bottom since there is not a vent on the bottom of the PS4. I’m no technical engineer, but it seems like it wouldn’t pull much of any heat away. I could be wrong, but the GameVspace Duo pulled the air from the underside of the short edge of the PS4. That seems to make way more sense since the vents are on short sides.

Now, it’s worth mentioning that in both of these scenarios that things might be just fine with a different system that has vents on the bottom or USB ports on the back. You can also remedy the USB cord situation with extension cords. Also, mention that the PS4 and most other modern systems only have 2 USB ports, but this has 3 things that would need to be plugged in. If you don’t have a USB hub for your system you’re going to have to sacrifice either the controller charging, the fan, or the LED light strip.

I turned the lights down to show the LED strip.

 

The pricing for this large mount comes in at $151. That may have made you gasp or shake your head or say “no” out loud. If that’s the case, then this mount just isn’t for you. The demographic here is the people who need an all in one system that can stand the test of time and can make the journey with you from any place you live to any place you may move to. It’s for those who know that they can use it for future generations of consoles. It’s also adaptable. You can adjust the shelve’s locations, remove the controller docks, or rearrange some stuff on it to your liking. They also sell these Borangame Big Daddy bundles in other colors as well.

I think that the video game shelf with the game genres instead of a generic wall is a nice touch as well. The fact that you have an LED light strip to kick up the zazz a bit is also nice. The LED strip has loads of colors and even more modes and speeds to adjust. It has so many options that originally I made a video featuring all of them. I was going to include it on here, but I realized that if you have any interest in LED strips, you already own one or more and know what all that they do. But my bottom line here is that if you see all of the value in this, you might very well find that the $151 price point is worth it.

Overall Thoughts:

The pricing might seem steep to some of our readers, and that’s fine. I think that these Borangame mounts are for the gamer who saves money to buy the more quality products. These are the Ferrari of game console mounts. These are built to last, they take work to assemble, they come from halfway around the world and in most instances they’re worth it. While Borangame’s site doesn’t feature near as many mounts as HideIt’s,they focus on what they want to. Then, they hone in on how to make those products great. They make them feature rich, they make them adaptable, and they make them more future proof.

The wall installation is pretty much the same across the board. So if you own one of their products, you can feel relief knowing that you can buy another one later on and the learning curve is small. These bad boys are made from iron (sorry, I can’t get over that) and that the paint seems to stay in place on the mounts despite what I put it through. So despite how heavy iron sounds, the drywall mount and 6 inch screw combination means you should have no fear about the mount ever falling.

The only downside I can see about these all comes from the Big Daddy. It was fairly complicated they are to assemble being on the bigger side with more features. The manual that it came with was printed in black and white and the mount that they used in the pictures was black. This made it hard to discern what went where. I would’ve preferred they used the green version in the pictures and printed it in color.

We also have the issue of the broken English instructions, that made it sort of hard as well. The instructional video from way up above in this article should’ve helped. But she definitely skims over parts of the assembly. I had to use all of these forms of guides together to get to the completion of the final product. This, in combination of the other negatives of the Big Daddy makes it the hardest one for me to recommend.

Having said that, I do highly recommend Borangame’s mounts. I think that the most recommended mount from my experience is the GameVspace Duo. It is the most feature-rich mount for the least amount of work and at the right price. You have all USB cords reach the USB ports on all models of the PS4 and you have the exact amount of USB ports needed. This means you don’t have to sacrifice anything. Also, the fans seems to do the best work with the PS4 being on it’s side. I really like it and it’s what I’ll continue using for my PS4 mount!

If you want to buy the GameVspace, click here.

Need that GameVspace Duo in your life, click here.

Maybe you need the Big Daddy mount? Okay, click here.

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