Every once in a while a product comes along that I’m just totally impressed with and that’s what I have today. I’ve never heard of Satechi before and chances are you haven’t either but they’ve sent me over one of their latest product called the R1 and it’s a stand for tablets. Yes it’s a rather simple product, no I take that back, it’s not simple, but it’s certainly interesting. This is just one of those products that I can’t find much wrong with and those types of products are truly few and far between. So read on…
The stand comes in a little rather plain box, not much info, just a couple pictures.
Inside you’ll find the stand, a user manual and a cloth carrying bag.
The bag is nice and thick and it’s a drawstring style. In the bottom corner is the R1 logo.
The stand is solid metal and it’s rather at 12.5 ounces and it’s silver in color, bright silver really.
The bottom of the stand is rubber to prevent it from slipping or sliding around.
The stand folds up and fits easily into the carrying bag. The hinges are big and they do have quite a bit a tension on them.
Here’s several views of the stand unfolded:
Your tablet sits on two little ‘C’ shaped hooks and leans back onto a rubber pad. The hooks are also rubberized.
Satechi R1 is the high-style desktop stand for any 7" to 10" tablet. Constructed from solid aluminum, the R1’s supporting grips are finished in rubber to hold your tablet securely in place. It’s compatible with most cases, too. The R1 will hold your tablet at the right height and angle you determine to be for desktop use – perfect for working with a Bluetooth keyboard, watching movies or video conferencing on Facetime. Satechi R1 will keep your tablet at infinite possibilities of operation.
-Compatible with 7" to 10" tablets: iPad, iPad 2, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy 10.1, ViewSonic gTablet, BlackBerry Playbook, HTC Flyer
-Solid aluminum construction with rubber pads that hold surface for your tablet
-Put your tablet in Portrait, Landscape or Flat-Angled orientation, change Height or Angle.
-270 degree mount hinge, 180 degree base hinge, folds away compactly into its pouch
-Package includes: R1 Stand, pouch, user manual with 1 year warranty
Warranty 1 Year
Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
Product Weight: 12.5 oz
The R1 has been sitting on my desk with my tablet in it since I took it out of the box. I was using a very basic plastic stand from an eBook reader before this and I must say I like this much, much better.
I have a Le Pan TC 970 and the Idolian TouchTab10 that I recently reviewed.
Here’s the TC 970 in the stand. You can see the stand holds it up very well and at pretty much most any angle including horizontal. The rubber backing holds it in place and the tablet does not move. The hinges on the stand are nice and tight and stay at whichever angle you put it at.
I used the TouchTab10 because it’s quite a bit heavier than the Le Pan and the Satechi R1 still held it just fine.
The R1 stand also works very well to hold you phone.
The rubberized bottom of the R1 keeps it wherever you put it and it stays there. I truly like this stand, it’s well made, it looks great and it works perfectly.
The Satechi R1 stand is just one of those things that I think I can’t live without now. I never thought I needed a stand until now really. The R1 is just extremely well made, looks great and it just works.
If you’re looking for a stand for any tablet you own then this is the one you want really. It’s a simple product that just works.
The only issue there might be with the R1 is the price, I ‘m not sure many people will want to pay $50 for a stand. Then again why not? The old adage ‘you what you pay for’ really applies here. You’re paying for a quality product and that’s exactly what you’re getting.
+Very well made
+Includes carrying case
-A bit expensive
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