MENB+ME-04: Heavy Duty Windshield Mount
$19.95 Bought from Amazon: MENB+ME-04: Heavy Duty Windshield Mount
I bought it on Wednesday last minute because I am going on a 2 week road trip. I will develop this into a real review as I use it, I will also get some real pics as soon as possible.
Plastic, not a big fan of plastic but overall it looks OK and feels OK. Uses knobs to loosen / tighten the arms as well as ball joint at base. It came in 2 pieces, the suction + arm, and the actual tablet holder piece. They join together by just slide and snapping in place.
Out of the box it did not fit the Iconia, but a quick unscrewing, pulling out, and re-screwing of the adjuster knobs fixed that. It is a slight struggle to just slip in the tab as the spring loaded wedge wants to push it out past the bottom arms so you have to push a little at the bottom is you slip it in, though it does hold very snugly once seated.
On quick inspection it seems none of the devices features where blocked, as I personally plan on doing time lapse video of driving sessions and stuff, I was really relieved to find the rear (and forward facing) camera both go UN-obstructed, as well as power, volume, Power Input, and SD. I did not check the USB ports but I am fairly sure they are also UN-obstructed.
The feet of the arm that show on the front of the device do seem to come in kind of far, but they do not go past the bevel at all, so there should be no screen blockage either.
The suction cup seems to be excellent, it came with a nice protective film over the suction cup, showing they at least think about making sure it's clean when you get it, and it's performance on initial testing seems very promising. The second I touched it to the glass it stuck on, and the locking tensioner for the suction cup really seems designed well for locking the suction to the glass, though I suspect it will eventually break considering its made of plastic, which could be a big flaw for the way it's designed.
Sofar I have only driven around the block with it mounted, and my overall feel was that it seemed kind of loose, though bear in mind I had not yet properly tightened everything down, which I feel will make a large difference.
I am optimistic about this mount, as it overall seems to be well built, though if anything it's flaw will be being made of plastic. I am happy to find it does indeed leave all features and functions of the tablet open and accessible, which makes it a very versatile mount for anything from GPS to video recording, to whatever.
I am about to embark on a 2 week road trip driving an Isuzu box truck from Northern Cali to San Diago, so I will get some really good real world usage out of this thing. I will make sure to update this review as I go along.