iPad Pro Desk Mount – ieGeek Tablet Gooseneck Holder Mount Stand

I recently purchased a new iPad Pro 9.7 and found it awkward to use at my desk next to my main computer. It was far too low to use, so I went searching for a desk mount. I didn’t want to spend a fortune, and I found this one from a company called ieGeek for £12.99. Perfect!

I can now comfortably watch Youtube on the tablet whilst working on my mac, I can keep an eye on IRC without losing my focus and so on. I’m finding it really useful every day. Sometimes I even use it for productive purposes like keeping an eye on my emails…

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iPad in Mount

 

The mount has a clamp to fit to most desks and surfaces, and once secured you need not worry about your expensive toy crashing to the desk. The neck of the mount is stupidly strong and I haven’t noticed it drooping at all in the three weeks I have been using the mount. It takes the weight of a iPad Pro 9.7” just fine (444g) so anything smaller won’t be a problem. One Amazon reviewer said they had used it with the 12” model but I don’t have one to try it. If you have, let me know in the comments.

iPad Pro Tablet Desk Mount
iPad Pro Tablet Desk Mount

 

You have free movement of the tablet in the clamp, and it will allow either portrait or landscape depending on what apps you use mostly. The part that actually holds your tablet is on a ball mount so you can swivel it as much as you desire.

If you are looking for a neat solution to ergonomically mount your tablet then this will suit you perfectly. I can’t really think of any downsides to this particular mount, it works. It’s cheap. It does what a mount needs to. What else do you need? Buy now.

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Kinivo 501BN Premium 5 Port High Speed HDMI Switch Review

If you want to buy a relatively cheap TV nowadays, you will probably find yourself limited to just two HDMI inputs. You could buy a more expensive TV and get three or maybe four HDMI inputs, but these are usually Smart TVs and out of date within a few years. I’d rather get a dumb television and plug in whichever smart devices I please even if this means a lack of connectivity. The Kinivo HDMI Switch solves this problem.

Kinivo 501BN Premium 5 Port High Speed HDMI Switch
Kinivo 501BN Premium 5 Port High Speed HDMI Switch

 

Switching HDMI cables just isn’t fun, or good for the life expectancy of your input sockets. Between game consoles, personal video recorders like Sky or Freeview Plus, streaming boxes like NowTV, Chromecast, or Fire TV there just isn’t enough plugs. Enter the Kinivo 5 port HDMI switch (they do a three port model, too).

The unit fits neatly underneath my TV. It features five inputs for your devices, an output to connect it to your television, and a socket for the mains connection. Four of the input connections line the rear of the HDMI switch whilst the fifth is on the left hand edge next to the power input (a UK adapter is supplied). The output socket is on the right hand side to connect to your TV.

A remote control is supplied and allows cycling through each port in order, or switching directly to a numbered input. It is possible to flick between the inputs with a button on the front of the switch itself if you lose the remote and need to switch manually.

Resolutions up to 1080p are supported, which I have tested as well as 3D support (which I have no way to test, if you have please let me know in the comments!). I have tested the switch with a Nintendo WiiU, Sky NowTV Box (a rebranded Roku box), EE TV freeview PVR, and Sony PS3 and found that no quality it lost (being HDMI it shouldn’t, and there was no lack noticeable in games)

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Kinivo 5 Port HDMI Switch

Pros

  • I have found Auto Switching works well, even with Chromecast
  • Easy way to extend HDMI connectivity of modern sets with minimal HDMI sockets

Cons

  • LED lights are a bit bright in a dark room (I’ve hidden my HDMI switch behind my soundbar, so this isn’t a problem for me)
  • Requirement for power might be a problem for some people

I tried a cheaper HDMI switch previously that doesn’t require external power, but it froze up randomly. I haven’t had this issue with this HDMI switch in the month that I’ve had it. I haven’t had to disconnect or reconnect any cables at all, and the automatic switching works so well that I’ve not had any reason to use the supplied remote control.

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Kinivo 5 Port HDMI Switch