Scosche MagicMount XL Dash/Window car mount review

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MM01I’ve been searching for ways to attach my phone and tablet to the dash of my car.  Up until now, the options have been either destructive to the dash or I had to use a device that extended from the windshield.  Neither of these were satisfying, so the MagicMount from Scosche seemed to be a perfect solution.  Let me be upfront about this, I was  skeptical that the mount would not fall off the dash, but I gave the MagicMount a try anyway.  The idea behind the Scosche unit is that you attach the mount to your vehicle dash using a suction cup and then your phone or tablet snaps into place using an affixed high strength magnet.  The mount has a corresponding magnet.

Features:

  • Larger, more powerful magnet to safely secure your tablet to your vehicle’s dash, windshield or other window
  •  Flex-neck design gives you freedom to position at multiple viewing angles
  •  stickGRIP material securely holds device and provides a strong hold to any dash or window
  • Open design for full access to all controls and ports
  • Large and small MagicPlate with 3M adhesive are included for iPad, iPad air, iPad mini, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Galaxy and other brand tablets and more
  • Safe & Easy one-handed use
  • Quick, easy & secure magnetic mounting
  • Mount your tablet in portrait, landscape or any angle in between

MM03Here’s what I got in the package.  This includes the suction cup mount; large magnet that attaches to the mount; both a small and large magnet plate that attaches to the phone or tablet.

MM04A look at the suction cup of the mount.  It has a piece of plastic to protect the compound that is spread on the cup.

MM06The magnet attached to the flexible suction cup dash/window mount.

In the use instructions, there are several ways illustrated that one can attach the thin magnets to the device you wish to mount.

MM07In the case of my iPad mini, it was suggested that the magnet could be inserted between a case and the mini.  Here you see it laying on the removed case.  Unfortunately, this didn’t work for me, because the attraction between the magnets wasn’t strong enough mounted this way.  With a thinner case, it may have worked.

MM10What I ended up doing was removing the protective film on the side of the magnet with the 3M adhesive and attaching the magnets to the outside of my phone and tablet cases.

MM08Here I have the iPad mini attached with the magnets.

MM09And here is my phone.  Before I used the mount in my vehicle,  I tested the holding capability by vigorously shaking the mounted devices over my living room sofa, to insure they wouldn’t detach.  Amazingly, they didn’t.

MM11Following the instructions, I used the included wipe to clean off a spot on my dashboard.  I then removed the protective covering from the suction cup and pressed the mount to the dash.  Lastly, I flipped the mount holding lever to form a tight seal.

MM12It’s easy to attach your phone.  Just touch it to the mount and it snaps in place.

MM13The same goes for the tablet.

MM14And your device can easily be presented in portrait or landscape.

I really wanted to give the mount a good test and as luck would have it, here in New Hampshire we’re in  the midst of frost heave season.  This makes the back roads feel like you’re riding on a washboard.  Needless to say, the mount got a good workout.

Thankfully, over a period of 2 weeks, there were no failures of the mount disconnecting either from the dash or from the magnets..  Both my phone and iPad mini stayed attached.  For me there was an issue with my Moto G phone though.  When connected to the mount, sometimes I could not unlock the screen .  This was dependent upon the orientation of the magnets to each other.  If they were a little offset, then it worked fine.  Also, I could unlock the phone and then put it on the mount and it would stay unlocked.

My biggest concern was when I removed the mount from my dashboard to reorient it.  I cleaned a new spot on the dash and pressed the suction cup back down.  Unfortunately it didn’t hold and I was able to pop it off with very little effort.  I was concerned that the attachment to a non-smooth surface might be a one time event, because when I initially attached it, there was some goop (scientific term) spread on the suction cup, but on the second try, this was all gone.

We reached out to Scosche for an explanation, but haven’t received a reply yet.  (Update: While writing the review I received  the following from Scosche)

“We are assuming that this is a suction cup mount sku with adhesive?  If so, that is simply a reality of the adhesive with the suction cups.  It’s not meant to be removed and reapplied repeatedly.   They can try rinsing It off and letting it dry. That sometimes does the trick”

I left the mount in place and after a couple of days, it seems to have adhered to the dash and is working fine.  My concern is that at some point the mount lets go, and I wind up having a device with a broken screen.  It’s happened to me before, with a different mount, because the gear shift is right in line with a falling object.

I like the idea of a mount that doesn’t require one to either screw into the dash or use adhesives that are hard to remove.  The MagicMount XL is a good mount, but I wouldn’t go moving it around.  Although not tested, it should work fine attached to the windshield.  Take some time and position your mount before removing the protective shield on the suction cup.

Updates 03/08/16

After I removed the mount to relocate it, it doesn’t hold to my dash any longer. It’s currently sitting in my garage waiting for a use as a windshield mount.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Scosche. For more information, visit  http://www.scosche.com/

 

Product Information

Price:$34.99
Manufacturer:Scosche
Requirements:
  • Dashboard or
  • smooth surface
Pros:
  • Flexible mounting options
  • Easy to connect various devices
Cons:
  • There is no warning about not removing and installing multiple times
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
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  • Steven Broyde May 12, 2015, 10:27 am

    The SCOSCHE MagicMount- Magnetic Dash Mount for Mobile devices – Car Mounts -is a terrible product. The glue mount does not work when the weather gets warm. They have awful customer service for this product–don’t answer customer queries.

    I’m not sure the magic mount xl would fare any better. Reviews ought to cover customer support IMHO for a complete idea of the company’s commitment to what they’re selling.

  • tech May 12, 2015, 1:19 pm

    I have a similar mount, and it works great in heat and cold.
    The one downside is that the magnets interfere with wireless charging…so with the magnet on my Lumia 920 I am unable to do wireless charging.

  • p51d007 May 12, 2015, 5:55 pm

    I have the larger version (flip out holder on the bottom) for my work car, and the smaller version in my personal car. I keep the Huawei Ascend Mate2 on this and absolutely LOVE IT. Never had a problem with either one of them holding this big phone across driveway lips, RR crossings, pothole. Grips like glue.

  • LeoB May 13, 2015, 3:30 pm

    I have had the Scosche mount that attached with a sticky pad to the dashboard of my Outback. It’s been on there at least six months, maybe more. I have a Galaxy Note 2 almost permanently attached to it as a GPS/audiobook reader. It has never fallen off.

  • Michael May 14, 2015, 8:30 am

    Isn’t a tablet going to be a nasty thing to have flying around the car in the event of an accident ?

  • Bill May 14, 2015, 12:56 pm

    Michael,

    I suppose that would be the case with any loose object in the passenger compartment. Just thinking about my grandsons DVD players!

    • Michael May 14, 2015, 6:08 pm

      Bill. Yes I agree. I was on a long trip not long ago and my son was doing something on his laptop in the back seat. I wondered what that would be like in an accident.

  • Donna January 1, 2016, 2:24 am

    I purchased one of these MagicMounts for my car. I happily put it on to the dash yesterday afternoon and it was nicely secured (due to the sticky glue substance on the bottom). I left it there and locked my car to retire for the night.

    This morning, a mere 12 hours later, I went to the car to find the top part of the mount broken off from the suction base (which was still stuck on to the dash). Nothing hit it, nothing fell on it, no one interfered with it – it was in a LOCKED vehicle all night. It just…..BROKE. The sad thing is that I purchased it while I was on vacation away from home so I don’t see how I can get it replaced or get a refund. I’m very, VERY dissatisfied with this.

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