Mükava Tablet and Mobile Table review

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I usually tote an iPad and my iPhone with me around the house, looking for a comfortable place to read.  I also reference cookbooks every so often, with no clever way to hold them up.  The Mükava Tablet and Mobile Table may have just solved both problems for me.

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FEATURES

  • No assembly required – plug and play
  • All brushed steel contemporary design
  • 2-in-1 design
  • Unique and proprietary Mukava pads
  • 2 USB ports
  • USB Light
  • Mukava book bands and document pebbles
  • Lightweight and sturdy
  • Felt Feet

BENEFITS

  • No need to figure out how to assemble – just plug in
  • Can be used to read your tablet or as a great side table
  • A wide range of devices can be moved to and from the table in seconds
  • Charge your device while you read or while you are away and use the reading light
  • Allows you to hold a book or documents
  • Easy to move from room to room

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

  • Mükava Pads (3 Tablet Pads & 1 Mobile Pad)
  • USB LED Light
  • Power Adaptor + universal plug set
  • Mükava Table

This oddball looking table isn’t quite an “end table” or a podium.  It seems deliberately purpose-made for your tablet or a book.

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Folded up, the top measures 27″ above the floor.

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The first thing I tried was setting it next to a couch.  The folded up orientation seems perfectly sized for this.

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What’s this, a power supply?  The table has a built in two-port USB outlet.

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Plug the power supply into the base.  A cord extension is also included.

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Under the table you’ll find two USB ports, rated at 2A each.

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Also included are several mysterious black squares.  They’re sticky on one side, and magnetic on the other.  The idea is to give your maximum traction for your smart devices.  

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Fridge tested.  Yup, these squares are magnetic.  (Note:  Do not attach your tablet to your fridge.)

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A flexible-arm LED lamp is included as well.  Note the two types of LEDs.  One provides a whiter light, the other a warmer color temperature.

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To turn on the LED, press and hold the power button for 4 seconds.  It’s touch sensitive, not mechanical.

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The LED plugs right into the USB port under the tabletop.

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I’m not entirely sure why the USB ports are up front.  The flexible lamp arm kind of gets in the way.

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I’ve tried to capture the effect of the two selectable color temperatures.  Tap the power button once to toggle between whiter white (top) and warm (bottom).

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When the LED lamp isn’t in use, it stows away underneath.

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Oh yes, you’ve noticed I placed a Macbook Air (2008) on the table.  The listed capacity is 5 lbs.  Mükava suggests only using the table with a laptop in the fully-folded position (shown above).  This is probably to discourage people from knocking over their laptops.

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There is just one manual control of the Mükava.  This releases both hinges at once.

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But what about tablets?  I stuck my iPad Air 2 (2014) on the surface and experimented with a few positions next to the couch.

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Because the Mükava tabletop is metallic, I discovered the Apple Smartcase magnets provided quite a bit of grip.

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A close up of the one of the hinges.  The Mükava locks in preset, 12-degree gradients.

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Under the tabletop is a flexible gooseneck bendy bit.  The USB power goes through here.

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This is one of two elastics found underneath.  Why elastic?

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Books!  Here’s a book opened up with both elastics in place, plus the USB lamp.  Once again, I have mixed feelings about the lamp being up front.

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In another bit of clever design, the Mükava has two magnets that stow away underneath.

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I found this perfect for securing papers to the tabletop.  No worries about it blowing away.

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Is the Mükava ready for a spanking?  No, it’s showing off the gigantic felt feet.  They’re huge!

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This is no lightweight.  The Mükava weighed in at exactly 16 lbs.  Used properly, the Mükava isn’t tipping over anytime soon.

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If I have one gripe, is that the table surface assembly seems to have a lot of plastic.  It makes a cheap creaking sound when you try to make fine adjustments.  It also wobbles a tiny bit when extended, so I’ not sure I’d try typing on a keyboard.  I also question the position of the USB ports on the front.  If they were on the back, an LED lamp might be a bit more useful without getting in the way.

However, it’s unbeatable as a “third arm” to hold up your tablet or cookbook.  I really like the slick and modern looks of the Mükava.  It’s like the good-looking, do-anything, accessory table.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Mükava. Please visit http://www.mukava-tables.com for more info.

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  • Smythe Richbourg August 24, 2015, 3:23 pm

    At $300, it seems a bit spendy, but it is a great looking piece. I agree about the front-facing USB ports.

    I have a different model I’ll post in a bit that might give this one a run for it’s money – especially since it’s only about $50!

  • Andy Chen August 24, 2015, 3:24 pm

    50 bucks! I’m looking forward to seeing this!

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