Flote Orbit tablet stand review

flote-orbit-01As long has there have been tablets, gadgeteers everywhere have been trying to find ways to hold them hands-free.  Today we look at the Flote Orbit, which on Flote’s website is described as “Elegant. Ergonomic. Erresistible”.

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The Flote Orbit comes partially assembled in three parts:  The weighed base, arm, and “claw”.

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There’s not a whole lot to assembly.  That’s really it as shown.

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The weighed base measures about 8 inches in diameter.

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The vertical arm slides into the base, and is kept in place by a screw and washer.

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All that’s left is to attach the “claw”, which attaches with the firm pull of the magnet.

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Overall, the arm measures about a foot tall.

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I’ve reviewed some desktop stands with truly featherweight bases.  I’m happy to report that fully assembled, the Flote Orbit weighs in at over 12-1/2 lbs.  Your tablet isn’t going anywhere.

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The claw grips onto your tablet with a pair of springs.

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A set of grippy pads keep your tablet secure and scuff-free.

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Here’s the iPad Air 2 in landscape mode, no case.

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The ball and socket magnetic joint allows a very wide range of motion.

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It appears the Orbit will accept a wide variety of cases.  I only had the Apple Smartcover on hand, which fit with ease.

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The claw measures just over 6 inches wide at rest, and about 9 inches wide when full stretched out.

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This is a closeup of the grip pads, grasping the iPad Air 2.  Plenty of room for thicker tablets and/or cases.

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Naturally, the Flote Orbit accomodates portrait orientation as well.  The magnetic ball and socket makes this easy.

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Not everything is perfect.  The only annoyance I found is that the “claw” won’t shrink to the smallest size (just over 6″ wide) if you leave it alone.  It naturally tends to come to rest at about 6-1/2″ wide (top photo).  A quick push or squeeze fixes this (bottom).

I am totally loving the Flote Orbit stand.  In fact, it’s too nice to leave at my office, where it’ll probably walk away.  I plan to use this at home where I can selfishly admire the adjustability and stout weight.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Flote. Please visit http://www.floteyourtablet.com for more info.

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Product Information

Price:$129.99
Manufacturer:Flote
Requirements:
  • A tablet or device measuring between 6-9 inches wide.
Pros:
  • Heavy (over 12 lbs)
  • Clever magnetic ball and socket joint
Cons:
  • Not height adjustable
  • Claw is slightly fiddly closing to the smallest natural width

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