Review: Satechi R1 Arm Hinge Holder Stand

 

The $50 Satechi R1 Arm Hinge Holder Stand is a premium, solid aluminum desktop stand aimed at the 7″ to 10″ tablet market. Truth be told, anything that spans the distance of 2″+ would fit comfortably in this Arm Hinge Holder Stand.

The Satechi R1 fills a void left by many other folio type cases that position your iPad at a pre-determined incline. While this typical orientation works most of the time, it is by no means my ideal writing angle. The Satechi R1 solves that problem by providing an unlimited amount of viewing angles that are not only optimal for writing, but also for consuming information via the web browser.  In addition, watching a movie, or even playing a game is that much more enjoyable while using the R1.

 

 

The build quality of Satechi’s R1 is of the quality you might find in many higher end stands. There are two hinges that allow for 270 degree free rotation of their respective attached plates. The R1 is constructed from solid aluminum, so it’s sturdy, yet stylish, too. It definitely has the look of an Apple-esque accessory.

The bottom of the R1 is covered in rubber grip trim pads that help hold your tablet or other device securely in place. This not only gives you peace of mind, but it also adds functionality by providing a reliable anti-sliding surface. In addition, the hinged plate that receives your iPad, or other tablet device, is also covered with the same thin layer of rubber that is found on the bottom surface.  The support arm is capable of holding a tablet in both portrait and landscape modes–the same cannot be said for most folio-type keyboard cases on the market.

 

 

When not in use, the Satechi R1 can fold down flat into a compact shape about the width of a large wallet, and only measuring about an inch and a half thick at its largest point. As an added bonus, it also comes with a nice discrete, draw-string travel bag to store it away when not in use.

Overall, I was very pleased with the Satechi R1 Arm Hinge Holder Stand. It is a simple, yet  elegant adjustable stand–and it works as advertised. The R1 looked right at home next to my MacBook Pro and my iPad. I liked using it to hold my iPad at a comfortable viewing angle next to my MBP as an extension of my work area.

 

 

The $50 price tag is a little steep for my taste. However, I was able to find the R1 on sale for as low as $45 on multiple retail sites. With the R1′s countless viewing angles, clicking away at an Apple Bluetooth keyboard was just as enjoyable as watching a movie.

 

Pros-
Lightweight
Attractive design
Folds up when not used
Can use while charging
Unlimited amount of viewing angles
Works with virtually any device >1.5 inches wide
Hinges hold steady in place

Cons-
Needs a heavier base to prevent tipping
Brushed aluminum surface scratches easily
Only works on a flat surface

 

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