SnakeClamp Cobra iPad Stand Review -- Finally an affordable eye-level stand!

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Tedddman, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Tedddman macrumors member

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    I've been looking for a stand to raise the iPad up to eye level for hands-free viewing, but most of the options out there were either too expensive or took up too much space. Other "swing arm" style stands ran up to $270! In response to a thread I posted on this board, forum poster TWO2SEVEN suggested I take a look at a SnakeClamp.

    The SnakeClamp brand seems a relatively new line of products, and as far as I could tell, there were literally zero reviews of their iPad stands online. This may be the first! Still, the price was nice ($54.95 plus shipping) and I decided to take the plunge. I chose the "Mini-Universal" iPad mount option because I wanted to leave my Incipio NGP bumper case on the iPad.

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    The iPad Cobra SnakeClamp contains three 1' aluminum arm sections, a vise grip clamp for attaching to a desk or table, and your choice of a iPad 1, iPad 2/3, or a "Mini-Universal" bracket for mounting your iPad.

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    The vise grip is sturdy metal and has a rubber coating to prevent damage to the desk or table.

    I was able to assemble the stand in less than five minutes, and ended up only using two of the three arm sections. This made the distance just right for couch-surfing with the iPad and also reduced the "wobble factor" when tapping and swiping the screen.

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    iPad lounging in full effect!
    Very easy on the eyes and wrists, and I can now read comics, surf the web, and watch videos for hours on end without getting a crick in my neck from staring down at my lap. And my hands stay free for a cold beverage!

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    PROS AND CONS:

    + The cheapest eye-level iPad stand at $54.95 plus shipping.
    + Sturdy, quality aluminum construction.
    + Up to 3 feet of adjustable arm length.
    + Easy to remove from table/desk and set back up once you find a comfortable locked position.
    + The mini-universal attachment accommodates an iPad with a case (as well as any other tablet or e-reader).

    - The mini-universal attachment does NOT support a vertical portrait orientation for the iPad--it will slide right out.
    Choose the iPad 1 or iPad 2/3 attachment for that--but then you will need to remove any case.
    - The stand wobbles a bit when you touch the screen, and this can be disorienting while reading.
    I fixed this by leaning a heavy book against the vise arm, which reduced the wobble factor to nearly zero.
    - You must loosen/tighten each arm joint to reposition it--this is not a tension spring arm that is instantly adjustable.

    OVERALL, I am very pleased with the SnakeClamp! It's a "best buy" for this kind of stand at $55 plus shipping. Just be aware that you want the iPad 2/3 attachment if you would like to use both portrait and landscape orientations.
     
  2. GUCCIMAN macrumors regular

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  3. timhendersonhk macrumors newbie

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    SpiderArm is USD 49.99 and includes free shipping.

    I did some research in this category and the original concept was designed by SpiderArm for this category and it is USD 49.99 and includes free shipping in North America and in some Asian countries. Their web site is spiderarm.com. Very much worth looking at.
     
  4. abir macrumors newbie

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    Is there a way to connect something like this to a treadmill?
     
  5. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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  6. geraldz macrumors newbie

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    I can't tell where these guys are located. I think they are in China. The SnakeClamp ships from Virginia.
     
  7. It'sMyPrecious macrumors regular

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    Interesting - I've never seen something like that before!

    By the way, what's that case you have on your iPad? I noticed it looks very slim and the bluish color matches well with the white bezel.
     
  8. Radio macrumors 68000

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    I'll be the first to say that's retardedly ugly
     
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  10. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    Too lazy to hold your iPad while sitting on the couch?
     
  11. Tedddman thread starter macrumors member

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    Yep, my case is an Incipio NGP, love it.
    The "table clamp" base that I got uses a vise that could probably anchor it to a flat part of a treadmill.
    It's super functional though! You don't know how nice it is to have the iPad up at eye level. Once you set the clamp up, it's easy to clip onto a table and then put away when you're done reading/watching movies. I don't leave the clamp on the table 24/7.
    Try holding the iPad up at eye level for a few hours while you watch a movie or geek out with a bunch of digital comics. Not easy on the wrists.

    This is the height of iPad decadence!
     
  12. barachus macrumors regular

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    lol ...that has to be the most retardedly over the top Ipad accessory i have ever seen
    but i love it!:D
     
  13. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    OP,

    While I dont have this product, I do not agree with your assessment. Based upon the CONS you list there is no way this is a best buy at all but I would label it a "I settled for it" buy.
     
  14. Tedddman, Apr 17, 2012
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    Tedddman thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, I don't agree with your assessment of my assessment! :D

    A "best buy" always implies some amount of settling with faults because of a cost savings, but you have to keep in mind that the cons I listed are common to stands of this type.

    Most competing swing-arm stands I looked at don't accommodate a case at all--you have to snap the bare iPad into a form-fitting bracket. Leaving my case on was most important to me, so I opted for the SnakeClamp's mini-universal attachment. Just get the iPad 2/3 attachment if portrait orientation is more important to you.

    As for the wobbling, just about every swingarm out there is going to have it, gooseneck or tension models even moreso than a solid aluminum joint-tightened model like the SnakeClamp.
     
  15. The New iPad macrumors regular

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    Is it adjustable for iPads in most cases? I don't want to have to remove my case everytime I want to use this thing
     
  16. Tedddman thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, it'll accomodate just about any case with the "mini universal" attachment, but you're limited to horizontal orientation. Otherwise, you'll have to remove the case to get an attachment that lets you rotate the iPad as you please. But that's common to stands/arms of this type.
     

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