Cygnett DriveView Tablet Universal Tablet Windscreen Mount Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Design 9.0
Installation 9.0
Features 8.0
Value 9.0
Developer: Cygnett
Review Date:
July 2013
Reviewer:
JP

9.0


Cygnett DriveView Tablet
Universal Tablet Windscreen Mount

The DriveView Tablet Universal Tablet Windscreen Mount is not new. This mount technology has been available for several years now for Smart Phones which allowed users to easily attach their iPhones to this device so you could use apps like TomTom or Hands Free in your car. However with the advent of Tablets and the ability of using a Sim Card inside them, a larger version of this windscreen mount was needed and Cygnett have answered this call with the DriveView Tablet Universal Tablet Windscreen Mount... phew, it's also a mouthful of words, so we'll call it the DriveView for the purposes of this review.

Initially I was apprehensive in attaching my relatively new iPad onto the windscreen of my car. I have had a few windscreen mounts in the past where the entire unit flew off in traffic. Not only was this not safe but it was also potentially damaging to my iPhone 4S. Thankfully this was not the case with Cygnett's DashView Universal Car Mount that we reviewed in 2011 and I'm still using to this day. Not anymore however. This device now lets me attach my iPad onto the windscreen of my car and more importantly, it is extremely sturdy. Thanks to the heavy duty suction system of this device, it securely holds my iPad into place. Each time I use it, I ensure that it is tightened but apart from that, I am very happy with the suction pad of this windscreen mount.

The mount is also adjustable for either landscape or portrait use, however I do prefer landscape as portrait does obstruct the windscreen a little. I'm driving a 2012 Toyota RAV 4. Another highlight of the product is the cradle system for your iPad. It has silicone grip pads with a spring loaded attractable gripper. This means that it snugly holds my iPad into place but it also allows slightly bigger non Apple iPads to be used as well. For example, this device works with the Samsung Galaxy Tab and even the Amazon Kindle Fire. Basically, any devices equal to or smaller than 198mm will easily be fitted into this device.

What I didn't like about this device? Absolutely nothing! By positioning my iPad on the windscreen, it allows me to use either Google Maps or TomTom to its maximum potential. As my iPad is hooked up through the Bluetooth of the RAV 4, it makes navigating the iOS quite easy, especially looking for the right driving music. Given that, you do need some willpower in not using your tablet while you are driving because it is looking directly at you. That's probably the only drawback that I can find. Another interesting use for this device is that we have a small child and yes, I did stick the DriveView on the side window for the car for my little one to watch movies. It's a dual purpose system with that in mind.

Final Thoughts?

Anyway, enough babble... this device works like a treat and I love the heavy duty suction system of the DriveView. It really holds your iPad or tablet in place and although we haven't had any warm days yet (it's Winter here in Australia), I'm predicting that even summer it will hold my iPad in place securely. You just need to tighten the suction system every now and then to ensure that it remains in place. Best of all when you've finished the drive, you simply unhook your iPad and get on with your day!






 
 



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