Beautifully designed and made; great idea
No vertical adjustment
We’ve used a number of iPad holders in our car over the past couple of years, attaching them to the back of a front seat to keep the kids entertained in the back over parts of a long journey.
But they’ve all had one problem, in that the iPad had to sit directly behind one of the seats. The Headrest, from Aussie design studio StudioProper, changes this by having a rotating arm that pivots the iPad into the space between the seats.
One end of the anodised aluminium arm attaches to one stalk of a head-rest by sliding on and tightening by means of four Allen bolts (an Allen key is provided). The other end attaches to a Wallee case (sold separately, $39.95), which can be attached using a simple pivot-and-click motion to a number of accessories.
How well it works depends on your car. In our Ford Territory it sat snugly against the back of the driver’s seat/ headrest, and pivoted out so it sat flush with the edge of the seat. The car is quite wide, so the person sitting on the left was still viewing at quite an angle – but it was a big improvement.
However, there’s no vertical adjustment in the Headrest so, unless the front seat is sitting vertically (which it will never be), the iPad will be angled down. This isn’t so much of a hassle for small kids, but older ones, and adults, may find the angle irritating.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
The beautifully made headrest solves one problem but introduces another. Give it the ability to adjust vertically and it would be awarded another mouse.