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Laziness isn’t exactly a bad thing. In fact, it’s been said that laziness is a virtue. Laziness brought us the remote control, and the automobile. Laziness brought us microwave dinners and Amazon. And laziness has brought us the Monkey Kit, the new compliment to your e-reader and tablet that you absolutely have to have.

This product is one of the many that have been successfully funded on Kickstarter, and lets you operate your tablet computer or e-reader without having to hold it with your hands, by allowing you to create a stable stand for to rest your tablet on, or to let it hang loosely from your bed post.

Getting one will cost $69 in the US and £50 in the UK. But is it any good?

Introducing the Monkey Kit

The Monkey Kit is designed to be the ergonomic companion to your tablet or e-reader. It allows you to position the device in any number of ways, enabling you to use it in a hands-free mode, ideal for watching movies and reading books in bed, or turning it into a writing (or even programming) workstation by standing it upright on a desk and pairing it with Bluetooth keyboard 4 Mini Bluetooth Keyboards For iPad mini Typists 4 Mini Bluetooth Keyboards For iPad mini Typists A keyboard is what you need to prep your tablet for productivity, so we went looking for a few Bluetooth keyboard cases for your new iPad mini. Read More .

It aims to thoroughly transform how you use your keyboardless devices. But is it unique in what it does?

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Competitors

There’s no shortage of tablet and e-reader stands on the market right now. These vary wildly in terms of how they work with other tablets, to their affordability and build quality. In the past, we’ve looked at the LazePad iPad Holder LazePad iPad Holder Review and Giveaway LazePad iPad Holder Review and Giveaway The LazePad Holder seems like a clever way to protect your iPad while increasing functionality. At the end of this review, you'd certainly want one! Read More . Much like the Monkey Kit, it is a high-end device, although differs in being proprietary to the iPad, and solidly rigid. As a result, it does not elevate and contort as the MonkeyKit does.

The Monkey Kit stands out in a couple of ways. Firstly, it can be attached to any number of tablets and even objects, provided it has a smooth, continuous surface and is dry. This makes it stand out from the plethora of brand and device specific mounts on the market right now.

Furthermore, as the tail can be adjusted, you can change the height and angle of your tablet. This means that it’s flexible enough to be used and reshaped as you need to.

Initial Impressions

The Monkey Kit itself is a remarkable, sturdy, flexible piece of engineering. We’ll talk about its impressive build quality later, but first let’s talk about what it actually is.

The Monkey Kit comes in a rigid, plastic box. This arrived fairly worse for wear, with the edges bashed and beaten. Inside is some documentation, and the actual kit itself held to the box with some plastic clips. This consists of two components.

The first is an impressively powerful suction cup, called the Vacuum Dock which attaches to your tablet or e-reader. Connecting to that is the impressively built tail, which allows you to position and hold your device.

Using the Monkey Kit

Let’s start off by looking at the Vacuum Dock. This can grip the back of any smooth surface, and firmly hold onto it without your expensive tablet computer falling to the floor and shattering into a million pieces – saving you from replacing the screen The Guide To Replacing a Damaged Mobile Phone Display The Guide To Replacing a Damaged Mobile Phone Display If you have damaged the screen of your mobile phone – perhaps you dropped it or sat down while the device was in your pocket – you’ve immediately given yourself a headache. Can the phone... Read More  at great expense.

This initially was a major concern. After all, tablet computers can be expensive. But, I can confidently say that the suction cup has enough force to safely hold any tablet you throw at it. Once you connect it to your tablet or e-reader, it’s not going to let go without a fight.

It’s also worth noting that the Vacuum Dock also rotates, allowing you to use your tablets in both landscape and horizontal modes.

Setting up the Vacuum Dock requires a huge amount of brute force. To interlock your device, you need to firmly push it against the suction cup, whilst simultaneously pressing the large button located on the side of the dock to expel any remaining air.

Once locked, your tablet isn’t going anywhere. Removing your tablet from the Monkey Kit is a matter of breaking the vacuum seal. This is done by pulling a rubberized tab – something that can’t really be done by accident.

The Monkey’s Tail

Connected to the suction cup is the ‘tail’ of the device. It’s easy to see how this device got its name. It flexes and contorts like that of a monkey. It measures 36 inches, which is long enough to horizontally cantilever an iPad mini at one foot. It also weighs a slightly heavy 1.49 pounds (around 0.65 kilograms).

Bending the Monkey Tail is a bit of an ordeal – one that almost qualifies itself as a workout. It’s consisted out of a pliable metal, with a non-slip silicon coating, and is sufficiently rigid to hold any shape you give it.

Want to hang your Kindle from your bedposts while you read Twilight? Now you can. Want to stand your iPad up whilst you work in Pages with a Bluetooth keyboard? The Monkey Kit makes it possible to do all that.

Living With The Monkey Tail

I tested the Monkey Kit out on my Nexus 7 tablet, a pre-Paperwhite Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad 4. I was interested in comparing how the device would cope with the textured, dimple-covered backplate of the Nexus 7, in relation to the smooth back of the Amazon Kindle and the iPad 4.

The Vacuum Dock coped admirably. So long as the device you’re attaching to the Vacuum Dock is smooth, large enough and sufficiently rigid, you should be fine. With that said, I’d be interested to see how it copes with the wave of curved devices – like the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex – that are slated to be released in the next few years.

I was also interested in seeing how it the flexible Monkey Tail would handle the varying weights of each tested device. As mentioned before, I used the kit on a number of devices, each representing the different weight categories of tablet computers. I expected the device to groan under the weight of the significantly heavier iPad 4.

Thankfully, there there was no noticeable sagging or drooping, and the tail faithfully kept is shape without contorting or needing to be adjusted.

That Build Quality

Remember the build quality I mentioned earlier? Yeah, it’s impressive. Take, for example, the Vacuum Dock. This is a monumental specimen of industrial design, and is constructed out of sturdy, thick plastic; with a suction cup constructed entirely of polymer rubber that can firmly hold anything you throw at it.

Likewise, the tail is remarkably sturdy. It can withstand an awful lot of contorting and bending without showing any signs of damage, or wear and tear. It can hold a position almost indefinitely without losing shape, and its thick silicon coating ensures that the chances of it slipping from a slippery surface are next to nil.

Should You Buy The Monkey Kit?

That depends really. The Monkey Kit is a really large, really heavy piece of kit and is not especially portable. It’s also not especially cheap. If you’re just looking for a simple iPad stand so that you can holster your tablet next to your computer, you’d be best looking elsewhere, or making one of your own.

With that said, if you’re willing to spend a premium for a quality, ergonomically friendly tablet stand that can be adapted for multiple scenarios and can take a beating, you might benefit from the Monkey Kit.

Our verdict of the Monkey Kit:
MakeUseOf recommends: Buy it, if you use your tablet as a productivity device and tend to work from the same place. When you bring mobility into the equation, it becomes slightly less attractive.
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  1. Morrison
    August 9, 2014 at 6:35 am

    P.S The link to visit the Monkey Kit website, takes you to a page which (with Javascript disabled) displays "JavaScript seem to be disabled in your browser". Perhaps someone could tell the company about their good England.

  2. heather c
    August 9, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I'd use it in the kitchen when using an online recipe.

  3. Morrison
    August 9, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Most definitely. Can think of uses (not just for tablets) for it already.

  4. Hunter
    August 8, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I will use it to hold my galaxy note 2014 as a second monitor to my laptop. Or try it for my phone on the go.

  5. Anna Marie M.
    August 7, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I will use it to hold my Tab used as a second monitor.

  6. Mike R.
    August 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I'll use it outside with my Kindle Fire.

  7. Raymond C
    August 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    ill use it for my G2 :)

  8. Peter H
    August 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I'll use it for my Blackberry Playbook

  9. Francesco Fiorino
    August 6, 2014 at 6:36 am

    I'd use it from my desk to hold the iPad :)

  10. Mike
    August 6, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I would use it to hold my cellphone in the position near the window where I get the best reception (in a metal building).

  11. Joseph S
    August 5, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I will use with my smartphone and place it near my bed while I'm sleeping and probably listening to music.

  12. Michael Angelo
    August 5, 2014 at 6:39 am

    use it from my bed

  13. Dhanesh
    August 5, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I'll use it for my tablet and Galaxy S5

  14. spectre phang
    August 5, 2014 at 12:31 am

    going to watch lotsa anime!

  15. doreen lamoureux
    August 4, 2014 at 11:17 am

    for my husbands ipad. I love this product. Never seen it before. :)

  16. Stephan H
    August 4, 2014 at 10:01 am

    For my phone.

  17. DD
    August 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    with nexus 7

  18. GD
    August 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    i will use it for my mobile xperia sl

  19. Adly A
    August 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Listening to music while studying.

  20. Nick
    August 3, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Place my tablet on my study room desk.

  21. Ashwin
    August 2, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I'll use it with my Nexus 7 2012.

  22. Julian
    August 2, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Would use it near my Bose system to have the tablet dedicated for controlling my music.

  23. Thalia
    August 1, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    With my iPad

  24. Sam K
    August 1, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I'll use it while working in/from the bed.

  25. Jonathan G
    July 31, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    My laptop computer sits in front of a bedpost. I could put the arm behind the laptop and wrap it around the bedpost so that the tablet hangs above the notebook screen.

  26. Chetan
    July 31, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    i will use it for my mobile

  27. Alexander K
    July 31, 2014 at 11:18 am

    i don't think about it yet

  28. Franz Iulian
    July 31, 2014 at 7:02 am

    In my car for guiding (gps) it would be perfect

  29. Daniel Ooi
    July 31, 2014 at 5:29 am

    I would use it with iPad.

  30. Rov DS
    July 31, 2014 at 5:06 am

    i'll be great to use w/ tablet, so it wont keep falling off my hands while reading. perfect for reading and watching :)

  31. Lisa M
    July 31, 2014 at 12:06 am

    My daughter is an industrial design student so she loves these uniquely designed products that are highly functional as well

  32. Jonah Jeleniewski
    July 30, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    This seems like a far more elegant solution than propping my Nexus 7 up against the side of my desktop and accidentally knocking it over half the time I touch it. Would be great to be able to use my tablet as a reliable second screen and whatnot.

  33. Sriram Srinivasan
    July 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    To watch movies with my tablet!!!!

  34. Haroon Khan
    July 30, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I would use it to read books or to watch movies in bed!

  35. Todd H
    July 30, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    With all the different tablets and devices I have, it would be used daily on anything I can think of.

  36. Ptrix
    July 30, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    this would be great for an iPad mini on my desk

  37. Orcan Tiryakioglu
    July 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I would use for cooking and watching video.

  38. ?????? ?
    July 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I will use it for my Prestigio Multipad 7.0 Ultra Duo.

  39. Regina Anthonia
    July 30, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    i would use it with my ipad . Use Them for watching Youtube's Videos , reading ebook and do my asignment on bed !!

  40. Jeanne T
    July 30, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I buy a lot of cookbooks on my Kindle, and this would be perfect for hold the tablet while I cook!

  41. Hatem S
    July 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I am going to use it as part of my trading platform

  42. Timothy C
    July 30, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I have a phablet, a 6.1" Huawei phone that is brilliant for watching videos on. However, due to the limited popularity of phablets and specifically, the Huawei phablet, there aren't many (read: 0) accessories for the phone. Currently I prop my phone up using either a tissue box or an old video stand intended for the iPod Touch 4G, however it's near impossible to achieve the perfect viewing angle with these, since the phone keeps slipping on the desk. This Monkey Kit seems like a great solution to this problem and, seeing as how I use a massive phone, portability won't be an issue either.

  43. Carsten F
    July 30, 2014 at 5:14 am

    I would use for cooking and watching video.

  44. arthur nelson
    July 30, 2014 at 3:56 am

    I'd use it for my iPad at the table and in bed, watching videos

  45. Cristy Ridey
    July 30, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I would use it for watching videos & reading

  46. Vic L
    July 30, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Awesome. Just like a lazypod. Tilt anywhere.

  47. B Kautz
    July 30, 2014 at 12:52 am

    For watching movies on my transformer

  48. Leoner G
    July 29, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I would use it with my Ipad

  49. Maarten D
    July 29, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    For watching long vids on Youtube, Reading ebook on iPad,..

  50. Eric Sun
    July 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I'll use it if I win this giveaway. ^_^

  51. ??????? ?
    July 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I am going to use this for retro gaming where I use an external gamepad.

  52. Victor O
    July 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    This would be great to hook over the headboard to read at night, I think.

  53. Nikola Todoric
    July 29, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    As a stand for my tablet

  54. Dmitriy S
    July 29, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I would use it for watching movies!

  55. Mile Zec
    July 29, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I would use it with my Nexus 7

  56. Ana Vukasin
    July 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I would use this while watching a movie on my iPad

  57. Stoja Todoric
    July 29, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I would use it for watching movies in bed

  58. Dragana Todoric
    July 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I would use it for reading

  59. Dee Schwark
    July 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I'd use this everyday...instead of having to hold it or have it in my lap! Paired with my wireless keyboard this is great!

  60. Mukola Obizuyk
    July 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    i will use it. that's it

  61. Endracion
    July 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I'm actually thinking of using the tail's shape to attach it to the corner of one of my monitors; it looks like the shape and weight would make it hold well enough.

  62. DAN J
    July 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I'd use it in the kitchen.

  63. ffckyou12
    July 29, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I will sell it.

  64. Emil
    July 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Nice one, I will use this when I'm lying down on bed facing the ceiling. Who's thinking also of watching a movie while you're lying down on bed? Isn't it this cool. Now I can do that already.

  65. Brady W
    July 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    This would be great for watching videos on my iPad mini. One day I was watching some in bed and sat the iPad between the arm and the seat on my desk chair lol.

  66. Ashok Kumar
    July 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Getting my One+1 soon, this will be a great addition to hold it. Thanks.

  67. moorandro
    July 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    In the university

  68. Cre8tive
    July 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I'll use it to free up hands doing repairs watching "how-to" videos.

  69. Tate S
    July 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Most likely beside my PC to view instant mobile notifications

  70. M S Vishwanarayan
    July 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Well designed and futuristic . A design suitable for all tablets. Love it

  71. Kimberly H
    July 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Love this stand. I use my iPad in therapy with students who have varying disabilities. I am always looking for ways to position the device to maximize their ability to access, and this looks like something incredibly flexible and functional!

  72. Prabhdeep
    July 29, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Its the most adjustable stand for any tablet without question!!! So, i'll be using it pretty much always with my tablet on my bed while I am just laying on my bed and watch a movie or anything in any direction as I want without worrying about placing it flat on bed!!!

  73. Andi Fahy
    July 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This would be amazing to watch twitch while lying down in bed <3 sodapoppin

  74. Bruno P
    July 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    To hold my Nexus 7 while i'm in bed so i can watch Twitch streams without using my hands.

  75. judy sizemore
    July 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    i would give it to my husband

  76. Herb
    July 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    During the day, I have my iPad propped up on my desk to watch TV, run a weather app, etc. This would be a great way to improve my work space.

  77. Linda Carlson
    July 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    In the kitchen, while cooking.

  78. Mike Smith
    July 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I use my tablet for work and play for about 10 hours a day - MonkeyKit would save me a lot of aching finger joints, especially when I am just reading for an hour or two at a time.
    Please - make it mine!

  79. Vedran M
    July 29, 2014 at 11:32 am

    To be lazy-ass and lay all day enjoying my Xoom.... Yup, first Xoom...

  80. Aleksandr
    July 29, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Books reading.

  81. Mikhail R
    July 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I really love Monkey Kit to keep my iPad mini standing up!

  82. paulie b
    July 29, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I would use it on my desk at school

  83. Rebecca Parsons
    July 29, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I would use it for my kindle, for easier reading

  84. Nikhil
    July 29, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I will set it with monkey kit in many comfortable positions .

  85. Alexandru S
    July 29, 2014 at 5:24 am

    As a lazy person for my tablet.

  86. Aaron
    July 29, 2014 at 4:11 am

    To hold my phone while I lazily sit in bed.

  87. Howell
    July 29, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I would use it to hold my tablet while watching videos or reading.

  88. Eugenie
    July 29, 2014 at 3:13 am

    I would use this to hold my tablet while reading.

  89. Ryan
    July 29, 2014 at 2:00 am

    I would use it on my desk.

  90. Tom S
    July 29, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I’d use the Monkey Kit to hold my tablet while reading or watching videos.

  91. Nomi Tiwi
    July 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I'll use it for my Nexus 7 mostly and occasionally for my exus 5 on my desk while I'm working on my PC to keep it at my eye level.

  92. Dan D
    July 28, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    As a banana holder. It looks way too easy for someone or something to just knock it over. I rather use something with a lower center of gravity when it comes to electronics holders..

  93. Va D
    July 28, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I would use it as an expensive beer holder.

  94. Patti H
    July 28, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    It won't work on my note darn it so guess have to use it on other . I liked idea of putting on headboard

  95. Andrew L
    July 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I'd use the Monkey Kit to hold my tablet while reading or watching videos.

  96. Ajith Sen
    July 28, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    To hold my tablet for reading and productivity.

  97. Howard B
    July 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    This looks like a great device for extended reading. I've got quite a few ebooks I'd love to read on my tablet, but holding onto the thing for hours on end (while the back of the tablet slowly gets warmer, and the tablet slowly gets heavier) isn't my ideal way to spend an afternoon.

  98. Daniel V
    July 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I usually watch some prank videos on YouTube with my mom, this would be easier than holding a tablet. :P

  99. Anne F
    July 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I would give it to my daughter to hold her Kindle

  100. Andrei
    July 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    a perfect device to hold my e-reader while having sex or masturbating

  101. Le H
    July 28, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I really love Monkey Kit to keep my iPad mini standing up!

  102. moinulhaqq
    July 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    In any way I could.

  103. Richard Bonifacio
    July 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I'll use it for Nexus 32GB.

  104. Paul V
    July 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    To watch movies while I'm on my bed

  105. SH
    July 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Looks like a great way to position my tablet when using a keyboard

  106. Miguel
    July 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    As a desk clock, of course!

  107. devendra madhok
    July 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    this nice good one.. but... its more productiv i had seen this product video in kickstarter.com really really love it.. its very useful for student wo regular study from tablet or mobile,
    and also useful online watching movie, video or read article... its must use ful even sucessful prdouct.. i think so...
    4.5/5.0 rating as per productivity eye

  108. Saad Ahmad
    July 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    To watch movies whilst I sleep :P

  109. Jared
    July 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    watching movies on the tablet

  110. Stephen G.
    July 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I would use the Monkey Kit to hold my tablet in a viewable position while I am cooking or working on my car.

  111. Colin H
    July 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I would use it to view all my happy memories (photos) on my iPad and listen to music without any obstruction! :)

  112. Nicolas De Smyter
    July 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Could use that to stand next to me when I'm working on my pc. So I can always view the information on my phone

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