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Tablets and other smart devices have wriggled their way into every room in the house – and as useful as they are, it’s not always convenient to take up precious surface space with a bulky case, or to risk getting devices covered in cooking sauces from the kitchen and dirt from the garage. If only someone could invent a durable stand that suspends the device from a kitchen cabinet, or holds the device up from a table!

Upper Desk have done just that.

upper desk - cabinet shelf demo

Attaching either to a table or cabinet, the Upper Desk portable mounts are available for $60 direct from UpperDesk.com. The market for tablet stands in the kitchen is particularly fierce, with alternatives such as the CTA Digital 2-1 Kitchen mount ($45), which requires a permanent base fixture to be installed; or similarly priced Belkin kitchen mount which requires no permanent installation, but lacks the ability to rotate or adjust viewing angle, as well as being more restricted in size of tablet it can accommodate. Existing solutions are typically inflexible, poorly produced, or do permanent damage to the surface they are being fixed on. The Upper Desk mounts share none of these properties.

Initial Impressions

The table and cabinet mounts are very similar, differing visually only in orientation; the former is designed to clamp on a table and hold a smart device from the bottom up, the latter to hang from a shelf or cabinet. They’re both made of powder-coated metal and high density plastic, giving them a very durable and solid feel, as well as an attractive industrial look. They are reasonably heavy at 620/650 grams, but that’s a good thing when you’re talking about securely holding a few hundred dollars worth of electronics.

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upper desk mount - overview of both

Portability

The locking mechanism is a standout feature that does away with the need for screws, bolts, or permanent fixing. A simple lever and spring keeps the tension and prevents the clamp from falling back.

upper desk - lock detail

To remove, press the lever in and the clamp will jump back. There’s rubber foam on the underside to prevent marks on your surfaces, and a textured plastic foot on the end of the clamp.

upper desk - table mount overview

Versatility

Both mounts accommodate smart phones or tablets from 4-14 inches, thanks to the combination of a strong sliding metal arm and fine-tuning with a rigid black plastic clip. This is a powerful feature that eliminates the tiring and wasteful process of buying a whole new set of accessories with any new device. One mount to rule them all.

upper desk - locking metal arm for different tablet sizes

This versatile mechanism also means you can mount an iPad in landscape or portrait modes.

The base of the durable plastic mount allows your device to be seated conformably at 3 slightly different upright viewing angles, and has strips of rubber to protect your device as well as prevent slipping.

upper desk - 3 slots for upright positions

You can also rotate the device 360 degrees (table mount) or 270 degrees (cabinet mount) to achieve that perfect view no matter where you’re working from – in your kitchen, home office, bedroom or garage.

upper desk - office

The Table Mount differs in one crucial area: the base of the holder is fixed in position about a few centimeters above the table. While the neck of the mount does slide up and down, its purpose is to accommodate difference sizes of tablet – you cannot adjust how high the tablet is from the desk. This unlike the Cabinet Mount, in which the base of the tablet-holding mechanism moves freely with the main neck of the device, so you can position the tablet anywhere from 3cm to about 20cm beneath the fixing point of the cabinet. Both the mounts accommodate different sizes of device, but the cabinet also adjusts the viewing height; the table mount’s viewing height cannot be adjusted.

upper desk - table mount demo

While both Upper Desk mounts are extremely versatile and able to fit tablets from 4 to 14 inches, there is a tradeoff to had in security. Without a security lock, it’s easy to unclip and remove the smart device – making these unsuitable for high traffic, public appearances. You’ll need to look elsewhere for public kiosk applications.

Living With the Upper Desk Mounts

For general home use, the versatility of the Upper Desk Portable Cabinet Mount wins my adoration for making it easy to watch media while washing up, or for freeing up work surfaces when cooking. Given that vertical space tends to be abundant, it’s also convenient to mount the stand and simply forget about it. No more staring at a blank wall – there’s a huge amount of vertical space in your home waiting to be utilised!

upper desk - cabinet kitchen watching spaced

As a work-from-home daddy, my desk is already packed with monitors and consequently the table mount has found less use for me. If you use your iPad as an alarm or to monitor sleeping habits, I can certainly see it being useful mounted on your bedside table. It would also be perfect for use with an iPad to extend your desktop. How To Use Your iPad (or iPhone!) As A Second Monitor [iOS] How To Use Your iPad (or iPhone!) As A Second Monitor [iOS] Productivity pros swear by multiple monitors, but we don't all have the luxury of carrying around huge screens and endless wallets. On the other hand, the iPad has become pretty ubiquitous, and it can really... Read More

upper desk - table mount outside

Ultimately both the Upper Desk Table and Cabinet Mount are incredibly easy to fix in place, so erecting and moving them from garage to garden is no issue.

Should you buy these Upper Desk Mounts?

Absolutely. There are certainly cheaper tablet mounts out there, but you’ll regret buying them. The Upper Desk mounts aren’t tied to any particular tablet or smart device model, so they’ll stay with you and adapt to changing demands as devices get bigger. The construction is high quality with no obvious weak points, and the astonishly easy no-tools-required fixing method makes them versatile enough to use all over the house without permanent fixings.

MakeUseOf recommends: Buy. Versatile, durable, easy to use and future-proofed – this is how all products should be made.

How do I win the Upper Desk Mounts?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

The Winner

Congratulations, Anthony Woods! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before August 8 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, July 11. The winner will be selected at random and informed via email. View the list of winners here.

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  1. Morrison
    July 12, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Everywhere around the house - Kitchen for recipes; Garage for internet searches; the list goes on and on.

  2. Paul
    July 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    On my desk to turn my tablet into a 2nd screen

  3. Stephan H
    July 7, 2014 at 9:01 am

    On my desk for a tablet.

  4. Hannah L
    July 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I would use it in my classroom and also on my computer desk to watch movies.

  5. Youssef Azza
    July 6, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Indeed I'd use it to watch movies or read books.

  6. Bogdan
    July 6, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    At home for my pad

  7. Jose Estrada
    July 6, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Could definitely use the free space for my desk with my tablet mounted.

  8. Ashwin
    July 5, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    At my computer table

  9. latanya
    July 5, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    in the kitchen when I am trying new recipes

  10. Georgiana D
    July 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    On my desk at work, where it can help me to communicate more easily with friends

  11. Stephen
    July 5, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Defintely useful to free up desk space and above the printer (an otherwise wasted space) is just great!

  12. danelle chaney
    July 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Id use this in the kitchen to mount my tablet while reading recipes and also at the table to make use while im watching my cooking shows.

  13. Florian
    July 4, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    In my atelier is perfect.

  14. Mat Bartley
    July 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    My wife would use them in the kitchen to display recipes without the iPad getting in the way.

  15. Brian Kautz
    July 4, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    In the garage for obd2 checks

  16. Sam K
    July 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I plan to use this as a wall mount for my tablet. Will be helpful as I'm on complete bed rest due to a medical condition.

  17. Alessio A
    July 3, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    at my computer table for my ipad :)

  18. Gheorghe
    July 3, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I think I would take it everywhere with me.

  19. Christopher Wetmore
    July 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I'd keep my Samsung Note open to show me song lyrics from my online radio station.

  20. Raymond C
    July 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    at my computer table for my ipad

  21. Ryan
    July 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    would love to give tis mount to my mother so she could check her recipes while cooking and skype with my brother and sister :)

  22. Amit Konstabler
    July 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    keep my hands free while reading with tabllet

  23. John E
    July 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I'd use it as an auxiliary mount for my Kindle Fire HD so I could continue when my MacBook is beach-balling.

  24. Margot S
    July 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I would use it for my ipad in the kitchen.

  25. Stephen
    July 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    The cabinet mount definitely seems to be designed for kitchens, so it would make logical sense to put it there. I'd use the table mount on my desk to have a tablet/phone securely mounted and easily usable at all times.

  26. Gabriela
    July 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    At work is perfect!

  27. sun
    July 2, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Use it to hold the pad while exercising or stretching.

  28. Gherghina
    July 2, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Maybe in the kitchen.

  29. claire turner
    July 2, 2014 at 5:37 am

    in the kitchen when cooking

  30. Christopher
    July 2, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Probably in the kitchen.

  31. Alin
    July 1, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    In my car, when I travelling.

  32. nicole g
    July 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Use it in the kitchen or my man could use it in the shop as hes a heavy duty mechanic :)

  33. Paul Yates
    July 1, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I'd use it everywhere...

  34. Robin G
    July 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I would love this for my boyfriend's cabin! We had a coffee maker mounted underneath the kitchen cabinet, and just removed it last week. I'd put it right there, so I could listen to music and have access to recipes.

  35. Aibek E
    July 1, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Would like to see that on my kitchen!

  36. Peter H
    July 1, 2014 at 4:13 am

    At my desk using an old tablet as a second screen.

  37. Aaron
    July 1, 2014 at 3:09 am

    For my wife in the kitchen. Pinterest!

  38. Suresh K. Volam
    June 30, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    In the kitchen

  39. Mustaghfirin A
    June 30, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    My bedroom for watching movies.

  40. Ken Haggerty
    June 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Definitely in the kitchen.

  41. Carol Oddy
    June 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Yes I would use the mounts for my ipad 2 probably in the kitchen.

  42. Charlita M
    June 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room (EVERYWHERE). Recipe reading while cooking, gaming, music, movies!! I like the durability and simple easy to use design features.

  43. Florentin I
    June 30, 2014 at 8:17 am

    He will accompany everywhere my tablet. Never know when you need more.

  44. Vadim
    June 30, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I would use the cabinet mount in the kitchen

  45. Costel S
    June 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I can use everywhere I work.

  46. Maarten D
    June 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I would use it for reading the newspaper on my iPad, and for studying.

  47. Colin H
    June 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    To allow my iPad to be placed at my printer much more easily.

  48. DAN J
    June 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I would use the shelf one out in my garage with my old 10" XOOM.

  49. Zinoviya Obizuyk
    June 28, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I would use these mounts on my desk.

  50. Victor Obizuyk
    June 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    On my desk, to read.

  51. Mukola Obizuyk
    June 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I would use the cabinet mount in the kitchen with an old Xoom tablet. I would use the desk mount in my office with a Nexus 7.

  52. Jane L Johnson
    June 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I love this kind of ingenuity combined with great quality workmanship! :o) It would help me in accessing recipes in the kitchen as well as executing patterns while crafting with my Kindle Fire!

  53. Dmitriy S
    June 28, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    at kitchen

  54. Nik Aiman
    June 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

    at kitchen , during cooking or something..

  55. Ajith Sen
    June 28, 2014 at 6:32 am

    On my desk, to read.

  56. Edmund S
    June 28, 2014 at 5:26 am

    I would use these mounts on my desk.

  57. Mike
    June 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I would love to be able to keep my iPad out of danger while I'm cooking meals and listening to audiobooks and music. Don't think hot oil splashes and errant jugs of sauce will do it much good!

  58. Catherine M
    June 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I so want this. My Residents at our Long Term Care home could have more access to our one and only tablet. Wonderful!!!!

  59. Stephen G.
    June 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I could find uses for these in the classroom.

  60. Roger C
    June 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I would use this to mount my iPad just above my Cinema display.

  61. Bette Abdu
    June 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    This product really make sense. Of course I want both options but in my case I think the table mount will be the most useful for me.

  62. Diana T
    June 27, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I would love to have this for the kitchen to view recipes while cooking and also for my desk at home!

  63. Nabil Z
    June 27, 2014 at 10:25 am

    To play some games with a bluetooth gamepad

  64. Serg
    June 27, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Just a flip cover with mounting folds.

  65. Adly A
    June 27, 2014 at 6:54 am

    In my kitchen while looking for recipe.

  66. Mark
    June 27, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Very usefull in my home office

  67. Alexandru S
    June 27, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I'm not sure yet.

  68. Vic L
    June 27, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Just a flip cover with mounting folds. I hope I can get that :)

  69. Graeme
    June 27, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Bike Garage for looking up videos on specific tuning for unique bike parts.

  70. Theo E
    June 27, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I can think of about ten places I would use this. Following recipes in my kitchen, looking at a how to video in my shop, administering medications at work, and the list goes on. Definitely going to pick up some of these.

  71. Julian
    June 27, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Mounted somewhere in living room area and connected to IP camera to keep an eye on packages and the front door without having to look out the window. :)

  72. Dan D
    June 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    My bathroom for some hands free action.

  73. Isabelle Simard
    June 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    just wow !! I'll use that everywhere in the house !

  74. Va D
    June 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Has to be the kitchen since that's the only place I have a shelf that high.

  75. Denis K
    June 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    For my second monitor near my pcdesk

  76. Holly Slater
    June 26, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I'd use the cabinet mount in the kitchen for recipes while I'm cooking.

  77. moorandro
    June 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Where I usually work..

  78. Dany B
    June 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Near my workshop to get some info when I need to and near my computer to relax watching stuff or playing games.

  79. Keith W
    June 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    In the kitchen, to hold a tablet while cooking

  80. Leo Ooms
    June 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Anywhere near where I am :D

  81. Andrew L
    June 26, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I'd probably attach it to shelves at home

  82. Miguel Lopez
    June 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    On my night table. I frequently keep twitter and a couple of 2nd-screen apps open while watching TV.

  83. Andrei
    June 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    At home or/and workplace.

  84. David
    June 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Most likely on one of my kitchen cabinets

  85. Axel C
    June 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I'd hang one next to the couch and the other would come on the kichen table.

  86. Thalia
    June 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    At home and around it, basically.

  87. John
    June 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    so many places to choose ... outside on the patio table, inside under kitchen cabinets, on my workbench and on and on

  88. Scott M
    June 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Would love to have this at work.

  89. Eric R
    June 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    on a table to use as a monitor for recording videos with my canon camera

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