Filofax EniTAB360 Tablet Holder
The components of the stand are moulded from an attractively coloured grey plastic material. The prop’s leg, which is 80 x 170mm in size, has a soft plastic non-skid piece incorporated into its lower edge in order to prevent it sliding around the desk. It is linked to the other, slightly smaller, portion of the stand by a friction hinge. This portion of the stand has a 67mm diameter adhesive pad which is referred to as a “sticky dot”, made of a gel-like substance, on a rotating mount to enable the user to turn the tablet easily from portrait to landscape orientation or vice versa. (Do not throw away the clear plastic disc which initially covered the sticky pad so that, in the event of disposing of the tablet, one can put the holder to one side prior to putting it to use again.)
The adhesive does not set and, although strong enough for everyday use, it can allow the sticky pad, and hence the stand, to be removed and repositioned on the back of the tablet while experimenting to find the ideal position. Should, however, there be a problem peeling off the pad, a plastic card (slightly smaller than a credit card) is provided with the tablet holder so that one can “jemmy” off the stand. A note on the card explains that, in the event of the “sticky dot” getting dirty; it should be washed under running water and allowed to dry before repositioning.
I found this stand ideal for getting over the difficulty of setting the tablet at a comfortable near-vertical angle for reading or looking at movies. On the other hand, it was not very satisfactory for setting at a shallow angle when one wants to navigate through, and reply to, one’s emails. This was because the stand, when set at a low angle, would stick out a long way across the desk and so get in everybody’s way as well as the fact that the friction hinge was not really able to cope at these angles and stay in the required position. Here, I found just propping the tablet up on a book or anything handy was simpler.
Under normal circumstances, and subject to the above caveat, the EniTAB was both useful and convenient. It weighs about 75 g (less than 3 oz.) and, when folded, it only projected about 10mm from the back of the tablet and so did not appear to get in the way when either carrying the tablet in one’s hand or in a computer bag. In use it was a straightforward matter to use the stand to set the tablet at a convenient viewing angle and then, if necessary, swap from landscape to portrait view.
This is a new product, priced at £14.99, that has just been released by Filofax and is available from https://filofax.co.uk/tablet-cases/enitab360-tablet-holders.html where it is also offered in black. There is also, at the same price, the similar stand for smaller tablets. As Amazon has been selling previous Filofax products of a similar nature, it will probably be offered on that platform before too long.
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