Navigator laptop stand

Submitted: Monday, May 12, 2003 at 08:37
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Has any one used the Navigator laptop stand from mobildesksolutions ? I am interested to know what you think re ;shock resistance and the amount of room you have in the cab when it is installed , I am thinking of useing one in my 4 runner but am concerned about space with a passanger or do you know of a better solution ?Born to drive a 4x4 , not a keyboard
Peter York 4x4
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Reply By: Allyn - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 10:58

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 10:58
am watching this space too.
They look like what I'm after, a bit $ey but that'll happen in today's world
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 10:58

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 10:58
Peter, I haven't, but they seem pricey for what you get.Be good, or be quick.
Rohan (Sydney)
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Reply By: Ray M (Vic) - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 11:15

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 11:15
There is a warning...not to be used while driving....so resistance to shock while driving on sealed roads would not have been a design concern, I certainly wouldn't pay that amount of money to rest my notebook on it. Hopefully someone with first hand experience will give their view.Hooroo
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Follow Up By: Allyn - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 22:11

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 22:11
The warning would be an arse-covering exercise which is pretty much a mandate these days with anything you buy.
You can just imagine someone causing a smash and blaming the manufacturer cos they weren't told not to use it while driving.
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Follow Up By: tony from Mobile Desk Solutions - Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 10:13

Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 10:13
Your right Allyn,
It is a legal issue that we put the warning there. It is illegal for a driver to use a laptop or other visual display unit while driving, unless it is for an aid to navigation. I have seen kids in those hotted up Japanese wiz bangers with DVD players on the dash. How can you drive responsibly while watching The Matrix ???
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Reply By: Spanner - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 11:20

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 11:20
I have a tried trek in a Prado. It's OK for 1 person, but I think 2 would be stretching it. Might be better in something larger. Shock resistance is probably ok but I don't think the stand is really rigid enough. I'm a little worried about the laptop/stand hitting the dash in an emergency stop or in rough going.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: tony from Mobile Desk Solutions - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 20:51

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 20:51
Hi Spanner,
We have no record of supplying a Trek to anyone in a Prado. Would you please contact me to discuss the set up you have. I am concerned that you seem to doubt the mount. Please email me at tony@mobiledesksolutions.com

Thanks,
Tony
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Follow Up By: tony from Mobile Desk Solutions - Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 10:19

Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 10:19
Not wanting to shy away from problems it turns out we did supply the unit to spanner, but he did not contact us regarding some issues he is having. I have been in touch with him and we are working on a solution.
It may be that we need to make a HD unit for serious 4 wheel drivers so if anyone would like to make suggestions I am all ears.
Custom designing for particular vehicles is not easy so anyone in Melbourne who can spare some time to let us see thier rigs and would like to get a mount plaese let us know.
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Reply By: Member - Macca (perth) - Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 02:19

Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 02:19
Got one in my 80 series. 2 mins to fit-use one front seat bolt. I have a Toshiba Sat Pro 4600 which is a pretty big & heavy lappy. DVD's keep cook & rear passengers entertained, (when she is not playing solitaire), hooked up some logitech Z340 mini speakers & subwoofer taht pump out apretty good sound too! There are squillions of adjustments so anyone can view screen, and the unit stood up to a bit of corrugations and average off road out of Laverton recently. Have no doubt will withstand more, though I'll be putting a bit of foam under lappy for real rough stuff. Use a cordless infrared mouse so rear passengers/driver/whoever can drive the lappy. When top is detached from stand wouldnt know it was there as stand/stalk can be moved any direction out of the way. Little bracket available to hold screen so it doesn't flap about and break.
Expensive -yes, Could I make something like it -no, seen anything as good-no, recommend it -yes. I paid full whack and have no affiliation/loyalty to Tony from desktop solutions.
Tony - spend a few bucks and put up a banner ad on this site!
Macca
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Follow Up By: george - Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 16:26

Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 16:26
The little bracket to hold the screen, is that a standard item that come with the stand ?
I can just imagine how the screen would slam shut or fold right back on rough or corrugated roads.
Interested in the comments you made, but I agree with others, a bit pricy, will have to save up for it
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Reply By: Member - Macca (Perth) - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 03:21

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 03:21
10 or 15 bucks extra for the screen bracket -great to secure screen from flapping in the scrub. Yes the gear was exxy, but it does what is meant to, the cook is VERY happy now when we go bush, therefore I get to enjoy the country with no grumbling and whining detracting from my fun- now what price can any man put on getting some peace!?
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 10:24

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 10:24
Macca, how about adding a photo of your set-up in "Members Rigs" so we can all check it out?Be good, or be quick.
Rohan (Sydney)
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter (WA) - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 10:38

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 10:38
Macca what 4wd have you got it mounted in?Born to drive a 4x4 , not a keyboard
Peter York 4x4
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Reply By: Member - Macca (Perth) - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 04:11

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 04:11
Its in a '93 80 series. Will try & get some pics up next week after my el cheapo superstar virgo cruise. (I know it's not relevant, just couldn't help myself)
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