November 27, 2014

Satechi Universal Smartphone Dashboard Mount review

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4.6

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Easy to install, the Satechi mount is flexible and convenient, fitting a multitude of devices.
Satechi Universal Smartphone Dashboard Mount review Reviewed by on . Rating: 4.5

Up for review today is the Satechi Universal Smartphone Dashboard Mount (for 3.5”- 5.5” devices). We’ve tested a few Satechi products over the last few years and have come to appreciate their build quality. How does this car mount stand up?  Quite well, actually.

While we tested the model designed for 3.5-inches and 5.5-inches there are other sizes available. Indeed, you can also pick one up for tablets or smaller devices. Keep that in mind when you’re looking to pick one of these up.

dm_m5_in_car_black_webWe were impressed with how easy this guy is to “install”. Essentially, you peel off a sticker from the bottom, adhere it to your dashboard and then suction it down. It’s a pretty permanent deal so be sure you’re placing this where you expect it stay for long term. With that in mind, there’s no need to break out any tools. Oh, and for those who don’t want to place this on the dash, you can flip it upside down and adhere to your windshield.

The adjustable arm can lean forward and back, raising the height of your smartphone. There’s a ball joint that allows for twisting and tilting with a full 360-degree rotation. We found this convenient as we like to rotate to landscape mode for GPS apps and back to the portrait orientation for pretty much anything else. It didn’t matter if we went left or right, nor it did matter how many times.

The mount is spring loaded and expands to fit your smartphone, even if it’s in a case. We were able to succesully hold just about any model we tested but curved stuff like the Moto X and HTC One proves tricky. For those that are your typical slab, however, there’s no worry. We should also mention that it works well for the Galaxy Note 3 except in instances where it was in a carry case. It seems the weight was just to much and offset the strength of the spring’s tension.

You can purchase the Satechi Universal Smartphone Dashboard Mount direct from Satechi for $14.99, a really great price. It might also be worth checking Amazon or other retailers if you’re hoping to save a couple of bucks. What’s more, there’s quite a few other models available that might be more up your alley.