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Review: Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Mount

by on April 10th, 2012

The kitchen is probably the only place in my apartment that Apple’s tech influence hasn’t really touched. Much of it has to do with the difficulty in setting up anything Apple in there. A desktop or laptop set up is generally out of the question given the sheer bulk of it, and the same can be said of an Apple TV. The iPhone’s screen is just too small, so the iPad is the natural solution. The only problem is how to set it up without cluttering up my already cluttered kitchen. Fortunately, Belkin has the answer.

The Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Mount is probably not the most affordable cabinet mount solution out there. At $50, it’s a pretty expensive uni-tasker, but the cost is made up for it in a few ways. Firstly, the mount is iPad 1 and 2 compatible. Moreover, the Belkin mount doesn’t require any tools to set up. This is a huge improvement over other cabinet mounts (like the Griffin Cabinet Mount). This has a number of minor side benefits like portability. So far, so good, right?

In practice, the Belkin mount lives to much of the advertised benefits, but like most mounts that are compatible with both first and second generation iPads, the fitting brackets are meant for the thicker iPad 1. Unfortunately, this means that both the iPad 2 and the new iPad won’t fit as snugly. There are also a number of other annoyances with the mount as well. Because Belkin actively designed the mount without screws, it can seem like the frame is loose and flimsy, as if it isn’t attached to anything. Rest assured that this is really only an illusion and that the mount is relatively secure. Finally, unlike many of the other mounts out there, the iPad can only fit in landscape mode. While this isn’t a real annoyance for me, I can see where this is a problem for some users.

At the end of the day, the mount has actually been quite useful in my kitchen. Though, given its flexible design, the mount would work well in pretty much any room where a ledge is available. I’m quite impressed with this kind of versatility, but is it worth the $50? In many ways, a simple iPad stand (or even the Smart Cover) and some counter space would be sufficient. For those of us with small spaces, though, Belkin’s cabinet mount may make a lot of sense. Have you had any luck with other cabinet mounts though? Let us know in the comments below.

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