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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

You can help fund a made in the USA product: The F2 iPad Tablet Stand

When I bought one of the DARWINmachine's stylish Frame Shift iPad stands as a gift a couple of years ago I did so for two reasons:

1. They're made in the USA.
2. They're gorgeous, functional, well designed works of art, not an ordinary iPad stand by any means. I guess there were actually four reasons :)

The new F2 in Radiant Orchid

Designer and builder Matthew Kim is ready to update his original FrameShift stand with his new F2 model for 2014.  If you'd like to help fund production of the F2 there's a Kickstarter campaign that ends May 22nd that you can contribute to.

Starting at $69 for powder-coated aluminum, $89 hand-brushed, anodized Gun Metal, and $109 or more for the special edition, “The Black”. You can support this Amercan made product and have one ( or more) of your very own when Matthew takes the F2 into production.

From the F2 Kickstarter campaign:

"The F2 is engineered not like a tablet stand, but like high-performance machinery. From its efficient weight-saving structure to its sturdy fastening, the construction technique comes straight from aircraft and race-car design. From raw metal to finished product, I make each of them, one by one, from high-grade aluminum and stainless steel hardware. Some of the parts are even military-spec -- not just regular stuff from hardware stores. That makes the the F2 more durable and special than any commonly available stand."

Colors for 2014 will be powder-coated Radiant Orchid, hand-brushed, anodized Gun Metal, hand-brushed, hard anodized black (limited edition), and powder-coated Comfrey (green).

The F2 is compatible with most tablets, from e-readers to iPads(Minis too), with or without cases. As long as it fits within the 5" x 5.5"(127mm x 139.7mm) rubber pads, it'll work!

The single supporting arm folds upward so that the stand folds flat and can be easily tucked away when stored.

Set the viewing angle as steep or shallow as you need it to be to reduce glare or so you can look your best while Facetiming or Skyping.

Designed and Handmade in California.

When Matthew asked if I'd like to review the F2 I said "yes!" Why did I want one? So that I could turn pictures of Kitai into a slideshow I can play in The Glampette. With no wall space to hang framed photos, using the F2 as a display stand when I'm not using my iPad is a perfect solution!

Of course the stand works in portrait or landscape and also works with the iPad mini.

The Radiant Orchid color perfectly complemented the orchid colored polka dots on The Glampette's comforter. Even empty it's an attractive sculpture. The F2 doesn't sacrifice form for function. Matthew has created a well thought out and executed design that will add style to your home, office, or tiny travel trailer.

You can check out the details to his Kickstarter campaign by clicking here: F2 iPad/Tablet Stand - Stylish, Functional, Timeless it ends May 22, 2014.

DARWINmachine F2 features:

  • Aircraft grade aluminum, powder-coated Radiant Orchid, Comfrey, or hand-brushed, anodized Gun Metal. Also available in hand-brushed, hard anodized black(limited edition).
  • Mil Spec MIL-G-3036 abrasion resistant rubber padding and stainless steel hardware
  • Light and compact
  • Portrait or landscape orientation
  • Infinite viewing angle adjustment
  • Symmetrical tripod design for great stability
  • For all iPads and iPad Minis, and other similarly sized devices
  • Works with cases up to 3/4", 19mm thick
  • No tools required
  • Designed and handmade in California
  • Folded Dimensions: 6"x5.5"x2", 152.5mm x 140mm x 51mm
  • Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 89g

Disclosure: Though I occasionally receive complimentary products the fact that they were given to me never sways my review of any product. I sample, photograph, and write the blog post based on my own experience. In cases where the review is partially or fully negative I do give the company the option to decline the post be published meaning they have to accept the review as is or not at all. In eight years of blogging this has only happened once. In every case but one the company has acknowledged the review, even though partially negative, is fair and have asked me to publish my post as is.

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