Review: Wallee iPad mount (verdict: killer)

Review: Wallee iPad mount (verdict: killer)

Summary: One on the killer applications for the iPad is hanging it on a wall. It sounds silly at first, but there's a lot of new ways to use tablets, and wall mounting is one of them.

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One of the killer applications for a tablet computer (like the iPad) is hanging it on a wall. It sounds silly at first, but there's a lot of new ways to use tablets -- and lots more we haven't thought of yet.

Tablets represent a paradigm shift and it'll take a while for it to sink in your slate isn't your old school computer.

The other day I was thinking about how cool it would be to hang my iPad on the wall behind my desk. Rather than it sitting idle in its case for most of the day, it could be another data source, running a news app like Pulse News Reader for iPad (free, App Store) constantly updating several news sources.

What's more, I'd also love to mount it in my kitchen for following along with recipes from AllRecipes and Epicurious while I cook. It sure beats finding the recipe online, printing it and taping it to the microwave, which is what I currently do.

The list goes on.

I did some research on iPad wall mounts but most of what I found was junky looking and not very Mac-like. Then I stumbled across the Wallee iPad case and wall mount ($49.95) and it was like finding an oasis in a horrible desert of ugly wall mounts.

Above is shot of the white (more off-white, actually) Wallee mounted on my office wall running Pulse. Here's a shot of the rear of the Wallee case and the clever X mount:

Wallee is comprised of a polycarbonate, snap-on case for the iPad (which comes in 5 colors) and an ingenious wall plate with a locking "X" on it. It was a breeze to install using the video on their website. Be sure to use the right anchors for your wall type though, poor fasteners could result in your iPad falling and meeting an unfortunate demise.

All-in-all I'm thrilled with Wallee and plan on installing more of the $10 mounts all over the place. I'm probably going install a mount on my bathroom wall so that I can play tunes (Pandora, iPod) while I'm in the shower and check the weather (Weather Station) while brushing my teeth. In spring I could see installing a mount above the workbench in my garage. The possibilities are endless.

Wallee serves my needs perfectly and now my iPad gets used about 12 hours out of the day -- instead of one or less. Information overload? Maybe, but that's the way I like it.

Mine current favorite wallePad apps are:

Have you found any good wall-mounted iPad apps?

Topics: Laptops, CXO, Hardware, iPad, Mobility, Tablets

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  • If I had an iPad

    I would so buy this. Having a tablet mounted to the wall... The possibilities are endless here.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Review: Wallee iPad mount (verdict: killer)

      Yeah! Maybe I'll go and burn a few thousand to buy 4-5 pads. Then I could even hang one in the toilet!!!
      nicholas22
      • Miss the point much?

        @nicholas22
        Buy 4 or 5 of the $10 X-mounts (per the article - you did read it firght?) and you won't need multiple iPads. Just move one around with you.

        This is a great idea, and regardless of iPad, Samsung Galaxy, or Xoom (or whatever else) I think it's a paradigm shift that is overdue and should be quite popular.
        use_what_works_4_U
  • Yeah, this has NEVER been thought of before!!!

    <i>theres a lot of new ways to use tablets and lots more we havent thought of yet.<br><br>Tablets represent a paradigm shift and itll take a while for it to sink in your slate isnt your old school computer.</i><br><br>http://www.bing.com/search?q=wall+mount+tablet+pc<br><br>Oh. Huh. I guess it has been thought of. And done. With Windows tablets. First. Again.<br><br>Yawn.
    NonZealot
    • RE: Review: Wallee iPad mount (verdict: killer)

      @NonZealot
      Yeah, with an extra part for the stylus.
      DDiGK
      • So?

        @DDiGK

        How else will you be able to write with them? You know, that one thing tablets were designed for in the first place? If you think they're still needed to manipulate the UI you are mistaken.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • None of those even remotely resemble this device...

      None of those even remotely resemble this device, they're all VESA wall mounts. The only exception is the PadTab, which is a sort of hook (not based on friction), and was originally introduced for the iPad.

      The main problem I see with the PadTab is the likelihood of accidentally breaking the tabs off as you pull your tablet off the wall.


      I would posit that you should fact check before you post, but we all know that is outside the realm of possibility.
      olePigeon
  • How about to mount it under a table for gaming? Of course, a 20 inch iPad

    to mount under a table, and there you have surface computing. Apple could make if for say $999?
    DonnieBoy
  • RE: Review: Wallee iPad mount (verdict: killer)

    Squealer
    nazimakb@...
  • Nice, but not $50 nice.

    For $50 I would expect a built-in charger if nothing else. But at least it's in the right direction.

    Friends of mine kicked around the idea of making home automation consoles out of the low-end iPod Touch using mounting bracket that would cover a standard junction box, and with a power supply that fit in the junction box behind the unit. It was dismountable so that you could plug the unit into a PC/Mac for updates and such. Considering that WinCE-based control panels range from hundreds to thousands of dollar each and are not very flexible, I thought it sounded like a promising idea.

    Now if you had multi-window capability on the iPad so that you could be listening to a child monitor or watching the kids play outside, you would have something my wife would demand mounted in the kitchen tomorrow :)
    terry flores
    • actually, automation touch panels come in various sizes and ranges

      including the WinCE based ones from 149 dollars on up, much less then the starting price of an iPod touch.

      Pricing depends on size, function, and environmental specifications.
      Tim Cook
      • True, but there's room for the iPod and iPad

        @Mister Spock

        For $149, you don't get a hi-rez display, Wifi, 8gb memory, etc. that you do with a $229 iPod Touch. I don't have mine mounted on the wall, but I do have the apps that allow me to control my Z-Wave system, my home theater system, and get alerts from my alarm system. Today they are all separate apps, so it's not a well-integrated system yet, but the platform itself has a lot of possibilities. It will all depend on Apple, though. If they keep the iPod locked down strictly as a consumer device, then developers will probably never have the ability to do much more with the unit than just writing simple apps instead of real control systems.
        terry flores
  • I'd keep it out of the bathroom, if I were you.

    The moisture won't do it any good.
    msalzberg
    • RE: Review: Wallee iPad mount (verdict: killer)

      @msalzberg Actually? One of the tips I got for installing a screen protector on an iPad without getting lots of little air bubbles under it was to do it in the bathroom, right after taking a hot shower! The reasoning? The humidity in the air keeps the dust levels down, making it a lot easier to successfully clean the glass and apply the protector without getting anything caught under it.
      kingtj
  • No Way!

    This is perfect for those 30 minute sessions on the can! Some people read and others, well, they can watch movies with good posture. =D
    slickjim
  • I would hope it is of quality build

    I would not like to find the iPad on the floor the next morning with a cracked screen.
    Tim Cook
  • Jason, would not printing out the recipie

    be a better way to extend the life of you iPad? I do not believe that anyone has tested the iPad for resitence to cooking oils or grease.
    Tim Cook
  • Dang!

    This is some awesome stuff! How could you contain your excitement!
    james347
  • RE: Review: Wallee iPad mount (verdict: killer)

    Nice!
    spellspark
  • RE: Review: Wallee iPad mount (verdict: killer)

    When one of the first three words of your article is wrong, shouldn't you consider proof-reading before posting it?
    Andrew Sheppard