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Vehicle Laptop Desk Suggestion

Saw this on eBay and thought, hmm, cheap!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...5163223664&rd=1

Other than it not having the ability to swivel, any downsides to this, or would this be better than spending the money on a jotto?

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$30.00 + $11.48 shipping = $41.48

If you have time, sift through some of the stuff they have on their website and read up. It sounds like a good bargin; I'd just miss the swivel arm. For those who have swivel arm mounts, how important is that feature?


-Tony
 
You can buy the stuff to make the exact same thing at Lowes or Home Depot Tony. I looked into getting one and found out all it is is PIPE under that, thus the reason they aren't adjustable. Plus making it yourself you could customize it exactly to your vehicle.
 
It looks like it just mounts to the floor with screws. I would want some sort of brace as well. Most car floors are very flimsy and woudn't support this very well.
 
I looked real hard at some of those before settling on a Jotto Desk. These are made from regular iron or steel pipe available at any hardware store. Elbow fitting, etc and some split lume for looks. The only thing that might be an issue is the plexiglass for the desk, but you could substitute whatever you wanted for that.

A swing arm is really nice. Especially if you have a passenger in a really cramped vehicle (Ford Ranger is REALLY cramped!). The swing arm makes all the difference. I can move the laptop where I want for best viewing, or the navigator can move it and still have "leg room". With a quick flip and twist I can remove the entire desk assembly leaving only the mount.

I tried another desk earlier and it just didn't fit my vehicle. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name. I gave it to a friend who is using it in his Dodge (TV Chaser) and it works out great for him.

The Jotto is a pretty good system, but pricey. Take a look at this one. It's a really decent price and is similar to Jotto: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...ssPageName=WDVW

Why didn't they have these when I was looking! :roll:

Charles: I mounted the Jotto to the center column using 1/4" self tapping screws. It's been in 6 months now and is still solid. There is some "give" but that's the nature of the whole system and the way the vehicle moved. My laptop isn't very heavy so that certainly helps. The newer laptop might need some additional bracing as they are certainly heavier than mine!

All things considered, I trust the Jotto a lot more than I would trust the pipe and plexi knock off.
 
Im looking for something thats more shock obsorbant than the Felt pads im using to put my laptop on well it is on its tray anybody got any suggestions. Would a gell type pad work?
 
Why not a couple of mousepads? That would certainly help a bit. I take it you already have a homebuilt desk of something of the like?
 
Im looking for something thats more shock obsorbant than the Felt pads im using to put my laptop on well it is on its tray anybody got any suggestions. Would a gell type pad work?

I've looked into getting something like this for my computer...
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Not sure how it would work for you in the car, but definately a nice base to have anyway! Especially when driving around in hot weather when you may not want to run the AC all the time!
 
just keep your eyes peeled for a jotto desk. thats what i have, and i found mine for like 70 dollars brand new on evilBay
 
A swing arm is really nice. Especially if you have a passenger in a really cramped vehicle (Ford Ranger is REALLY cramped!).

I have a Ford Ranger. And yes, it is very cramped. I mounted the computer desk on a pole close to the center. It has a swivel, and you can raise it or lower it with just a thumb screw. My brace serves a dual purpose. It braces the laptop and the camera mount as well. Al least, now with the computer mount a passenger can get in. before, I had the computer using the passenger seat.

All parts to build my mount was bought at Lowes. Total cost, about $8
 
I currently use a RAM mount... The nice thing about RAM is that they have a ton of completely interchangeable parts, so you can customize your desk exactly to your needs. Right now, I'm using a seat-rail mount desk (with support arm) that has a nice dual-hinge swinging arm. In addition, I have a coulpe smaller arms that hold my camcorder off the desk support as well. I'll post pics as soon as I take them...
 
Thanks for the suggestions.. it may also be worth noting that I have a very tiny car that many of the mounts aren't made for. Obviously I could get by with a universal mount, but many of the mounts made for specific vehicles I probably couldn't use. I drive a 1999 Mercury Tracer (Ford Escort) 4 door sedan.
 
I'm going to get the setup that John posted. The price is right and one of the pictures shows it in different configurations in a compact car. I have a Mercurcy Tracer hatchback so that should be ideal.

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I messaged the guy and asked if they have it in bare metal, since the red is a little gaudy. He does. I'll report back here and let you know hot it goes.
 
One thing to keep in mind is the airbag. Having your Dell come flying at you at the speed of an airbag in an accident hurts. A lot.
 
I'm in the market for getting a vehicle laptop mount too. I am looking at getting a Jotto Desk. The biggest question I have is if I need the model with 3 legs, or if 2 would be stable enough. I am putting this in my new Xterra, and they do not make prefabricated mounts. Any ideas or comments would be appreciated.

3 leg model - http://www.jottodesk.us/jotto_desk_5163acd.htm

2 leg model - http://www.jottodesk.us/jotto_desk_5169acd.htm

Tony I have problems with heat & the laptop too, where did you find that base cooler?
 
Tony I have problems with heat & the laptop too, where did you find that base cooler?

I borrowed that image from Best Buy, so I know you cna get them there. I would also check out eBay and see maybe if you can find something equivilent for cheaper. I haven't picked one up yet, so I'm not sure which to recommend, but it would be worth having one, I'm sure!
 
Brad,

Mine is a single leg model and it does pretty well. NOw mind you, I have a trackball via USB so I don't have to mess with the touchpad mouse. That's nothing but frustrating!

It does wobble just a bit going down dirt roads so I'm looking at fabricating a brace that would hookup from the leg to under the dash somewhere to help stabilize it just a bit more.

Look at the one I showed earlier. It appears to be built very similar to Jotto. I certainly like it's price much better than Jotto and I would bet they would have an extra brace available.
 
I like my swing arm mount better than what i had so far. I just got it so I havent tested it out to the full extent. The pads that im looking for are just to help limit the shock, so that it is absorbed more and the comptuer doesnt take the brunt of the impact. I think i like my idea of finding some kinda jell pad. lol. Might just go out and get me some Dr. Scholes gel foot cushions and cut them up to the size i need it. Why i like that idea, Kurt your thinking. Gee thanks. :shock:


Tony they do have those exact same desks you showed in your picture on ebay for like 15 bucks not sure what the shipping is. but yes they do have them. i think all i typed in was laptop holder or vehicle laptop mount some where in thos terms and it gave me alot of the styled holders you showed.
 
One thing to keep in mind is the airbag. Having your Dell come flying at you at the speed of an airbag in an accident hurts. A lot.

Ooooh, excellent point Andrew. These desks should come with a disclaimer. Good thing my car is too old to have airbags. :wink:
 
Oh yeah, I forgot about that too. The Jotto has a little yellow sticker on the side that warns of this and a couple of other things too (I think one of them is about operating a computer while driving). Since my truck doesn't have an airbag on the passanger side, it works out. If you car/truck does, most of the dual airbag systems came with a switch that you could disable the second bag. If it doesn't, then you will need to find out wht the deployment radius is and mount accordingly.

Yep, that would be a real "Owie" and would most certainly sting!
 
I've recently sold off all of my remote control airplane stuff, so I'm able to get a few extras and afford a Jotto Desk. Otherwise, I was planning on building my own.

I got an answer to my previous question so I figured I would share with everyone else. I called Jotto Desk to ask them about their products. After explaining my intended use he said I definitely would want to get the tripod system. He said that it would give me excellent stability and would far outlast the dual leg setup. He also highly recommended the screen holder attachment, but I bet I could build one of those instead of paying $40 extra for it.

I've been looking around and couldn't find it for under $230. Anyone know a cheaper place? (Model 5163ACD)
 
Laptop deck

About the airbags. I do Forensics and one of my specialties is airbags. The passenger side airbag inflates to ~ 3 times the size of the driver side airbag. So it covers a large area. Those that come out of the front of the dash will send your laptop flying into your passenger's teeth. If the airbag deploys from the top of the dash(you should be able to see the difference) it may not be as bad but will still send the laptop flying, if it is mounted high. By Fed. regulations, if your vehicle(car, truck or SUV) is 1998 or newer, it will have a passenger side airbag. There are turn-off switches for pickup truck, but not cars or SUVs. You have to get an exemption(like a doctor's excuss) to legally get it disconnected. I'm considering a laptop mount too, but have to consider the position of it before I will buy one. The pictures that you guys have posted show some in good postions and some not so good.
 
Those who have a Jotto, do you have a problem with your laptop being too big? I have a 15.4 Compaq which would obviously overhang the 12" desk by an inch and change on both sides. I am looking to get the model below...
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I guess the problem would be if the strapping cables would make it all the way over the computer.

Let me know!
-Tony
 
Re: Laptop deck

Originally posted by Glenn Schubert
There are turn-off switches for pickup truck, but not cars or SUVs. You have to get an exemption(like a doctor's excuss) to legally get it disconnected.

<rant on>

Stupid law. It's my darn car...if nobody rides in my passenger seat I should be able to remove the airbag. Literally....NOBODY EVER rides in my passenger seat. We use my wifes car for that.

<rant off>

Without naming names of the bad installs...which ones look good?
 
Originally posted by Tony Laubach
Those who have a Jotto, do you have a problem with your laptop being too big? I have a 15.4 Compaq which would obviously overhang the 12\" desk by an inch and change on both sides. I am looking to get the model below...

I guess the problem would be if the strapping cables would make it all the way over the computer.

Let me know!
-Tony

Tony, the straps are adjustable on the bottom. Long threaded bolts which the straps are attached to can be tightened or loosened just by turning the screws. My laptop has a 13 inch base, so the overhang is not much, but I'm sure you'd be fine with 15 inch. The bigger question might be will a single leg model you are looking at provide enough support to prevent the table from jiggeling while going down the road. I have the 2 leg version, and still get some jiggle. Working on a brace to solve that though.
 
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