The Steelie Desk and Dash mobile device mounting system breaks new ground in the effort to take the cell phone out of people’s hands.
The three components of the Nite Ize Steelie come packed with simple instructions, an alcohol wipe and one extra adhesive pad in the event that a cell phone replacement is needed. To start, Nite Ize provides a small but powerful magnetic socket which attaches to the back of a cell phone or tablet with adhesive. The dash mount combines a metal ball attached to a plastic mount. By moving a cam lever on the mount, two small mounting arms are closed around the lowest blade of a dashboard air vent. The cell phone socket is then placed onto the ball mount and the phone is adjusted for the proper viewing angle. When the cell phone is used either in speaker mode or with a Bluetooth device, complete hands-free use is attained. The Nite Ize Steelie kit also includes a handy desk mount. The desk mount uses the same metal ball adapter connected to a short weighted pedestal. The desk mount can easily hold the weight of a cell phone or tablet, and adjusts easily.
The author found the Steelie Desk and Dash system to be very easy to install. Once the back of the phone has been cleaned with alcohol and the socket attached it can be mounted to a dash vent. The magnet is very strong and the cell phone remains in its adjusted position even when driving on rough roads. The mount can be moved easily by unlocking the cam lever, moving the mount and relocking the cam lever. To remove the phone, just a small tug is needed. The desk mount is sturdy enough to mount a small tablet in addition to a cell phone. Additional magnetic sockets are available for installation on other devices. The Steelie desk mount can be placed on any flat surface and comes equipped with anti-slide pads on the base. The author found it handy to have the phone on the desk mount while working at the computer and can’t wait to use it on an airplane to watch movies or read an eBook. A side benefit of the Steelie magnetic socket is the ability to attach a phone to any metal object, such as a stove or refrigerator.
For over twenty-five years CEO and founder, Rick Case has been creating and manufacturing a wide variety of tools, devices, and accessories to make life a little safer and easier. Many of these products make one say “why didn’t I think of that” because they are so basic but so useful.
With the Steelie Desk and Dash system, Nite Ize has done a very good job of providing a well-engineered device to allow both hands-free driving and viewing of a mobile device. Additional Steelie mounting devices are also available to fit a variety uses.
Cost – $69.99
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.