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Reading has hurt me for years. With a tablet stand, not so

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Flexible rod with square base and clamp at the other end lying on a bed

I chose the clamp because I knew it would be easy to clip onto my thin wooden side table or metal bed frame, and it had no paint or finish that the clamp could damage. Some people also pin it to the headboard.

It was perfect for reading in bed or on the side of my couch. The Lamicall isn’t so long that I needed to add a loop to get it far enough from my eye for comfortable reading, and I generally felt like it had enough clearance to place it perfectly within my preferred reading range. I could keep my Kindle’s text size small and place it right next to my face, or push it further back if I wanted. It floated nicely above or near my head whether I was lying in bed or sitting on the couch while my son played nearby.

The base clamp is made of lightweight plastic that secures with a screw cap placed on top of the clamp, which I liked instead of one that tightens on its own, especially since I have small grasping hands in my house. The Kindle’s closure is also made of a lightweight plastic, but remains stable and secure. Plus, you can rotate the top clamp to get the perfect angle.

The neck of the arm is the strongest part: it takes a little effort to move and tilt the arm, but that strength and resistance is what keeps it from falling forward or moving out of place while you read. Even with the resistance, this Kindle stand is still quite adjustable and goes in any direction you want.

To store it, I usually just push it toward the wall from where it’s attached. It’s not foldable or breakable, so if you want it out of sight when you’re not using it, you’ll need a closet or enough space to store its 3-foot form. It was a little strange to see it floating alone in the living room, but I didn’t find it annoying when I used it as a bed stand and just pushed it against the wall when I was done using it.

It is designed to be a universal tablet stand, so it is large enough to hold tablets up to 11-inch iPad Pro. It can also hold a Nintendo Switch and other popular e-readers. (If only I had this in 2020!) It’s not the right dimensions to hold a bulky Steam Deck on its own, but I still used it to help me hold a Steam Deck and take the weight off my hands and wrists, even though it doesn’t is stable. enough to float like a Kindle or an iPad. It can also hold smartphones and was equally comfortable to read with a Kindle or my iPhone in the Lamicall holder.

Not quite hands-free

Photography: Nena Farrell

While it will not fall out of place, the stand is It’s easy to manipulate and I wouldn’t call it hands-free reading, at least not on its own.

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