FLOTE m2 Floor Stand Review
Thanks to Flote for sending out the review unit
Ever found yourself holding your iPad or tablet in bed or on the couch thinking “I wish there was a way I could watch this video without touching it”? Sure you’ve tried the ‘lean the tablet upon the pillow method. Maybe you’ve bought one of those sleeves with stands with them, even though they’re incredibly uncomfortable on your stomach. That’s where the idea of Flote comes around – a stand where you can use to prop your tablet next to your bed or sofa – to read, watch videos, or even just look at pictures. The Flote m2 Floor Stand is the second generation of the Floor stand, so let’s take a look at how it holds up.
The man behind the product, David Cutler set out to make a tablet floor stand that was both elegant, well built, and easy to use, and that’s exactly what he has achieved. Users will be surprised at just how well built this product is, and for the weight it carries – it really should be. With the base and the ‘arm attachment’ (the arm which holds your tablet) the Flote m2 weights in at an enormous 14.4 kg or 32.4 lbs, and that’s heavy in any respect, but it’s heavy for a reason – quality and security. By security we mean you will never fear the stand will topple to the ground crushing your precious tablet because most of the weight is directed towards the base stand which probably accounts for 90% of the weight. The same goes for someone accidentally bumping into your stand, as the base acts like a grounding unit preventing any harm coming to the tablet from a lack of balance. And that’s where the quality comes in, it’s been very well thought out in this regard. The entire product is metal, and nothing has really been left to chance here and it really is an impressively built product.
The grip itself uses a simple mechanism of pushing the clamps apart when you want to insert your tablet. To protect your tablet from scratches, the inside of the clamps features small black grips that hold the tablet in place and prevent scratching. The only issue we have the padding is that in cold weather, the grip adhesives seem to falter and one of the pads have fallen off before. According to David, some simple super glue should do the trick, but they are also looking into the matter and seeing how they can improve the adhesive quality in different weather conditions. As for the grip, it’s connected by a metal ball to the arm, which can be loosed and tightened, which allows you to adjust the angle on the actual clamp.
Furthermore, the Flote stand is actually quite generous in how you can set it depending on your position. The arm can move up and down up to 180 degrees, can swing around 360 degrees, and the clamp is also adjustable to the angle you want. Flote have basically given you free license to adjust the m2 stand to any position you desire, so you are the most comfortable either by your bed, or your sofa or desk. While due to the wait we don’t consider moving the stand too much, it’s been extremely handy to adjust the stand to the different position you want to be in (depending on what you’re doing). A week ago I hosted a BBQ party at the house, and I attached my Surface tablet to the flote and let everyone play music of it. It was much easier than having it on the table and risking someone dropping the tablet. It also meant that people could adjust it to their height level to be able to use and see the tablet properly, made life easier in this regard.
Speaking of height, the arm can be straightened to reach an rather tall 180cm when fully erect, which is just below my height level. The actual base stand at 100cm above the floor, so you can play around with the arm (or boom as Flote call it) as you like to adjust it, because the actual arm is 50 cm by itself. On the actual arm there’s also a counterweight placed to further balance the tablet, so like we mentioned – everything has been thought of.
When you do receive the product, the Flote does need some minor assembly (1 bolt need to screw the base to the stand, and the clamp does need to be attached by the metal ball bearing to the arm. Fairly simple, and instructions are included on how to set it up, and how best to adjust the stand just incase you need a quick reminder. And incase you’re worried about your tablet not fitting, we’ve tried an iPad, a Surface RT, and even a few Android tablets and they all fit to perfection. Anything below 7-inches is going to struggle to fit inside the clamp (your iPad mini should be fine and will fit), and anything over 14-inches may also struggle we believe, but that covers 95% of tablet sizes on the planet so that shouldn’t be a problem for most people.
As for pricing, the Flote m2 Floor Stand comes in at a hefty $299.99 (plus international shipping), which is considered quite high, but once you get an idea of all the products, thought, and material that goes into the design and build – you get a much better idea of why it costs that much. Quality comes with a price, and we fully believe it’s worth the price for the amount of usage you could get for it if you utilize your tablets a lot, even if you’re in a table. If you’re interested, find the link to the Flote m2 floor stand here. If the Floor stand isn’t to your liking, Flote have also launched a Flote Desktop stand which you can place on your bedside table or work table.
Would we recommend this product? Absolutely.