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RingO mounting system

RingO holder

Car mount

Two-part construction

Installation

Low-profile design

Locks into place

Rear-seat entertainment

Freely rotates

At the core of the Vogel's RingO car mount for iPad is the RingO holder. Versions of the holder are available for the iPad, the iPad 2, and an assortment of Android tablets.
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The RingO holder is a case that protects the tablet's corners and back panel from scratches, and holds the device in place when mounted. Openings for the dock connector, lock key, volume controls, and camera are provided, so the tablet's operation is not impeded.
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The second bit of the Vogel's system is the mount. Here we have the car mount, which transforms the iPad into a rear-seat entertainment system, but wall, table, and flex mounts are also available.
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The car mount splits into two pieces for easy attachment to the vehicle's seat back.
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Installation begins by raising the car's headrest to expose the posts. (Not every car features adjustable headrests, but the majority of them do.)
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Sandwich the headrest posts between the two halves of the car mount and you're practically done with the installation.

The mount is low-profile enough to be left in the vehicle between uses without attracting the attention of would-be thieves.
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Depending on the thickness of your headrest's posts, the Vogel's car mount can feel a bit loose. (At least, that was the case in our 2012 VW Beetle test vehicle.) However, pushing the headrest to its lowest position helps hold everything in place.
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Finally, the holder and the car mount are locked together using the RingO connection. From its perch at the top of the seat, the iPad is easily accessible and can be viewed hands-free from the back seat.
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The RingO mount uses a pair of clips that hold the round post into the round hole on the back of the holder. Users are able to freely rotate the mounted iPad 360-degrees for portrait or landscape viewing. However, there is no vertical adjustability, which would do a lot to reduce glare on the glossy iPad screen.
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