Slope is an elegant desktop stand for tablets. It's a single aluminum part with two foam pads. Its design has a unique form with an elevated surface and beveled edge on its front side and a beautiful taper on its base. Beyond its looks, it's a rock solid anchor giving a hard-to-be-described feel with easy on/off attachment.
It’s very different from anything else on the market on two levels: one, there's the cool factor of the unfamiliar. The feel and function of the Nanofoam, that is. Looking at it, you’d never expect you could take a tablet, stick it to its front surface and have it hold and feel the way it does. The experience is surprising.
The other distinguishing factor is the way it anchors to the desk. It really feels like it’s screwed to the table, or more accurately an extension of the table. Only other products out there exhibiting this level of anchorage literally use screws and/or clamps.
Is it magnets? This is the first question everyone asks. No, it’s suction. Microscopic suction. The surface of the foam is laden with thousands of open air-pockets that act like tiny suction cups. Pressing a tablet's flat backside against the foam forces the air out of the pockets creating a vacuum, and that vacuum brings suction.
Interestingly, the longer you leave the tablet sticking to Slope’s surface the harder it grips. There's a settling in that occurs. Apparently a greater number of air pockets collapse over time, increasing suction. The opposite of what you might expect.
Always question number two. Short answer is you can expect a few years. But really, the ticking of the clock has little or no bearing on how long it’ll last you. What counts is frequency of friction in the form of sticks and pulls. We’ve been using Nanofoam for 4 years now with several products and have yet to experience wear with the material. We’ve seen it melt in hot cars, but never wear out.
That’s not a real answer though so we devised a ‘hit test.’ We sat down and counted solid sticks and pulls for a number of hours per day as a means to quantify durability, presumably until it wore out. Two and half weeks in we reached 20,000 hits. The frontside pad showed some evidence of use and wear but was clearly far from wearing out. Point made. Our time was better spent, we determined, writing FAQ entries.
The foam of course will wear out with a certain degree of use (or perhaps sustain damage). Good news is we have replacement packs at the ready when it does.
Any tablet with a flat non-porous backside will work with Slope—whether plastic or aluminum. Of the most popular tablets all iPads, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, Nexus tablets are compatible.