There are no shortage of ways to attach iPads and other tablets to your car headrest, but many of them are cumbersome and may require removing your iPad from it’s protective case. A new product on the market the Tatch aims to simplify the process with a simple, portable, quick and easy mounting system that lets you use your regular iPad case.
The Tatch is basically a large piece of shaped rubber, you slip the Tatch over 2 corners of your iPad (diagonally apart from each other), then wrap the rubber strap around your headrest and close it with velcro. They say with will work with any 10″ tablet, most cases and any headrest (they enclose an extra piece of velcro to extend it for very large headrests). It is very fast and easy to install and uninstall- it literally takes seconds.
Every summer we spend a month or so traveling and this includes long flights, rental cars and long drives, so anything to make these journeys easier is appreciated. I do have other headrest mounting options but often don’t take them along just because of the extra bulk in our luggage so I do appreciate how compact the Tatch is.
I took the Tatch along to test out on this summer’s trip. We found that for watching movies on long car trips it was a great solution – both the child in the seat immediately behind it and in the middle seat could watch the movie comfortably. I did get some complaints from the driver (whose headrest the Tatch was attached to) that he could hear the movie a little too well! We easily solved this by giving the kids headphones, we bought a headphone splitter (little adapter that lets you plug in 2 sets of headphones to one headphone jack) for 2 Euros (about $3) and then both kids could listen via their own headphones.
For playing games on the iPad it was less successful for us- my kids are 7 and 10 and were sitting on backless boosters and their arms were too short to reach the iPad to play without leaning forward. Carseats for younger children typically move them further forward than backless boosters to so it may work better for kids in carseats vs boosters.
Overall, I love how quick and easy to install the Tatch is, that it fits iPads in a variety of cases and that it is very light and easy to carry with you when traveling. It is definitely the simplest, most portable iPad car mounting system I have tried. It works very well for watching movies on the iPad during long car journeys, especially when paired with headphones. It didn’t work well for us when the child need to be able to touch the iPad screen frequently, so I’d recommend it for movie watching but not for game playing.
The Tatch is available online from buytatch.com for RRP $29
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.