For the many years of owning MP3 players and portable devices I have always just thrown my MP3 players and mobile phones in the little dash holes or center console. It’s always a royal pain scrabbling to answer the phone or change the tracks and I hate to admit it has nearly caused accidents.
I had dash mounts before, but they were always such rubbish. They clipped awkwardly onto the vent louvers and I actually broke the vent in one of my dope rides (‘88 Civic wagon) back in college. With those painful experiences I have been put off by car mounted devices.
I have been eyeing this ProClip setup for many years, but am finally getting a change to check them out.
The main attraction I had to the ProClip setup was the fact that I didn’t have to drill any holes. I never liked the idea of messing up the dash even if it was a sturdy solution. The ProClip setup will vary by vehicle (and they support a lot) but all of them will avoid inferior damage and taking apart your dash. In my particular case the mounting base slipped nicely and securely into the cracks of the dash with the help of a little wedge that temporarily separated the dash so it could be slid in.
The mounting base is what is unique per vehicle, but once you have that you can build all kinds of solutions. What you see photos of here is a single vertical plate with two swivel mounts adapted to that for the Blackberry and a Zune. Then again with a photo with just a single mount with the Zune only.
The device mounts get specific for all kinds of different devices with either a swivel mount of a standard flat mount. What I would recommend is getting the swivel mount since this can actually be taken apart to become a flat mount. I kind of felt like I was playing with Lego since all the pieces are like building blocks. I actually spend half a day trying out many different combination.
There are mounts for nearly every device but if you have some odd gadget there are universal mounts that can be adhered with double stick backing to pretty much anything. Heck, you could probably mount one to your favorite travel mug and use it in your ProClip setup.
What you see here is a very basic set up; the building blocks to the system can get more involved. For instance, some of these mounts have built in docks with power and video out that can either be plugged into your cigarette lighter or they even have more permanent solutions like 12v Molex plugs that will adapt to your cars electrical system. For those of you who have GPS devices suction cupped to your winshied, this is actually illegal in some states. It’s not commonly enforced, but if a cop is having a bad day be prepared for a ticket.
The bottom line is for vehicle mounting, ProClip is the last word with nearly all devices and most vehicles. Configurations are countless and offer simple to more steadfast setups. If you are a traveler, this is a must, especially if you are leasing your car since it won’t damage the dash. But I don’t drive a lot and I find it very useful and much safer to have my phone and my Zune at quick glance level. My phobia of dash mounts are over.
See if they have your vehicle and devices at ProClip USA.