Portable Computer Table for Shooting Tethered
TriPad is a simple, yet innovative computer table that fits over your tripod. It's made in the U.S.A. of high-tensile-strength polymer, ships in two pieces, and is easy to assemble and use. There are two slide-out extensions built into the bottom of the table area: one for a mouse and the other serves as a drink holder. If you're not keen on having a drink so close to your computer equipment, the drink holder will also hold an external hard drive. The extensions are also interchangeable to accommodate left- and right-handed mouse users.
TriPad is stable and strong. According to the packaging, it's capable of handling up to 8 lbs of gear, but the website shows it supporting a 50-lb weight. In other words, there's no need to worry that your computer will overload the TriPad, so you can set it up, shoot tethered, and edit on the fly with confidence. The only problem I encountered when testing TriPad is that I have a smaller tripod and with the TriPad fully loaded and my camera attached, the entire rig was difficult to move without the tripod legs starting to fold slightly. It's easy enough to correct, but be aware before moving your equipment if you're using a smaller tripod.
One of the great things about TriPad is that it doesn't add much to your gear and doesn't require another tripod or stand to use it, like some other computer tables. If you want to store it, simply disassemble the unit and stack it on a shelf, put it in your luggage, etc.
If you're in the market for a portable computer table, have a look at TriPad. It keeps your gear to a minimum, is compact and portable, strong and stable, and won't put a big dent in your wallet.
Hot: Innovative design; strong; versatile
Not: Can be difficult to move when loaded