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Thanks so much for the kind words Craig! We weren't expecting that at all. It's great to see someone so experienced with crowdfunding be so excited about our work. You're the man!
Hi Nathan, Can we get different stains for the wood?
Just thought I'd mention this in case anyone might be "on the fence" about backing Nathan and this project....
I just received a Slate Mobile Air Desk and an iPad Dock yesterday that I had ordered through Nathan's iSkelter.com site. I am absolutely blown away by the quality of the bamboo material used, the thoughtfulness of the design, the craftsmanship and finish of all the CNC router work, and even little details like the simple, yet protective packaging. If the effort put into these smaller items translates up to the SlatePro desk....well, it's going to be stunning to behold and to utilize. My only "issue" is that I'm going to have to choose between the regular and the standup versions - both have their merits! :-)
And, no, I'm not affiliated with Nathan....some projects do have suspicious first-time backers (friends/family/employees) come on and act as shills....not me. I've backed 600 or so projects and rarely publicly endorse anything. In this case, I'm impressed suitably enough to make an exception.
Thanks! And, great question. If you scroll about half-way down the Kickstarter page, there will be a photograph of the desk from underneath. We provide cable/cord clips with each SlatePro that have an adhesive backing for easy/quick setup.
Nathan, i really like the clean design of the SlatePro, but i wonder how the underside of the desk looks like, I'm a bit worried i'll end up with a clean desk on the upside, but with a lot of cables and hardware at the underside
Hi Blaine - We would like to get into larger or different models but we wanted to first produce the SlatePro. We wanted to start with a standard and hightop desk for a single desk user first and then explore other options later. As for now, you will just want to push them together - that should work out great. Thanks for dropping a line.
Have you guys thought about more custom like a double wide or double depth? My fiance and i will be either putting them back to back or next to each other. But making them one piece?
Delio - you can back for two desks by multiplying the amount by two (2x $448). Thanks and we hope you enjoy your SlatePro's.
James - make sure to keep your seat in line. After funding has completed, you will receive an end of project survey (via email). It will list all 8 models. You will be able to select which model you would like shipped to you. Thanks, we are very excited to offer new SlatePro models.
How do I back two? Do I just double a pledge?
Wow! Very excited to see what the stretch goals add... I already pledged but hopefully I'll be able to change my pledge if I like something else?
Due to the success of the SlatePro so far, I will be posting an update this afternoon for three future stretch goals - giving us a total of 8 unique SlatePro models to select from. To make the material purchase possible, the final stretch goal will be set at $100,000. It's only been 4 days and we have passed $50k so it should happen! Thanks backers for being apart of the SlatePro and most importantly, helping it evolve even further.
Dominik - You will want to pull the cord slightly out of the dock when you remove the phone from your SlatePro. Similar to an Apple Product, the design of the SlatePro focuses on minimalism, so we opted against any additional notches or holes.
Will the lighting cable fall through when I unplug it. I don't want to scrawl under my desk every time I charge my iPhone or iPad. Maybe you could integrate a little notch that will prevent the cable from falling through.
Hey Nathan. I would really like a SlatePro. However, I would rather have one without the cooling holes (as I can see others request as well). The holes on the back for cables are good though. The reason for that is as follows: Any MacBook model rests on four points underneath the computer (the black rubber-circles in each corner). When I place my computer on top the SlatePro, some of these contact will very likely become unsupported. This means that the computer will instead rest on it aluminum belly. If there are any impurities on the desk surface, which is pretty likely most of the time, any movement of the computer will result in scratches on the bottom of the computer, as well as the surface of the desk. Furthermore, I doubt that the cooling holes actually have any functional value to it, related to cooling. Do you have any tests suggesting that those cooling holes actually have a positive thermodynamical impact on the performance of the computer, or is it just an assumption that they will?
Hope you understand my concerns and hope you will allow for users to order a model without the cooling holes - after all it requires less machining at the production level :)
The SlatePro fits any size computer and has desk space on the top right (above docks) for additional tech products. It's close to 48 inches, so it contains a good amount of functional space. The SlatePro fits small to large desktops, along with laptops at the same time. For smaller monitors, dual screen sharing is possible. Regarding cables and cords... The table design follows a minimal style so cables and cords are supposed to be hidden, leaving an organized desk space. Once you setup your SlatePro with the cords and cables the first time, the desk is ready for use. There aren't electronic components within the desk. For a listing of phones and tablets that work with the SlatePro, please scroll down the Kickstarter page to view the tech specifications. Thanks again!
Hello Nathan, I'm kindly asking you to answer Christopher's questions on here so that I can see them as I have the same (except for the Kindle question).
Hi Christopher, we try to keep comments open for suggestions, tips, and feedback. I will answer all of your questions in a message. Thanks for dropping a line!
Hey Nathan can you please answer my questions about the desk.
Great Anderson, I'm happy you like the SlatePro and your Station Desk Caddy. We don't have a Station made for the iPad but we do have the Chisel iPad Dock. Here is a link to the ordering page: http://iskelter.com/products/chisel/ipad-dock/
I love this desk concept and love my station that I bought a few months ago. I use my computer on a laptop stand, so have you considered a version without the holes? Also, do you have any plans for a station that holds an iPad?
Good question. Early this coming up week, there will be two stretch goals released. There is a very good chance a high top desk will be one of those. Everyone seems to want it and we would like to build it. Thanks for your suggestions!
Nathan, this is an awesome sounding project! I wonder, is it possible to get leg extenders to turn this into a standing desk? I'd love to have it approx 48" off the ground!
We had an overwhelming amount of people ask for SlatePro's setup the same but on the left side also. Basically, for anyone who is left handed. So, I'll send an update on Monday with the stretch goal details for a left handed model SlatePro. Thanks backers!
Where do I pick up the black chair depicted in the pictures and videos? :-P
How about some how incorporating somewhere to put my laser printer?
Can the Slate Pro fit both a MacBook Pro and an iMac or the new MacPro? Also what about power? Is it built with power cables in the desk? If so are they 110-240 volt or you will place 220/240 volt lines in the desks for international backers? In terms of the cables themselves are there hooks underneath the desk to keep order to all of the devices? Finally what about my Kindle Paperwhite? Can I have it on the desk charging in addition to my iPad and iPhone?
Thanks for the comments everyone! I'm working on responding to all backer messages about the SlatePro as they come in. Also, I've heard great suggestions from a lot of you. We are less than a full day into Kickstarter so give me a few days and I can put a game plan together for some possible stretch goals. Again, thanks for the wonderful start!
Can't wait for mine
What are the exact dimensions for the units I bought 2 and need to make sure they will both work in the room.
Amazing concept! I would also prefer a darker color. Maybe you will add some stretch goals!!!
Can the desk be purchased without the air holes?
Have you thought about a dark stain color for the desk?
How cool is this desk...
This looks great!