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    My gloriously ghetto $.95 Surface pro kickstand replacement...

    Face it, MS blew it with the SP kickstand, unless of course you are an 8 year old child or 5 feet tall. The angle is just too steep and you can't adjust it. You can buy a case to solve the problem but then you have a big old case to deal with and if you set the angle too shallow the keyboard doesn't sit flat.

    What to do.

    This is so ghetto you are going to love it, not only because it is cheap but because it works beautifully well.

    STEP1: Buy one of these on Amazon for $.95:
    Amazon.com: Bracketron IPM-228-BL MobileDock Universal Dash Mount for GPS: MP3 Players & Accessories
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    STEP2: Ok, this is actually made for holding a phone, so the little feet at the bottom will get in your way. Luckily you can easily clip them off with some wire cutters. They are already scored so they pop off easily and cleanly.

    STEP3: Use the suction cup on the button to stick it to the base of your external monitor or desk and adjust it to your desired angle:

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    STEP4: Place your Surface Pro in front on the monitor and with the kickstand closed, rest the back against the sticky green pad on your Bracketron stand.

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    This works beautifully and gives you whatever angle you desire. At first the sticky pad is quite sticky but once it gets broken in, it is just sticky enough to hold your SP in position but also easily detached.

    Good luck!

    - MacGyver
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    Here's another option that might be more transportable and gives you many angles to choose from. The little feet on the bottom fold in so it can be a flat surface:
    Amazon.com: FlipStands - New, Compact Portable Multi-Adjustable Stand for the iPad, iPad2, the New iPad, iPad Mini, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nook HD and all other Tablets: Computers & Accessories
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    The kick stand debate is finally over. Solved in the ghetto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyz3 View Post
    The kick stand debate is finally over. Solved in the ghetto.
    "In the ghetto..."



    - Elvis Presley

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    I just put a notebook underneath my Surface to raise the angle. Sure, it's not adjustable but it get the job done.

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    I don't mind the angle on the SP at all. It's probably because when I use it, most of the time I'm not directly in front of it. Usually 2-3 feet back so the angles just about right for me.

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    For those with the fully adjustable Dell S2340T touchscreen monitor, Ghetto solutions are not needed. In fact I almost never even touch the Surface at all anymore. I have a fully adjustable 23 inch touch screen that will go table-top flat to vertical in a second. I don't even notice the kickstand on the surface at all, in fact its a nice a table top position for the little screen and works fine for the occasional windows-Button push.

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    Leaving the stickers on your monitor, now THAT'S ghetto :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchellvii View Post
    Leaving the stickers on your monitor, now THAT'S ghetto :-)
    Hope I never come round, I've been known to remove protective clear stickers from peoples DVD players when they have left the room for a slit second!!

    I find the kickstand angle great for videos etc then for stylus just needs to be flat..... for the sofa? This is how I roll!!!!

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    Hows that I hear you ask?! Well a spongy car freebie from a trade show of course! Works perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchellvii View Post
    Face it, MS blew it with the SP kickstand, unless of course you are an 8 year old child or 5 feet tall. This is so ghetto you are going to love it, not only because it is cheap but because it works beautifully well.
    - MacGyver
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