Review: Savage Paper Tech Table

tech-table-promoNot everyone does tethered shooting but most people have a need for an extra table once in a while and the new Tech Table from Savage Paper fills both of those needs quite well. The Tech table attaches to the top of a tripod or light stand and provides a platform for you to work with. There are a number of similar tables like this on the market so we wanted to see how the Tech Table stacks up.

What it is

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Shown with optional cupholder

The Tech Table is a metal platform that has both a 1/4″ and 3/8″ threads on the bottom to attach to virtually any tripod or lightstand.  The main base is covered with slotted sections to ensure good airflow and help keep your laptop cool. I do recommend using a good solid set of tripod legs rather than a lightstand just to make sure you have a nice, sturdy base. Lightstands tend to not be as stable as a tripod. My favorite tripod to use with the Tech Table is my heavy duty Vanguard Auctus Plus 324AT Tripod.

Specs

  • Aluminum Construction
  • Disperses Laptop Heat
  • Over 45 Ventilation Slots
  • Laptop Strap for Stability
  • Attaches to Tripod/Light Stand
  • Scratch-Resistant Finish
  • Modular “Snap In” Design
  • Comes With a Carry Bag
  • Dimensions: 15.75″ x 18.50″

Who is it for

techtable-1800Since the Tech Table needs a set of tripod legs or a lightstand and is generally used for tethered shooting in a studio, it is aimed more at professionals.

Considering the cost of a good set of tripod legs and the cost of the Tech Table, it is certainly not an impulse purchase and is likely to only be bought by photographers who have a real purpose for it.

How Well Does It Work

techtable-1797Well, its a table. It does what a table does. It holds things well. Yes, an oversimplification I know but its the design that sets the Tech Table apart from the competition.  With all of the slots, the Tech Table provides nice airflow and the mounting plate is nice and thick so it provides a really stable base.

The slots provide more than just airflow, it also provides a means to attach different components such as the cable hanger, mouse pad, camera mount, and even the optional cupholder (lens holder for those who don’t want drinks next to their gear).

The Tech Table package comes with a high quality carrying bag to make transporting the table and accessories.

The Final Verdict

techtable-1798The Tech Table is a well built piece of equipment that your gear is very secure on.  What I really liked about Tech Table’s competitor, The TriPad, was that the TriPad didn’t require a dedicated tripod. On the other hand, if you go to move a tripod with a TriPad on it, you are likely to have to have 3 or 4 hands in order to deal with tripod and the TriPad when the legs collapse. The Tech Table, while requiring a dedicated tripod, won’t have the same issue.

To learn more about the Tech Table, visit Savage Paper at http://www.savagepaper.com/

KerryG

Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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