I wish I never bought the thing
I was intrigued both by the reviews and the item. Now after trying to use it for four months I'm more frustrated than intrigued. There are no directions or instructions on how to tie the roll so that it is functional. My hat is off to those who have made it work. Regardless of how I've tied it I can't use it to stand up either my Kindle or IPad (landscape or portrait) to comfortably read, watch a movie, or play a game. The only thing I like about it is the richness of the color and the fabric.
February 6, 2014
Fantastic for viewing Ipad
You have to try this!! I use my Ipad for a meditation app---and I needed a way to keep it upright--this is perfect. Price was very reasonable--check it out!!!
December 28, 2013
I really like the looks of this Thai roll! You are able to roll it to your specifications. I haven't tried to use the strings or beads, I just set my iPad on huge roll. It's unique!
December 28, 2013
A useful, decorator item
This handmade item is pleasing to the eye and useful in it's versatility and function. A winning combination.
December 7, 2013
Good idea - poor design
This is an attractive item, it appeared to fit a need - and the sale price seemed too good to be true. It was. I wanted a tight roll with a horizontal "prop" section in front. This was easier said than done.
The best approach I found involved moving the beads out of the way, threading the tie line through a loop on one side, then the other; then tying off in back with something called a taut-line hitch which nestles securely between two rolls. This hitch (handy for tent stakes) is an adjustable knot for used to secure a line under tension to itself (see Wikipedia). Fortunately I've owned two sailboats and have experience with knots.
Maybe I've missed something simple. This seemed too hard for what I wanted to do.
September 2, 2013
Perfect for Ipad & Books
My wife wanted it so she could use it to prop up her ipad & books anywhere she was. She Loves It!
July 20, 2013
The straps on this are bad, don't hold well. The product is huge and not very portable. It could be a lot smaller, and a lot more functional. I don't use this to prop up books, rather I found one day that it provides good lumbar support. I have back pain/issues and cannot sit back in a chair, I'm also very small, but this is so large it gives me lumbar support, more so than other lumbar pillows I have used (when rolled up). If it weren't for this odd coincidence of utility, I would have returned the product upon receiving it, as there are many nice wood products that are cheaper, more portable, and hold the book open as well. This is not something I would ever use for what it is advertised to do, and I read for a living.
May 31, 2013
The Thai Roll is as beautiful as it is functional. I love the workmanship on it, and it holds my Paperwhite beautifully. I can read for extensive periods of time without having to worry about my hands getting tired. I love it! I bought the red one for my best friend who also loves to read. She equated this to "the best thing since ..."
April 20, 2013
ok, but needs improvement
I like the concept, but the little silver knobs need to be changed to wood beads, or better yet, wood toggle 'buttons'. My cat chewed on one of the silver knobs and it broke in half. I replaced it with a wood bead, which she can chew on without effect. I like the idea of toggles since they would be easier to get in the loops.
December 11, 2012
I chose this product despite the negative reviews because I knew my partner would like it, and I knew Levenger would take it back if it wasn't perfect. My partner is very happy with it because of the styling and versatility, and I played around with it to check the quality of the workmanship and found it to be very good. Maybe the first batch had problems, no idea, but the one received is a keeper.
September 16, 2012