This is yet another smartphone car mount I’m reviewing 🙂 The folks at Koomus was kind enough to send me a few of their mount options after seeing my first review. I’ve already reviewed the CD-Air and Magnetos before, both of which are cd slot based mounts. This review is for the Koomus Aero Air Vent Car Mount, designed to attach your phone to your car’s air vent.
There are currently many different air vent mounts available on the market and although very similar, they all differ in their clip and grip design. Unfortunately I don’t have competitors to compare against, so I will simply review the Aero against its CD slot mounted siblings and personal preference.
Weighing in at only 1oz. the Koomus Aero is a clip based mount which attaches to your vehicle’s air vent grill. The clip is plastic and is protected by a rubberized tip to create a strong grip and prevent damage to your air vent’s grill. The design is very simple and attaching the mount is as easy as pushing the clip against the grill. The clip is strong and will require moderate force to attach or detach. Once secure, you’ll have the confidence that it will never fall off. The clip will fit most grill designs, vertical / horizontal, although there are some limitations as indicated by the manufacturer. Your air vent’s grill needs to be a minimum of 3/4″ in length and each slat can’t exceed 1/8″ in thickness for best compatibility.
The grip, like the Koomus CD-Air, is a spring loaded system with a rubberized lining to securely hold your phone in place. The photo shows the Aero holding an iPhone 6+ with case, but it will hold a phone, with or without a case, up to 3.27″ wide. The grip is connected to the mounting clip by a ball joint that gives you the ability to rotate, swivel, and tilt to your liking.
In portrait mode, the Aero is best positioned as it provides a greater degree of tilt towards or away from the driver. In landscape mode, depending on the length of the phone, the possible tilt angle is reduced due to the distance between the phone and air vent.
The Koomus Aero is one of many mounting options available out there and only you can determine which will work best for your situation. I personally like forced air blowing onto my face and hands while driving, so covering up one of my vents is not ideal. The one advantage I see is when you prefer having your phone to the left of the steering wheel, where mounting options are limited unless you like attaching suction based mounting systems to your glass. I personally can’t stand suction cup marks or having mounts which attract too much attention for prying eyes. A vent based system is very discreet and easy to detach and hide inside your car if needed.
Every situation, like the layout of your car’s functions and relative position of controls, will determine the best mounting option for you. I hope that my reviews of the CD-Air, Magnetos, and Aero will make the research and discovery process simpler.