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Since losing the vast dashboard space of my 2003, I wanted a way to use the same laptop on the more compressed dashboard area of the 2021. This is a $5 angled spatula that slips into the CD-loading slot.
 

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Minor revision, using stabilizer arms and rubber bumpers.
 

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I use the ceiling-mounted sunglasses holder for something else (plus, I find that ceiling holder inconvenient for sunglasses), and the place I wanted to use was the empty corner to the left of the steering wheel. But, given the slope, smoothness and stiffness of the material, it was impossible to get my sunglasses to stay in place while taking a corner or even accelerating normally. I didn't want anything overly sticky or that looked boring or was more of an adverstisement for the company (ahem...Stanley) and I happened to find a silicone canning rack at Walmart for a few bucks, and it does the job. It's heat-resistant, so I don't foresee it melting onto the dash or leaving a residue or stain. If I was going to have my car parked longterm in the sun, I'd stow it. For about the same price, I could've just bought a roll of that orb-like shelf-live padding, but I hate the look of it.

Anyway, as you can see from the attachments, it can take on various shapes, and if I really wanted to use it for the area above the glovebox, I'd buy a second one and cut it to size.
 

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Slight revision, using a nylon spacer used for bi-fold closet doors. The black rubber thing is a Grip-flex thing I had in my sailing toolbox. Works well and isn't as unsightly. I also flipped the spatula around, allowing the laptop to seat better on the crosspiece. I have a better design that I'm currently trying to find already-shaped pieces to construct. It would distribute the weight of the insertion device across the span of the CD slot, instead of having all the force being applied to a one-inch area. From there, the laptop would be opened completely flat (standing up) and would rest in a rubber-coated cradle. This would cover up the infotainment panel, but since discovering that I can't keep the car in ACC mode for more than 20 minutes without it warning me that it's shutting down to conserve the battery, I'm not using the car's audio system for laptop playback, but instead am using a rechargeable bluetooth surround-sound setup, and it works great. I'm also considering installing a second battery somewhere, so I have extra power to work with. I don't like that so many things are always on in this car, even when I don't want them to be used.
 

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