January 8, 2012
I recently went to an appointment where the woman whose office we were in was a new iPad owner. For Christmas, her mother had gotten her a stand for her iPad, and after one look, I knew I had to have it, too.
The XStand from Brookstone holds your iPad either without a case, or with some cases. (Large cases like the Otterbox, or those with flip covers do not fit.) My iPad is currently in the XStand with no case, although the one I first saw was in a case.
The stand itself is beautiful, and worthy of holding an iPad. The base comes in black or red (I couldn’t resist the red), the arm is chrome, and the part that actually cradles the iPad is lucite. The corner pads are a soft plastic, and while they are a boring grey color, they won’t distract from an iPad whether in black or white.
Because you have the four plastic corners, installation is simple. Just set your iPad in the lower two corners, then lean it back and press until the top corners snap into place. This leaves you some wiggle room if your iPad is naked, but it’s not going anywhere.
The remarkable thing about the XStand is both its complete 360 degree swivel, and its almost 360 degree tilt. You can keep rotating your iPad in the stand, without ever having to reverse direction, moving easily from portrait to landscape. You can tilt your iPad so that you can view your screen at a 90 degree angle straight in front of your face, of 180 degrees so that it is as flat as if it were on a table top.
I’ve found that not only does the XStand work greatl on any table or desk, but it sits well in my lap as well. I can recline in my chair and not have to crane my neck to look down at my lap.
You can purchase the XStand from Brookstone for $49.95.