Ergotech has introduced the Versastand, a table top stand for an iPad 2, 3, or 4 that provides 360 degree rotation when needed and then folds to 1.5-in thick for portability. It offers fully articulating arms and is made of annodized aluminum. There is a one year warranty.
Versastand holding iPad
Versastand without iPad
There is a back cover that functions to hold the iPad in place on the stand, but it also easily also serves as a protective back cover for everyday use. A gray front cover, similar to the Apple Smart Cover, is also included and between the two, the iPad is protected front and back.
The stand, when not in use, folds flat. In its folded form it measures 9 x 3.25 (widest point) x 1.5-in (22.9 x 8.3 x 3.8 cm). It weights less than a pound (454 grams).
Stand folded for portability
Using the product
To use the Versastand just snap the back case over the iPad and then attach the back case to the stand. The system for attaching the two is pure artistry. Center the hole in the center of the back with the round head of the base (red arrows below) and squeeze the two points (blue arrows below) until the mechanism clicks in place. Reverse procedure to remove. You get a strong attachment that holds your iPad no matter which way you move it.
The following short video, from the Ergotech website, offers a quick demonstration of how the Versastand works.
Do I recommend it?
I do. This is a quality product from top to bottom. It holds the iPad firmly and securely, rotates so that the screen can be shared, is made from sturdy material, is easy to use, includes a smart cover for front screen protection, and folds compactly for travel. It is a perfect tool for still photography, video’s and video chatting. It doesn’t offer much protection for drop damage, but it is almost impossible for it to fall face first when in use. Some may consider it too pricy at US$125.00, but I would pay that for it.