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Lifewire / Sandra Stafford
Lightweight and foldable
Doesn't lift tablet
The Amazon Basics tablet stand is compact and lightweight, making it perfect for people who take their work with them.
We purchased the AmazonBasics Tablet Stand so our reviewer could put it to the test. Keep reading for the full product review.
AmazonBasics is my go-to brand for things that aren’t worth researching, and iPad stands are the perfect example. The AmazonBasics adjustable tablet stand may not have many features, but it is portable, sturdy, and budget-friendly. I have carried one with me wherever I take my iPad for two years, and I tested a new one for a few days to compare.
The AmazonBasics tablet stand isn’t breaking any new ground. It is a foldable easel made of durable plastic. At 7 x 1.25 x 1.5 inches and under three ounces, it is compact and lightweight. The base has deep, padded notches for tablets to rest in.
Nonskid material on the base and upper arm kept my iPad stable at all angles as long as I was handling it gently.
The upper arm pivots in two places, so it can be adjusted to hold tablets at a wide range of viewing angles. Nonskid material on the base and upper arm kept my iPad stable at all angles as long as I was handling it gently.
The AmazonBasics tablet stand has a few benefits. It is tough and portable, so I throw it in my backpack without thinking twice. The adjustable plastic parts are durable. My two-year-old version of this stand has shown no sign of breaking. If it broke tomorrow, I would consider it money well-spent.
It is tough and portable, so I throw it in my backpack without thinking twice.
The stand is adjustable and stable at any angle. It’s nice for annotating notes or multitasking. I used it to watch my iPad while I took notes. When I’m writing, I put my iPad in portrait mode and adjust the angle to match the surface. When possible I put it on top of books or notebooks. It’s comfortable enough either way though.
The stand is adjustable and stable at any angle. It’s nice for annotating notes or multitasking.
With such a wide range of viewing angles, the AmazonBasics tablet stand is comfortable to use for almost everything. I prefer a low viewing angle for reading, highlighting notes, and small amounts of writing.
For other tasks, from typing to watching YouTube, I found myself adjusting the tablet stand once or twice before settling on an angle that was comfortable. The only downside I noticed with the AmazonBasics tablet stand was that it sits flat on the surface rather than lifting my iPad a few inches. Looking down while typing was uncomfortable after an hour or two. It’s a great stand for travel, but when I’m working long hours at home, I prefer a tablet stand that raises my iPad a few inches.
The AmazonBasics tablet stand is a steal at under $12. That price can only be beaten by a photo easel, which wouldn’t be compact, portable, or adjustable. A dedicated tablet stand is worth buying, especially at this price.
The AmazonBasics Tablet Stand is the best choice for portability on a budget. It’s inexpensive without being cheaply built, so the stand lasts for years. Portability requires a few design considerations, though. Folding into a compact shape that won’t break means this stand doesn’t have any way to lift iPads, so it’s not the most ergonomic choice.
The Lamicall Tablet Stand is a better choice if you’re not going farther than your desktop. This heavy metal stand can lift iPads a couple of inches while remaining stable. It has cutouts for cables to pass through, so you don’t have to sacrifice any functionality to work with it. It’s just a little more at $19, but it’s better for users who don’t need something that can fit inside a pocket.
A great basic option for everyone.
AmazonBasics makes a tablet stand that is highly adjustable but small enough to fit in a pocket. It’s great for people who take their iPads everywhere.
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