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Solid and Portable, But Center Your Tablet With Care
on August 1, 2012
The ARKON PORTABLE FOLD-UP STAND is compact when folded (7" long by 1" wide by 1-1/8" high), and very solid when set up, which makes it a good choice for a tablet stand if your primary need is portability. However, your tablet is placed in notches in the stand's two base supports, and merely leans against the stand's single upright support. This arrangement is a bit unstable--not because the stand isn't solid, but because your tablet (in my case, an iPad) can topple sideways off the stand if it's not carefully centered when placed on the stand.
The stand will hold your tablet in either the horizontal or vertical position. The upright support can be adjusted to a multitude of angles in relation to the surface on which the stand is placed, and it is hinged, which allows even more viewing angles. However, I found the hinged part confusing to use--it was hard for me to adjust the hinge quickly to get an optimal viewing angle. The stand has soft gripper pads that hold the stand securely on a smooth surface without slipping. The stand also has gripper pads in the notches on the base supports and on the upright support wherever it contacts the back of your tablet.
For me, an iPad case with a built-in easel stand is a better solution, because it requires less setup and holds the iPad without danger of toppling over. For this reason, I rate the ARKON PORTABLE FOLD-UP STAND at 3 stars ('it's okay" on the official Amazon scale).