Ergotech VersaStand for iPad review: Best iPad desktop accessory yet

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 9.0

Average User Rating

1 stars 1 user review
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The Good The lightweight, flexible Ergotech VersaStand makes it easy to snap an iPad in and out. Plus, its construction means you get a free back cover in the box.

The Bad The metal attachment on the iPad back cover is a little thick and protruding.

The Bottom Line Portable, flexible, and very useful all describe the VersaStand for the iPad, one of the best iPad desk accessories we've ever seen.

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If you think of the iPad as a computer screen, and you use it that way, sooner or later you're going to want to find a way to get it to sit on your desk properly.

A Smart Cover or a little dock can hold it upright, but usually at only one angle. A case, maybe a few angles. The VersaStand is a full-on bendable multiangle armature for the iPad that turns Apple's tablet into the closest thing to a desk computer accessory that I've ever seen.

The VersaStand by Ergotech feels so simple and useful, I wonder why we don't see it more. It's an iPad stand, made with several flexible joints, out of industrial Mac- or iPad-colored aluminum. It's surprisingly reasonably priced, too, at $79 to $99 from the few online vendors we've seen carrying it so far.

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The VersaStand is aces in design: The minimalist industrial chic fits perfectly on a desk with other Mac equipment. Three different joints let the arm bend to a variety of angles, almost like a little Luxo lamp. Rubber feet keep the stand solidly in place, and all joints are stiff enough to keep an iPad wobble-free in all positions.

With the VersaStand connected, your iPad suddenly feels a lot more like a second monitor. Angle adjustments are easily accomplished, and it feels perfect next to a laptop or desktop setup.

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Where to Buy

Ergotech VersaStand for iPad

Part Number: FDM-IP234-DS

MSRP: $79.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • CE Product Type Web tablet stand