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
About The Author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.