Ergotech VersaStand for iPad review: Best iPad desktop accessory yet

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MSRP: $79.00

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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8.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Performance 9

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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It's not just for use on a desk: it could easily work for an iPad-as-TV, as a kitchen counter tool, or even to set up with a keyboard beneath as a different type of work interface.