I’ve had a variety of iPads since they were first introduced, and they all fit well on my lap, or on a table stand. But, when I spent a few days on my back in the hospital after cardiac surgery, I yearned for something to reduce the arm strain resulting from holding the iPad above my head. At CES 2015, I found a wonderful solution to this dilemma.
The Universal SwingHolder Floor Stand works with virtually all tablets and e-readers, including the iPad Air and iPad Mini, holding the device right where I want it. I can even charge my iPad while it is in the holder (USB only). It allows an infinite variety of viewing angles and positions because the boom extends the iPad to me.
With a terrific feature that I could have used in the hospital, the boom swings in or away from me, so bedside use is easy and doesn't require me to get out of bed. It has a series of soft rubberized fingers which hold my iPad securely to keep it safe, yet make it easy to insert and remove. The best part is that it works without removing my cover and case.
The Universal SwingHolder makes my iPad truly useful in the gym, in bed, on the couch or while performing on stage (when I give presentations). Although I haven’t tried this yet, the maker says it can also be used while exercising since it wouldn’t vibrate with my treadmill or cycle. It is also comforting to know that it is made in the USA from recycled plastic and steel.
When I unboxed the unit, assembly of the SwingHolder was fast and easy. After attaching the felt feet to the base, I slide the integrated USB cable through the base, placed the stand into the base, secured it with two screws, slid the counterweight onto the arm, and secured with a screw. Now, when I want to move it out of the way, the boom folds for storage, requiring less than one square foot of floor space.
This unit works with tablets measuring from 7.5” to 14.5” diagonally and up to 3/4” thick. It is compatible with the iPad Air, iPad Mini, and older iPads, Amazon Kindles, Barnes & Noble Nooks, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, and Microsoft Surface Tablets. A USB cable is integrated inside the boom and stand. It allows me to charge my iPad with the cable and power adapter that came with my device, thus eliminating dangling and bothersome wires.
The unique ratcheting arms zip into place to keep my iPad from falling, even when the unit is shaken or jostled. I can insert and remove my iPad quickly and easily just by squeezing my fingers onto the diagonal corners of my iPad, then remove it with the push of a button. The back camera can also still be used while mounted on the stand, and the audio jack is easy to reach for headphones or other devices, like the Square credit card reader.
Its easy to turn from portrait mode to landscape mode by simply twisting the head, or move the iPad up or down up to 45 degrees, or adjust left or right up to 270 degrees for use on either the left or right side. This freedom of movement is just how it should be. But, my wife liked it even more than me, so the stand is stationed at her end of the couch for use every night while “multi-tasking” in front of the television.
To learn more about the Universal and iPad SwingHolder Floor Stands, and to purchase one for only $199, go to standforstuff.com. You can also purchase the Kensington SecureBack Security Case (sold separately). A tall version is also available for $319, a wheel accessory for the base is $54.99, and the universal and iPad head assemblies can be purchased separately for $49.99 each. All in all, this is a versatile, stable, useful and reliable stand that I recommend.