Accessory review: FlipStands tablet stand
One of the most important things you have to decide after buying a tablet is how you are going to prop it up on the table so you have it at a good viewing angle without having to hold it. There are lots of options when it comes to this problem, but one of the most practical for me is to have a case that also doubles as a stand. Each of my tablets has such a case that makes protecting it, and propping it up on the table a piece of cake. But maybe you are the type of person that likes a naked tablet, without the case – how are you supposed to prop your tablet up? Well you could use a cork, like someone in the picture did, or you can use a FlipStands.
I had the pleasure of receiving a FlipStands to review. FlipStands is a new company based out of New Jersey. At this point they only have one product, and that is the FlipStands itself. I like this approach to business because since they have only one thing to focus on, they can make that one thing great. But did FlipStands do that with this stand? Read on to find out!
The first thing you will notice about FlipStands is that there is very little packaging. A simple cardboard sleeve is all that holds your new FlipStands. The cardboard isn’t even glued or taped together, which makes removing the stand from the case both effortless and painless. I understand the use of things like plastic packaging and other methods for security, but it sure is nice to receive a product without all the throw-away garbage. FlipStands even encourages you to recycle the cardboard sleeve when you are done with it.
The FlipStands is pretty easy to operate, but in case you are having some trouble they have provided you with a couple of simple steps on the back of the packaging. The instructions are printed in English, but you can read the features in six different languages. You shouldn’t have any trouble figuring out how to use the stand, but if you do, I sure hope you can read English!
FlipStands has a very low profile – only .43″ thick when all folded up. This makes it very easy to slip in any pocket you have available for travel. There isn’t much to the stand at all, and because it is made of plastic, it is also very light. Although it is both thin and light, it is very sturdy. My tablets felt very safe on this stand. There are four rubber feet on the bottom to help keep the stand in place, and there are also two rubber strips that run across the part that you actually set the tablet on to help keep your tablet in place. And if that wasn’t enough, there is rubber on the pegs that you rest the tablet on. All in all, I feel like my tablet is both safe from scratches and from getting accidentally knocked off the stand. You can see where the rubber parts are in the photos below.
The FlipStands has 20 different viewing angles you can choose from, and even has a typing position where the tablet is almost flat on the table. This allows you to have your tablet at just the right angle, no matter how you like to view it. In the picture below you can see the different stand positions that you can set your stand to, and you can also see the reinforcements on the other parts of the stand that help keep it sturdy.
FlipStands does exactly what it is supposed to do, and it does it very well. It keeps your tablet at just the right viewing angle, without the risk of it sliding off the stand at the smallest bump of the table. If you are interested in picking up a FlipStands, you can purchase it directly from their website at the link below. FlipStands normally retail for $29.95, but you can get it right now at a reduced introductory price of only $19.95. There are also international purchasing options available on their website.
The FlipStands can be purchased directly from FlipStands for $19.95.