Ergotech VersaStand Review
The Ergotech VersaStand is a compelling iPad stand that is equal parts form and function, but you’ll pay a premium for the design.
- Sturdy, attractive brushed aluminum construction
- Infinite viewing angles
- Easy on and off
- Collapsible and adjustable design
- Metal protrusion on back of case
- Stand does not swivel
There’s an endless array of stands and cases made for protecting and propping up the Apple iPad. The ErgoTech VersaStand ($99 list) happens to be a combination of both, with a snap-on case and a sturdy aluminum stand. The slick collapsible stand looks great and offers a nearly infinite variety of angles, and it’s a cinch to get the iPad on and off the stand. You’re paying a premium for design here, as there are plenty of more affordable, generic stands available, but if you use your iPad primarily as a desktop display, the VersaStand is a more-than-capable option.
With a black soft-touch plastic body, the snap-on case is pretty standard, but around back there’s an aluminum ring that protrudes about a quarter inch. There are cutouts for the iPad’s ports and buttons, with a cutout along the left edge so you can use Apple’s Smart Cover with the case. The VersaStand is compatible with the iPad 2, the third-gen iPad, and the most recent fourth-gen iPad. I tested the VersaStand with both the iPad 2 and fourth-gen iPad and each fit perfectly.
The stand is made almost entirely from hinged, brushed aluminum segments, with a small disk at the end of the articulating arm that attaches to the ring on the case. There are two buttons on either side of the disc, which you press down to attach and remove the iPad. The case and stand are similar to the Wallee case system, which has an optional aluminum Pivot stand.
You can turn the tablet Pad a full 360 degrees once snapped in, but the stand itself does not swivel left or right. The articulating arm allows for any viewing angle imaginable, and the stand feels sturdy when placed on a flat surface. While it’s not difficult to adjust the stand, you will have to hold the base down with your free hand. The stand unit also neatly collapses down for transport.
You have a lot of options when it comes to iPad stands, and while the VersaStand is an attractive combination of form and function, it’s not cheap. It’s also clearly suited for desk use, whereas something like the Speck HandyShell would make a better choice if you want to move the stand around frequently. The VersaStand is also on the tall side for stands, which makes it a good option for those who want to use their iPads next to, say, a desktop monitor. And if function trumps form, there are plenty of inexpensive generic plastic stands that will do the same things as the VersaStand.
By Eugene Kim, PCMag