Due to their small size and low prices, Android, iPad and Windows tablets may have successfully invaded the classroom, but what do you do when you need to use your fingers? That’s where a good stand comes in. The best let you adjust the screen angle while freeing your hands to do other things, like manipulate a STEM experiment or scribble notes on a card.
Possibly the most over-engineered stand of all is Flote, which lets you put a pad anywhere while keeping most of the desktop free for other items. That’s because the slate holder is cantilevered so that its weighted base can be over on the side or even on the floor. It can accommodate just about any pad and has fingers that securely the slate in place. The arms can be extended, you the stand can set the screen at any angle and at any time you can pull it free of its magnetic holder. It’s a beautiful piece of sculpture that works well, but costs from $130 (desktop Orbit) to $300 (M2 floor model).
Meanwhile, SuperStump is all foam and works just as well on a lap as on a tablet top. Able to hold anything up to an iPad Pro at three different angles, the stand is available in black, red or light green. It weighs less than a pound and costs $40.
Made of aluminum, Elago’s P3 stand matches the finish of any recent iPad, yet can secure and hold it at a variety of angles. Everything is accessible and the stand has a place to thread cables through for a tidier desktop look. It works with everything from an iPad to a Samsung slate, has soft silicone feet and can be used with a cover still on the tablet. You can get it in black ($24) or silver ($30) on Amazon.
Better known for its computer cases and cooling gear, Cooler Master has one of the best stands around. The Wave curved stand is made of aluminum with soft rubber inserts that let you set a slate at a variety of angles, leaving your hands free for other work. All the ports are out in the open and there’s room for the power cord when the slate is in portrait orientation. The $35 stand can be folded up when not in use.
Think small and the school can save even more because the smallest tablets are generally the cheapest. Kantek has a great Tablet Stand for those that are 10-inches and smaller. It doesn’t dominate the desk, yet keeps your hands free to do other things. The stand firmly holds the slate firmly and lets you swivel it between portrait and landscape modes. It works with iPads as well as a variety of tablets and e-readers and lists for $60, but if you shop around, you can get it for a lot less.
Made of aluminum, Satechi’s $50 R1 can also hold any 7- to-10-inch tablet securely and allow the user to adjust the display’s angle for the best view. Whether it’s an Android or iPad, the slate is held by a pair of rubber-coated supports at the bottom, which work just as well for portrait or landscape orientation. When you don’t need it, the R1 folds flat and includes a pouch for storage.
Inland’s PAD304 stand can do double-duty on a desk or mounted on a wall or under a cabinet. The tablet can be rotated 360-degrees and the stand’s articulated arm has torsion adjustments that allow it to be used with anything from a 7- to 11-inch screen at just about any angle. In addition to the weighted desktop base, the stand includes a wall mount with a set of screws. It’s the bargain of the bunch at $20.