Because I had previously reviewed and loved the M-Edge leather cases for the Sony PRS-600 Touch reader, Julie thought of me when M-Edge offered some iPad items to The Gadgeteer. Of course, I was more than happy to give anything from M-Edge a try. Because the iPad is already rather large and heavy, I thought I’d try something other than the leather cases. I asked if I could try the Slip Sleeve envelope-style case and the FlexStand. M-Edge sent me both of those, along with a bonus Flip Jacket. I’ll be reviewing each of these items individually, and I’ll be discussing the FlexStand in this review. (All images in this review can be clicked for a larger view.)
M-Edge offers the FlexStand for many of the ebook readers that it offers products for, and I was glad to see they were offering it for the iPad. The FlexStand has a look that reminds me a bit of Tinker Toys. It has four flexible black metal “arms” and two “legs”. This material looks a lot like the flexible metal conduit used to encase electrical wiring. There’s a hard plastic barrel junction for the arms and legs. The barrel is branded with the M-Edge name.
The four arms end with rubbery black cups, called Flex Feet, that fit around the four corners of the iPad. The Flex Feet even have a little lip that fits up onto the edge of the screen to ensure that the iPad is firmly held. The two legs end in Ball Feet made of the same black plastic used for the cups. The rubbery texture helps prevent slipping on smooth surfaces.
All buttons, connectors, and the speakers are available when the iPad is in the FlexStand. You can use headphones in either orientation, and you can use the charge/sync cable when the iPad in the horizontal position.
A bare iPad fits easily into the FlexStand, and it feels very securely held by the four cups. I don’t think an iPad wearing any type of silicone case would fit into the FlexStand. (I tried using the FlexStand with the Belkin Grip Vue, and it wouldn’t fit.) The two legs allow you to stand your iPad in either the horizontal or vertical position. Only one leg is needed for the vertical position. You use both legs for the horizontal position, and the instructions say you should keep the legs straight where they meet the Ball Feet. You adjust the position of the Ball Feet to adjust the iPad to the desired viewing angle.
The FlexStand is flexible enough that you can make it fit into available space in your gear bag. It’s sturdy and stable, and it makes a great stand for your iPad when you’re using a Bluetooth keyboard or watching videos. You may even find an angle that’s comfortable for using the virtual keyboard. I can recommend the FlexStand for anyone who uses their iPad naked or who uses some other case that can be easily removed when you want to use a stand.