Arexit A-Fold Tablet Stand Review

Arexit recognizes that not everyone has an iPad, so they have a tablet stand that can be used with Samsung Galaxy Tabs, Motorola Xoom, RIMM Playbook, and iPad 1 and iPad 2.  I was happy to be selected to give the A-Fold Tablet Stand a look when Arexit offered one to The Gadgeteer for review.

Although the A-Fold will work with other tablets, I only have an iPad 2.   My review is based only on my experiences using the A-Fold with an iPad 2.

Front lip with the Home button cutout

Bottom showing the rubbery feet.

The A-Fold stand is made with a solid aluminum base.  There are four rubber feet for traction on the bottom of the aluminum portion.  The cradle is made of plastic, and it has a soft, rubbery feel.  There are four little rubbery buttons on the front of the cradle to “grip” the tablet and protect it from scratches.

The stand folds flat for easy carrying.  It measures 5.8” X 6.6” X 1.4” when folded, and it weighs about 11 ounces.  It comes with a red fabric travel pouch.

The plastic cradle has a U-shaped channel at the bottom that cradles the iPad.  There’s some rubbery padding in the bottom of the channel to prevent scratching the tablet.  This channel is deep enough to hold the iPad 2 when wearing the Smart Cover and the HyperShop HyperShield back cover with a little room to spare.  There’s a semi-circular cutout in the middle front of the cradle to allow access to the iPad’s Home button.

The A-Fold can hold the iPad 2 in either the horizontal or vertical orientation.  It is heavy enough that the iPad 2 was very stable in both positions.  You can run a charging cable through the big cutout in the bottom of the cradle to charge or sync your iPad when it’s in the vertical orientation.

75-degrees

60-degrees

45-degrees

The stand is hinged at the bottom, and a U-shaped leg on the back supports the stand at three angles:  75, 60, and 45 degrees.  The leg has rubber tips and fits into dimples on the aluminum stand for stability.  These angles are great for watching videos or when using the iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard.  The three angles allow you to find one that works best for your height and your table height.

5-degrees typing stand

When the A-Fold stand is folded flat, it holds the tablet at a 5-degree angle for typing.  I found that the front lip of the cradle got in my way when I tried to type on the iPad’s on-screen keyboard.  Since I have the Smart Cover on my iPad 2, I’d much rather use it as the typing stand.

The A-Fold Stand is a very stable, versatile stand for iPad 2, and I’m sure it will work as well for other tablets.  It’s heavy enough to be a stable stand, but not so heavy that it will be a burden when added to your gear bag.  At about $50, it seems to be priced about the same as most other tablet stands.  And you won’t have to buy a new stand if you buy a different tablet in the future.

 

Product Information

Price:$49.95
Manufacturer:Arexit
Retailer:Arexit
Pros:
  • Holds the iPad 2 securely in either the vertical or horizontal orientation
  • Has multiple viewing angles and one angle for use as a typing stand
  • Works with a variety of tablets
  • Small and light enough to take with you
Cons:
  • Typing stand may not be comfortable for all
Posted in: Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Ken Schoenberg August 24, 2011, 3:07 pm

    It looks nice, but tough to spend $50 when there are so many similar choices out there for under $15.

  • Julie September 11, 2011, 11:14 am

    Sorry, did you say 50$? A powered charging stand for my tablet costs about that much!!
    I got a little grey plastic stand for my tablet on Ebay. It has 5 angle positions, folds completely flat when not in use and is hardly bigger than a credit card. It cost 5$. As a stand to watch videos, or just sit in while my tablet’s charging, it’s perfectly good.

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