There are all sorts of cases with built-in keyboards for iPads and Android tablets. But the problem with 99% of them is that they aren’t designed to allow you to use the tablet + keyboard on your lap like you can with a laptop computer. Another problem is that most of the keyboards used with these cases have non-standard and cramped key layout that makes touch typing more difficult than it needs to be. Enter the nimblstand. This is a light weight, easy to use stand that pairs an Apple Wireless Keyboard with almost any tablet, phablet or smartphone on the market. This is a great product and I love it. Let me show you why.
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The nimblstand is a light weight plastic holder that has been designed specifically to hold an Apple Wireless Keyboard. If you don’t have an Apple Wireless Keyboard, you can still use the nimblstand, but it won’t turn your tablet into a pseudo laptop.
This holder is made up of two parts that convert from a larger stand into a more compact stand. More about that later…
You can buy the nimblstand with or without a Wacom Bamboo stylus. The stand has a special slot to hold the stylus for travel and another slot while it’s being used.
This is a side view of the nimblstand showing the various slots. The design is simple but effective.
Grab an Apple Wireless Keyboard and slide the back part that holds the batteries into the nimblstand slot.
It takes a little effort to slide the keyboard in place, but don’t worry, you won’t break a sweat.
Your tablet can then rest in the slot behind the keyboard. Here I’m using a Nexus 7 2013, but the nimblstand should hold almost any tablet, phablet or smartphone you can find. I tried it with the Nexus, iPad 3rd gen and an iPad mini.
The tablet can be used in landscape or portrait orientation like you see here. There’s even a half circle cutout in the center of the slot that you can line up the iPad’s home button for easy access.
It is even possible to use your tablet in a case with the nimblstand – although it obviously depends on the thickness of the case…
As mentioned earlier, the nimblstand can be converted into a more compact stand by sliding off the back section…
and sliding it under the keyboard as shown above. This is the way I use the nimblstand because it takes up less lap and desk area.
My favorite way to use the nimblstand is on my lap. It’s very sturdy and you don’t need to worry about balance or the tablet falling out of the stand.
Another way to use the nimblstand is to flip it around and place the tablet in the slot like you see above. This gets the keyboard out of the way and allows easier access to the display if you’re using a stylus or your fingers.
I’ve been looking for a product like the nimblstand for years. It allows me to turn a full sized comfortable keyboard like the Apple Wireless keyboard and my favorite tablet into a “laptop” that can be easily used on my lap while sitting on the couch, as a passenger in a car, at an airport, etc.
Easy to use, decent price, get one.