Review: PadPivot Lap & Desk Stand - The iPad stand your lap was made for...

Posted by OneWiseMac Team on

The PadPivot was a Kickstarter project back in 2011 and it raised $190,352 from nearly 5000 backers. The PadPivot has seen a number of improvements since then and the PadPivot Go Anywhere NST is the latest offering and has some great new features.

The PadPivot is an iPad stand that provides multiple uses. The biggest selling point of this stand is that it features a curved base which is designed to offer stability when positioned on your lap. Tired arms must be one of the most annoying things about holding a tablet for prolonged periods, with a PadPivot your arms are free to relax. It's not just limited to your lap though, it can also be used as an ordinary iPad stand and will work on any flat work surface.

Your iPad attaches securely to a suction pad which uses nano-suction technology to firmly stick to the back of your iPad. This suction pad is easily removed and will not leave a mark or sticky residue. The grip plate on this new PadPivot is a great improvement on the previous version. Previously the grip plate was made from a tacky material that required a dust cover to keep it clean and also tended to loose it's stickiness over time. 

Lets take a look at the PadPivot's main features.

First is the ability to allow stable hands free viewing whilst resting the PadPivot on your lap. This makes it ideal for reading or watching movies wherever you are sat. It works just well sat at home, on the bus or on a plane, it saves the issue of achy arms and means no more trying to prop up your iPad against something. Also included is a strap which attaches to the PadPivot and wraps around your thigh. This provides that extra bit of support if you are using the stand whilst travelling or playing games. You can of course use the strap at any point to provide extra support but for general us it's not needed.

The second main feature is that the PadPivot doubles up as a multi-angle stand to be placed on any flat surface. When you aren't using the PadPivot on your lap then it can be used as an ordinary stand without use of the grip plate. Simply position your iPad on the PadPivots feet and rest your iPad against the grip plate. You can easily rotate and tilt the grip plate to create your desired viewing angle and this works with your iPad in either landscape or portrait mode.

The portability of this version has also been improved. You can now fully remove the grip-plate and fit it compactly into the back of the PadPivot. The base of the stand then folds inwards to create a very compact iPad stand. When folded up it measures approximately 1.5 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick, meaning much less bulk when travelling

It is also worth noting that even though we are showing the PadPivot being used with an iPad it will work with pretty much any tablet or smartphone. 

The only downside we have come across with the PadPivot is that the sticky grip plate will only adhere to glossy surfaces. As current iPad models feature a matte back you will need to use one of the supplied glossy decals to enable to PadPivot to stick to you iPad. But if you use a glossy case on your iPad then there is no need for a decal to be fitted.  To be honest I found this to be a minor inconvenience considering how useful the PadPivot is. 

If you don't use your iPad whilst seated, maybe you don't find it comfortable, then the PadPivot could solve this problem for you. You can let the stand do the hard work whilst you enjoy reading, watching or playing on your iPad.

Why we love the PadPivot: The PadPivot is one of the most useful and versatile iPad stands we have used. It is just as practical whether you are using the PadPivot at home, work or on the go. We highly recommend this product and if you are looking for a practical and portable iPad stand it should be at the top of your list.

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