Review: lcy Box Stand For iPad

6/7/2012 11:30:31 AM

Reviewing an iPad stand, by virtue of its simplicity, is actually a pretty difficult thing to do. Like any iPad stand, all you can really comment on with this model from Icy Box is what it looks like and how well it's built. It's a bit like writing a review of a door handle. Does it look okay, does it open the door and will it not break off in use? If so, then there's not much else you can ask for.

Description: lcy Box Stand For iPad

Back to this stand, though, and in terms of looks, its grey aluminium design is perfectly inoffensive and the black rubber trim does an adequate job of preventing the metal from scratching your iPad. Of course, most of the time you'll only be seeing the bottom part, where the Icy Box logo is located. The only thing notable about that is the small cut-out in the rubber, which allows access to the iPad's front button when placed in the stand in a portrait orientation.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, it's a functional piece of kit. It allows for both portrait and landscape and there are two angles: a high position of around 70° and a lower one of around 30°. It would have been nice if it was adjustable to any angle, especially considering it costs nearly $40.

Description: Icy Box iPad Stand

Icy Box iPad Stand

Unfortunately, though, the price is a bit of a sticking point, because even though it's not the most expensive stand on the market, it's still simply not worth it. Its construction is acceptable, but it's not particularly impressive, and the low-angle legs feel loose and somewhat fragile. Also, on our review model, the rubber trimming at the front kept coming off.

Considering the very basic job this piece of kit has to do, it's not surprising that there are cheaper alternatives. For example, Play, com has a two-angle stand that costs just $12.5 and you can also use it for laptops.

If Icy Box's product was the same price, it would be easy to recommend. Sadly, it isn't, so it's not.

Description: lcy Box Stand For iPad


Price: $38

Manufacturer: Icy Box

Required spec: iPad

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