Apple has created some awesome products that really scream good looks, but most of the time there are rarely any hardware accessories that really resonate along the same lines. Monitors in Motion is here to answer that call with their Mantis iPad Stand. Constructed out of solid aluminum this thing looks great but how does it perform? Find out in the full review after the break!
The Mantis iPad Stand is constructed of 97% certified recycled material, keeping in line with Apple’s own environmental health focus. What is also rare about Monitors in Motion is that this product is 100% made in America (something that is rare in these times).
Build quality was not an issue with the Mantis iPad Stand. It withstood our week of usage, even with us removing the iPad from the cradle several times during the day. The locking mechanism never got loose. We were impressed by the design of the lock especially because of its smooth ease of use and the precision in which it was constructed. The cradle works like a clamp, either increasing the X formation length (unlock) or decreasing (lock) it in order to comfortably hold the Apple iPad.
It is important to note that the cradle is precisely constructed to fit the iPad naked, so those of you with bulkier cases will not be able to use the stand. However, if you have a Apple Smart Cover, no worries there as the Mantis iPad Stand is compatible with it. The smooth machined finish was excellent and really resonated the same design attributes as many of the other Apple products we have in the office. Simple and clean lines all the way around the Mantis iPad Stand, just the way we like it.
Even though the iPad goes in naked, the Mantis iPad Stand will not scratch or scuff your device as it has felt lining along the corners as well as the center post. Felt stickies were also provided for the bottom aluminum base providing a good amount of grip to any surface you plan on using the Mantis iPad Stand on.
The only true issue we had was with the tension adjustment on the pivoting post. The hex bolts for adjusting the pivot tension seemed difficult to dial precisely, causing us to really spend time hunting for the right setting. It was rather easy for us to either tighten too much or too little. Once the adjustments were made however, the pivoting and rotating was smooth.
Overall, the Monitors in Motion Mantis iPad Stand survived our week of use like a champ. On the durability and aesthetics areas, the Mantis iPad Stand definitely delivers. If you are looking for a great iPad stand that will go great with all your other Apple products, the Mantis iPad Stand is definitely the way to go.