When I first saw the LapDawg o-Stand I thought that it was a pretty neat idea, but honestly didn’t know how useful it would be to me. On their website they show a lot of pictures of someone sitting on a couch and letting the o-Stand hold their tablet. Or someone was using it to hold their tablet next to their computer monitor, almost like it was a second or third monitor. I just honestly didn’t foresee myself using it for something like that, but boy, was I wrong.
My o-Stand came in the mail last week, and the box was a lot bigger than I thought it would be. I could tell right away that it was packaged very nicely. When I opened the shipping box I was greeted with a gracefully simple box that was holding the actual o-Stand. The boxes cover was ordained with a simple LapDawg logo in the bottom corner and in the center was a picture of an o-Stand with Lapdawg’s simple description for the stand: “An Ergonomic iPad/Tablet PC Holder”. I was very impressed with the simple beauty of the box. But enough about the pretty box, let’s open it up!
As soon as I opened the box I could tell why it was so big. The stand was packaged very well. It came in two pieces: the base and the actual tablet holder. They were wrapped in a sheet of foam and then placed into the molded cardboard bottom. Packaged this way, the carrier could have thrown it around Ace Ventura style and I think the stand would have survived, none the worse for wear. On top of the box were the instructions to put it together, which I quickly tossed to the side like any other man, and also a large hex wrench, presumably to tighten the legs. To put the stand together I just had to line up the four holes and snap the holder into place. Now it was time to put it to the test!
As soon as I had it holding a tablet in the middle of the living room, my wife exclaimed that it looked like an alien with its four legs holding it up. I had to admit that, even though I have never seen an alien, it kind of resembled something from outer space. I quickly found that the legs were very agile and I could easily bend them into any position that I wanted. I sat down on the couch and set it on my lap. After that brief few minutes of playing with it I had to set it aside and get some other stuff done around the house. I had planned on having a picture taking session with it later in the week, or maybe taking it to work to see how I could use it there, but my week got very busy and I ended up just moving it from one place to another with good intentions of using it some more. As my wife and I were heading out for vacation to a secluded cabin in Kentucky, I decided at the last minute to throw the o-Stand into the car. I ended up being very glad I did.
Since this was a secluded cabin in Kentucky, we had no internet access. I was actually very glad for this as it is good for us to be unplugged every once in a while. I brought my tablets because they both have some good books on them, and also some good games that I could play while my wife was reading her magazines. The first night I was sitting in a chair, holding my TouchPad and playing Cross Me. That’s when my arm began to hurt holding the tablet at an angle so my neck wouldn’t hurt. That’s when I looked over and saw the o-Stand sitting on the couch by the front door. I immediately got up, got my TouchPad attached to the holder, and brought it back to the chair. It took me about 30 seconds to get the legs situated so that they wouldn’t move and get the tablet in the right position. After that I continued playing Cross Me, and neither my arms or my neck got tired. I then grasped the beauty of the o-Stand. It wasn’t just made to hold your tablet, it was made to hold your tablet in the perfect position so that you wouldn’t get neck or arm pain using it.
The o-Stand is made in such a way that you can use anywhere from one to four of the legs to put it into the position you need. You can also flip the legs around so that they are coming out both sides of the main ball as you can see in the picture to the right where I have three legs coming out the bottom and one coming out the top. The included hex wrench helps to tighten the legs into place if you take them off. To get one or more of the legs off you just need to start unscrewing them. After getting the number of legs you want, and the stand into the position you want, you can then put your tablet into the holder. Lift up on the locking mechanism to release the tablet grippers and spread the arms out enough to slide your tablet in. There is no need to remove your case if you don’t want to as the arms spread far enough to fit any tablet and case in. Once your tablet is in position push the arms back together and put the locking tab back into the locked position to insure your tablets safety. The arms have rubber on the inside so that if you decide to put your tablet on the stand without a case you don’t have to worry about scratches.
After you have the legs in place, and your tablet in the holder, you can then position the gooseneck any way you want. On the end of the gooseneck is a ball joint to allow you to rotate and angle your tablet any way that you want. All told there is probably not any position that you would want to put your tablet in that the o-Stand wouldn’t be able to do.
I set about to see what this stand could do, and find out if there was anything that it couldn’t. The only negative I can even say this stand has involves the actual nuts that hold the legs. At times they were a little hard to keep tight, and the hex wrench only has a fraction of an inch to grab the nut with. This minor issue is very easy to overcome however, and should definitely not deter you from picking up this stand.
I enlisted the help of my wife to pose as my model as we tried a whole lot of different ways to use the o-Stand. You can see in the gallery below we had a lot of fun using the o-Stand all over the cabin. You can also see close-up shots of the different parts of the o-Stand. The o-Stand stood up to every test we put it through. You can purchase the LapDawg o-Stand directly from their website for $79.00.