By JB Burden
The 7-inch tablet stand and carrying case from HDE and the Arkon portable fold-up tablet stand are two popular options for viewing the iPad or other tablet in an upright position. The HDE stand also functions as a protective carrying case and comes with a USB keyboard to make typing easier. The Arkon stand doesn’t include a keyboard, but it works with a variety of tablets whether they’re encased or not.
One advantage of the Arkon stand is that it quickly folds up into a compact form that fits in a bag, purse, or pocket. The non-slip base keeps the tablet from sliding on slick surfaces. If you already have a case or sleeve for your tablet, then the Arkon fold-up stand is a convenient addition—unless, of course, your case already folds into a stand. The Arkon stand costs $12.45.
The HDE case includes an extendable stand and USB keyboard, all for $11.40—making it a very valuable purchase if you don’t already own a case. The case fits tablets up to 8.75 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches. While the keyboard makes it much easier to work on the tablet, some users have complained that the keyboard was incompatible with their tablet, even with the adapter. It could be user error, or there could be a defect with their particular purchase.
To sum up: The HDE case gives you more for your dollar, but some people have found it difficult getting the keyboard to work. The Arkon stand is a simple but incredibly useful accessory to carry around with you, and it works whether or not your tablet has a case.
|JB Burden has been reviewing, and researching TVs and Electronics for more than 9 years. His topical “interests” include pixel orbiters, louvered screen filters, and in-plane switching panels… among other things. See more about JB|
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