If you own a tablet, then you probably realize a good tablet stand is clutch. The thing is, though, there are so many stands on the market, it's almost impossible to find exactly what you want. Personally, I want something as minimal as possible, functional, offers a variety of viewing angles, and doesn't take up a lot of room in my bag. Enter the Arkon Desk & Travel Stand for Tablets.

As you can see, this stand is not only extremely compact, but equally as versatile. I've spend the last few weeks using this stand, and I have to say that the overall quality of the product has left me impressed; in fact, it actually surprised me in ways that I didn't expect.

How much is it? It's $17.95 from Arkon, $7.98 at Amazon

Where can I get it? Arkon or Amazon

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While the Arkon tablet stand is simple in construction, its design is also well thought-out. The moving parts are nothing more than interconnecting grooved bits of plastic held together by screws, which I really like. This gives the stand very defined positions, and essentially "locks" it into place (it's not going to move without a fair bit of force). Of course, with enough use, the plastic teeth will wear down, which will prevent the stand from working at all. Still, it should last several months (if not longer) before beginning to wear down; but at less than $8 (from Amazon), it's won't break the bank when the time comes to replace it.

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I love the fact that the upper part of the stand is also hinged, as it allows for the maximum number of viewing angles while still offering good support for your device. The back the arm is covered in a padded non-slip material, which keeps the tablet from sliding. The same material can be found in the grooves where the tablet rests, as well as on the bottom of the legs. This is one area where I was pleasantly surprised: this stand definitely grips the desk like no other that I've ever used. Once the tablet is in the stand, you can tap on it all you want without fear of it sliding around.

The legs of the stand are also thick enough that it lifts the tablet off the table a bit, which is fantastic for devices with bottom-mounted speakers (Toshiba Excite 10, Acer A510, etc.), as it doesn't muffle the sound the way other stands do.

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Overall, I think the Arkon Desk & Travel Stand for Tablets is a highly useful and portable stand. Sure, eventually it could wear down and need to be replaced, but it's extremely affordable, so that's really a non-issue. It's a great stand for anyone looking to prop their tablet up: it offers a wide range of viewing angles, excellent grip, and is highly portable.

The bottom line: in the world of tablet stands, Arkon's offering isn't a revolutionary one (is there a such thing as a revolutionary tablet stand?), but it definitely gets the job done, and it does it well.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZLOTEIADMVYKDQXQBWAO6P7XRQ Jim

    I've had one for many months and the plastic teeth are holding up just fine.

  • Sven Enterlein

    Bought that well over a year ago while I still had my Xoom and I used it many times. It is well built and fits nicely into most carrier bags.

  • ben dover

    I've had one for a year now and it works just as well as day one! The cushion pads still in tact and being very compact helps with taking it along for the ride. Very nice for standing my transformer up next to my monitors at work.

  • CoZ

    Any problems / issues when using a case?  Does the tablet have to be 'naked'?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Probably depends on the tablet - which one are we talking about?

      The grooves are pretty big, but some of the thicker tablets (like the Thrive) probably wouldn't work with a case.

      • CoZ

        TF201.  I've got a 'thin' case around mine.  Just wondering if the grooves are big enough to hold the tablet and the case?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          I think that should be fine. The TF201 is one of the thinnest tablets on the planet, so even a moderately thick case shouldn't affect its use with this stand. 

          • CoZ

            Thanks Brother. I'll try it out.  Also, FYI:  The "real time updating" feature on this won't work.  I had to refresh the page to see the comment (Chrome)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZLOTEIADMVYKDQXQBWAO6P7XRQ Jim

      I have my TF101 in a typical book cover style case - the grooves are big enough to keep the tablet in place, even after a mild bump.

  • Travis Jennings

    For something that's supposed to replace something-to-prop-your-tablet-on. It's pretty bulky. Seems like you can do a similar thing with something much smaller.

  • Milind
  • http://twitter.com/ImSteevin ImSteevin

    Cool product, but this is exactly why I'd rather have a laptop.  Just my preference.

  • RyanB

    First the deal on the TF101, and now this. You guys need to quit spending my money. :D

  • http://www.KillerGameRants.com/ Warren

     I saw this and thought "Cool!  I will get it."  Then I saw the
    Targus Mini Stand and bought it instead.  It works with both my iPad 3rd Gen, iPod Touch 4th Gen on my desk and kitchen island.  It is awesome.  but that is nice too.