OWC was kind enough to send TestFreaks the Newer Technology GripStand 2/GripBase bundle for the iPad 2 to check out. This product has plenty of utility besides functioning as just a simple iPad 2 case.
The GripStand 2/GripBase bundle for the iPad is multi functional hard-shell case protects and secures the iPad to while allowing it to be viewed in any angle in both landscape and portrait modes. It has a removable handle/foot for portability and a base for more fixed iPad 2 viewing.
Its hard plastic composition is designed to keep the iPad 2 safe from most types of trauma. In addition the GripStand 2 / GripBase Bundle for Apple iPad 2 also integrates seamlessly with the Apple Smart Cover.
This bundle arrives into separate packages. The NuGuard GripStand 2 comes in a plastic blister package, you know the kind where you need a scissor to dissect and hope you don't get cut by the plastic. I wish this type of packaging would disappear. /end rant
On the front we see an image of front and back views of the case holding an iPad 2. The back of the package has openings for the handle/foot and rubberized bumper pads along with a list of features printed on the cardboard insert.
The NuGuard GripBase arrives in a much friendlier cardboard box with front and side view pictures on the front of the box. The side has pictorial instructions on how to use the GripBase with the GripStand. On the back of the package is a list of features for this base stand.
In the center of the handle/foot we see the Newer Technology logo. The stand portion has a rubbery gray grip to keep the iPad 2 secure in one's hands. This stand can pivot out along 180° axis.
Between the rotation of the circular handle and the pivoting stand the user can orient the GripStand 2 into almost any configuration; whether it is in portrait or landscape for viewing the iPad 2 or angling it to use the virtual keyboard.
The GripBase is composed of 2 pieces-a weighted base with a rotating central disc and an arm with an articulating disc designed to pivot the iPad 2. On the back of the circular pivot is the Newer Technology logo. The GripBase is composed of black and gray plastic. The articulating disc has the same two gray buttons for detaching the GripStand 2 from the stand.
Get a grip on all your iPad 2 display needs. The Newer Technology NuGuard GripStand 2 & GripBase bundle is the multi-use solution for using your Apple iPad 2 on the run or at a desk.
The hard plastic protective shell of the GripStand 2 grips your iPad 2 snugly while enveloping it in a shock-absorbing inner rubber liner. The removable, stand can be swiveled 360° and positioned at virtually any angle for viewing or typing needs. The desktop stand also doubles as a highly effective one hand grip so you can use your iPad 2 while standing or walking. And to take presentations to the next level, the NuGuard GripStand 2 handle can even be rotated to use as a hook to hang your iPad 2 on the wall in either landscape or portrait orientation.
When you want to turn your iPad 2 into a desktop workstation, the GripStand's shell locks into the GripBase to provide a fully adjustable viewing angle in landscape or portrait modes along with 360° rotation. The wide, weighted base makes it virtually impossible to knock over and perfect for high traffic areas.
GripStand 2 fits seamlessly with Apple's SmartCover, and includes a nylon strap to securely mount your iPad 2 to a vehicle headrest for easy viewing. Use the GripStand's desktop stand as a handle to carry your iPad 2 like a briefcase. Or, when travel bag space is a consideration, just twist the desktop stand to remove it.
Installing the iPad 2 into the NuGuard GripStand2 involves sliding one set of corners of the Apple tablet into the rubber liner; once the edges are flush press the opposite end of the iPad 2 into the case. If you own an Apple Smart Cover then you can attach it to the left side of the case and the cover will line up perfectly with the GripStand2.
The included Velcro strap can be attached to the back of car seats headrest allowing the GripStand 2 to hang from it via its handle/foot. This is the feature my kids loved the most as the iPad 2 became a mount display for games and videos. Additionally the GripStand 2 can be hung from a hook via the foot providing a wall mount for the iPad 2.
In terms of appearance the GripStand2 is not very stylish in its appearance. This is my only peeve with this product. The case masks the industrial design of the iPad 2 behind a dull black and gray shell which may bother some people. To me the utility of the case makes this less of an issue but hopefully in future iterations the GripStand2 will be more colorful or unique looking.
My favorite feature of the GripStand2 is the ability to lock it into the GripBase making the iPad 2 into a fixed display. Setting up the iPad 2 in this fashion allows it to be used in various ways not found with other iPad 2 cases. For instance I used it in conjunction with the app air display to make my iPad 2 screen into an additional monitor when connected to my MacBook Pro.
This bundle offers a multitude of options; the GripStand2 can function as a hard-shell case or a portfolio one when used in conjunction with the Apple Smart Cover. The removable foot/handle allows the case to be positioned in a multitude of angles for interaction with the iPad 2.
Finally the included GripBase let's the iPad 2 working as a fixed stand display which is great for presentations, teaching or functioning as an additional display screen.
Although aesthetically the GripStand2 is rather bland in appearance there is very little else to be critical about this set up.
If you are looking for an affordable multi-functional iPad 2 accessory then the GripStand 2/GripBase Bundle for Apple iPad 2 is the one to get.