Newer Technology® : News Room : Press Article : GripBase/GripStand 3, By Curt Blanchard, from | August 13, 2012

GripBase/GripStand 3 Review

NuGuard GripStand 3 / GripBase bundle
Manufacturer: NewerTech
MSRP: $59.99 (Street: $39.99)
GripStand 3 / GripBase bundle

When you are out and about, your iPad requires a case or a protective sleeve of some kind. However, when you are home or at the office, your iPad lies unprotected on your desk or coffee table. NewerTech has a great solution for times like these. The GripStand 3 securely contains the iPad (3rd version*), offering excellent protection from scratches or even an occasional drop as it is lined with a rubbery foam to cushion blows.

On the back of the GripStand 3 there is a pivoting, circular handle that can be used in multiple ways. First, it's an adjustable prop so the iPad can conveniently be viewed in landscape or portrait modes. It also becomes a carrying handle or a comfortable way to hold the iPad while standing—or even when lying down. The round portion of the handle is a soft, grippy rubber that is comfortable to hold and adds a non-skid feature to your iPad when it is propped on a table.

The handle is easily removable for travel with a pinch of two clasps. NewerTech thoughtfully added rubber pads to the back of the unit so that when the handle is off, it rests securely on these non-skid pads. With the handle removed, the iPad in its GripStand still will fit most existing cases and sleeves. The smooth notches around sides of the case for the switches and plugs are sleekly sculpted to provide access to the controls. Along the left side, Apple's Smart Cover still clicks onto its magnets perfectly.

But, wait, there's more—NewerTech has developed a base that fits the GripStand 3 called the GripBase. The handle on the back of the GripStand 3 and GripBase utilize the same fitting so that either can be attached to the iPad. Very clever.

This GripBase holds the iPad in either landscape or portrait orientations so the center of the screen is about seven inches off the table and can easily be tilted to a comfortable, stable viewing angle. If the iPad is flipped and swiveled around to its lower elevation, it almost touches the table. In this work station configuration, the iPad is solidly positioned so the keyboard is within reach. The base swivels 360º which is useful for screen sharing in a group.

NewerTech really thought this device out carefully and it shows in its overall build quality. The case adds some thickness to the iPad's slim profile, but it adds many additional conveniences that all perform well. The bundle including the GripStand 3 and the GripBase is priced very well at $39.99; in fact, it's a good deal. Other cases with handles on the back are either cheesy or, if well-built, are quite expensive when compared to this very useful bundle. If you haven't experienced the convenience and comfort of a handle on the back of your iPad, you really should try it out; the GripStand 3 / GripBase bundle is an excellent introduction.

*Note: The GripStand/GripBase bundle is also available for the original iPad and the iPad 2.

MyMac review is 9 out of 10

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