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Standzfree review - Creative usage and concluding thoughts

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If you've not yet read the first part of our Standzfree review please go and do that now, it's a well built iPad floor stand that I've used everyday for the last two months. Watching movies, reading books and video calling are all greatly enhanced by the Standzfree floor stand, but what about some more creative uses?

I've been compiling a list of things I've used Standzfree for, some of which may surprise you. I'll start with the obvious and move on to some that you may not have considered.

Painting

As Susan highlighted in a comment on yesterday's post, Standzfree is a near perfect way of holding the iPad for painting. Painting with the iPad whilst being completely free to move around and use both hands is quite liberating. Though the iPad will wobble slightly whilst being held in the Standzfree floor stand, if you are using a low resistance stylus like the Sensu or Nomad, you'll be just fine.

Music creation

Standzfree will truly come into its own during live performances, and should come in handy to any musician with limited desk space. Whether you're play a virtual piano or playing a real guitar whilst reading music on the iPad, Standzfree comes in handy.

Virtual desk space

I regularly use a bluetooth keyboard when composing long passages of text on my iPad. It's a solution that works fine whilst seated at a desk, but trying to balance both the keyboard and iPad on my lap whilst sat in the lounge is a pain. With Standzfree, I can sit and type comfortably with the keyboard on my lap and the iPad suspended just above it.

An iPad tripod

This one is a bit esoteric, but if you regularly conduct video interviews Standzfree could be your new best friend. Standzfree can act as a perfectly usable tripod. The ball and socket joint combined with the flexible neck make it almost ideal as a camera tripod.

Wrap up

At the $99.95 the Standzfree iPad floor stand is not an insignificant purchase. However, if like me, your iPad has become your primary computer, both for consuming and creating content, then this fantastically flexible accessory could be for you.

If you have any questions about Standzfree, just ask me in the comments section below and I'll do my best to answer them.

Standzfree is available for purchase from Standzout.com at a price of $99.95.

Further reading: Part 1 of our Standzfree review

Standzfree review - Could this fantastically flexible iPad stand be an essential accessory?

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Looking for a suitable object or surface on which to prop up my iPad has become something of habit of mine. The new iPad has almost totally replaced my MacBook for practically all most home computing needs and many of my work computing tasks. Its simple slender design, without the fuss of a laptop's clamshell case or the bulk of a desktop's frame makes for a more intimate (especially when creating content) and much more zen-like experience.

However, there are times when the intimacy of the iPad turns out to be a weakness. Having to constantly hold the iPad with one, and sometimes both hands, can, in some situations, suck much joy from the experience. This is certainly true when consuming media - watching movies, reading books, listening to music, etc., but, as we shall see, it's also the case for many creative endeavours.

Perhaps Standzfree, the flexible floor stand from Standzout, could step in to provide a perfect solution? That's what I intended to find out.

Hardware and design

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Standzfree arrived flat-packed ready for self assembly. Essentially, it consists of just three components. The base, a sturdy V-shaped metal plate about 5mm thick. The neck, a flexlible metal tube. The head, a ball and socket joint connected to a plastic iPad frame. The materials used are of a high quality. The painted black metal base and neck seem extremely tough, even after two months of daily use there is not a single scratch, dent or ding to be seen. Though the plastic frame seems somewhat less robust, my initial fears have turned out to be completely unfounded, Standzfree is built to last.

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Setup and general use

Using the tools provided with the kit, I had Standzfree fully assembled in less than 10 minutes. As I was planning to test Standzfree with an iPad 2 and the new iPad, I had to apply the three foam spacers to the centre of the frame and the two corners.

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Fitting the iPad into the frame is simple. You push two corners of the iPad into the two corners of the frame, you then simply push the iPad into the frame and wait for the satisfying snap as the clip on the opposite end of the frame pops into place. It's a simple yet effective way of holding the iPad in place without obscuring any ports, switches, cameras or the speaker.

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Adjusting the neck and head of Standzfree is effortless. You achieve the height and general position that you require by bending the neck. Out of necessity, the neck is quite stiff, but at no time did I ever feel that it was too rigid. Fine tuning the angle and rotation of the iPad (it can be rotated through a full 360°) is accomplished with the ball and socket joint. It's entirely possible to tighten the ball and socket joint to the extent that the iPad will stay in any position under its own weight, but still remain free enough to reposition with only a minimal force.

During the last two months I've used Standzfree to great effect. With the iPad held in Standzfree, watching TV and movies is a complete joy. Whilst sat on a couch, Standzfree enabled me to position the iPad at the perfect height for movie watching. It also, of course, left me free to flick through a magazine or do some work on my MacBook without any hinderance.

One scenario where Standzfree truly comes into its own is reading in bed. Like most people, I enjoy reading my favourite book or newspaper whilst being fully relaxed and comfortable. Reading in bed on the iPad with the aid of the Standzfree is just the most relaxing reading experience I've found, you really have to try it for yourself to appreciate it! Lazy Sunday mornings are now complete.

Video calling via FaceTime or Skype is also greatly enhanced with Standzfree. It's possible to position the iPad at the perfect height and distance from those engaging in the video call. It really does make for a much more satisfying video calling experience than holding the iPad in your hand or propping it up on a nearby desk. If you spend quite a bit of time video calling, Standzfree could be your perfect accessory.

Another unexpected use for Standzfree was as a speaker stand of sorts. The iPad comes with a huge range of music playback options and a good, but small, internal speaker. With Standzfree I was easily able to position the iPad in any room of the house and at a height that gave the small iPad speaker the best chance at filling the room.

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As you can probably tell by now, I'm quite taken with the Standzfree floor stand. Head back here tomorrow for part two of this review, where I'll be exploring some of the more creative uses for Standzfree and offering my concluding thoughts.

Standzfree is available for purchase from Standzout.com at a price of $99.95.

Further reading: Part 2 of our Standzfree review