The Uprise 360 iPad stand is a cure for the ergonomic nightmare that happens when you gaze at your iPad while it is sitting on a surface. Unlike most iPad covers that double as stands, the Uprise 360 raises your iPad so you don’t have to crank your neck quite as much to focus on the screen.
After using it for a few days, I’m a big fan of using the Uprise 360 at home or at the office, but I don’t see myself toting it along with me.
What I like about the Uprise 360
The Uprise 360 is solid, and the “claw” that holds your iPad rotates 360° — although you are only likely to use the portrait and landscape orientations. So that’s the “360″ part of the name.
It also raises your iPad up off the surface. In landscape orientation, the Uprise 360 gets my iPad several inches off the surface, which makes a huge difference to ergonomics. I do most of my writing at home with my iPad and a Bluetooth keyboard, and the Uprise 360 makes a big difference in how comfortable it is to look at the screen in landscape orientation (portrait orientation is another matter — see below).
Finally, if you want to touch your screen while using your iPad as a display, the Uprise 360 won’t tip over as easily as most iPad covers, making it (potentially) useful when giving presentations, since you need to touch the screen to advance slides.
What I don’t like about the Uprise 360
While raising my iPad up off the surface it is sitting on is a huge benefit in landscape orientation, the Uprise 360 does not do much good in portrait orientation, which is what I prefer for drafting documents and blog posts. At home, I regularly use the Apple iPad Dock with a Bluetooth keyboard. By comparison, the Uprise 360 gets it up less than an inch higher. It helps, but not much.
The Uprise 360′s base turns into a sort of handle that you can fold over the front of the iPad. I think the idea is that it can fit more comfortably in a bag that way. I can’t think of any good reason to haul this around, though. If you are going to haul around that much mass, just get an 11″ Macbook Air.
It’s a small issue, but the Uprise 360 doesn’t charge your iPad while it is docked. You can plug it in just fine in either orientation, but I like being able charge my iPad by just dropping it in the Apple iPad Dock.
Who should buy this?
There are two good, work-related reasons (that I can think of) to get an Uprise 360:
- For using with a Bluetooth keyboard for writing, if you prefer the landscape orientation.
- When giving a presentation (to an audience or a jury), for using as a display that you can touch while standing up.
At $40 on Amazon, the Uprise 360 is a bit more expensive than the Apple iPad Dock. If you like to work with your iPad in landscape orientation, it is a big improvement over standard docks and covers, and worth the price. If you prefer the portrait orientation, get the Apple iPad Dock, instead.
Reviewed by Sam Glover on .
Summary: The Uprise 360 iPad stand is a cure for the ergonomic nightmare that happens when you gaze at your iPad while it is sitting on a surface.
Overall score: 3.5 (out of 5)