Skadoosh iPad Stand Review

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  1. macrumors regular

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    i wasn't quite sure how I should do pictures, so the pictures are available on my blog posting.... Here is the text from that review:

    i was one of the first to receive the Skadoosh iPad Stand, and i would summarize my experience with the stand in that it is exactly what you'd want in an iPad stand. It's a bit costly at $60, but I can definitely say it is extremely well-designed and well-built.

    Design

    As seen on the official site, the Skadoosh Stand is a sleek block of silver and black, consistent with the stylish design of the iPad. It has a fold-out strip which gives the stand extra stability, without adding to the size of the unit. It comes with a cloth bag for carrying around. When in its most compact form, it is just barely larger than the size of a typical desktop mouse. The one disappointment is that it arrived in the cloth bag, and not in any formal packaging of any type (other than the shipment USPS flat rate box). This might improve as it is still hot off the presses.

    There are pass-through slots for the cable to be plugged in even when in portrait orientation, and there is also an opening for the home button. Also, the speakers are not covered by the stand. The only name placement is humbly placed on the back of the stand, in a nearly invisible logo (white on silver). The bottom of the iPad fits into a cradle by simply placing it in. There aren’t any rough surfaces to damage the iPad.

    Adjustable Angle Done Right

    The back support (in the form of a bar with rubber bumpers) of the stand is adjustable, at (i counted) 7 heights, ranging from roughly 20 degrees to approx 85 degrees (nearly vertical). The stand adjusts by a locking mechanism that clicks into position at various points as you tilt the back support forward. Once clicked in at its various points, there is almost no backwards give (beyond the most recently “activated” click/lock), and the iPad is sturdily in place. It comfortably fits the iPad in portrait or landscape orientation, and again, unless you are applying significant force, there is very little backwards give. With any normal pressure involved in typing, touching the screen, and browsing, there will be no instability or wobbling.

    Since the back support bar only moves forward easily, when you need to push it back to stow it away or tilt the iPad back, you can press a button on the front of the stand to allow the back support bar to be pushed back beyond any locked position. It did take a few minutes to get accustomed to the button, because after pressing the button, you have to pull the back support bar slightly forward before you can push it back. However, this was only a miniscule issue that was quickly resolved as I became familiar with it. Even with the iPad on the stand, the angle can be adjusted easily.

    Typing
    Someone asked me to comment on the typing experience. When in the most flat angle (about 25 degrees), the typing experience is very well done. Because of the slight angle, typing accuracy is improved over lying it flat or even at a small incline. I would parallel it to using the Apple iPad case or Yoobao case when propped up. The bottom is low enough to the table that you can comfortably rest your wrists on the desk. Also, the stand is just narrow enough to not impede your hands when typing with two hands as you would on a keyboard. However, when at the higher, more vertical angles, two-handed typing becomes awkward, but only because of the angle (and not because of any flaw in the design of the stand). At these heights, I would type with one or two fingers instead, and as mentioned earlier, there is barely any backwards give when applying your finger to the screen.

    Does it Work With My iPad Case/Shell/Film?

    I always am concerned about compatibility of iPad accessories with the vast array of cases and films that people use to protect their iPads. I can say that the Skadoosh iPad Stand will easily fit MOST cases that don't significantly increase the width of the iPad. This means that it definitely will fit ANY film, or thin shell that you place on the iPad. According to their website, it will accommodate any case that adds less than 3mm (1/8 inch) to the thickness of the iPad. For even more fine tune support, they have the back support crossbar on an off-axis, so that by rotating the bar around its axis, you can just slightly modify the point at which the crossbar makes contact with the iPad.

    It did not fit my Yoobao folio case, but the Yoobao case is fairly thick. The website shows it holding an iPad with the official Apple iPad case, and I believe this.

    Conclusion

    The JaDu Skadoosh iPad Stand is well-designed, and has just about every feature that you'd expect or look for in an iPad Stand. However, at $60, it costs quite a lot of money. The biggest issue I've had is not with the stand itself, but rather with finding enough uses for any stand to justify that pricetag. However, if you are looking for the best iPad stand on the market at any cost, I can confidently say that your search is over.

    Pros:
    • Very stable
    • Fairly compact/portable
    • Adjustable angle done right
    • Supports films and thin cases
    • Allows cable to pass-through
    • Does not cover speakers or home button
    • Support both portrait and landscape
    • Stylish design consistent with the iPad

    Cons:
    • Expensive cost for an iPad Stand ($60)
    • No retail packaging as of yet

    Official Product Page
     
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    Wow it actually looks amazing! Thanks for the post too.
     
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    thanks for the review... the stand is definitely on the nicer end of what I've seen. the finish matches well with the iPad.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    Very nice review. Thanks for including the photos in your blog post.

    It looks like a very nice stand. The stand looks well made and well thought out. If I were in the market for a stand I wouldn't hesitate to at least do some research on it. The adjustability looks fantastic.

    Thanks again!

    Steve
     
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    Thanks for the review!

    Definitely cannot wait to get it. I think it is nice they at least included the cloth bag, because I can see this thing being used on the go. I dunno about other stands though.
     
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    Oh and OP, a couple questions.

    How is typing on that angle? Is it comfortable how it is slightly raised like that?

    How does the iPad slip in and held? Is that black part adjustable to clamp on the iPad?
     
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    I hope the company realize that the price is too much and way overpriced.. I want one but $60 is no go for me..
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    Tell them to send your commission check....I just placed an order. j/k :D

    If I was going to design a stand....and I was thinking about it....this would be pretty close to it. Saved me tons of time and effort. ;)

    To those saying it's over priced...it may be "high" priced, but until you have it in your hands and have something similar that is much "lower"priced...it's not "over" priced. Just my $0.02.

    I work in the fastener industry and support one large manufacturing customer. Designing, engineering, molds, packaging....all that stuff is expensive. It's also made in the USA. To ME that is worth a little extra.

    Steve
     
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    Nice review! How about some pics using iPad in landscape? ;)
     
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    I agree. This thing took time to design and obviously there is nothing equal to it out there. Therefore you would have to pay for that fact.

    http://www.twelvesouth.com/products/bookarc_ipad/
    $40 for a stand that just stands. You have to remove silicon to fit a case. To be in "work mode" it still looks like it's standing up and you can't access kb or anything. THAT is over priced to me. $20 more and you get a lot more functionality, and on top of that the skadoosh is portable. I dunno. Seems about right to me. May even be a bargain.
     
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    thanks for the nice review. I was interested in it but if it does not accommodate the Yoobao then that's kinda a deal closer for me for the time being. Good to know about it though!
     
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    Nice, but too pricey.
    They'll be others.
    Thanks for the review.
     
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    Agreed. Very nice looking though!
     
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    I added a brief section on typing to the original review:

    "Someone asked me to comment on the typing experience. When in the most flat angle (about 25 degrees), the typing experience is very well done. Because of the slight angle, typing accuracy is improved over lying it flat or even at a small incline. I would parallel it to using the Apple iPad case or Yoobao case when propped up. The bottom is low enough to the table that you can comfortably rest your wrists on the desk. Also, the stand is just narrow enough to not impede your hands when typing with two hands as you would on a keyboard. However, when at the higher, more vertical angles, two-handed typing becomes awkward, but only because of the angle (and not because of any flaw in the design of the stand). At these heights, I would type with one or two fingers instead, and as mentioned earlier, there is barely any backwards give when applying your finger to the screen."

    I've included a closeup picture. The iPad just drops into a cradle. It is not adjustable to clamp (that i know of), but it still fits snugly. The picture doesn't capture it well, but there are various grooves and protrusions to allow the iPad to find a snug fit no matter the angle. I would imagine, so long as the case can fit in the cradle, it would fit snugly.
     
  15. thread starter macrumors regular

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    i added one picture of the iPad in landscape.
     
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    oh, sorry to spam. i also slightly modified the statement on the backwards give. when fiddling around with the stand today, i noticed that if you apply significant force (eg. push uncomfortably hard), it does have some backwards give. however, when simply interacting with it as you would an iPad, there is no unsteadiness or wobble.
     
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    Isn't this a common complaint about Apple products in general? I mean products actually made by Apple.

    The price seems about dead on to me.
     
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    What is the actual rise you measure, from the base of the ipad to the top while in typing incline?

    The picture in the blog post looks quite a bit more severe than what you see in a typical folio stand. For instance, my MacAlly bookstand appears to have about a 1.75" rise (the base is raised about .25", and the top 2"). If I had to guess, it looks like the Jadu has the base about 3/4", and the top about 4" - nearly double. I think the Apple case might be a bit more than the MacAlly, think I heard it was just over 2".
     
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    I think this looks really nice and the price isn't too bad, I would just hope typing would be good on it. Everything else looks about what I'd want in a stand though.
     
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    peapody

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    My stand should be shipping today! Can't wait.

    Any other skadoosh owners out there?
     
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    Mine arrived today. It is an extremely well made stand, and well worth the 60 bucks. Using it with my Incipio Feather attached to the iPad without any issues. Thumbs up from me!
     
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    That looks really functional and stable, but man - beauty is in the eye of the beholder. IMO, that thing is...butt ugly, especially from behind. No way I'd put my beautiful iPad on that thing. If I needed a stand, I guess I'd go with the minimalistic and not nearly as useful, but far more elegant looking, Apple dock.
     
  23. macrumors 6502

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    I have to disagree with there I am afraid.

    This stand is beautiful looking and fits right in next to my iMac.
     
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    I'd disagree as well. This thing is amazing. Just got mine too. So industrial and functional. The Back leg piece you can leave tucked away so it looks minimalistic. All you see in the front is the silver bezel. This stand was well worth the wait.
     
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    richpjr

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    Heh - different strokes for different folks. The only thing important is what works for you.
     

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