Portable vs Desktop iPad Stands


The portable stand is a useful choice for the busy and on-the-go professionals. The best stand is light and compact and easily collapses into a small package for ease in carrying. Some of the most portable stands are designed to fold flat and can weigh less than 1 ounce.

A stand with adjustable features is appealing and makes it possible to set it at several different angles to create the perfect working position. The lean of the stand can vary, but the more extreme angles are great for on-screen typing.

Also, the stand that easily accepts the tablet and case is likely to be the most desirable. This means the iPad doesn’t need to be removed from its protective case every time it is placed on the stand.

Even though a 1 ounce stand gives a relatively stable platform, the stands at a more substantial weight, such as 7 ounces or more, give the most reliable base. A further aspect that can impact the weight of the stand is the build material. Many of the portable stands are built in a light plastic, aluminum or heavy-gauge steel.


For the iPad that is mostly left in a single location or even moved around the home from the kitchen counter to office desk, it is more practical to go with stability over portability.

A stand built-in heavy steel, wood or a similar material is great to give the stable and sturdy platform to work on. The ability to adjust the viewing angle is a nice feature; most include depths like 30 or 60 degrees. Plus, the desktop stands have the more stylish looks and usually weigh a bit more than the portable versions. A nice feature on most of these stands is to have a gripping material at the base of the holder to ensure the tablet stays in place and is easier to use while tapping the screen.