Compass Mobile Stand review
There’s a vast number of iPad stands out there, but few are great for travel. Most sacrifice stability, versatility or build quality in the name of saving-space and weight. Twelve South’s Compass Mobile Stand is the exception to the rule. This easel-style stand is stable, versatile and rock-solid.
It consists of several pieces of heavy-gauge, powder-coated steel. The two front legs and one rear leg come together at a double-hinged section at the top of the stand. Each leg sports a smaller, fold-out support arm that’s integrated into the leg itself. To use the Compass, you must first spread its two front legs, which swing smoothly apart on a large hinge. To prop up your iPad, you simply pull back the third leg – it swings smoothly on its own hinge – and then flip down the ‘cradle’ arm on each of the two front legs, forming an easel.
In this configuration, the stand holds your iPad – in either portrait or landscape orientation – at a fixed, 60? angle. Despite its compact size, the Compass is surprisingly stable. With an iPad in landscape mode, even firm taps on the screen result in only a slight shake. In portrait mode, you do need to be careful not to jab too hard near the top of the screen, however, for occasionally tapping through onscreen menus, the Compass performs admirably.
Alas, all this stability and versatility comes at a price: at just under 200g, the Compass feels just as hefty as it looks.
Work on your iPad with this artists’ easel-inspired stand.
If, however, those 200g of weight are an acceptable addition to your travel bag, Twelve South’s Compass is an outstanding stand. It can hold your iPad in both landscape and portrait orientation, it’s rock-solid, folds up small enough to fit in the pen organiser of most bags, and it looks great, too.