Up to this point, when my iPad was being used in the house it was typically sitting in the Standzfree Floor Stand. When taken outside I use the leather Sena Folio Case.
Let me start off by talking about how I used my iPad prior to adding this stand to my arsenal. My first great surprise was the iPad was able to take over about 90 percent of the duties of my laptop. Also it is even easier to bring with you than a laptop. As a result it gets used all over the house, including the Kitchen-see the blog entry iPad - Kitchen Companion. If I am in the house I generally use the iPad in my office or in bed. For those two use cases I bought the Standzfree Floor Stand for the iPad. As you can see from the picture above it holds the iPad in a cradle that is connected to a gooseneck arm. When the iPad goes out side of the house I remove it from the Standzfree stand and put it in a Sena Leather Folio Case. Originally I thought I had myself pretty much covered. When I was in other rooms of the house I would use the iPad either completely out of the case on my lap or in the folio case using one of the legs to prop it up in an upright position. In the Kitchen I used it out of the case lying on the table across the Kitchen from the cabinets.While this kept the iPad safe from stray foods or liquids while I prepped, I had to keep stopping, cleaning my hands and stepping over to the iPad to view my recipe.
If you read PART ! of this blog, you’ll already know that the Chef Sleeve Disposable iPad Sleeves solved the issue of stray food or liquids getting on the iPad. This meant I could bring the iPad closer to the action. But this too created a problem. My counter top space is at a premium and laying the iPad down flat takes up a lot of valuable counter space. Upright use would solve that problem. I could put the sleeved iPad in my folio case, but leather and sauces or batters don’t mix well. Particularly the suede leather interior of the folio case. So suddenly, and quite to my surprise, there was a use case for another type of stand. The Chef Sleeve company had already thought of this and come up with an attractive stand to do the trick.
The iPad can be placed i the stand in either the horizontal or vertical orientation.
The Chef Sleeve Dishwasher Safe iPad Stand is an attractive 5 1/4” x 4” (13 x 10 cm) stand made form compressed wood fibers sealed with a resin. It has two slots and can hold the iPad at two different viewing angles depending on which slot you use. The iPad can be used in either the horizontal or vertical position. Most importantly the stand is intended to be used in the Kitchen around food. It is NSF approved and dishwasher safe. It can withstand heat up to 350 F (175 C), but just don’t have your iPad in it at anything over around 95 F (35 C). It is made in the USA and is made from eco-friendly materials approved by the Forrest Stewardship Council. It is also quite attractive with it’s two-toned veneers and it is attractive to the eye. The stand retails for $34.99 and can be purchased at Target (where I got mine) or the Chef Stand website or other online retailers like Amazon.com. I will provide a link to the product page at the end of this article.
The stand has two slots that give you two angles, either 45 or 20 degrees.
The stand viewed from the top (left) & the bottom (right).
The slot viewed from the side. You can see the triangular notch that helps hold the iPad more securely. You can also see the eased (rounded) edges on all edges of the stand & the attractive two-toned veneer construction.
The top of the stand has two slots to hold the iPad at the two viewing angles of 45 degrees or 20 degrees. The 20 degree viewing angle is very useful for when the iPad is in the vertical orientation, while 45 is a little better suited to horizontal orientation. The two slots have a curved area in the middle useful from pressing the Home button of the iPad when the iPad is in the horizontal orientation. The bottom of the stand is plain except for the 4 non-slip rubber feet. These feet work really well. In my use of the stand it has yet to slip even once when I was poking the iPad or using gestures on it. From the side you can see the alternating light and dark colored veneer layers used. Using compressed veneers & resin makes for a stronger product than pure solid wood. The two colors of veneer used is simply a nice design flourish that serves no purpose other than to make the product very attractive. When you look at the short sides of the stand you can see the two slots that tilt the iPad at the two different viewing angles. The slot for vertical orientation is a bit narrower than the slot for 45 degree orientation. I mentioned the curved area in the middle of the slots which makes accessing the Home button easy. These curved areas serve a secondary function of letting you know which way the iPad should be inserted in the slot. When you look at the slots from the side, you will see the bottom corner of the slot has been carved out at an angle to help hold the iPad securely at the desired angle. So having the iPad oriented in the slot the right way means you will have a very snug and secure fit. One last nice touch is every single corner, whether it is an inside or outside corner, has been eased (rounded over). This is so the stand’s corners won’t scratch you, the iPad or any other surface it touches. It also means food won’t cling to it and it is easier to clean.
The slot widens to create an easy access point to press the iPad’s home button.
Chef Sleeve makes a third product for the iPad for those who might be interested: a Cutting Board with iPad Stand. It is a 13 1/2” x 18” x 1/2” high (34 x 46 x 1.27 cm) cutting board with a slot at the back to hold the iPad. It is made of the same materials as the stand so it has the same properties I described above. It is also said to be knife friendly which isn’t always true of stands made out of hard materials. To me it made me a bit nervous having the iPad that close to where I’m working. Also it seems like the iPad might sometimes get in the way of what you are doing. Where I have plenty of cutting boards I passed. But if you are in need of a good cutting board and use your iPad in the Kitchen, you might want to check this model out. It sells for $69.99 and I will provide a link below to the product page on the Chef Sleeve website.
All in all, this is a device which is simple on the one hand, but very well thought out. It is evident that much thought went into the design of this product. In day to day use it has been a pleasure to use. As long as you center the iPad in the stand there are zero stability issues. I haven’t had to put it in the dishwasher yet because it has been quick and easy to hand wash. I have been using the stand in other rooms of the house too. A few days ago I set it up on the Dining Room table so three folks could all view a video. Frankly I liked the 20 degree viewing angle better than what my folio case gives me. Also it is easier to get the iPad in and out of this stand than the folio case. I am certainly getting my money’s worth out of this versatile stand. At this point there is nothing I would change about it.
CHEF SLEEVE DISPOSABLE IPAD SLEEVE REVIEW Blog Entry
CHEF SLEEVE DISPOSABLE IPAD SLEEVES Product Page Link
CHEF SLEEVE DISHWASHER SAFE IPAD STAND Product Page Link
CHEF SLEEVE CUTTING BOARD WITH IPAD STAND Product Page Link
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