The Tablift is a tablet stand designed to fit the iPad (all generations), iPad Mini and Android tablets. It is designed to hold the tablet when you are using it on an uneven surface such as a bed or couch. I tested it with an iPad 2. iPad 3, iPad Mini and iPad Air 2.
The Tablift consists of a plastic centre console with 3 grooves in it for holding the the tablet at different viewing angles, 4 flexible metal legs and an elastic strap with a plastic clip.
Set up is pretty simple:
a) Open the 4 legs to the outside
b) Spread the legs apart
c) Place the iPad in one of the grooves, it can be in landscape or portrait modes
d) Use the clip to hold the elastic on the upper edge of the iPad
The Tablift is designed for use with tablets without a case on. The slots that the tablet sits in are approximately 10 mm wide so the tablet must the thinner than that to fit. With the older iPad 2 & 3 I have not found any cases that will work with the Tablift. With the newer iPads that I tested- the iPad Mini and iPad Air 2 they could be used with a case if it was very slim such as the Impact Mesh iPad Mini case by Tech 21.
The Tablift is surprisingly stable on a bed, I found even when moving around a little to shift position in bed it stayed well in place. The legs are very flexible and can be placed at a variety of angles to fit different uneven surfaces, as long as you make sure the 4 feet are well spread apart is is pretty stable. I did like that it could be used in both landscape and portrait modes, and that it could accommodate a variety of 7″ and 10″ tablet models.
There is not a huge range of viewing angles, just 3 options- the centre slot is vertical, the rear slot puts the iPad screen a little tilted back and the front slot tilts it forward. The angle depends on the thickness of the iPad- the slimmer models (mini, Air) are more tilted than the older models. I did find, especially with the thinner iPads, you need to be careful using the front slot- before you have secured the iPad in place with the elastic strap it tends to fall out forward if you don’t hold it in place. I like that it keeps the weight of the tablet and stand off your legs or body, unlike many other stands designed for using your iPad in bed.
The Tablift worked fine when using it on the sofa, but doing so made me nervous. I felt that it would be very easy to accidentally knock the iPad and stand over, and potentially have it fall from the sofa to the floor. With the iPad without a case, or in a very slim not very protective one, this could have disastrous consequences. This may be less of a concern for some people, but with a household full of kids and animals, that are liable to make sudden movements and unwittingly knock it over, I wouldn’t use it on my sofa. On the bed it did not worry me the same way, because, as long as I wasn’t too close to the edge of the bed, it would fall onto a soft surface and unlikely to be damaged.
The Tablift weighs just over 2lb and folds down for storage to approximately 6″ x 11″ x 3″.
If you like to use your iPad in bed to read or watch movies the Tablift is a stand worth considering. It feels sturdy and well-made and works well on soft, uneven surfaces. A downside is that it will not work with most cases, so if you use a case on your tablet you will probably need to remove it to use the stand. As this leaves the iPad unprotected I would be uncomfortable using it in situations where there was a risk of it falling onto a hard surface.
Available from Tablift.com and Amazon RRP $59.95
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.