Compass 2 is an exceptional iPad stand with multiple uses.
For quite some time, I’ve been looking for a reliable iPad stand for my iPad Air 2. There are many, many stands out there, but not so many great ones. I’ve found that some stands aren’t protective enough for an iPad without a case, aren’t sturdy enough to hold an iPad upright in portrait mode, or just don’t have any style to them. I’m happy to say that accessory company Twelve South took the main functions of the iPad into account as well as the standard issues that traditional iPad stands have when designing the Compass 2.
Machined from heavy-gauge steel, TwelveSouth created a clever, multi-use stand that’s really cool for Apple’s iPad line in the Compass 2. Twelve South makes some of coolest stuff for Apple products. I’ve been a fan of most of the gear they have designed for years. I was excited to get my hands on and review the Compass 2 for iPad. I thought to myself, “If it’s made like any of the other products from Twelve South, I know it will be a winner.”
The Compass 2 is an upgrade of a previous model of iPad stand and includes some improvements like a new locking rear leg, a better angle for FaceTime and a higher lift of the iPad for easier access to a charging cable.
Once I received it, I was shocked at how heavy it is. This is not a bad thing though because the weight makes the Compass 2 very sturdy and I’ve found that it reduces the amount the stand moves around when in use. One concern I had about its steel construction was damage to my iPad. I’m always very cautious of this because I like to keep my iPad naked and not house it within a case of any kind. This means, scratches to its surface are a concern to me.
Again, Twelve South was very cognizant of this potential issue and made sure that every piece of the Compass 2 that touches your iPad is covered in a soft silicone. In taking a close look at it, you will see the arms, upright legs and even the top logo are covered to help prevent the iPad from slipping as well as preventing damage to it. This soft silicone is also added to the stand’s feet to prevent any damage to the surface it’s sitting on.
Using my iPad next to my MacBook Pro is very nice and having a stand like the Compass 2 that allows for a great viewing angle on the iPad is great for productivity. It has three different positions – closed (for travel), open – easel, and open – typing stand. The easel option is statistically more stable that some other iPad stands because of the back locking leg that stays open like a car door when it’s ajar.
The fold-away secondary leg creates an optimum angle for typing. It’s much more comfortable than laying an iPad flat or typing when it’s standing upright. One of the nice things about using Compass 2 as a typing stand is since it’s so portable and mobile, it’s perfect for taking on an airplane, using in a restaurant and especially nice in boardrooms.
I have been thrilled with how well the Compass 2 works as a stand for my iPad Air 2. I’ve also used it with an iPad mini and even thought it might work with the larger model iPhone 6 Plus. Unfortunately, it’s not compatible with the iPhone, but does work great with the iPad Mini. This Twelve South stand is exactly what’s I’ve been looking for and would highly recommend it to anyone who is in the market for an exceptional iPad stand.
Compass 2 is available in three different colors – black, red and silver. It retails for $39.99 and is worth every penny. For more information on Compass 2, visit https://www.twelvesouth.com/product/compass2.