Sometimes you encounter a product that exactly matches what you expected. This is a good thing. The Universal SwingHolder™ Floor Stand from StandforStuff.com, which I saw at CES 2015, is a product that was described as easy to setup and easy to use. The product allows you to have your tablet or e-reader available at the ready and “floating hands-free” while you are seated somewhere or even while convalescing.
The limited amount of assembling took me about 10 minutes (not including my stopping to take photos). After you complete the assembly process, you can place your tablet near you while you are reading, quickly adjust the height and angle of presentation and read, view, etc. You can gently swing it away to move about.
One assembly tip: Make sure that you feel and hear the “pop” of the counterweight when aligning the hole where you apply the screw that will secure the counterweight to the pole. Otherwise, you will not have an easy time inserting or securing it.
To place your device in the holder, you begin by depressing a square gray button on the back of the holder. This button is associated with the top arm. Pull up this top arm.
Next, you press the other button, connected to the bottom arm, which you will then pull down. To minimize your chances of dropping your tablet or e-reader, don’t pull much more than to clear the rubberized diagonal corners or fingers that will “grip” your device.
While holding your device within the opposing diagonal corners, align the corners of your tablet or e-reader with these. Finally, squeeze this toward each other to secure your device.
For this in action, view their provided instructional video clip:
The setup was as easy as shown in the videos. For viewing at my favorite reading chair, I could have my iPad Air 2 or my new Samsung Tab 4 Nook at just the perfect angle and height for my viewing or reading pleasure. The base is quite heavy and convincingly stable as I moved the arm about. The counterweight allowed me to confidently angle the displayed device up and down. I could easily angle the device around.
A 3D photo from Phereo.com showing the back view of a device (my Samsung Tab 4 Nook) in place in the stand:
Another 3D photo from Phereo.com showing the Stand in use:
Initially I found the front camera on upper right corner of the Samsung obscured with the default arrangement. When I rotated the holders around to grip the other set of corners and rotated the mounted setup, I didn’t have the holder blocking the camera.
This is a Vimeo video showing me using the Universal SwingHolder:
One application for power-users is keeping an eye on your email or Facebook on your SwingHolder-mounted device near your workstation. Your laptop or desktop screen can be devoted to your applications or major tasks.
As a tripod, the Universal SwingHolder was surprising flexible for angling and positioning my iPad Air 2 for recording video footage of the cats.
For beds of typical height, you can use this unit to hold your device up and beside you while you rest or convalesce. To get it out of the way, you can gracefully push it out of the way.
A provided USB extension cable, which provides one end to connect to your micro-USB, 30-pin or Lightning cable. The other end routes through the posts, through the base and out to connect to your charger block. You can use this setup with a Kensington lock to provide a secured kiosk setup to customers or clients.
Images with additional tablet and e-reader devices:
While the Universal SwingHolder™ Floor Stand is not portable, as in “slip-it-in-your-purse mobile, it is not difficult to move from room-to-room. I have seen photos of its use in kitchens while cooking, which didn’t work in my kitchen because of limited space around our island. However, it has proven itself usable on our patio, while enjoying the evening view of the Las Vegas strip from our Henderson home. While watching light entertainment on TV, the base slides easily under the soft so that it is relatively unobtrusive when in use or when it isn’t. The cats haven’t figured how to tip it over, which is a very good thing.
For $199 (free ground shipping in the U.S.), you get a versatile holder for your one tablet or devices of various sizes. While it is easy to assemble, the base is quite heavy. You may need some assistance if the base is a bit too heavy for you to manipulate or move on your own.
If you will need the use of a stand with an elevated mattress, such as a hospital bed or a home TempurPedic, you might look at the Tall Universal SwingHolder™ Floor Stand instead.
I give the The Universal SwingHolder™ Floor Stand from StandforStuff.com a 10 out of 10. It sets up quickly and easily. Even more importantly, it does what it does reliably and simply. You can use tablets, e-readers and even larger smartphones with it and the gripping fingers provide a stable yet gentle hold.