RAM mounts come in many designs for mobile devices. Primarily created for vehicles, RAM mount components allow them to be configured in many ways. I was interested in exploring stable iPad stands, so trialing a RAM mount seemed like a cost-effective and good choice given the products overall positive reviews.
I purchased a RAM Suction Cup Twist Lock Mount ( Ram Tab-Tite ™ as shown above) from Amazon for about $53. to see how it might work for students needing a stable but easily moveable stand. Here are some of the features and findings about the stand:
1. It was easy assemble requiring a Philips screw driver and pliers but took little time.
2. The stands cradle holds the iPad using a spring-loaded mechanism that adjusts to fit iPads 1, 2, 3 and 4 (I did not try the new Air iPad). It fit securely in the cradle with no play allowed. This RAM mount stand fits an iPad with a Otterbox case.
3. The stand has an easy to manipulate arm knob that tightens one of the sockets for positioning the cradle and iPad in multiple positions. The suction base has a twist to lock lever that also was easy to handle allowing secure positioning and stability on a flat countertop.
The stand accommodates the iPad’s back camera to take pictures or perform scanning a nice feature.
The RAM Suction Cup Twist Lock Mount stand was easy to assemble and felt secure when applied to a flat countertop. The arm socket and base socket provides multiple positioning including portrait and landscape. No height adjustment is provided with this stand. With weight at 1.4 pounds and dimensions of 8″ x 10″ including the base, this stand could be a portable solution. Although it is slightly too large to hold an iPad Mini with out a case, it did hold a iPad Mini in a case securely.
I have not trialed this with a student yet, however it appeared to be a sturdy and secure stand when mounting to a countertop or table top at a good price.
What stands have you used when needing an iPad securely mounted at a table top?