It’s turning out to be a day to bitch and rant, but I feel compelled to warn those considering purchasing the Plinth for their iPads (Pro or otherwise). This is a continuation of sorts on my use of the iPad Pro 9.7" and hoping to use it as my ultimate, portable, primary computer to replace all computers.
I write this because some users seemed attracted to the Plinth for its portability and feature set. I know some members here have bought and even liked the Plinth, and I mean no disrespect as your mileage may very well vary.
I’ve been using this $25 portable, adjustable stand for about a week now, and I can say it’s one of the worst thought out and executed accessories for the iPad I’ve seen.
The first problem is the main latch that release both the two bottom portions that fan out like a gulf wing, and the main support to hold it. The problem is that it doesn’t work. You have to unlock and pull all three pieces (usually forcibly) for them to even flip out. What’s worse, the latch hooks onto this thin 1mm string of plastic that broke the first time I unlocked it. I crazy-glued it back, but the design requires that it be no fatter than about 1mm so it was tricky. But it broke again, and again. Considering this is a portable thing which needs to be opened and closed many times, I find it odd that the only main latch that makes the whole thing work hangs on such an easily breakable piece of thin plastic. You also have to be especially gentle to unlock because the latch relies on a small spring that will easily pop out.
Second, it feels pretty unsteady when holding my iPad and in vertical position, it will tip over. And mine is just the 9.7". Even in its lowest position in horizontal orientation, I’m hesitant to write on it, lest it breaks. The whole thing is constructed from extremely cheap plastic parts. I wish they could have used some better, denser plastic instead.
Third, it slides like crazy. Although there are two little rubber grips on the two parts that fan out to form the bottom support, it’s got to be the slipperiest, tiniest rubber feet I’ve seen. And it does nothing to stop the sliding. The main, back support has two rubber strip, but provide virtually no friction. I tried adding additional rubber feet to it, but the design is such there is no good place to put them without interfering with the fold-up mechanism or it just throws it out of balance.
So, considering the use of cheap plastic, terrible design with poor QA, and impractical real world usage makes it not worth anywhere near $25. What it promises you and what you get are completely different. Thank God I got it off Amazon, so return would be hassle free.
I shot them a few emails about the problems, but received no reply. Instead, I found myself relying on the makeshift stand feature of my Moko smart cover I also got off Amazon for about $6, which provides surprisingly good good support, enough to write on even. It’s also a surprisingly good and thin case and cover for those who don’t need something like the Smart Keyboard Cover but without the keyboard. What’s more, they even proactively sent me email asking if I’m happy with it, along with an FAQ of features, through which I found that it’s capable of being a stand as well.
I was hoping that the Plinth could replace another iPad stand from Anker I’d purchased for $11, which is made of heavy duty metal and is stable and solid as hell, but much heavier and a bit larger than the Plinth. It can be folded up and so it could be quite portable, if not for the curly, protruding bottom which holds the iPad.