Accessory Review: Griffin A-Frame for iPad

Griffin Technology is well-known for making a wide variety of accessories for Apple products. One of these accessories is a stand, called the A-Frame, for the iPad. With a large foray of stands available for the iPad, has Griffin Technology made this one any different than the rest?

Read on for my thoughts.


The Griffin A-Frame is a tabletop stand that is made out of rock-solid aluminum. Unlike plastic stands, it matches the iPad beautifully. In fact, the aluminum with sharp corners matches most of Apple’s modern products such as the MacBook Pro and iMac. Soft silicone embraces all areas of the stand in which the iPad could potentially make contact with the stand’s hard aluminum. There are also two silicone inserts on the bottom to prevent the stand from slipping.

The stand is supported by a hinged arm, much like a picture frame, that can be adjusted to change the viewing angle of the iPad. When the arm is extended to its furthest point in an upright position, it offers an excellent viewing angle for videos and movies. The stand can also be used flat against a surface when the swinging arm is retracted. It just slightly increases the viewing angle which is perfect for sending emails, browsing, or typing up documents. Griffin Technology likes to call it “wrist friendly.” I agree. However, it isn’t perfect. It would have been nice if Griffin had offered the ability to adjust the angle yourself to something that suits you better.

Unlike some other stands, the A-Frame can be used with an iPad that has a case, screen protector, or skin. Griffin Technology guarantees that the stand is compatible with their entire line of cases for the iPad, so any case should be fine in general. I have tested this stand with my iPad wrapped in two different silicone cases and it has worked excellently.

Score: ★★★★½

Value For Money

I may be wrong, but it seems as if Griffin Technology has a markup on their prices because they are so well known for making accessories for various Apple products. At the price I paid for this stand, $59.99, it may be worthwhile to look into other stands. However, at the current sale price of only $39.99, it definitely is something to consider. If the sale price is still too expensive for you, the A-Frame is available on Amazon for as low as $24.99.

Score: ★★★½

Final Thoughts

This sturdy, lightweight, and well designed stand comes at a worthwhile cost. Its two different viewing angles are perfect for a variety of uses. Best of all, your iPad will remain scratch-free inside of its case. Its only downfall is the inability to adjust the viewing angle to a custom setting. Get the A-Frame before this sale ends!

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All prices are in US currency unless stated otherwise.
This review was written by the Review Team. Overall score is rounded to the nearest half or full star.
All accessories and applications were purchased at their respective prices unless stated otherwise.

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