December 13, 2011 | Andy Boxall
Cooler Master, best known for their range of PC accessories and parts, is introducing a new range of accessories for smartphones and tablets under their Choiix brand name. One of this is the Wave stand you see here, and we’ve been testing it out over the past few days.
Unlike the recently reviewed Stabile PRO stand, the Wave is made from aluminum and therefore it’s quite light. In fact, at a touch over 300 grams and with the ability to fold almost flat, it’s perfectly portable and will disappear in most messenger or laptop bags. Built from three curved pieces, the center section is raised and lowered to set your preferred angle for mounting the iPad.
Underneath the stand are four very grippy rubber feet, with the front ones built into end plates over the aluminum struts. Your efforts to lift the center bar are met with a pleasing degree of resistance, and there’s no way it’ll suddenly flop back with your iPad resting there. The two remaining struts act as supports for the tablet, with curved ends and more rubber to keep it securely in place.
The central bar can be adjusted through 135 degrees, allowing for an upright to an almost flat display angle. It’s difficult to imagine you’d need much more flexibility when it came to choosing your angle of display. The low center of gravity should stop the stand from tipping over when it’s supporting your tablet too.
The Wave stand is solidly made, although the excessively bendable rubber doesn’t feel quite as robust as it should, and it was worryingly easy to slip them off the aluminum legs. Otherwise it looks attractive sitting on the desk, and certainly performs its function as a stand perfectly. It’s also one of the few stands you can happily carry around, and thanks to the styling, it wouldn’t look out of place when used in a meeting or presentation.
The Choixx Wave has yet to be released, but you’ll be able to find it on Amazon and in a variety of high street electronics stores when it does come out, and it’ll be priced at $39.99. In the meantime, keep an eye on Choixx’s official Wave web page for more information, and we’ll update here as soon as it goes live.