NuStand for Apple TV, by Newer Technology

Posted: 21-Jan-2013

3 1/2 out of 5 Mice Vendor: Newer Technology Type: COMMERCIAL

Reviewer: Bill Catambay Class: HARDWARE

Overview

The NuStand is a black arched holder stand made specifically for the latest Apple TV. It features an aluminum alloy body with a rubberized black finish. The center of the holder, which is where you insert the Apple TV, is a software silicone material that holds your Apple TV in place, and the rubberized feet on the stand should keep the stand from slipping around.

The NuStand retails for $24.95, but you can get it at Amazon.com for as low as $15.

Tested with

  • Apple TV 2010

Out of the Box

Out of the box, the NuStand has a similar sleek look to it as the Apple TV itself, so it's definitely a good match. There's not much involved in setting it up. You place the stand in the spot where you want your Apple TV, then slide the Apple TV into the center slot. Previously, my Apple TV sat flat, so in the NuStand, it sits on it's side.

NuStand - Apple TV stand

In Use

Once my Apple TV was securely held in the NuStand, I liked the overall look. At first, the Apple TV was a little slanted due to the pressure the wires put on it, but eventually I got it upright and looking good. There really isn't much else to the stand, nor does there need to be. It's made to fit the Apple TV quite well, and they match in style and color.

The NuStand is intended to save you horizontal space in storage, so it's intended users are those with limited horizontal space, but have a little extra vertical space. If you don't have the vertical space, then this stand will not work for you. That said, there's not a whole lot of space that it actually does save you. The width of the stand is 3 1/4", and with the Apple TV inside it, the vertical space used is 4 3/4".

In my particular situation, however, I used to have the Apple TV laying on top of my blu-ray player. I have exactly 3 1/4" to the side of the blu-ray player, and the vertical space in the cabinet is 5". In my circumstance, the size was perfect. It now sits nicely to the side of my blu-ray player, and looks great. Not everyone may be lucky with the dimensions like I was.

Summary

The NuStand is a viable option for Apple TV owners to hold your Apple TV in a vertical position. With it's rubberized feet, it keeps the Apple TV from sliding around, and it's black shiny look compliments the look of the Apple TV. It uses less horizontal space than the Apple TV does when it's sitting flat, but it's not a huge savings. Whether it's right for you or not really depends upon the dimensions of the space you are working with. The retail price seems a bit high, but if you can pick it up for the street price, it's a solid stand, and a nice companion for your Apple TV.

Pros

  • Strong and durable, with aluminum body
  • Black finish matches nicely with the Apple TV
  • Rubberized feet help prevent movement
  • If you're tight on horizontal space, there is some spacing savings holding the Apple TV upright

Cons

  • Strength of the wires can overwhelm the positioning in the stand
  • Space savings not huge, requires 5" vertical space
  • Retail price seems a bit high

Overall Rating

3 1/2 out of 5 Mice