Moft Float review: Brilliant iPad stand works all the angles

Float your iPad Pro above your keyboard with the amazing Moft Float [Review]

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Moft Float review
Moft Float adds a dual-hinge stand to an iPad, giving it a huge range of viewing options.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Moft Float adds a two-level kickstand to your iPad Pro or iPad Air, and can even lift the tablet so it seems to float over the keyboard. This combination case and stand is a truly brilliant piece of kit.

I’ve been testing this not-yet-released product, and here’s what it’s like to use every day.

Moft Float review

Apple made everyone’s jaw drop with the Magic Keyboard for iPad. This case holds the tablet up so that it hovers above its keyboard. The Moft Float takes this idea and runs with it. The result is a kickstand case for the iPad Pro that’s ideal with an external keyboard and mouse. And it’s just as good without these add ons.

Hardware and design

The Moft Float is a case, but its primary function is as a stand. The kickstand on its back uses a double hinge design that holds the iPad at a variety of heights, angles and orientations. It’s the most flexible one I’ve ever seen.

Flip out the kickstand and unfold both sections to get the floating look that gives this product its name. This put the tablet closer to eye level, and lets it hover 3.2 inches above your keyboard. It’s both cool and practical.

Especially as the iPad screen can be tilted at almost any angle. It swivels over a huge range. Too many stands limit your viewing options — the Float offers more than you’ll ever need.

I found the arrangement to be surprisingly stable. Especially as Moft built a brace into the kickstand to make it practically impossible to knock the iPad and stand over.

While it’s stable, the dual-hinge stand isn’t perfectly steady. Tapping on the screen makes the tablet shake a bit. No problem: fold up one section of the stand and it becomes a traditional kickstand. This is stable enough to draw on, and more than steady enough for typing.

And you can turn the iPad to portrait mode and the kickstand will support it solidly.

Moft Float offers a huge range of viewing options.
The Moft Float can also be a simple kickstand.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

iPad Case

The Moft Float’s kickstand is backed up by a TPU shell that wraps around the back and sides of the iPad Pro, protecting it from life’s little accidents. There are openings for the USB-C/Lightning port, cameras, speakers, etc. And there are covers for the buttons, too.

A smaller version of this case/stand fits the 11-inch iPad Pro and the iPad Air 5. There’s a larger version for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

As brilliant as Moft Float is, it adds bulk to your tablet. The smaller version weighs 0.8 pounds, while the larger is 1.1 pounds. And the case makes the iPad about twice as thick.

Apple Pencil Case

A slot on the top of the Moft Float allows the second-generation Apple Pencil to charge with an iPad Pro.

An optional $9 add-on case wraps around the Pencil. And it includes extra magnets to hold itself to the Float. But I don’t see much need for it. The stylus clings to the iPad on its own, and is not in any way delicate.

Moft Float borrows from the Apple Magic Keyboard
Moft Float is the best iPad stand I’ve tried.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Moft Float final thoughts

If you don’t have $300 to drop on the Apple Magic Keyboard, the Moft Float is a surprisingly good option at a vastly lower price. Use it with your preferred iPad keyboard or without. I’ve never found a iPad stand I liked better. It’s amazingly flexible. And affordable too.

But this stand/case does add to the weight and size of your tablet. I think it justifies the addition, though.

Pricing

The regular price of the Moft Float will be $59. But it’s available for pre-order now on Indigogo at $49. Shipping will be in January 2021.

Looking for an alternative? Consider the Wiplabs Slope. It’s a more basic stand that’s not adjustable, but doesn’t require a case. It’s available now from the Cult of Mac Store. A small version is $39.99, while a large model is $49.99.

Moft provided Cult of Mac with review units for this article. See our reviews policy, and check out more in-depth reviews of Apple-related items.