REVIEW: UDG Creator DJ Laptop Stand



Link: UDG  |  Price: $150/€150/£129

INTRODUCTION

Back when vinyl was the norm for DJs, UDG made a name for themselves producing heavy duty, practical and designer bags that fulfilled the stringent needs of DJs. Never one to shy away from the market trends, UDG have kept pace by producing good quality carry cases for laptop and controller based DJs, and so it makes sense to add a stand to hold your controller. Behold the UDG Creator Laptop Stand.

IN A NUTSHELL

Long-running DJ bag makers produce adjustable laptop stand. (Possibly the briefest ever nutshell in DJWORX history – Ed)

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IN THE BOX

Along with the stand itself, you get a storage bag and a user manual. The neoprene bag zips wide open to easily store the stand, with a separate little pocket to hold the middle shelf.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The very first impression you get is just how similar this looks to the Crane range of stands. From the locking clips on the end to the rubber rings used for grip, there are a lot of similarities between the two.

The stand is mainly made from metal, with rubber grips and plastic-dipped ends to protect your gear from scratching and to give some extra grip. Setting up is straightforward, with the locking clips clicking into place and the middle shelf slipping on if you need it. Both the base and the shelf angles are adjustable, giving you plenty of flexibility depending on your needs.

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BUILD QUALITY

The stand is mostly sturdy and very stable when it’s all properly tightened. The height adjustment can get loose and turn off to the side if you’re not careful. One issue that came up was that the hinges can stick after releasing the clips, meaning you really have to yank them to get them loose again. This is only a small problem though.

I don’t know whether it was just the stand sent to DJWORX, but the groove for the middle shelf is off centre, so you end up with it leaning towards the side. It’s still usable, but cannot be unseen. (It’s so minor – this is how nit picky we have to be to find stuff wrong with the stand – Ed).

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IN USE

Although similar to the Crane stands, this UDG stand offers adjustable height and extra swivel points. For example, there are two feet that swivel independently, rather than just one. This means that at times when not tightened properly, the Creator Stand can feel a bit unstable. The height adjustment can accidentally rotate as well, throwing it off-kilter.

When properly set up, the stand is very practical, and there are plenty of grip points to ensure your gear doesn’t slip. The top shelf even has two grippy pads to protect smaller equipment such as iPads from getting scratched on the metal.

The stand packs very flat and ends up no fatter than a controller, making it very portable once it’s zipped up in the bag. This thing should fit in most rucksacks without a problem.

RATINGS

Quality
Solid build, with the only fiddly bits being the height adjustment mechanism and the sticky hinges.

Features
The detachable middle shelf adds plenty of extra storage. Height adjust and hinge system means a set up for any needs.

Value
At around £129, the Creator Stand is just competitive with other brands.

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THE BOTTOM LINE

Although mostly a solid product, there are a couple of issues that make the price tag hard to justify. The sticking joints and fiddly height adjust can make you worry about your gear more than needed. Crane’s equivalent product might be lacking in a middle shelf (it is an optional extra), but the lack of swivel adds extra stability.

That said, when set up properly, this stand does everything asked of it, and provides ample, secure storage while you perform, whether you’re a DJ or a producer. Just keep everything tightened and you’re good to go.

WOULDN’T IT BE NICE IF…

Just a thought, but seeing as how UDG are known for making travel bags for DJs, wouldn’t it be nice if the neoprene bag that comes with the Creator Stand could somehow clip onto their other bags?


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A SECOND OPINION FROM MARK SETTLE

I think Dan has covered off just about everything that could be said, if only because he was sat across the room while he wrote it. But for me, the main selling point is adjustability.

There’s no ignoring the elephant in the room of UDG (dons diplomatic hat for a moment) using the Crane stand as an inspiration. But what they did was to make the UDG stand more adjustable. While both stands can work in C and Z orientations, the UDG Creator stand can extend upwards and swivel too, something that made it immediately more attractive to a good deal of performers. You’ve now got even more flexibility as to where to have that extra controller.

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The problem for me are the multiple hinge and pivot points. If you don’t tighten it properly, that single tube becomes a swivel point, and it doesn’t take much to knock your stand in the heat of the moment and potentially lose whatever piece of gear you have stood on it. The split legs can prove tricky to get level, but the upside if that they’re easier to get level on an uneven surface. There are pros and cons with everything. The overwhelming moral of this story is to make sure everything is extra tight.

The upshot of the Crane/UDG kerfuffle is that Crane has gone away and come back with the Crane Stand Elite, and directly addressed the height adjustment issue and then some. While we wait for that though, the UDG Creator stand is going to keep many a laptop and controller happily elevated for many years to come.

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  • Dondada

    Why don’t you mention that the thing to tighten up the middle peace is made of plastic and might easily break?

    • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

      Fair comment. But the picture shows that it is plastic. And we spent some time tightening and untightening and found no issues. In fact, off the back of your comment, I just tried to over tightening it to the point of breaking it and couldn’t. Using both hands and turning as hard as I could (oooerr), It didn’t break or show signs of weakness at all. I suspect that someone will – they always do.

      • Oddie O’Phyle

        my concern too, in researching laptop stands was the plastic grommet wearing out due to use over time.
        i currently broke the bank on gear, so the wait for a good stand continues. the odyssey L stand i am using serves it’s purpose, but it’ll come down to either the crane stand for it’s solid build or the udg stand for it’s flexibility.
        it’s a hard decision, but both are quality stands.

      • Will

        Actually, I did manage to break that plastic adjustment collar. All I was trying to do was tighten it enough to keep it from spinning on me and it snapped. I contacted UDG and they sent me a new adjustment collar but I feel like it will likely break again. I use it for at home use for a more permanent setup, but I don’t think I’ll be using it for mobile use because it is to awkward to use, due to all of the fiddly parts. I do think that it locks and holds its place better than the Crane, because of those “sticking” joints.

      • pepehouse

        Hey DJ Worx team, do you take requests? :) couldn’t you review this one which looks quite similar and tell us why is a third of the price? I think would be interesting, not just for me. No pun intended, I know it’s a copycat of the Crane one but now the UDG one is as well,

        I’m sure the quality’s not the same but if it’s not garbage I’m able to pay 50€ for it cause I need something better than the 15-20 bucks OEM that it’s everywhere, it’s about balance, everything is :)

        http://www.totalsounds.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=3568

  • Pedro Garcia

    could this stand be set up to 90º angle like the stanton überstand ?

    pd:great review dan !

    • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

      Yes.

  • pepehouse

    150 for a laptop stand…we are getting mad, dont they know there’s a recesion out there?

    • Edgar

      I was beginning to wonder if I was the mad one for thinking that. Last week I got a stand off amazon with a small shelf (like the UDG) for 22USD. Where’s the justification for the price DJWORX?

      • happydan

        I guess they have to make their money back from the R&D costs? I’d imagine that these sort of things don’t sell in their millions.

  • kolt

    I was using this stand for some time, but finally the hinges became so sticky that I bent the whole thing while trying to fold it.
    I’m a big UDG fan, but this stand must be the worst product they ever put out.

    • pepehouse

      …and it breaks soon despite that obscene Price…what I said…MAD

  • Trik

    I bought the UDG & then got Crane Pro as a gift. I wish that the two would mate and produce the perfect stand.

    I haven’t had any serious stability issues with either but the UDG does sit under a mixer much better than the Crane. It is however let down by sticky joints and the crappy plastic height adjustment thingo that feels like it’s bout to crack and inspires no confidence in me at all. I’ve haven’t yet put enough shoulder into tightening it till it breaks but it feels like I could. This is a big deal when it’s supporting the one big show stopper in most people’s setup, your computer.

    The Crane is a high-quality, fantastically solid bit of kit that feels better in most ways but I found the singe leg on the base to be a massive pain in the arse when placing the mixer on it. I liked it better when I sat it between the left deck & mixer. I didn’t like changing my setup, though.

    For me the UDG works better as a design but is let down by some aspects of the quality. Not sure how much more expensive it would turn out to be if this was addressed but I’d really think about getting it. Till then, I use the Crane.

    The Crane Elite looked to be the bollocks but failed in it’s Kickstarter campaign so I guess the market’s not yet there.