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Expo Notes: A look back at the 2011 show

With the 2011 Macworld show in the history books, Dan Frakes takes a look at what the show offered (and what it didn't), and what it means for the future of the Expo.

Twelve South announces Book Arc stand for MacBook Air

Looking for somewhere to stow your MacBook Air while you're working at your desktop? Twelve South's new Book Arc stand for Apple's ultralight notebook might be just the thing.

Twelve South Compass Mobile Stand for iPad

If its seven ounces of weight are an acceptable addition to your travel bag, the Compass is an outstanding stand. It can hold your iPad in landscape, portrait, or typing orientation; it's rock-solid; it folds up small enough to fit in the pen organizer of many bags; and it looks great.

Review: 3 more iPad stands

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Whether you're viewing video and photos hands-free, typing the next great American novella, or just keeping your iPad secure when charging and syncing, an iPad stand is a useful add-on. We've got reviews of three new iPad stands this week: Griffin's Loop, Thought Out's Stabile, and LapWorks' Recliner.

LapWorks iPad Recliner

The Recliner provides a very sturdy base for an iPad when watching video or using an external keyboard, and it offers a wide range of angles. But it's bulky and a bit clunky to use, and it isn't as versatile or attractive as a number of other products in the same price range.

Thought Out Stabile

Thanks to its weight and size, the Stabile is, as its name suggests, exceptionally stable. But it's also less versatile than some competing products.

Griffin Technology Loop

Griffin Technology's Loop stand for the iPad is simple and inexpensive, but it's also sturdy and versatile.

Review: 4 metal iPad stands

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Perhaps more than any other Apple i-device, the iPad cries out for some sort of stand. Whether you're viewing video and photos hands-free, typing the next great American novella, or just keeping your iPad secure when charging and syncing, a stand is a useful add-on. We take a look at four solid, stylish, metal iPad stands.

Griffin Technology A-Frame Tabletop Stand for iPad

Griffin's A-Frame is rock solid, and the fact that you can use it even if your iPad is inside a protective case makes the stand quite versatile. However, its range of angles is limited, and the stand's edges are surprisingly sharp.

Twelve South BookArc for iPad

Twelve South's BookArc is attractive, well-made, and reasonably priced for a solid-metal iPad stand. It even accommodates an iPad in a thin case. However, its shallow footprint makes it a bit less stable than other metal stands we've tested, and it provides only a single, near-upright viewing angle.