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.
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.
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's Loop stand for the iPad is simple and inexpensive, but it's also sturdy and versatile.
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.
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.
Element's Joule is a rock-solid stand with standout design and craftsmanship. However, such quality doesn't come cheap, and the Joule lacks versatility compared to many other stands.
The H4 is an impressive iPad stand that offers 360-degree rotation, 300-degree tilt, the flexibility to accommodate an iPad in a case, and an Apple-inspired design. Just make sure you have room on your desk, because all this versatility requires some bulk.
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.
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