iPad Accessories Series: Stand Roundup

BookArc Stand

The iPad has been out for less than a week and already the third-party accessory market is heating up. Apple has just started shipping the dock accessory, which provides a stand for the iPad on the desk while charging the tablet. Third-party accessory makers are not conceding the iPad stand market to Apple and there are some pretty cool ones now available or expected soon. Here’s a roundup of the stands we’ve seen so far for the iPad.

 

Apple Keyboard Dock. Apple is combining a stand and a keyboard to turn the iPad into a notebook replacement. The Keyboard Dock is expected in late April. $69.

Apple iPad Dock. For those insisting on the Apple logo but not needing a keyboard, the iPad dock is a simple resting place to hold the slate on the desk. It is available now for $29.

Apple Case. Apple has produced a rubbery case for carrying the iPad around, and it also works as a stand. $39.

Skadoosh Flip Stand. This stylish stand is scheduled for availability next month. The Skadoosh will stand the iPad up in either landscape or portrait orientation and the unique tilt mechanism allows adjusting the viewing angle to suit the user. There’s a push button lock to hold the iPad in place. No price specified.

Griffin A-frame Stand. Accessory maker Griffin is out of the chutes with a fully adjustable metal stand for the iPad. The A-frame holds the iPad in either screen orientation and provides access to charging and syncing. $49.99.

Scosche Kickback Stand. Scosche is getting into the act with this combo case and stand that works in either orientation. The metal and shatterproof carbonate case totally protects the precious iPad in addition to providing a pop-out stand. $44.99.

BookArc Stand. The folks at twelve south have long produced trendy accessories for the Mac, and the BookArc Stand carries on the tradition. Easily the best looking stand we found, the BookArc holds the iPad at a comfortable viewing angle in either portrait or landscape orientation. $39.99.

LUXA2 Stand. Not much is known about this stand that is not available yet but it sure looks good. What we can tell from the photos of the LUXA2 is it can work in either orientation while holding the iPad higher off the desk than the other stands. No pricing available.

Macally Viewstand. This stand is designed to look good while holding the iPad at a comfortable, adjustable viewing angle. It works in either orientation and is the same brushed metal as many of the other stands. $49.99.

Joule Stand. The elegance of this stand from ElementCASE is unmistakable. It is adjustable for viewing angle, and works in either orientation. $129.

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