So I’ve been all over the web looking at all kinds of stands for the iPad. And there’s a ton of them ranging from $100(or more) to the low $30 price point. Now, that’s all fine and dandy, but think about this for a few minutes and you might come to the conclusion that I did – my iPad isn’t really going to need a super fancy stand for it to sit on when I’m just charging the thing up, because I’m not going to be using it during that time… I’m going to be using my Macbook along with its big screen (external 23″). So the stand is really just going to be a stand. I looked all around my house for something I could use as a temporary stand until I got a fancy one, but alas there was nothing that really suited the purpose well. So, with a new (much cheaper) goal in mind, I set out again on a quest.
My quest thankfully was really short lived. I came across this post from Erica Sadun over at TUAW yesterday. In it she mentions how she struck gold with a stand from Staples called the Study Stand. Unfortunately I don’t have a Staples anywhere near me, so calling them up and having them locate one wasn’t really an option. That and I was feeling too lazy to drive all over the place. She also mentions one from Bed Bath and Beyond, that also looks pretty good, but BB&B is about 20 minutes away, so lazy struck yet again. Finally she got tipped off by a reader of a stand for sale at Buy.com made by Fellowes called the Study Stand. Well, I decided at a mere $4.99 and free shipping it fit the bill and ordered one. Figuring with free shipping and having ordered off the ‘net it should get here in about 6 years.
I was wrong. It arrived this morning. Hit the break for a look!
I’m just going to paste (some crappy) shots below. Long story short – if you’re looking for cheap, simple and useful – pick this bad boy up. I couldn’t be happier with it. Sure $30-$100 is going to get you something designed for the iPad, with perfect form and function. Sure, they’re going to look a heck of a lot better. All of these things are true. But, I spent $5 and guess what? My iPad has a place to hang out that doesn’t just leave it sitting on my desk.