Review: BookArc iPad Stand

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BookArc iPad stand

A magical, revolutionary and just plain gorgeous device like the iPad needs a good home when it’s not in use. The BookArc for iPad stand has turned out to be just the right sort of solid and comfortable residence for my iPad.

I thought the BookArc looked quite good when I first saw it.  Now I’ve had mine for a few days, I’m happy to say it has met and exceeded my expectations.

Why Not Just Use Apple’s iPad Dock?

I bought the Apple iPad Dock – but it just didn’t cut it for me.  It is very small and lightweight, and the iPad often felt wobbly and not secure if I didn’t place it just so on the dock.  The BookArc for iPad is considerably bigger, heavier, and sturdier.  My iPad feels totally secure in it.


I find it a bit much to try to talk about ‘features’ for a stand.  It’s a stand – so it … well, it stands and you put an iPad in it … but there is a bit more to the BookArc than just that.

For starters, the BookArc for iPad holds the iPad perfectly in portrait or landscape positions.  In either mode, the iPad feels absolutely secure and the fit feels great. It even offers four different positions and a couple of ‘modes’:

BookArc for iPad gives you a choice of four different positions. In “work mode,” iPad sits at an angle in both portrait and landscape positions, and provides access to the home button. In “storage mode” iPad sits upright in both portrait and landscape positions, perfect for charging and using your iPad as a stylish photo frame.

I’ve found I don’t care much for the angled positions, and much prefer the iPad to be upright – but your mileage may vary of course. 

It also comes with two silicone inserts for holding the iPad within the ‘beautiful slice of heavy gauge steel‘ that is the stand itself.  The first one is pre-installed and holds the iPad itself; the second comes in the BookArc package and can be swapped in easily to hold the iPad if it’s in a shell-style case.

BookArc for iPad

In Action

OK, so the actual stand doesn’t really get ‘in action’ – but it does let me work with my iPad while it’s in it.

I’m finding it easy and comfortable to use the iPad while it’s in the BookArc stand – in both portrait and (more often) landscape mode.  There is an ample home button opening that makes it fairly easy to tap the home button when the iPad is in the stand in portrait position.  And of course in landscape mode the home button is out on the side and even more easily accessible.

It sits so solidly in the stand that I feel comfortable launching apps, typing, tapping buttons and so on, without a worry. 

I’ve got it positioned alongside my MacBook Pro, and I’m able to quickly check things on the iPad, copy images or text over, and do lots of quick-hit type tasks while it’s in the stand.  It’s also perfect for when I want to have the iPad in digital photo frame mode.

The stand is elevated enough that it is easy to charge to charge the iPad while it’s in it, in either orientation – and made all the easier if you have the 6-foot Apple iPad 10W USB Power Adapter.

Looks Great, Feels Great, Works Great

I know you’re probably not meant to get excited about accessories and especially ones as basic as a stand – but …

It looks great on a desk or table, the iPad feels great and secure when in it, and it works great – in that it allows me to do as much or as little with the iPad as I want while it’s in the stand.

This is my favorite iPad accessory so far.


The BookArc for iPad goes for $39.99 plus shipping.

You can find more info on the BookArc for iPad and place an order at the TwelveSouth site here:

*** The BookArc for iPad was independently purchased by the post author. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the "About" page. 

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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