Review: Chisel iPad dock by iSkelter

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The Chisel iPad dock is made by the folks at iSkelter.  These guys caught my eye a while ago on KickStarter with their unique collection of wooden docks, desks and accessories.  A quick visit to there website, and I knew I had to get my hands on one of their iPad docks to review.  I love that their mantra is–hand built by people who give a damn.  You can’t help but love their tenacity.  You really feel like they love what they do, and that desire to make good products is obvious in the results.  Luckily, they don’t have to rely soley on witty slogans to sell their products, as their hand-built designs sum up a pure, simple design philosophy spear-headed by industrial designer, Nathan Mummert.


With the Chisel iPad dock, it’s all about the design.  It’s the design that draws you in, and makes you want to buy one in the first place.  It’s the design that makes you proud to display the dock on your desk–and it’t the design that makes it functional and useful as an iPad dock.  The Chisel is created from a beautiful selection of renewable bamboo.  It uses a simple design philosophy that holds your iPad in both portrait or landscape mode.  Assembly is a snap, too.



Assembling the dock is simple, and took less than 30 seconds to put together from (5) total pieces.  The legs are held together with two support pegs, and the the dock itself rests directly on the legs.  To change the orientation, simply lift the dock, rotate and place back on the legs.  The dock I tested has an inset in the bamboo to accept a 30-pin dock connector, but will work with a lightning connector, too. Unfortunately, though, they don’t carry a model of the Chisel for the iPad Air, but they do have one for the iPad mini.



I really have enjoyed my Chisel iPad dock for the two weeks I have used it.  It’s a unique iPad accessory that’s built well, and stands out in such a cluttered category.  It works as advertised–it’s a docking station for my iPad.  Having said that, there are a couple of small refinements that I would have liked to see that would have made the Chisel just a little more appealing for me.  The Chisel is a docking station, but sometimes I want to move it around the house with me, so that I can have my iPad docked next to my laptop where I can use it as a secondary screen.  However, the best and safest way to move the Chisel is to disassemble it some, by removing the base that the iPad sits it because it is only held in place with gravity.  I know, I know–not a big deal, but an extra step none-the-less.  Secondly, to remove your iPad you need to either lean it forward, so that it falls out toward you (not recommended) or use the hole that is pre-drilled in the back to push it out with your finger.  Again, no big deal, just an observation.  It really was hard to find anything else I didn’t like about the Chisel, though.  I recommend you ordering your own if you have an iPad 2, 3 or 4.  They sell for $69.99, and shipping in the US is free.

The Chisel iPad dock was provided by iSkelter for review on iPad Insight. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the “About” page.

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