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Review: Magnus iPad 2 Stand by Ten One Design

Magnus iPad 2 StandImage Source: Ten One Design

iPad stands are among my favorite accessories for the iPad. My iPad 2 gets a ton of use every day alongside my MacBook Pro – so it needs a good home on my desk. A good stand to sit in when not fully in use.

The Magnus iPad 2 Stand from Ten One Design is the latest one I’ve tried out. Ten One pitches the Magnus as boasting a sleek form factor, elegant Apple-like looks, and using the magic of magnets to hold the iPad 2 in place in the stand.

I’ve been using it for a few days now and of course I’ve got some thoughts on it. The short story is that I’m disappointed with this stand. Hit the break for the reasons why …

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Magnus – Magnetic Stand for the iPad 2


If you’re a regular (or even semi-regular) reader here then you know I’m rather fond of iPad stands. Rather fond in the same sort of way that dogs are rather fond of bones. Yup, I’m a big fan of iPad stands. I’ve currently got four on or around my desk.

So when TUAW’s Mike Schramm mentioned a handsome new stand from Ten One Design that they’d spotted at CES, it caught my eye straight away. This new stand for the iPad 2 is called the Magnus. Two things about it are very appealing right off the bat:

— It uses a strong magnetic link to hold the iPad 2 in portrait or landscape mode. Maybe my affection for the iPad 2 Smart Cover is getting the best of me, but I just love this idea. 

— It has a beautiful, minimal appearance – giving a sort of ‘Look Ma, no hands’ look to the iPad 2 and stand.

Here’s more detail on the design of the Magnus:

Magnus is first machine-crafted from pure aluminum and then hand-finished using the latest manufacturing techniques. After that, customized magnets are installed into the base, and rubberized feet are fitted to the bottom surface.

Our designers targeted a reduced silhouette. Viewed from the side, you see only the iPad’s tilt, and a flat plate on the desk. From there, the engineering took over.
Magnus may look like it’s defying gravity, but it feels like a permanent attachment. You may need two hands to separate Magnus from your iPad.

A Magnus will soon be doing its magnetic magic on my desk. They go for $49.95.If you want to see more info on this stand or place an order, check out its product page here: http://tenonedesign.com/magnus.php

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