There are a lot of ways to prop your iPad up without holding it in your hands. For example, just the other day we looked at the Ten One Design Magnus Air. Our iPad stand du jour is the Desktop Chair v2 (US$59.99), a design that was funded through Japan's Campfire crowdfunding site. It's now available for sale in the US from BiteMyApple.co, and they sent one along to TUAW for review and a giveaway.
While the Magnus Air was tiny and unobtrusive, the Desktop Chair is designed to be a gorgeous piece of furniture. It's crafted of thin wood sheets that are bonded together perpendicularly for strength with a hydraulic press, then hand-sanded to a silky finish. The Desktop Chair can sit in one of two positions, each holding your iPad in either landscape or portrait orientation. The BiteMyApple.co web store even shows the Desktop Chair being used as a vertical prop for a MacBook Pro, so there are many uses for this accessory.
I found that the Desktop Chair worked well with either a full-sized iPad or iPad mini, and it would probably make a good investment regardless of what type of tablet you may use in the future. It's rock-solid on a desk or table, surprisingly so considering that it weighs only 4.3 ounces (122 grams). Design-wise, the Desktop Chair looks like a piece of modern sculpture, which says a lot for the designers at Moku Woodware in Japan.
It may be a bit too early to start thinking about holiday gifts for friends and family, but the Desktop Chair is such a unique and beautiful iPad stand that you may want to consider it for a gift.
Organic in form and materials, the Desktop Chair v2 is a useful and attractive addition to any desktop. In a market filled with many mass-produced product that just don't work that well, the Desktop Chair brings a touch of class to iPad stands.
Rating: 4 stars out of 4 stars possible.
Our review Desktop Chair can be yours, but only if you enter our giveaway and happen to win. Here are the rules for the giveaway:
Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
To enter, fill out the form below completely and click or tap the Submit button.
The entry must be made before August 23, 2014 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time.
You may enter only once.
One winner will be selected in a random drawing and will receive a Desktop Chair valued at $59.99