Apple’s iPad still reigns supreme in the tablet category. You have a pretty wide choice of models now, and they all offer a world of possibilities out of the box. However, with the right set of iPad accessories, you can kick things up a notch. We’ve been shopping around and testing out some of the most interesting add-ons available, each of which is designed to squeeze a little something extra from your iPad. Snag yourself a versatile stand, a great keyboard, or the perfect stylus. We’ve got all of that and more.
The iPad is great for watching movies in bed, but tired arms, a crick in your neck, or a suspicious bruise after you drop it on yourself, are all potential hazards. We think the multipurpose, lightweight Tstand is the answer. The device features clamping arms outfitted with soft rubber pads that slide apart to accommodate any tablet. Fix your iPad at any angle, and the design of the base makes it possible to lie down with the stand on your chest. Combined with headphones and Netflix, you have an immersive one-person cinema. Plus, it works equally as well at the breakfast table, letting you catch up with morning news or read a recipe without coating your iPad with marinara. The versatile stand also folds flat when you want to put it away, and though it’s set to retail for $75, you can still pre-order it for $42.
BrydgeAir Keyboard ($130+)
You will not find a better keyboard for your iPad than this. The BrydgeAir keyboard is made of solid aluminum and outfitted with a color finish to match your iPad. Instead of encasing the iPad entirely, it features a 180-degree hinge designed to accommodate your tablet and keep bulk to a minimum. The island keys are well-spaced with good travel and backlighting, too, and the device works via Bluetooth and features built-in stereo speakers for enhanced sound. It recharges via Micro USB, but you should get a couple of months of use between charges. This stylish keyboard really hits Apple’s design standards and makes your iPad feel like a mini MacBook.
If you take your iPad out with you, there’s always the danger it will run out of power. Thankfully, this power bank will provide your iPad Air or Air 2 with a full charge. It utilizes high-quality Samsung batteries and features a blue LCD display, one that shows exactly how much power remains. There are also two ports, so that you can charge an iPad and a smartphone at the same time. There are lots of great portable battery chargers on the market, but this one strikes a good balance between portability, capacity, functionality, and price.
This might be overkill for some people, but if you want a versatile headrest mount for the car, then you should really check it out. The contraption features spring-loaded clips to hold your iPad securely in place, but they’re pretty easy to remove, and you can fit your iPad in there even if it has a case on. The steel bar screws into your headrest and there’s a second bar and hinge so you can place the iPad in between the headrests if you want, which is ideal when you have two or three kids in the back. It’s very stable once tightened as well, and it’s easy to adjust the angle or switch to portrait view.
For watching movies or listening to music on your iPad, you’ll want some decent headphones. These on-ear headphones from Sennheiser tick all the right boxes. They look good, they’re comfortable to wear, and they deliver excellent sound quality. If you crave decent bass and you want detailed treble and midrange, then you should pull the trigger on these. You can learn more in our full Sennheiser Urbanite headphones review.
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