11 best iPad stands: Great iPad accessories for convenient hands-free use

iPads are incredibly useful devices that can be taken almost anywhere; adding a stand opens up new uses and makes the tablet even more convenient. We've got the 11 best iPad stands for you, whether you want a recipe holder for the kitchen or a music stand for the stage.

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  • Twelve South Compass 2
  • padRelax
  • MyArmor Gooseneck
  • Flote m2
  • Felix Roadshow
  • ChargerCity
  • Belkin Portable
  • Bluelounge Mika
  • IK Multimedia Klip 2
  • Double Telepresence Robot
  • Twelve South HoverBar 3
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Best iPad stands

Twelve South Compass 2

  • RRP: £34.99

If you're looking for a stylish folding stand to hold up your iPad while you work, Twelve South has you covered with the Compass 2.

We like the way it folds up into a small package, and can be quickly unfolded and placed on any flat surface. It's ideal for mobile workers looking to prop up an iPad in a coffee shop, and designers will love its arty credentials. You can also unfold one side to prop an iPad up on its side.

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Twelve South Compass 2

  • RRP: £34.99

If you're looking for a stylish folding stand to hold up your iPad while you work, Twelve South has you covered with the Compass 2.

We like the way it folds up into a small package, and can be quickly unfolded and placed on any flat surface. It's ideal for mobile workers looking to prop up an iPad in a coffee shop, and designers will love its arty credentials. You can also unfold one side to prop an iPad up on its side.

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Best iPad stands

padRelax

  • RRP: £29.99

While sturdy metal stands are great for using on desks and tables, putting one on your lap isn't exactly a premium experience. The padRelax offers a more comfortable solution, since it's basically a pillow for your iPad. Hand-made in Germany, these soft creations come in a wide range of fabrics and colours, with the designers stating that they are not so much accessories as fashion items that can be co-ordinated with your interior design.

Aesthetic delight or not, the padRelax is a surprisingly useful solution for using an iPad to read on your lap, or even just for balancing on the arm of a chair. The pillow itself is filled with polystyrene balls, making it much like a small beanbag for your device. The advantage of this is that the pillow moulds itself around your iPad and can be placed on a variety of surfaces that would give a normal stand trouble. 

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Best iPad stands

MyArmor Gooseneck

  • RRP: £8.99

iPads make excellent second screens to accompany your desktop. Clearing space for them on a busy desk can be somewhat problematic at times, so why not take advantage of a stand that you can clamp onto the side of your computer instead?

The MyArmor Gooseneck is so named due to its long, flexible arm that allows you to bend it into almost any position you want your iPad to occupy. The non-scratch clamp makes it safe for securing to your iMac or Apple cinema display, or you could attach it to the side of a table, desk, door, bed, or pretty much anywhere that has a grippable surface.

If you own multiple styles of iPad you'll also appreciate that the Gooseneck's adjustable bracket will support every model of iPad, as well as other tablets and even phones.

 

Best iPad stands

Flote m2

It's rather more expensive than the average iPad stand, but the steel-and-aluminium Flote is attractive and offers a degree of functionality that's rarely seen in this sphere. 

With a design that's equal parts modernist floor lamp and prog-rock microphone stand, the m2 is big enough and stable enough to stand on the floor next to your chair, sofa or bed and hold your iPad in precisely the position you desire, stretched out on a metal arm that's heavily adjustable thanks to a system of magnetic ball joints, adjustment sleeves and boom angle knobs.

It's an elegant and untiring way of reading ebooks in bed, or could serve as a handy prop when performing music or public speaking. But the company has also touted its value in a business/corporate setting, in which its price tag might seem less off-putting.

It's not model-specific, too: any model of iPad should fit (although particularly bulky cases may need to be removed), and our Surface-toting friends ought to be accommodated too.

 

Best iPad stands

Felix Roadshow

  • RRP: £29.95
  • Buy from Apple

The Felix Roadshow stand is a great way to keep the kids (young and old) entertained in the back of the car. It mounts onto your headrest, and can hold an iPad in horizontal or vertical mode. A bracket is clamped to your headrest, and the iPad stand clips on to this; so it's easy to quickly detach and re-attach. You can also adjust the viewing angle for your passengers.

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Best iPad stands

ChargerCity camera stand

  • RRP: £19.95

Many questioned the point of a rear-facing camera in a full-sized iPad when it was first introduced. After all, who would hold up a device as big as an iPad to take photographs? Rather a lot of people, it turns out.

If iPad photography is something you enjoy, the Chargercity camera stand will be of great interest. The stand itself is really an adjustable grip, but the clever part is that it can be screwed onto any standard camera tripod, giving you a stable platform for your creative endeavours. A smooth, swivel-ball mechanism allows you to move the iPad through a full 360 degrees, and could be very useful for any iPad videographers out there. Admittedly the Chargercity Camera stand is a niche product, but it's a clever idea that could find a few fans.

 

Best iPad stands

Belkin Portable Tablet Stage

  • RRP: £79.99
  • Buy from Belkin

If you're standing up in front of a lot of people and giving a presentation, then this iPad stand is a great choice.

The Belkin Portable Tablet Stage Stand is sturdy and has an adjustable platform to position your iPad right where you can see it. It comes with a built in system for tidying away cables, and you can use the Apple HD Adapter to connect your iPad to a projector or display. The stand comes with an app called Stage that acts as an interactive whiteboard and document camera.

We think it's a great stand for teachers and others who present on a regular basis.

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Best iPad stands

Bluelounge Mika

  • RRP: £35

It may lack features found on more complex stands, but the Bluelounge Mika stand has one thing going for it: strength. Crafted from solid aluminium, the Mika forms a solid wedge that holds your iPad at 70 degrees. We like its simplicity, too. Eschewing all the folding and gimmicks from other stands, Mika is a pure stand that will look great on any desk.

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Best iPad stands: IK Multimedia Klip 2

iKlip iPad Stand

  • RRP: £30, US$49.99

With more and more people using iPads for their notes at speaking events, meetings, and music performances, the Klip 2 could become an invaluable accessory. The principle is simple: just screw the adjustable fitting onto an existing microphone stand, then you're free to read your iPad without the need of a table, lectern, or even holding it in your hands.

The Klip 2 has tilt adjustment capabilities thanks to a ball joint design, making it easy to position the stand in a way that you can read your iPad at a glance while avoiding any troublesome reflections from light sources. The thermoplastic construction is strong and reliable, while the clip-in holder features softer materials to ensure that your iPad remains untarnished. Not using metal also means the iKlip is lightweight, weighing only 176 grams, so it's no trouble bringing it with you to meetings or events.

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Best iPad stands

Double Robotics Telepresence Robot

  • RRP: £2,100

This is a fantastically odd option, but bear with us.

The Double Telepresence Robot enables you to add a whole new level of video communication. You attach the iPad to the robot, and can then control it remotely using the Double app. While it all sounds futuristic, it's a great way for teleworkers to communicate with members of a team. You can roll around a virtual environment, while looking through the camera on your iPad. Colleagues can see your face on the iPad window. 

It's a bit pricey for now, but we can see this sort of thing becoming more common in the future.

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Best iPad stands

Twelve South HoverBar 3

  • RRP: £89.99

Attaching your iPad to a Mac makes a lot of sense when you think about it. We often use both devices in tandem, with the Mac being for work and the iPad acting as a second tool for entertainment or productivity. Plus, apps like Duet Display enable you to use the iPad as a second screen, and you can use the HoverBar 3 to turn an old iPad into a second display.

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