Twelve South BookArc for iPad mini review
The BookArc from Twelve South is a minimalist stand for Apple's iPad and more recently iPad mini. The stand accommodates both iPad sizes in landscape or portrait modes, which broadens the stand’s appeal to accommodate many uses, including watching TV, viewing photos, writing and chatting via FaceTime. If you add a Bluetooth keyboard you have a fairly portable workstation, although for frequent travellers, Twelve South notes the foldable Compass mobile stand for iPad is likely a better companion. The addition of a stand and keyboard really helps to speed typing and data input and brings the iPad closer to the usefulness of say the MacBook Air.
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Made from heavy gauge steel, BookArc for iPad weighs in at just 15.8 ounces (448 g), which is light enough to position anywhere with ease, yet heavy enough to stay in place. That steel won't harm your iPad, as the supplied silicone fit inserts also help cushion and protect your iPad while in use. Those inserts will accommodate iPad covers, although clearly only those that don't add much in the way of bulk. If you do have a protective case, you'll need to remove it while perched on the stand. It's possible to dock and charge your iPad in either landscape or portrait position, while bringing some order to desktop cable tangles.
Twelve South offers the BookArc stand for the original iPad and this recent addition simply makes use of new silicone fit inserts, to provide a snug fit for the iPad mini. Thankfully, the smaller iPad mini isn't dwarfed by a stand designed for the original iPad. The company has promised to make the iPad mini inserts available separately, should you already own the BookArc, which would be significantly cheaper then investing in a new stand simply for the inserts.
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BookArc for iPad and now iPad mini, is a stylish and solid stand that makes both work and pleasure on your Apple tablet an attractive proposition. If you add a Bluetooth keyboard to the package, Twelve South's stand makes for a pretty decent workstation that brings the iPad closer to the richer functionality and accessibility of a laptop.