We’ve all got technophiles on our holiday shopping list. And nothing quite gets people excited like tricking out their iPad. With that in mind, what kind of gift do you feed an iPad junkie? It can’t be run-of-the-mill, but most importantly it should be something functional and useful — something they won’t just leave on the shelf. And hey, let’s be honest, it can’t cost you a fortune! With all those in mind, let’s dive right into 6 affordable iPad accessories from IPEVO that could meet and exceed their holiday expectations. These are all available straight from the IPEVO Store at Amazon.
1. Perch M Side/Sofa Stand:
Perfect for the “techy musician”
Perch M is perfect for musicians who use the iPad for sheet music or other music apps. People who multi-task in the living room by flipping through iPad while they’re watching TV. Perch M also makes a great second screen setup for people at their computer desk.
Pros: Perch M is versatile and the ideal height for seated users. Forged aluminum construction is lightweight and ultramodern. And you can change the viewing angle and orientation by hand thanks to a dual-axis hinge.
Cons: It might be too big for certain applications, and you certainly can’t put it on a table or counter. But you’re still in luck: IPEVO also sells the Perch S, a smaller version for tabletops.
Perch Sofa/Side Stand for iPad($79.95 & FREE Shipping) Buy now at Amazon.com >
2. USB SuperCharger:
Perfect for the “dedicated teacher”
USB Supercharger could be a big hit for teachers who use iPads in the classroom, as with 1-to-1 iPad programs. It would also make business power users and mobile entrepreneurs pretty happy. The entire small group — meeting at the bistro or in the conference room — could charge up as they present material or collaborate.
Pros: A single wall socket charges up to 4 iPads simultaneously. No hunting for wall sockets or extra power strips. This is a full charge at 2.1A, meaning you’ll get the same charge speed as with the OEM adapter; other chargers compromise on the amps for a slower overall charge.
Cons: While it can charge a single iPad just fine, you’ll need a scenario involving multiple iPads to get the most use out of this device.
USB SuperCharger($59.00 & FREE Shipping) Buy now at Amazon.com >
Perfect for the “avid iPad user”
PadPillow is perfect for people who web surf in bed or while laid out on the sofa. A top choice for avid ebook readers. PadPillow is also a smart idea for older folks with arthritis, as it can cut down on the wrist pain and sore arms that come from extended iPad use. Finally, because it’s soft and cuddly, it’s a safe choice for children using iPad for gaming or learning.
Pros: Comfort computing. A soft body pillow doubles as a support for iPad, other tablets, and ebook readers. It can be used in many more places than a steel or plastic stand: on the couch arm, in bed, on the carpet, or directly on the stomach. The pillow folds apart to make room for a keyboard, too.
Cons: While good for the car, it’s a little large to be taken in the carry-on bag for airplane trips. Train commuters and coffee shop addicts might also think it’s just a wee too big compared to folding folio-type stands.
PadPillow Pillow Stand for iPad($24.95 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35) Buy now at Amazon.com >
4. PadPillow Lite:
Perfect for the “frequent traveler”
PadPillow Lite does fit in the carry-on luggage, so frequent air travelers in need of a comfy place to put their iPad on long flights would consider this a lifesaver. It’s also great on the train or subway, or to help keep the kids occupied in the back seat of a long car trip.
Pros: It’s in the name: Lite. This is a lighter and smaller version of the original PadPillow. Its size fits devices like the iPad Mini and Kindle readers. Available in Pink for the ladies, Dark Grey for the guys. At $12.99, you can’t really lose with this one.
Cons: The size makes the pillow stand more travel-ready for commuters, but some users may prefer the taller, plumper original PadPillow for larger tablets, particularly at home when size is not an issue.
Pad Pillow Lite Pillow Stand for iPad mini and 7-Inch Tablets($15.00 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35) Buy now at Amazon.com >
5. 360° Rotating Folio Case:
Perfect for the “cool dad”
360° Rotating Folio Case is great for artists (professionals and hobbyists) who need to often switch between portrait and orientation. Same goes for salesmen and other businesspeople who rely on multimedia content and apps like Keynote to share, collaborate and present.
Pros: 360 degrees of viewing freedom thanks to a central pivot, making switching between portrait and orientation a breeze. A microfiber cover and genuine leather holder look clean and professional. And for a sleeker, on-the-go profile, you can pull out the holder from the rest of the case and re-insert it just as easily.
Cons: It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of more expensive cases — such as a built-in keyboard or all-leather construction. But at the price ($12.99 at the time of this writing), you won’t find a better case.
360° Rotating Folio Case($12.99 Buy now at Amazon.com >
6. Tubular Wireless Speakers:
Perfect for the “outdoorsy friend”
Tubular Wireless Speakers is perfect for teenagers and college students who enjoy streaming Pandora or listening to their iTunes library during study sessions. Also a good choice for outdoorsy people — hikers, swimmers, campers, road trippers — who would appreciate a compact set of stereo speakers to share the tunes instead of keeping the earphones on.
Pros: This compact pair of Bluetooth speakers comes in an interlocking tube design for storage or travel. It’s small enough to fit in a car’s cup holder. 6 to 8 hours of audio on a full charge, recharges via standard USB. With its stereo configuration, Tubular is a clear upgrade over iPad’s built-in mono speaker.
Cons: It won’t deliver the output or fidelity of a premium Bluetooth speaker like Jambox, but it’s a solid choice at less than one-third the price ($44.00) of Jambox or similar speakers.
Tubular Wireless Speakers($44.00) Buy now at Amazon.com >
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Intrigued? Don’t delay — the holidays have a tendency to sneak up on you. Head over to the IPEVO Store at Amazon and check out more info, pictures, videos and more. Good luck and good shopping.