SMK-link took the look and feel of Apple’s desktop computer line and created an iPad 2 tabletop stand that shares that look and feel with the added bonus of versatility. The PadDock 10v2, which works equally well with the new iPad 3rd generation, features, a docking/charging station, a speaker system, and 360 degree rotation.
PadDock for iPad
The PadDock is designed for those who choose to keep and use their iPads in a solitary location. It includes an electrical outlet cord and a USB cable to allow for charging. If it is constantly connected to a computer, it will remain fully charged at all times. There are two 40 x 44-mm speakers contained in the speaker box and a passive radiator to support room filling sound. It tilts up and down in a 30 degree range and rotates 360 degrees in 90 degree increments.
The PadDock also syncs the iPad to iTunes with the flip of a switch. The MSRP for the PadDock 10v2 is US$99.99. I also found it on Amazon for US$79.00.
Using the product
This iPad 2 stand has a lot going for it. Not only is it beautiful, it is very functional. It takes up little actual desk space and the design easily supports the use of an external keyboard for those who wish to use one with their iPad. When used in the vertical position, the iPad sits about four inches above the table top. In horizontal position the measurement is closer to five inches. With the recent upgrade to the iPad version of work related apps, more and more work can be done directly on the iPad. The rubber surface on the bottom of the PadDock holds in in place when the user is using traditional finger motions to operate the iPad.
The speaker system puts out a nice sound that was more than sufficient for my office. Inserting and removing the iPad from the stand is easy because one side adjusts just enough to allow it to pop into place. I tested the fit with both an iPad 2 and the new iPad 3rd generation, and both fit perfectly.
Do I recommend it?
I do. I love the look and the quality of the craftsmanship. It definitely is for those who use their iPad in one place, and for those users, it’s ideal. It puts the iPad screen at a usable height, supports the use of a keyboard, keeps it charged, and allows syncing without ever removing it from the stand.