Tick, tick, tick. Time is running out for you to purchase your holiday gifts, but never fear, we’re back with another entry for our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. And as you can glean from the title, today’s roundup is focused on gifts for iPad users.
Logitech Base Charging Stand
The Logitech Base Charging Stand is easily one of my favorite iPad accessories of the last few years. It’s a charging dock, specifically made for iPad Pro models with Smart Connectors. Simply drop in your tablet, Smart Connector facing down, and you can feel the magnets pull the iPad into place and begin charging. The stand is weighted and well-made, and it holds your iPad at an optimum viewing angle.
Note: if they don’t have an iPad Pro, or the above stand is too expensive, we also like the HiRise 2 from Twelve South for $40.
This one is a no-brainer. If the person you’re shopping for has an Apple Pencil-compatible iPad, and doesn’t have one already, you should probably get them one. The popular stylus has the weight and feel of a real pencil, very little input lag, and can charge quickly via the iPad’s Lightning port. Use it to do anything from sketching to coloring, taking notes, and much more.
Note: if they don’t have an iPad Pro, or the Pencil is too expensive, we also really like the Adonit Mark Stylus for $13.
Twelve South ParcSlope Stand
The Twelve South ParcSlope stand also makes a great gift for someone looking to do any kind of drawing or note-taking with their iPad. The well-made aluminum stand features a wedge design that holds the tablet at the perfect angle for sketching, annotating or editing. Honestly the stand also works for playing games, web browsing and really any kind of iPad usage, and bonus: it doubles as a MacBook stand as well.
iRig Keyboard Controller
For the aspiring music-maker, might I suggest this iRig Keyboard Controller from IK Multimedia. It works with both PC and Mac, and more importantly (for this roundup, anyway) it’s MFi-certified to work with the iPad. It has full-sized keys and a built-in drum pad, and it interfaces with a number of iOS apps. It can be used to learn to play music, or create music.
Buy for $200
R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid
Thanks to the recent release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the popular sci-fi franchise is back on everyone’s minds again. And for that reason, this app-enabled R2-D2 from Sphero makes a great gift. Use your iPad to guide the droid around manually, or program him to perform automated tasks. Features include integrated speakers and LEDs, holographic simulations, and a Watch With Me mode for watching the Star Wars films.
IPEVO PadPillow iPad Stand
If one of the above metal stands won’t work, try out the PadPillow stand from IPEVO. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a pillow that’s made to hold up your tablet for extended use when laying down in bed or on the couch, or even while traveling. It’s very soft, extremely portable, and its design allows you to fold it in multiple ways to support various types of usage.
The Nimbus wireless controller from SteelSeries continues to be a staple of our holiday gift guide. Designed in partnership with Apple, the gamepad features a built-in Lightning connect for convenient charging, 40 hours of battery life, pressure-ssenstive buttons for precise control and a familiar console design with dual joysticks. It’s perfect for gaming on the iPad, but also works with iPhones and the Apple TV.
Logitech Slim Combo Keyboard Case
You can multiply their iPad productivity by getting them a keyboard case, and I particularly like the Slim Combo from Logitech. The laptop-like keyboard features full-sized, well-spaced, backlit keys, smart iOS shortcuts, and it can be powered via your iPad using the Smart Connector. The keyboard also doubles as a protective cover for your tablet, a viewing stand, and it has a built-in Pencil holder.
RAVPower 26800 Portable Battery Pack
If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that your mobile device will eventually run out of power when you need it most. That’s why portable battery packs make excellent gifts. For something like a tablet, you’re going to need an XL pack, and we really like this one from RAVPower. Its 26800 cell is capable of completely recharging your iPad 2+ times, it has an LED status light, and it comes with an 18-month warranty.
Sonos One Smart Speaker
Rounding out our gift guide is the all-new Sonos One voice-controlled smart speaker. Stream your favorite movies and tunes from your iPad to the Sonos One with ease and enjoy its sharp looks, beautiful sound and built-in smart features. It comes with Amazon’s Alexa, but it’s slated to get an update in 2018 with support for Google’s assistant and Apple’s AirPlay 2 platform as well. This is the smart speaker to beat right now.
*price was believed to be discounted at time of publishing and is subject to change at anytime.
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