iPad Stand Review: Twelve South BookArc for iPad Stand Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Solidly built, sturdy and attractive, can use with cases.
What's Not: Lack flatter viewing angles.
We looked at the ultra portable Compass tablet stand from Twelve South, it was small and foldable for easily carrying with you on the road. But if you need something bigger and weightier for your office or home, Twelve South offers a larger tablet stand for the desktop or tabletop, the BookArc Stand for iPad. Twelve South makes this stand for both iPad models and MacBook laptop models. The iPad version works for the new iPad 3rd gen as well as the iPad 2.
The Twelve South BookArc for iPad stand is sturdy yet attractive. The stand is made with heavy gauge metal that weighs 15.8 ounces. The weight ensures it keeps steady when you put your tablet in it or when you take it out, while the arched design gives the stand stability. The metal has a soft touch coating that won't scratch the iPad when you using it with the stand. But more importantly, the BookArc has a soft silicone insert to hold the tablet so that the tablet never has to touch any metal part of the stand. The BookArc has silicone feet beneath the metal frame, and they are well angled to prevent the stand slipping on a smooth surface. The Twelve South BookArc for iPad comes with two silicone inserts in a very nicely made gift box.
As with other Twelve South products, the BookArc stand has a few hidden tricks up its sleeve, or more precisely its slot. First of all, the built-in silicone insert offers two positions for your iPad in either portrait or landscape orientations. It can position your iPad 2 in about 75 degrees and about 85 degrees in the two slot positions. If you are using the stand with the new iPad 3, the angles are slight more straight up, but not by much. These angles are comfortable for making FaceTime video calls, typing on a wireless keyboard while looking at a document on the screen, and for watching movies and photo slides. What if you use an Apple Smart Cover with your iPad? The BookArc has an answer for that. It comes with an additional insert that can accommodate the Smart Cover or a slim cover case, though you have much less control of the viewing angle with this insert. If you are using even thicker cases with your iPad, you can completely remove the silicone insert which leaves the stand slot wide open for the iPad in most cases to fit in. The silicone cases are quick and easy to remove and install.
The Twelve South BookArc for iPad offers a couple of other convenience features for using your iPad while in the stand. The front of the stand has a semi-circle cutout, giving you some space to operate the Home button when in portrait mode. Since the stand doesn't potentially block anything else, all ports, buttons, cameras and the speaker are exposed for easy access. Another nice feature thanks to the design is that you can keep your iPad charging/syncing cable intact even when the tablet is standing in the stand in portrait orientation. The arch of the stand gives you plenty of space below the tablet to use your syncing/charging cable.
The Twelve South BookArc for iPad stand has a modern and attractive look that goes with Apple's metal casing on the iPad models and MacBook laptops. The matching style will make this stand an Apple fan favorite, though you can use it with other thin tablets as well. We tested it with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, and found they both fit just as well as the iPad 2 and the new iPad 3rd gen. If you want to use it with a thicker tablet such as the Amazon Kindle Fire, you can take out the silicone cover, otherwise it won't fit the thicker tablets. The Twelve South BookArc for iPad is weighty, easy to use and gives you access to all things on the tablet. You can use your iPad in either landscape or portrait orientation, and even with cases. The only thing that we see some users might not like it is the lack of flatter viewing angles.