For my last round-up, I shared a collection of my favorite new cell phone accessories. This week I want to showcase a my fave iPad accessories. So let’s just cut to the chase and dive right on in, shall we?
Not everyone likes to bring their iPads with them when they’re walking around a strange city. For starters, showing off your flashy, expensive toy can turn you into a target for a mugging. Second, you kind of look like a jerk using an iPad as a camera. I’m sorry, but it had to be said. However, it can be understandably nerve-wracking leaving it behind in your hotel room, especially when there is no personal safe. For peace of mind, pick up the TechSafe Case ($80; griffintechnology.com), which connects to a steel cable that can be tethered to just about anything (like the heavy hotel desk, perhaps).
When you’re actually using your iPad, there are two accessories that make it infinitely easier to use. The Magnus Magnetic Stand ($49.95; tenonedesign.com) is sleek, super lightweight, and fits right into your carry-on bag. It’s magnetized, and lets you securely fasten your iPad in place for hands-free, upright positioning.
The second device I love because, well, let’s face it: typing on the iPad is pretty slow-moving, even after lots of practice. To help speed up the process, consider the stylish Tumi Wireless Keyboard ($125; tumi.com), which can sync to your iPad via Bluetooth. When traveling, slip it in the protective case it comes with.
Sound quality on the iPad is mediocre at best, but it doesn’t have to be. The Logitech Tablet Speaker for iPad ($29.99; logitech.com) is an affordable solution. A rubber clip secures the speaker to your iPad to ensure that the sound is distributed evenly. The best part? It comes with its own built-in, rechargeable battery—which lasts up to eight hours, I might add—so it doesn’t drain the energy from your iPad.
Another affordable speaker option, which is slightly more portable—it stands at just 2.5 inches tall and 2 inches wide—than the aforementioned, is the BoomCan ($24.99; scosche.com). It, too, has its own rechargeable power source, so it won’t need your iPad’s power. The one downfall is, you’ll probably want to get two (the second can be synced to the first), to assure that you’ll have even sound.
The last that I’d like to share is an extremely useful app, particularly if your home computer (or work computer, for that matter), is a PC. OnLive Desktop (free; desktop.onlive.com) not only lets you remotely access a PC from anywhere, but it even lets you use Microsoft programs, like PowerPoint, Word, and Excel...all right on your iPad!
So there you have it. So now you know my latest favorite iPad accessories. What are your favorites?
Joshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis.