iPad 2 Accessories Round-up - Docks

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

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Summary

Official Dock

Apple Store

£35

There's no official Apple keyboard dock for the iPad 2, but the classic, simple dock has been given the version 2 update. It doesn't do much, but is a very elegant way to give your iPad 2 a permanent spot on your desk, rather than simply using a bare USB cable.

It can be used for charging and syncing, while there's also an audio output to let you easily attach a pair of speakers. Style-wise it's completely inoffensive. It's a small, white piece of plastic and holds the iPad 2 so that it's slightly angled, to make reading on-screen content easier. At £35, it is a tad pricey for what it is, though.

Griffin PowerDock Dual

Griffin website

£35.99

Here's one for dedicated Apple fans - the Griffin PocketDock Dual will house both an iPad and an iPhone or iPod Touch, charging them simultaneously. The charging sockets are compatible with just about the entire Apple portables range, including new Nanos and the iPod Classic series.

In front of the power sockets is a little dish, which you can drop your keys into, or fill with jelly beans should the mood take you. The clever design accounts for the devices' speaker placement too, so your iPad won't be silenced when docked. Covering all bases, it comes with adapters for European, US and Japanese power sockets as well as the standard UK plug.

LuvMac desktop dock

Amazon link

£15.99

If the official dock's price tag is a little too rich for your blood, a third-party equivalent is available from LuvMac. It's not a big-brand name, but how far can you go wrong when making a simple iPad dock? This dock will keep your iPad upright on a desk, and will charge and sync when it's plugged-into a computer using the supplied USB cable.

It misses out on some extras, such as additional outputs, but if you want a simple way to keep your iPad looking good on a desk, this offers arguably better value than most other docks out there. Oh, and it's black so blends in nicely with the standard surround of the black iPad 2.

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March 29, 2011, 7:06 pm

Interesting little tip: Using the USB Camera Adapter I was able to plug in the receiver for my Microsoft Arc Keyboard and use it fine with my original iPad. It's not the most elegant solution and I don't actually ever feel the need to use it but for those wanting to use an existing keyboard on their iPad it's good to know.

MariaKronenberg

May 3, 2011, 11:13 pm

Andrew, I have to be honest. I ordered the smart cover because it looked cool. But that coolness wears off, when the fallacy of protection and false assurance kicks in. Protection is limited to cosmetic scuffs and annoying fingerprints. But not drops. Not sure that the cover is any better, much less smarter. I ordered the cover, and to be quite candid; I am not impressed. It does not offer much in protection. I was skeptical about the cover to begin with. Nevertheless, if your looking to protect your investment with a simple cover, we run the risk of inflicting some damage from a simple accident. I had to reassess my needs after a near fatal drop with the cover. I ordered a few days ago a leather Mivizu iPad 2 case called the Sense, and I also ordered an Otterbox hardshell. Best, the Mivizu folio is affordable priced at $29.99 against apple's not smart price of $69.99 http://www.amazon.com/Mivizu-Sense-Leather-Feature-ciPD2mvzSMRTblk/dp/B004V0CCQK
Anyways, for real protection look elsewhere.

staxx

September 1, 2011, 1:33 am

kinda like this unit....works for me: www.sherpacarry.com

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