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
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
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.