By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 12/19/2011
When the iPad came out and ushered in the era of the tablet, I thought it might eliminate the laptop accessory market, but in reality, it just transformed it. Instead of laptop cooling pads, we are now being offered tablet stands. I'm naturally skeptical and there are a lot of vendors taking photo frame easels, adding the prefix "i" and charging ten times as much.
So I was pleased to see the iRest from Rain Design. It's clear they have put a lot of effort into this tablet stand. There are Apple styling cues, such as the use of aluminum but also foam resting pads for comfort. The iPad is great, but it can be cumbersome to hold for long periods of time. There's no handle and it could still be lighter. That's where a stand like the iRest can be helpful. You can position the iPad in a comfortable spot and watch videos or read electronic books for an extended time.
Of course, laptops haven't gone away and Rain also offers a laptop stand called the iLap. Again, the aluminum accents make it well suited for Apple gear. I actually have a 13" MacBook Air and a 15" Windows laptop, but the 15" model of the iLap works fine with both. The iLap keeps the heat off of your lap and the velvet cushioned foam rest adjusts for comfort.