Rest easy this holiday shopping season, and get them an iRest from Rain Design

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.

Rain Design iRest

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.

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Rain Design iRest

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.

Rain Design laptop rest

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.