It'll be back though, and it'll be shinier and awesomer than ever.
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Tied with the apple model, the GroovBoard Plum is my personal favorite. Its warm, deep red color and cloudy grain are unlike any other timber and form a spectacular contrast with the slick aluminium-and-glass coolness of the iPad.
- Solid plum, solvent-free linseed oil finish, neodymium magnets, self-adhesive anti-slip rubber feet
- ~300 x 230 x 24 mm (11.8 x 9 x 0.95 inches)
- ~1,100 grams (2.4 lbs)
- Supports iPad 1 and iPad 2, 3 & 4, iPad Air and the iPad mini with or without Smart Cover
- Stylus holders support styluses of up to ~12 mm diameter (e.g. Wacom Bamboo Stylus, Adonit Jot Pro, Pogo Sketch, etc.)
- iPad and accessories pictured not included.
The GroovBoard gives you several options for using your iPad comfortably with or without an external keyboard, with a stylus, on your couch or easy chair, in bed or at a desk or table.
In flat mode, the two main grooves hold your iPad securely at two distinct angles, and let you use an external keyboard when the iPad is in the back groove. In upright mode, the iPad sits in the top groove, rested against your thighs and the back (or, in this mode, upper) groove becomes a mount for the Apple Wireless Keyboard.
Two stylus holders on the left and right side of the GroovBoard hold on to your stylus in both flat and upright mode. Any stylus up to a diameter of about 12 mm (~0.47 inches) will fit.
When the GroovBoard is used in upright mode with your knees pulled up, you can remove the magnetically attached handrest to move the iPad to a lower, more comfortable position if required. This is most useful when using the iPad in this position without an external keyboard.
If you want to use the GroovBoard on your desk or countertop, six anti-slip rubber feet support it and protect both the GroovBoard and the respective surface from scratches.
“The GroovBoard is a great device. It's clear that a lot of thought went into its design and construction. The fact that it can accommodate the iPad in a variety of ways, hold a stylus for a lefty or a righty and secure an Apple keyboard so well makes it a very useful lapdesk/stand indeed. Plus, it's just good-looking.”
If you like watching movies on your iPad and you have a Bluetooth speaker like the Jawbone Jambox, try placing the speaker in front of the iPad with the front of the speaker facing the iPad's screen. The sound gets reflected off of the screen at an angle that makes it sound like the audio is coming right out of the iPad.
Another great usage scenario for watching a movie or reading on the iPad is to use the GroovBoard for setting down a cup of coffee. Just be sure not to wiggle around too much ;)
For a full feature overview, check out the usage page.