Cool gifts for geeks, 2011: Tablet accessories

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SlateShield All-in-1 for iPad, by Addo Accessories

The SlateShield is an iPad case (we got the iPad 2 version) that includes an integrated stand as well as a 360-degree rotating "comfort handle". The integrated stand pops out from behind the unit and lets you stand up your iPad in either portrait or landscape mode, great for viewing movies or using for FaceTime video chats. You can also flip the stand over (rotate the entire stand plus iPad 180 degrees) to create a typing mode orientation if you want to do some on-screen typing (if you really want to type on an iPad, I'd suggest an attachable keyboard).

The comfort handle is useful for users who need to walk around the office or workplace (or home) while holding the iPad with one hand. The handle includes an adjustable Velcro strap to tighten the fit, and the rotating part of the handle lets you adjust for vertical or horizontal mode as well.

The SlateShield adds some additional weight to the iPad overall, but this also provides some protection against drops, as long as you don't drop it display-side-down. There's nothing here that's extremely out-of-the-ordinary compared with other handheld units and stands, but the variety of different orientations and the comfort handle make it just as good as other units out there.

Cool Yule rating: 3 stars
Price: $54.95
Reviewed by Keith Shaw

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