Cool gifts for geeks, 2011: Tablet accessories

Presenting the gems in portable entertainment.

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Magnetic Cabinet Mount and Viewing Stand, by Macally

If you've ever thought to yourself, "Hey, I really would like to mount my iPad under a kitchen cabinet", then this is the product for you. Perhaps you use your iPad for recipe apps, or you like watching streaming videos or listening to music while making dinner - this mount gives you the opportunity to place your iPad underneath the cabinet to get it out of the way of the flying flour or onions (or messy kids) that may happen if you leave the iPad on a kitchen counter, for example.

The mount comes with a plastic mounting bracket and four screws, and the bracket locks into place onto the magnetic base. When you attach the iPad correctly (the side that doesn't include the volume controls), the magnetic link is pretty strong, which you'd expect since the iPad will be hanging upside down from the bottom of the cabinet. The cool part about the magnetic base is that you're not permanently attaching the iPad to the cabinet, you can detach it when you're done and the only thing that's screwed in is the bracket and base.

If you don't want to mess with the cabinet mount, the base makes a good viewing stand - the swivel part of the base swings out to create the third and fourth "leg" of a stand. You can then place the iPad into that and have a small viewing stand for watching movies or reading books, etc.

If you're just looking for a viewing stand for your iPad there are probably better options available - but as far as I know this is the only unit that can also be mounted under a cabinet - if that's your main goal, then this is a good gift idea.

Cool Yule Rating: 4 stars
Price: $39.99
Reviewed by Keith Shaw

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