If you find yourself doing a lot of things with your iPad, including reading books, watching movies (either purchased or via Netflix / Hulu Plus), after a while you'll start to get tired of holding the device. A device like the iPad (and iPad 2) is meant to be enjoyed on your lap, but sometimes your lap isn't the right angle for doing such things. That's where the Targus Lap Lounge comes in handy - it provides a sturdy case to hold the iPad 2 in place (we tested the iPad 2 version, Targus also makes a Lap Lounge for Tablets to cover the iPad and Galaxy Tab, etc.), and then a soft bean bag-filled cushion for resting on your lap. The stand can be set in multiple viewing angles, and a zippered pocket can be used to store accessories. The design of the stand also provides some sound amplification for the iPad, by redirecting sound towards the user, but in practice we didn't really notice much of a difference, and in reality I preferred using my headphones anyway.
I wouldn't travel with this accessory, but would use it when I was sitting on my couch or in bed either reading or watching movies. If there's a power iPad user on your holiday list, free up their hands or lap by giving them a comfortable place to rest their device.
Cool Yule rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Keith Shaw