If you don't have $150 to toss around for theiPad dock and speakers, there are other, cheaper ways to milk the iPad's 10-inch screen for its home theater potential.
If you've already got Bluetooth speakers, simply pair them with a pivoting stand, like the swiveling, tilting
A rubberized tip keeps the Vario sturdy, but unless you're flying solo in the comfort of your own home, prepare to attract some nasty glares every time you fiddle with the angles: the kickstand sounds like the worst kind of ratchet.
Cut grooves within the sliding stand mechanism are the secret to the Vario's many viewing angles. Although the stand's two hinges seem sturdy enough, we're not sure how the notches themselves will hold up over time. A 120-day warranty will cover normal wear and tear. The case's price is rather steep at $69.95, but it's an able solution that's ultimately more portable and interchangeable than the Altec Octiv Stage.
If you've got to buy the speakers and a stand a la carte, the Altec Octiv Stage may cost less when all is said and done. Bluetooth speakers start at about $80 (like the
Still, a pair of speakers can be used with any other Bluetooth-enabled device, not just your iPad. Depending on how much other compatible gear you have on hand, you still may get the most use from piecemeal purchases than a single, device-specific solution--especially if you find yourself switching from an iPad to the