LapWorks Recliner iPad/eReader Accessory
Give Your iPad a Chair:
If you are one of the growing population of iPad (Over 3 Million since April 3, 2010) users then you have probably bought or are looking for an iPad case. The next most useful accessory for the iPad is a stand. Likewise eReader users quickly realize the need for an eReader stand making consumption of ebooks much easier. Hands free you can now accomplish multitasking and use of your eReader or iPad at the same time. Today we will take a look at the LapWorks Recliner, a device aimed at improving and easing your use of an iPad or eReader.
Use Your iPad and eReader Hands Free
We received the LapWorks Recliner and tested the Recliner with the Apple iPad over a period of two weeks to note the benefits and drawbacks of the device. Periods ranging from 2 minutes to 4 hours were spent using the device at different angles but always placed in the recliner to see how the device affected use, wear, and functionality. We collected our data and notes and will present our findings in the next section for you.
Let the LapWorks Recliner testing begin.
Testing and Functionality:
The LapWorks Recliner at Various Angles
The LapWorks Recliner with an iPad in Use.
LapWorks iPad/eReader Recliner Specifications:
The iPad Recliner is a very simple product but before we get into testing lets look at its specifications:
- Versatile easy chair for your iPad for best ergonomic viewing
- Adjusts quickly and easily to any viewing incline
- Provides the prefect viewing angle when watching hands free
- The iPad Recliner is the Lazy Boy of iPad loungers
- Generous rubber cushion rest for your iPad’s foot
- Soft rubber strip across the top for iPad’s headrest
- Available in a two-tone color of silver and black
- Read hands-free in any position and relax while reading
- Carries a 6 month warranty against defects
Notes From Use:
Initial use of the Recliner immediately proved its worth as an accessory that iPad owners need. I was able to use the iPad longer without becoming weary from holding it up and my consumption of reading material increased as did my ability to use other applications like the Calendar, Mail, and Notes. I additionally found multitasking to become much easier and used the recliner to check data on the iPad while using a laptop, or notepad in conjunction.
Other useful benefits included the ability to use dictation and web browsing easier as well as a general increase in speed of manipulation of all applications due to being hands free. The Recliner allows you the freedom to orient your eReader or iPad facing any direction you should wish. While this is a good thing it also highlights the inability to charge your iPad when correctly oriented in portrait mode with the home button at the bottom. It should be noted that this does not really affect use of the iPad nor the Recliner due to the iPads ability to rotate its screen to match your use. While in use we initially expected that the Recliner might be prone to movement on your desk due to the nature of the eReader or iPad in use. In reality the Recliner does surprisingly well at keeping its spot once placed. The recliner comes equipped with rubber stops on both the support bracket and on the bottom edges of the device.
Varying the angle of the Recliner is achieved through the use of a large plastic thumbscrew located behind the support bracket. This proves to be both good and bad. It is good in that the thumbscrew provides the best reinforcement of the bracket and strongest setting for keeping the chosen angle. It is bad in that this method is simultaneously the most difficult to change and requires you to remove your eReader or iPad and turn the Recliner over in order to change the angle. Additionally the use of a thumbscrew also makes it impossible to change the angle on the fly and difficult to find the right angle for viewing. You should keep this in mind if you feel you will be changing the angle often.
These additional views show the Recliner used with several eReaders and an iPad