iPad Stands Alone With Vario by Zerochroma

There’s a good chance the special person in your life already has an iPad (s aapl), so if you’re wondering what a good, iPad-related gift might be this holiday season, you may want to consider the Vario stand from Zerochroma. The Vario is a thin plastic shell that clips onto the back of the iPad, becoming a stand that props the tablet up in a variety of positions. The rotating stand can be adjusted to work in either portrait or landscape orientation, and can also serve as a handle for holding the iPad in comfort.

The Vario snaps onto the back of the iPad for instant use as a stand, and only adds a small amount of weight, unlike some other cases. It has a textured surface, so the iPad isn’t slippery in the hand with the Vario attached. It only adds a tiny bit of bulk to the thin iPad; I don’t normally like cases that add weight or bulk, but find the Vario to be tolerable given the benefits of using it as a stand.

The Vario serves double duty, as in addition to the stand feature, it can be snapped onto the front of the iPad. This turns it into a screen protector, which may come in handy for those who throw the iPad into the bag with other gear. The Vario is definitely worth a look if you are wondering what gift to get that iPad toter in your life for the holidays. It’s not cheap at $69.99, but is solidly built and attractive. Zerochroma has other versions of the case for the iPhone, iPod touch and the Kindle (s amzn), with a model “coming soon” for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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