Strikingly simple Yohann iPad stand works all the angles [Reviews]

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It's just one piece, but it does basically everything you need.
Photo: Evan Killham, Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

I have a pretty decent iPad cover that lets me easily prop up my tablet in case I want to stay in bed and watch Netflix all day like someone who does not suffer from depression at all. But the recently released Yohann iPad stand makes my existing system look like cheap garbage.

It’s genuinely a beautiful and elegantly designed piece that looks great whether it’s holding the iPad or not, and it’s also incredibly useful. You’ll pay for every bit of that ingenuity, but if you have the scratch, this belongs in your home.

Yohann iPad stand

The Yohann iPad stand is a single piece of material. I tried out the P1 Walnut version, which is designed for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It comes in three different sizes and two other materials (oak and piano lacquer), and while all models have the convenient hole in the bottom to accommodate a Lightning cable for simultaneous charging, the P1 also includes both a hole in the side for the Apple Pencil and magnets underneath if you aren’t into holes. I don’t own an Apple Pencil, but a regular pencil fits in there just fine.

The Yohann has three different positions that cradle the iPad in either landscape or portrait mode, although my iPad Air 2 was incompatible with one of the orientations in landscape because it was too small, but that makes sense. The creators say that the three “settings” are for typing, desktop and laptop, but what that really means is that your iPad can sit almost vertically, almost horizontally, and one point in between. They all have different uses depending on what you’re doing, and it was actually surprising how stable they all were when I was tapping away at the screen.

Minimal and versatile

It’s hard to find anything wrong with the Yohann iPad stand, since it’s a simple device that does one thing (and it does it really well). And I appreciate the craftsmanship involved, but if I have one complaint, it’s that the thing might be a bit pricey. The model I tried goes for $179, and while you can see every penny of that in its design and look, it may not be worth it just to more easily watch movies in bed.

Oh, yeah — it still balances on soft surfaces like pillows and bedspreads. But you can get the same effect by propping it up on something, so it still doesn’t quite justify the cost.

If you don’t mind sacrificing the wow-ness that comes from a stand made of a single piece of wood, the cheaper, lacquer options are available for about $70. And those will do the same thing, but they don’t look nearly as good. If functional design is what you care about, this is definitely one of the coolest and most useful iPad stands I’ve seen.

Price: $69-$179, list (depending on size and material)

Buy from: Yohann

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