GripZilla Pro Handle and Tablet Handler Pro for 10 to 13-inch Tablets
Company: LapWorks – Product links
Each is currently $45 (Regular Price is $60)

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(NOTE: Edited to correct some errors in original review)

Remember when there was pretty much one size for a tablet computer? When Apple came out with the original iPad it was 9.7-inches and the follow up Android tablets were much the same when they were released. Then in a desperate attempt to distinguish themselves from all the other Android tablets (and the iPad), the other companies started making them in different sizes.

Apple, wanting to tap into this market and prevent customers from buying a tablet based on a smaller size, came out with the iPad mini. Just as things were calming down, the maxi-tablets (no, I won’t make the obvious joke) were released. Apple recently followed with this trend with the iPad Pro, which is great because choice is good.

Trying to find accessories for some of these jumbo sizes can be a pain, especially with all the variances between tablets. So what can you do if you need a handle or stand? LapWorks has taken an all-in-one approach to the problem with the GripZilla ( and Tablet Handler Pro ( lines. How did they do? Read on to find out.

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About Guy Serle

Guy is a long-time Mac user (since 1987) and insists on inflicting his opinions on technology even when others around him wishes he wouldn't. He's married and the father of two sons. He used to take Tae Kwon Do until the shame of being beaten up by teenagers became too great. He now gets his fix for personal humiliation each week as the co-host of the MyMac Podcast with GazMaz

Futura Laptop Desk and Laptop Computer Stand

On March 10, 2008, in Review, by John Nemerovski


Futura Laptop Desk and Laptop Computer Stand
Company: LapWorks

Price: $30

My car is being serviced. I turn off the television in the waiting room and pull out my PowerBook from my backpack. I open a folded Futura Laptop Desk, set it upon my bony thighs, and place the PowerBook on it, shifting my rear end for an approximation of comfort in the waiting room chairs.

Ten textured raised leatherette no-slip grippers provide friction resistance to keep the PowerBook in place atop the Futura. Its uncushioned undercarriage is neither comfortable nor uncomfortable on my legs, at least during the initial evaluation period. I wonder how long until I’ll wish there is some padding on Futura’s bottom region (not to be confused with not wanting any more padding on my aging undercarriage). But padding would add weight and size to this ultra-slim portable desk and stand.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

Laptop Legs and Mac Feet

On June 16, 2005, in Review, by Owen Rubin

Laptop Legs and Mac Feet
Company: LapWorks, Inc.

Price: $24.95 (currently on sale: $19.95)

I own a newer PowerBook. And as anyone who owns a newer PowerBook (or any newer laptop) knows by now, it gets very HOT! Apple use to put extendable legs on the back of their PowerBooks, but not any more. Now they put these VERY tiny little feet on the bottom, which not only fall off all the time, but also raise the computer no more than 1/8th of an inch off the desk, if that! Sorry Apple, but that does not work to keep this thing cool. The same is true for my Dell Latitude; which also has small, useless feet on the bottom. I have tried putting all sorts of “thing” under the back edge of my PowerBook to raise it up a bit, just to let some cool air underneath, but sooner or later, the PowerBook slides off the “thing” and starts to heat up again, not to mention the aggravation of the computer falling to the desk while typing. I have also seen many inexpensive products that claim to lift the computer off the desk, but I usually ignore these things because so far, all the “laptop stands” I have tried just do not work well, are too bulky, take up too much space in my laptop bag, or are heavy.

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About Owen Rubin

Owen Rubin was one of the first people to program arcade video games for Atari a long time ago, and designed arcade video games for almost 15 years. He later joined Apple where he worked on both hardware and software projects, and was the key player on the MacLC, bootable CD, several pieces of Mac system software, as well as a contributor to many other CPU projects. He later worked for Pacific Bell to lead the design of services for the first commercial broadband system in the US, and then went on to be the lead researcher of broadband for Paul Allen's Interval Research. Since then, he has been an executive at a number of startups in security and semiconductors, and is currently the CTO of Edison Labs, a startup focusing on helping commercial clients write and develop mobile apps, especially for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

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