The GroovBoard

I get a lot of work done on my iPad. In addition to using it to manage my life, I also find it a great place to get serious writing done. One trouble I do have, however, is getting comfortable with it while sitting on the couch or in bed. I had pretty much given up on being able to use my Apple Bluetooth keyboard with my iPad in these situations until I received my GroovBoard ($119). The GroovBoard is a piece of milled lumber with grooves cut in it for holding the iPad, Apple Bluetooth keyboard, and a stylus. It is manufactured so you can hold in a variety of positions.

For example, while sitting on a couch, you can set a Apple Bluetooth keyboard on it and have it prop up the iPad and go to town.

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If you work with your knees bent, you can lay the iPad against your knees and set the GroovBoard underneath it, where the GroovBoard will hold a Bluetooth keyboard so you can start typing.

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The device also has a series of holes in it to hold a stylus. I don’t use those very often since I’m not a big stylus user. I find it just as easy to tap screen commands with my finger and that’s one less thing for me to lose. However, if you’re an artist, I can see how this would be handy.

The GroovBoard actually comes in two pieces. They are connected with a series of strong magnets and pins to keep everything in line. I generally use the whole thing put together. However, if you’re not using the keyboard and simply want to use it as an iPad holder, remove the extender.

The GroovBoard is manufactured in a small shop in Germany. They come in a variety of woods including alder, apple (Yes, I know), ash, cherry, maple, oak, plum, and walnut. (I like the walnut. It’s no secret that I do a bit of woodworking myself and I really like my GroovBoard.