Tablets often don’t come with kickstands or enough ports, so it’s a good idea to snag a few accessories to enhance your experience. Here are some of our favorite tablet accessories, many of which you can also find in our Best iPad Accessories guide.
Satechi Aluminum Desktop Stand for $45: It’s my favorite tablet stand, so much so that I recently took it with me on a trip. It folds up relatively well and is very stable – there is no wobble here. You can also adjust the angle a bit. It works great with my 12.9 inch iPad Pro so it can handle huge sizes as well.
Twelve South Compass Pro Stand for $50: This is made for iPads, but I’ve had no problems using it for many other tablets. It’s more travel-friendly than the Satechi above and quite stable, but when I lift the tablet the back leg tends to shift position. You can tilt it low enough to draw or hold it upright to watch movies. Unlike the Satechi, it’s not a great option for keeping the tablet upright on a mattress.
Lamicall gooseneck tablet stand for $21: I used it on my bed frame to hold the Galaxy Tab S7 FE for months. The gooseneck requires a bit of tweaking to get to the right position, and if you constantly press down on the tablet, it will be fidget. But it’s a great hands-free way to watch movies. You can attach the clamp to any surface, such as a desk or kitchen counter.
Twelve South HoverBar Duo Mount/Stand for $60: This one has been attached to my desk for several months to stall the Nokia T20. You can use it as a stand or as an arm rest, and I prefer the latter. It’s sturdy and adjustable, and best of all, it doesn’t move as much as the Lamicall above when you tap the screen.
Vissles LP85 Mechanical Bluetooth Keyboard for $149: If you want to use a third-party Bluetooth keyboard with your tablet, an inexpensive keyboard (like this Logitech) will do just fine. But if you’re a mechanical keyboard snob like me, this Vissles is a pretty portable upgrade. You can connect it to multiple devices and quickly switch between them, the keys light up in different configurable colors, and best of all, it delivers the click-clack experience you want from a mechanical keyboard. It needs to be recharged every three to four days.
Twelve South StayGo USB-C Mini Hub for $60: It works great with iPads and other tablets. You can either plug it in and hold it flush to the edge of a slate, or use the included cord to keep it extended. You get a USB-C port you can use for direct charging, USB-A, HDMI, and a headphone jack.
Anker Nano Pro Charging Adapter for $20: Most tablets charge at around 18 watts, so this little 20-watt charger from Anker will do just fine. The plugs don’t bend, but it’s really compact. If your tablet Is supports faster charging – for example the Galaxy Tab S7 FE supports 45 watt charging – so I recommend Satechi 108-Watt Tri-Port USB-C Charger ($75). This will allow you to charge your phone, tablet and laptop from the same outlet.