First Look: Griffin CinemaSeat for iPad

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Within a day or two of the iPad’s release, we were dreaming of a way to mount the tablet in a car as a back seat entertainment system, and eventually improvised a solution. Now Griffin has released CinemaSeat ($40), its first stab at the same concept, and the results are mixed: the company has come up with an oversized gray faux leather and fabric frame that attaches to the metal pipes of a headrest with foldable, adjustable Velcro, functioning as a semi-protective case if you want to detach it between in-car uses, or as an open mount due to a large, easy-access insertion hole in its right side. While the case is functional and will look nice in most cars — particularly ones with matching gray interiors — it feels as if Griffin struggled to compromise between the two very different categories of ‘case’ and ‘mount,’ sacrificing the protection and looks of a good case while achieving a less than totally thrilling mounting solution. It’ll be best for people who use their iPads bare at home, or those who don’t mind carrying around a bulky, open-sided frame as an iPad case.

First Look: Griffin CinemaSeat for iPad


First Look: Griffin CinemaSeat for iPad

First Look: Griffin CinemaSeat for iPad

First Look: Griffin CinemaSeat for iPad

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Company and Price

Company: Griffin Technology

Website: GriffinTechnology.com

Model: CinemaSeat

Price: $40

Compatible: iPad (2010)

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Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.