5 iPad Accessories Perfect for Grads

Part of PadGadget’s continuing series “Perfect iPad Gifts for New Grads”

If you know someone who is graduating from high school or college this year, you may be struggling to find that perfect congratulatory gift. If your giftee has an iPad or an iPad 2, we’ve got a few ideas that would make great gifts for any graduate.

We’ve scoured the Internet for some of the coolest and most useful iPad accessories, from speakers and storage to headphones and musical equipment. Check out our top picks after the break.

  1. Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage 
    This 500GB hard drive is equipped with Wi-Fi access and will wirelessly extend the storage capacity of any iPad. Your favorite grad will absolutely love having access to all of their movies, videos, and other media wherever they are. Music and video can be easily and quickly streamed from the drive to your iPad via a local network using the free app that comes with it. This is a great storage option that’s completely portable – no cables required except when charging. Available soon from Seagate for $199.99.

  3. JamBox Wireless Speaker
    This speaker from Jambone would be great with the GoFlex Satellite storage, or on their own. This ultra portable speaker can go anywhere and will allow your grad to share music from their iPad with friends and family any time, any place. Combined with an iPad, it’s a portable party in a box. The Jambox offers hi-fi audio with an output capacity of 85 decibels, loud enough for even the biggest rooms. Jambox is powered by sophisticated acoustic drivers with extreme high and low frequencies for rich sound that can normally only be achieved with larger speaker systems. Available from Amazon.com for $199.99.

  5. AmpliTube iRig
    Maybe your favorite grad is in a band, plays a guitar, or wants to learn. If so, this great  instrument interface adapter and guitar/bass tone mobile software combination from IK Multimedia would be a well-appreciated gift. With the iRig, you can plug your guitar into your iPad and jam anywhere with world class guitar and bass tone right in the palm of your hand. The sound and control of up to 4 recombinable simultaneous stompbox effects, amplifier, cabinet, and microphone will be at your fingertips, just like a traditional guitar or bass stage rig. Available at Amazon.com for $34.19. There are 2 versions of the accompanying app in the App Store, a free version and a complete version for $19.99.

  7. Urbanears Plattan Headphones
    These headphones from Urbanears are ultra stylish and available in thirteen different colors that will complement any iPad setup. The value of a great pair of headphones can’t be underestimated, and any grad is sure to love these. The Plattan is the perfect set of  full size classic headphones, with innovative functions and performance allowing for rich, secluded sound. They can be folded down into the size of a fist for portability, and they also come with a “zound plug” on the earcap that will allow a friend to plug in and listen to music too. Available from the Urbanears website for $60.00.

  9. Wacom Bamboo Stylus
    If your grad is artistically inclined or likes to use the iPad for note taking, you won’t go wrong with this stylus from Wacom, which has been receiving some rave reviews. Simple and elegant, the Bamboo Stylus is 25% narrower than many other popular styli available, allowing for greater control and accuracy. The stylus is made perfectly weighted metal with a stylish black and silver design that’s easy to hold on to and comfortable to use for long periods of time. Available from Amazon.com for $29.99.


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