Bottom line: With Apple-inspired looks, superb build quality, and support for various angles and orientations, the Urban stand is pretty much perfect for those wanting to use their iPad Pro as a display.
Secure magnetic attachment
Multiple viewing angles
Not height adjustable
Not compatible with thicker cases
Too high for handwriting
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With everything the iPad Pro can do these days, it's hardly surprising that so many people are incorporating the device into their daily workflows. For a lot of use cases, a good iPad stand is invaluable, allowing you to lift your device off your desk for the best iPad experience.
Though I work primarily from an iMac, I often use my iPad as a secondary display for information or documents I need to refer to or simply for watching videos as I work. With Sidecar already here and macOS Monterey's Universal Control on the horizon, I expect this usage will only increase for me and many others, which is what makes the Lululook Urban Magnetic iPad Stand so intriguing.
Lululook Urban Magnetic iPad Stand: Price and availability
The Urban Magnetic iPad Stand is Lululook's second-generation model and was released in late 2021. It's available in space gray or silver for $80 if you shop directly at Lululook, or you can snag one at Amazon for not much more.
There are different versions to suit different iPad models, namely 12.9-inch and 11-inch devices. The larger of the two is designed to work with 12.9-inch iPad Pro models (3rd-generation or newer), and the smaller version works with all 11-inch iPad Pro models and the iPad Air 4.
Lululook Urban Magnetic iPad Stand: What's good
To look at, Lululook's Urban Magnetic iPad Stand looks a lot like the foot of the iMac models of yore. A single piece of curved aluminum holds up a magnetic plate to which your iPad Pro snaps on. When attached, the whole thing looks a lot like the iMac models of 2020 and earlier.
The magnetic attachment is very strong. That's thanks to the magnets built into the back of the iPad Pro that Apple's own accessories make use of, plus the strong built-in magnet in the Urban stand's backplate. There's no chance that your iPad will fall off the backplate even when adjusting the angle. When you're done using the stand, it takes two hands to remove your iPad.
The backplate rotates 360 degrees so you can use your iPad in any orientation, and there's enough clearance that you can tip it all the way around uninhibited.
The hinge also tilts more than 180 degrees, so you can flip the display all the way over if you want to show someone sitting opposite you a document on-screen. Both the hinge and the rotating back plate remain perfectly still when you aren't manually adjusting the angle, so you don't have to worry about the iPad wobbling when in use.
On the back of the stand is a subtle Lululook logo with a cutout for cable management, another touch inspired by Apple's iMac that helps maintain a clean look. Under the stand, there's a non-slip rubber surface, so it stays put on your desk, and the backplate also features a thin layer of silicone to protect the back of your iPad.
Though this exact look has been phased out with the M1 iMac, the design still feels very Apple-like in functionality, fit, and finish.
Lululook Urban Magnetic iPad Stand: What's not good
There's very little to complain about with the Lululook Urban Magnetic iPad Stand. For its intended purpose, it's pretty much perfect.
That doesn't mean it's perfect for everyone, though. Since its height is fixed at 7.5 inches, it won't be the right choice for those that need a taller stand or one that offers customizable height adjustment.
That fixed height also means that it's too tall for using comfortably with the Apple Pencil for handwriting. That's not to say you can't do it; it's just a tad too high for that to be an optimal experience.
Due to its use of magnets, Lululook's stand is also not compatible with thicker iPad cases, though skins or ultra-thin cases should be fine.
Lululook Urban Magnetic iPad Stand: Competition
There are plenty of great iPad stands on the market with various forms and capabilities. When it comes to stylish magnetic stands, there aren't quite so many, but Lululook does have some competition in this space.
I previously reviewed the MagFlött, which is clearly the most similar product to the Lululook Urban Magnetic iPad Stand and even rocks the more modern M1 iMac design language. Functionally, they are very similar though the backplate of the Lululook is slightly smaller and more visually appealing. Lululook's offering is also significantly more affordable.
Other premium iPad stands include the Twelve South Compass Pro and Satechi's Desktop Stand. These are less expensive and feature customizable viewing angles, including lowering to the desk for handwriting and sketching, which the MagFlött and Lululook stands both lack. Twelve South's HoverBar Duo is another close competitor with its versatility in terms of viewing angles and excellent build quality, though its clamp-style design is less elegant.
Lululook Urban Magnetic iPad Stand: Should you buy it?
You should buy this if ...
- You want to use your iPad as a second screen or with a keyboard and mouse
- You want an iPad stand with adjustable angles and orientation
- Apple product design appeals to you
You shouldn't buy this if...
- Your iPad is not compatible
- You want a height-adjustable iPad stand
- You want an iPad stand for handwriting or sketching
If you want to use your iPad as a display with a keyboard and mouse or as a secondary display next to your Mac, then you won't regret going for the Lululook Urban Magnetic iPad Stand. It has a premium look and feel super secure magnetic attachment and works superbly at various viewing angles and orientations.
Those wanting a stand that allows for sketching or handwriting on their iPad should look at alternatives, though, as should those who want something taller or with built-in height adjustment.
Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.