Executive Work Station turns the iPad into a 'semi-desktop' system
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Executive Work Station turns the iPad into a 'semi-desktop' system


As a person who regularly reviews Mac and iOS products, it's hard to find something truly different. However, iHome has managed this with the iDM5 Executive Work Station for smartphones and tablets such as the iPhone and iPad.

The Executive Work Station is a combination Bluetooth keyboard, speaker system and USB charging port. This is a combo that I haven't seen before, and the iDM5 performs all its tasks well.

The Executive Work Station works with the iPhone, but it's better suited to the iPad. Some products are designed to make Apple's tablet a laptop replacement; the iHome solution makes it a semi-desktop solution.

Pair your iPad with the Bluetooth-enabled Executive Work Station (pairing is easy) and you can comfortably type -- the full size QWERTY keyboard offers good tactile feedback -- while simultaneously streaming your favorite music connection. You can also play music through the universal 3.5mm aux line-in jack.

The Executive work Station sports a built-in mic, so you can also use it as a speakerphone or for video conferencing. Plus, it sports two USB ports, allowing you to charge two devices at the same time.

The Executive Work Station isn't meant for on-the-road use. It measures 14.5 x 2.3 x 7.4 inches, weighs 3.3 pounds and needs an electrical outlet. However, if you're on a business trip, can make do with an iPad instead of a laptop, the iHome solution is worth carrying with you.

You can type up reports, make calls, and more. You can also use the Executive Work Station for better sound than with the iPad's own speakers. Though the iDM5 speakers won't be confused with Bose products, they provide surprisingly good sound for music, movies, games or apps.

The Executive Work Station isn't for everyone. For instance, if you never use your iPad (or iPhone) to type text, this isn't for you. But if you use your iOS device as a semi-computer replacement, there's nothing else like the iHome solution out there. 

The iDM5 is available for US$129.99 at retailers nationwide and at http://www.ihomeaudio.com. For more details go to https://www.ihomeaudio.com/iDM5B/ .

Rating: 9 out of 10

-- Dennis Sellers

 
AAPL
$116.47
Apple Inc.
+0.16
GOOG
$537.50
Google Inc.
+2.67
MSFT
$47.98
Microsoft Corpora
-0.72
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Ubisoft Gives Everyone Two New Ways to E...
Ubisoft Gives Everyone Two New Ways to Earn In-Game Stuff for Far Cry 4 Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 21st, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Golfinity – Tips, Tricks, Strategies, an...
Dig this: Would you like to know what we thought of being an infinite golfer? Check out our Golfinity review! Golfinity offers unlimited ways to test your skills at golf. Here are a few ways to make sure your score doesn’t get too high and your spirits don’t get too low.   Considering Perspective is Crucial | Read more »
Dark Hearts, The Sequel to Haunting Meli...
Dark Hearts, The Sequel to Haunting Melissa, is Available Now Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 21st, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Meowza! Toyze Brings Talking Tom to Life...
Meowza! | Read more »
Square Enix Announces New Tactical RPG f...
Square Enix Announces New Tactical RPG for Mobile, Heavenstrike Rivals. Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 21st, 2014 [ permalink ] With their epic stories and gorgeous graphics, | Read more »
Quest for Revenge (Games)
Quest for Revenge 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: The great Kingdom of the west has fallen. The gods ignore the prayers of the desperate. A dark warlord has extinguished the last remaining princes of the land and there are no more heroes who can stand against the armies... | Read more »
Threadz is a New Writing Adventure for Y...
Threadz is a New Writing Adventure for You and Your Friends Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 21st, 2014 [ permalink ] In the tradition of round-robin storytelling, | Read more »
SteelSeries Stratus XL Hardware Review
Made by: SteelSeries Price: $59.99 Hardware/iOS Integration Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Usability Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Reuse Value Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars Build Quality Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Overall Rating: 4.31 out of 5 stars | Read more »
ACDSee (Photography)
ACDSee 1.0.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Photography Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Capture, perfect, and share your photos with ACDSee. The ACDSee iPhone app combines an innovative camera, a powerful photo editor, and a convenient collage maker with all the tools you need for a great mobile photography... | Read more »
ProTube for YouTube (Entertainment)
ProTube for YouTube 2.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Entertainment Price: $1.99, Version: 2.0.2 (iTunes) Description: ProTube is the ultimate, fully featured YouTube app. With it's highly polished design, ProTube offers ad-free video with selectable playback quality, audio only playback, background playback and adjustable... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.