MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Canvas Smart Desk for iPad Pro From iSkelter

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with iSkelter to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of four Canvas Smart Desks we're giving away for Apple's newest tablet, the iPad Pro. For those of you unfamiliar with iSkelter, it's a company that hand makes wood desks, lap desks, stands, and other accessories for Apple products.

We've featured their products in the past, including the SlatePro Tech Desk, which is custom designed with built-in docks and cutouts to accommodate Apple devices. iSkelter's newest product is a set of lap desks for the iPad Pro, the Canvas Creator and the Canvas Pro.

Both the Canvas Creator and the Canvas Pro have a felt-lined cutout that's sized to the iPad Pro, but it will accommodate smaller devices. I have one of these on-hand and it's usable with the iPad Pro and earlier iPads, but not the Retina MacBook Pro. Placed flat, the iPad Pro fits neatly into the Canvas Smart Desks, laying flat for sketching with the Apple Pencil, reading, or playing games.

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Its sizing also accommodates the Apple Smart Keyboard, providing a stable, comfortable surface for typing when sitting on the couch or for watching videos with the iPad Pro propped up using the keyboard's cover. For video watching, there's also a cutout at the back of the Canvas where the iPad Pro can be positioned upright.

This cutout also accommodates other devices like an iPhone 6s or an iPad Air 2, so it's a handy way to be able to do work on the iPad Pro while watching videos or browsing the web on a secondary iPad or iPhone, which is my preferred use case. I've been using it on the couch while watching television -- I can draw or browse the web while still keeping an eye on Twitter and Slack on my iPhone.

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Though made of wood, the Canvas is light weight, but given its large size, it's not compact or particularly portable. It's best for home use rather than travel. Along with the cutout for an additional device, there's a slot specifically for the Apple Pencil on the Canvas Creator. On the Canvas Pro, there's a cutout for an additional iPad, another cutout for an iPhone, and a space that can hold a cup or other accessory.

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The extra space on the Canvas Pro is the main difference between the two lap desks - it's a good bit larger than the Canvas Creator. iSkelter is selling its Canvas Smart Desks for $68 on its website, but four MacRumors readers can win one through our giveaway, with the option to choose either the smaller Canvas Creator with Apple Pencil cutout or the larger Canvas Pro with extra flat space.

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The contest will run from today (December 18) at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 25. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 25 and will be contacted by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen. The prizes will be shipped to the winners for free.



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33 months ago
Looks cool.

Looks impractical.
Rating: 6 Votes
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33 months ago
That's a beautiful bread cutting board. And....is he kneeling against an old brick wall whilst he analyses some figures and drinks a coffee? That's normal right?
Possibly a product aimed at the Kinfolk lot
Rating: 4 Votes
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33 months ago
* Bumps the bottom of the board with knee. Whoops there goes my brand new iPad.
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33 months ago
Like I didn't spend enough on apple products, now I gotta spend $65 on a real piece of cutting board. Sheesh, what's next - $99 iPad Pro desk lamp so you can see where you are drawing?
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33 months ago

Like I didn't spend enough on apple products, now I gotta spend $65 on a real piece of cutting board. Sheesh, what's next - $99 iPad Pro desk lamp so you can see where you are drawing?

I don't think it's an obligatory purchase.
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33 months ago

Looks impractical.


Indeed. Especially for left-handed people.

I bought a solid maple cutting board last week. Cost me $19.99 CDN at Costco. It's about 2.5cm thick and weighs about 4kg. It's awesome. Best part about it is that it works equally well for both left and right-handed people.
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33 months ago
65 bucks for piece of wood? Wow!
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33 months ago
I guess you really can have the dumbest idea and make money off of it.
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33 months ago
I owned a similar lap base—Rain Design’s aluminum iLap—which I used with my 17-inch MacBook Pro. It was a Godsend. However, unlike the Canvas, the iLap tilted your device. Considering that the iPad is the screen, it would be disadvantageous and uncomfortable to use flat. I assume they recommend the provided slot for orientating the iPad vertically—which would work with a Bluetooth keyboard—but the iPad seems precariously unbalanced that close to the edge. I can't imagine people trying to rise from a couch while balancing it all.
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33 months ago
omg I love the one with the coffee cup, and I usually don't go for this sort of thing. Bookmarked in case i get an iPad pro.
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