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My daily work computer has been my MacBook Pro Retina Display for a while. Recently I even sold my Mac Pro desktop. For what I do day to day, the latest MacBook Pro with 16GBs of RAM offers me enough speed to not really need a dedicated desktop Mac anymore.


I also recently got a Wacom Cintiq 24HD Display/Tablet. It serves not only as my graphics tablet, but also my main display when I’m at my desk. I actually prefer to use it as a single display instead of multiple displays/desktops. Therefore I run the MacBook Pro lid closed. With my MacBook closed, I really don’t need it taking up any room on my desk.


MacBook Pro Retina Display with a Custom Gelaskin Standing Up

 Twelve South BookArc Desktop Stand for Your MacBook Pro

I began searching for a stand to stand my MacBook Pro up vertically. I wanted the option of standing it up on my desk or the floor. I found the Twelve South BookArc to be the one that I was looking for. I liked the design of it as well as the versatility of holding either a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. It comes with two inserts so that you can stand up a thicker or thiner MacBook Pro/Air. The design allows for access to the ports on the sides as well as not blocking any of the vents for air flow.

You can get one here for about $49.99


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  • Terry, did you consider the Henge Dock?

    Here’s a video demo:

    • Yes and no. Not really a fan of docks that have plugs/ports as they only work with specific MacBook Pro models and to that end I don’t see one for the MBP Retina Display. I’d rater spend $50 for one that works with any MB as opposed to $59 for one that only works with a specific model. As you know I upgrade regularly.