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If the saying that “A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind” is true, then I must have the healthiest purest mind on the planet. My desk is rarely ever “clean.” When I’m working at my desk I’m working on a MacBook Pro connected to a Wacom Cintiq 24 HD display/tablet. I love this setup. Up until recently I was running my MacBook Pro “lid closed” and simply using the one big display on the Cintiq for everything. Although I knew my MacBook Pro could support multiple monitors and an extended desktop, I just never did it. That was until I spent some time at my friend’s desk and she does graphic design. She swears by her 3 monitor setup. One is a 27″ iMac with two Dell monitors, one on each side. It’s so much nicer having that much screen real estate and being able to look at 3 different applications at the same time. When I got home I opened the lid!


This was great, but now I needed a different stand. The stand I had before was designed to stand the MacBook Pro up while closed. Now I needed a stand that would lift the MacBook Pro up while open so that it was at a more comfortable viewing height. After some looking around I went with the Twelve South HiRise for MacBook. This stand did exactly what I wanted with an adjustable height to boot!. It’s sturdy and doesn’t feel like it’s going to tip over. It angles down the keyboard a bit so that you can still type on it if you need to. It has non-skid rubber on it so the MacBook doesn’t move. It was just what I needed.


It wasn’t until I started writing this review that I realized that both my new HiRise stand and my former BookArc stand were both designed by the same company, Twelve South. Clearly I like their products because I bought them based on their design and the problem they solved without thinking about the brand.

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3 Responses to A Stand for My MacBook Pro

  1. purduejim says:

    Looks fantastic but Amazon is out of stock!

  2. Taylor Robinson says:

    Hey Terry, you might also like The Ridge Stand Pro… It’s super light and portable and follows an Apple aesthetic. We’re crowdfunding the design now on Kickstarter. We’ve already been approached by some high end retailers and are super excited about getting to the market.


  3. Jack Lam says:

    I think Macbook will become better and better. I found a new product which can make Macbook even btter. The Plusdock can provide high-capacity STORAGE, Wired LAN, additional USB ports and high-quality DAC for the expansion port. But also with extra 10000mah Li-ion battery power. Here is the link in Kickstarter.

    How do you think about that?