SlatePro TechDesk Features Built-In Docks for iOS Devices, Air Vents for Macs

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The SlatePro TechDesk is a new Kickstarter project featuring a desk that has been designed with built-in docks and cutouts to accommodate several different Apple devices. It comes with multiple display docks that are able to hold an iPad, iPhone, or other mobile device, and air vents in the middle of the desk offer continual cooling for MacBooks.

    Designed to fit any size computer or laptop, from a MacBook to an iMac, the desk also comes equipped with a heavy duty mousepad, a filing rack, a pen dock, and a recessed cup holder. There are also built-in cutouts for cords to keep everything organized.

    Nathan Mummert, the SlatePro's creator, was also behind the Slate Mobile AirDesk, a successful Kickstarter project that featured a portable lap desk.

    Some early pricing tiers of the SlatePro have already sold out, but interested backers are still able to pre-order a desk for $448 on Kickstarter. The first desks are expected to ship in May of 2014, while orders made now will ship in June or July.

    Article Link: SlatePro TechDesk Features Built-In Docks for iOS Devices, Air Vents for Macs
  2. macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2012
    Winwick, UK
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2008
    Not my cup of tea.... the vents would annoy me and it seems rather small...
  4. macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2009
    London, UK
    Its a nice idea, but there is so much variablily in what people require for the layout of their desk that can a non-bespoke product ever set up the right desk configuration built in?
  5. macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    Apple state
    That's horridly designed. I'll stick with my Ikea Galant thank you very much.
  6. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    While first acknowledging that aesthetic taste is an individual matter...for me that is an astoundingly unattractive piece of "furniture".

    I'm sure that there will be others who disagree, and that is perfectly reasonable...but $500 for THAT!?:eek:
  7. macrumors 68030

    Nov 13, 2011
    Those slots will be dust and muck magnets. Yuck. hard to clean.over priced ill thought out junk
  8. macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    Apple state
    Agreed. And yet, it'll be funded you'll see.. Edit: Oh, seems like old news by now. It is indeed overly funded.
  9. macrumors 68010

    Jan 9, 2007
    What's the point of the vents? Are people's MBPs overheating?
  10. macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    You know, my daily desk is usually a stack of sheet rock or a bunch of 2x10s between two sawhorses. Amazing that they can hold Apple products after seeing this.
  11. macrumors member


    Feb 24, 2011
    Not too keen on the air vents as I can see random feet of my Macbook getting "stuck" in the holes. Cool to have built in docks but I like to move my mobile devices around.
  12. macrumors 68020

    Nov 10, 2007
    First of all, I also find it unattractive. Second, if you have an iMac you just have a bunch of ugly holes in the middle of your desk underneath your wireless keyboard to drop things into.

    Third, what's a mouse...?
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
    love having access to two lasers and three CNC tables at work, save me a few bucks on something like this :p
  14. macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    I see a whole mess coming out of this if you spill anything on it (which happens, despite how careful you are).

    It also wasn't clear to me if the cutouts have actual power capability or just holding stuff that is already fully charged. Could be a good way to build an induction charging station, though.
  15. macrumors newbie


    Oct 14, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I couldn't agree more! I don't think I'd pay $99 for this desk, let alone $500! The design is really quite horrible, in my opinion.
  16. macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2012
    The Shire
    Isn't worth $450, I wouldn't even trust it to support a cup of coffee


    Something that wouldn't work with all the holes in that desk
  17. macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
  18. macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2003
    My problem is that, even though I have a pretty clean desk, I never place my devices in the same place every time. and have holes and grooves in the table just seem to force placement on you... pass.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2010
    ikea table $50, borrow or even BUY a drill $50-70, drill a few holes. This table is not worth the $350+. This table is at best <$100 to make, you are paying 300-400% apple tax.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2007
    Everyone should just buy an Ikea Galant ( I just bought one, it's huge and highly customized. You can keep it simple or add on extensions. I got one of the larger ones and it's still cheaper than this desk, although not made in the U.S.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2006
    Numerous problems with this. On the kickstarter page, they show the power cord for a MBP going through one of the heat vents...right where it would dangle in-between your legs. Cord should go out the back so it doesn't do that.

    Also, the rubber feet of Macbooks look like they would sit/fall in the heat vent holes, meaning the surface of the computer would touch the desk, meaning that it would actually be LESS efficient and make your computer run hotter. Not to mention annoyances with having one/two of the rubber feet in a heat vent and the others outside.

    I'm pretty sure the macbook's cooling system is designed to work best on a flat, solid desk, not one with holes. Did they do any heat testing on this?

    If the holes really do improve things, then they should try making them small so the rubber feet of Macbooks don't fall through. As others have said--if you have an iMac or a Mac Mini, what's the point of this desk?

    The biggest flaw, for me personally, is that when I close the computer, I can't actually use this as a real desk! You can't write on it without putting something down to cover up the holes first. As a writer that likes writing longhand sometimes, that's a no-go.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    Why do people think that "Handcrafted" standard parts are desirable?

    Handcrafting is only important if there is something unique about each unit that the crafter produces. The legs should be machine crafted to make sure they are as close to identical as possible.

    A handcrafted sculpture would be nice, but desk legs? Way to raise the price unnecessarily.
  23. macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009

    A desk with holes in it, bizarre.

    Be interesting to see how many they sell.
  24. macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    Pretty much it's only redeeming feature.

    The idea is great and all but not all people work alike in the same way. With various devices
    In preset location. With my setup, this desk would never work. The desk I bought off Craigslist for $60 was and still is, perfect with room for both my MBP and 27" ACD. Even with such items that take up considerable space, I don't have air holes taking up valuable room when not using my keyboard and mouse.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    When I'm rendering video my mbp gets hot enough to burn me.

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