Twelve South Releases New MacBook Desktop Stand

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    South Carolina-based Twelve South has released a new adjustable desktop stand designed to compliment Apple's sleek aluminum notebooks. The HiRise for MacBook stand elevates the notebook from a few inches to half a foot off the desk, while staying nearly invisible.

    TwelveSouth sells a riser for the iMac as well, also called the HiRise.

    HiRise for MacBook is available for $70 on the Twelve South website and Apple's online and retail stores.

    Article Link: Twelve South Releases New MacBook Desktop Stand
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jan 30, 2008
    Nice stand but with the usual Apple premium attached.
  3. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Nice but a bit too pricey.
  4. Simplicated, Nov 1, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012

    macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, ON
    As with most accessories that are related to Apple products. :mad:

    ... But I like (most of) the designs so I usually fall for them.
  5. macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth

    I'm buying it.

    I've chatted with the owner Andrew and he's a standup guy. I love that he is as uncompromising as Apple when it comes to design.

    Plus he's Mac only. I'll support him..even if that means paying a slight premium.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2006
    Nice try Andrew.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    half a foot is still "only a few inches" ...
  8. macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2011
    The Macbook doesn't feel secured...
  9. macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth

    I wish I had his design skills.

    He said he worked on this HiRise product for years. I was getting ready to buy the Belkin Loft which is $59


    But who wouldn't pay a bit more for the HiRise that is adjustable height and better looking?


    The contact surface has a rubber looking lining. It shouldn't slip
  10. macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    I really like Twelve South products. Great designs.

    $70? Not for me ... but if there wasn't a market for it, they wouldn't be selling them at that price.
  11. macrumors 601


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I bought an mStand from Rain Design for my 15" Retina. The height is good, but the angle was too shallow to be able to use a bluetooth keyboard underneath it without my hands hitting it. So I just put it flat on the floor, stood on the bottom of the stand with my feet, and pulled up on the top with my hands in small, quick motions until it was tall enough. I was careful, so it's level and bent evenly. I freaking love that stand, and it's $45 on Amazon. So if you want a good looking stand, don't need adjustable height, and want to save some money, I recommend the mStand. And if you don't mind bending it a little (which it doesn't bend easily, but worked fine in my case), then you can use it with a keyboard underneath so you can be close to that beautiful retina screen.
  12. macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2003
    Don't tell anyone... I'm using a Dell Inspiron laptop stand for my 15" Mac Book Pro. Works great, built like a tank.

    Now someone build me a mag-safe dock for the four cords I have to plug and unplug all the time.. I tried a Henge dock, but it a) wouldn't align with my Apple-mis-aligned displayport port and b) wouldn't let me hold the cover open to use as a second screen. I'm thinking *maybe* sugru.
  13. macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2006
    HERESY!!! Someone fetch the tar and feathers!
  14. macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2012
    Wow ..a "nearly invisible" stand ..what will they think of next?
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2012
    X-Stand Pro by 12 South

    I have the X-Stand Pro. The High Rise is a spinoff, not much difference between the two. I like the X-Stand better because it comes with a shorten extender which allows easy typing with your palms resting comfortably on the Macbook. It looks sharp though.
  16. macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2008
    Is there a picture of it without a Macbook on top? I'd like to see how much desk space it takes up when I am not using it...

    I have the BookArc right now and it is great for my MBA 11", but at some point I may upgrade to the retina MBP and would not want to waste the screen in clamshell mode.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2012
    Here, top left.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    Crazy for just a stand.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Dec 31, 2007
    Durango, Co
    Hah... $70 is too steep? Based on what? That 70 is a bigger number than ten? Some of you really have no idea how much it costs to produce short run products like this.

    $70 is steep... in our industry, we make products of similar materials and processes, but you'd be lucky to get a quote under $300 per for something like this. Imagine $100,000 min tool & die cost, + a few weeks of prototyping at $180/hr, +...
  20. macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2011
    Orange County, CA
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2003
    outside the crazy house, NC
    You do realize that the space underneath is for storing the keyboard? When you are typing just pull the keyboard forward.

    In my case I just use the keyboard on the Macbook when it's on the stand. But that's probably not very comfortable for a lot of folk.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    No offence, but I don't think buying such an accessory has anything more to offer than a simple design aesthetic. I can't deny it looks cool though. :)

    I could acheive something similar by using a pile of books over which to place my mac, no?
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 4, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Not entirely the same effect though! I think it's well priced as here in the UK, the mstand is availed at a similar price point.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2012
    I have a home office. I am very organized and I put a lot of planning and thought into how I wanted my desk and the room to appear. Aesthetics were important to me. That is why I bought the X-Stand Pro and, to a large extent, why I bought the MBP. Yeah, I paid the premium for the stand, but the way I looked at it, it will last a very long time. I might as well buy what I like as opposed to settling for something less. Books or a cement block would not work for me. A benefit of having a stand like the X-Pro or the Hi-Rise is it allows air to pass underneath. This helps with cooling when running cpu intense programs.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    Now this above seems a better reason.

    A pile of books won't give you the space underneath as you said ... :)

    Aesthetics are important to some ... True.

    It'd be cool though if Twelve South came up with a stand that looked like stacked books (like their BookBook and other sleeves), but at the same time it was adjustable. Would eliminate the point of it though (no space and air flow issues).

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