Poor man's stand for MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by slicktor, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. slicktor macrumors member

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    So recently i have been working on my desk set up for when i use my macbook pro at home. I got a ACD, keyboard and speakers, but wanted to free up more desk space when my MBP was hooked up to the ACD.

    I did some looking around at some stands and the ones that caught my eye was the Bookarc by TwelveSouth and the Henge Docks. Both are quite pricey for what i think a stand should cost... i just wanted to free up space.

    So my solution was LEGO! it actually occupies even less space then the bookarc! and most importantly it costed me nothing, just some diggin through my old lego stash! :cool:

    This could be a good solution for those penny pinchers just looking to free up some desk space. I even made a little stand for my external hard drive :D
     

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    Nice. I will steal your idea and build an iPhone 4 prop out of legos. Thanks.
     
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    That's very clever. I'd like to see a MBP made out entirely of Lego (non-functioning, of course) :)
     
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    Nice and nerdy. Great job. Did you glue them together? I'd be afraid they wouldn't be sturdy enough.
     
  7. keen-on-mac-1 macrumors member

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    Haha great idea. Might do the same one day if I need more space.
     
  8. chaoticbear macrumors 6502

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    +1 on the sturdy issue - I'd probably have 3 or 4 of those holding my precious computer up, but props for the ingenuity!
     
  9. BlackJack325 macrumors member

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    Nice!!!

    Hey, with the MBP closed it stays working if you have it plugged to an external display?

    Also, will all the ports stay active (USB for mouse/keyboard)
     
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    Yah, it's called clamshell mode.

    OP, it looks like it's time for me to go steal some of my little sister's legos! :D
     
  11. BlackJack325 macrumors member

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    Does it automatically go to "clamshell" mode when it detects an external display?

    I use the HDMI converter to use my 42" HD TV as my monitor. But im using a standard external mouse/keyboard so I cant zoom into Safari when the text looks too small. Unlike the trackpad gesture to zoom in.

    How can I do that?
     
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    seems like it would scratch the macbook eventually, taking it out and back in
     
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    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3131?viewlocale=en_US
     
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    2-3 layers of cling wrap will fix that. :) Nothing to worry about static either as the computer's closed :)
     
  17. slicktor thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the feedback! The MBP works beautifully in clamshell mode. :D

    As for sturdiness, i did not use any glue all. You just don't want to build it up too high cause then if you push the mbp in any direction the lego will give and just break off.

    I thought about the whole scratching situation so my solution was to line all the parts that touched the mbp with a few layers of soft masking tape. That way its not hard plastic resting on the aluminum and the tape also makes it a bit more sturdy
     
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    That looks way unstable. If you were to accidentally bump into your desk or something, it could go all wrong. Get a proper stand, or at least use more blocks, or the next thread you start would be titled "Help, my mbp fell off my desk, will applecare cover this?". No.
     
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    Or he could simply Crazy Glue the pieces together.........
     
  22. slicktor thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes there is always a chance you can bump into your desk hard enough to knock it over. I should add that anyone attempting to do this should do so under their own judgement. And not a bad idea to test before you throw your own laptop in there haha, i used a book that is somewhat similar in size to test first.

    More blocks doesn't make it better! If you add more blocks to increase the height of the stand, it actually makes the lego snap off easier if you accidentally push against it. Its best to keep it short and sturdy and also start off by crossing certain blocks to reduce the chance of the stacked blocks to snap off.
     
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    The colors seems pretty random. When you go pro and start selling these for a living, are you going to use a more consistent selection? :)
     
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