I've been using the mStand for a little over a year now, but when Twelve South came out with their new HiRise for MacBook stand I figured I would give it a try. I'm not going to compare unboxing because functionality it what ultimately matters. I dock/undock my Early 2011 MacBook Pro roughly 5-10 times a week. What is most important to me is that it is a seamless transition. Have laptop, put on stand, and connect cables. The mStand excels at this with its "feet" to catch the laptop and make perfect positioning an ease with each use. The HiRise however, does not have such a feature and this can become a tedious task to get the same position as you had once before. Placing your $3k MacBook Pro on a stand shouldn't be a guessing game, and you definitely shouldn't be worried that it might fall off given the incorrect position. https://www.dropbox.com/s/2pgaadqfdzak5lu/Photo%20Nov%2028%2C%2014%2056%2008.jpg https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ck7yxv3age8vj9/Photo%20Nov%2028%2C%2014%2057%2000.jpg Stand placement is another big issue for me and honestly, I didn't realize it was until I got the HiRise. The stand shouldn't move once placed in the proper position on my desk. The mStand doesn't move. The HiRise does, and abhorrently so. https://www.dropbox.com/s/cst3f57ubxpnnyo/Video%20Nov%2028%2C%2014%2036%2022.mov Lastly, elevation is also critical. While the HiRise will get the top of your MacBook Pro screen to roughly 15 1/2", the mStand will give you a full inch more. There is also more downward angle on the body of the Macbook Pro with the mStand. The is bound to be more beneficial to heat dissipation. I have also found it makes it easier to use the keyboard in those instances I forget to turn Bluetooth back on before docking my MacBook Pro. https://www.dropbox.com/s/6oslqgd72sc54ep/Photo%20Nov%2028%2C%2014%2039%2046.jpg https://www.dropbox.com/s/0yjvoo8rozrlne3/Photo%20Nov%2028%2C%2014%2040%2047.jpg I won't discuss prices as you can look those up for yourself. It's obvious to me within the first couple of minutes of using the HiRise that it is no competitor to the mStand.