Stands for mid-2104 MacBook Pro.

testudoaubreii

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Hello,

I just got a mid-2014 rMBP/16GB/512GB/750M. I am going to use it as my desktop replacement. I will, however, be taking it back and forth to the work office once or twice a week. So, I am looking for a stand that will allow me to easily take it off when I need to go into the office, but still allow for a nice, clean and spacious home desktop workstation. I will be hooking up 2 external monitors while I am at home, as well.

In case it is helpful, here is what I do and plan on doing: I am a web designer/developer that dabbles in graphic design and light video editing, so I would be using most of the Adobe CC apps. Plus, I will be watching local and streaming videos.

Do you guys have any recommendations? I don't know if I should go for a vertical or horizontal mount (Twelve South BookArc or Rain mStand, for example). I would like to use clamshell mode, but I am afraid of overheating. Is it better to have the device open? Does closing it up cause heat not to dissipate efficiently? If I went vertical, would it help to turn it upside down, so that the vents on the back of the rMBP are facing up?

Thank you in advance for any and all help!
 

testudoaubreii

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Apr 14, 2014
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I use the mStand by Rain.
I use a Griffin one and it does the job sweet.
Thank you both for your responses!

I am really looking at the Twelve South BookArc. I like the idea of using the rMBP in clamshell mode with two external monitors. I would free up a lot of valuable desk space. My only concern is heat dissipation and possible damage to the rMBP, i.e. dents, creases or scratches.

Do you all have any experience with this stand, clamshell mode or anything related? Thank you in advance for your response.
 

ApoorvPrem

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If you want to save some space and use the Macbook primarily in clamshell mode then The Twelve South looks like a good option. Aesthetically speaking also its quite good looking.
 

testudoaubreii

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If you want to save some space and use the Macbook primarily in clamshell mode then The Twelve South looks like a good option. Aesthetically speaking also its quite good looking.
Thanks for your reply! Do you know if this will heat up/overheat the rMBP or damage it, like scratches, creases or dents?
 

LewisChapman

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A MacBook will not overheat in clamshell mode. If it could, the feature would not exist.

With that in mind, you really just need to choose a dock which would fit your desk space. My father uses a vertical dock (TwelveSouth) because his desk space is limited whereas my desk could accommodate a horizontal positioning however I do not use a dock.
 

JoePa2624

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Oct 12, 2014
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I got the Hengedocks Aluminum Vertical dock and loved it. If I were to do it again, I'd definitely get the Hengedocks Horizontal dock as it will really turn your laptop into a desktop. It's pricey though!