The best stand?! for the MacBook Pro...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Eazkk123, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. Eazkk123 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2007
  2. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    I like the mstand:) Griffin elevator is cool too.
  3. Helfeather macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2007
    All of those look overly expensive and have no external fan to keep it cool.

    Why not get a stand that props up your Macbook Pro AND has a fan underneath that cools it?
  4. jng macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2007
    I have a stand sans fan. I find fans loud and also my mbp stays cool enough just having air flow around it.

    The mStand looks nice but isn't as functional. That stupid little hole in the ACD DVI adapter won't fit through. It's just there for show. Also the space under the stand is wasted.

    With the elevator for example, you can store an external underneath if you want. Or throw a few sheets of paper as I do. Also, the elevator can be dissembled and packed which is very handy!
  5. Eazkk123 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2007
    Does anyone have the x-base or lift from balmuda? and what about the ilap from raindesign?

  6. jczubach macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2007
    have you tried to see one in person, try it out? Seems to me it would be a different experience/need for anyone and my input might become useless fairly quick, no?
  7. vicious7 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2007
    Jacked into the net...
    I definitely like my Griffin Elevator. I keep a pair of external drives underneath and it keeps my MBP cool. Plus, its a helluva lot cheaper than Balmuda's, which are more for show than for go IMO. The mStand is also more about style than anything else.
  8. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2008
    The M-Stand is of little use. It certainly LOOKS good and is very nicely finished, but the slope is far too great – the screens of Macbook Pros cannot angle back far enough for optimal viewing when on the M-Stand. They need to amend the stand's design so that the computer is not positioned so steeply.
    As it is, the one I bought a week ago is being returned. Older Powerbooks have screens that open back a bit further, so they might fare better.

    ADDED NOTE: The M-Stand COULD be of use if you ONLY want a stand for a CLOSED Macbook Pro that is being used in conjunction with an external display. In that case, the viewing angle will be of far less consequence of course. As the M-Stand is a very good cosmetic match for stand of the Apple Cinema Displays, I can envisage people being happy with it in this particular circumstance.
  9. kbonnel macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2004
    In a nice place..
    I have the M-Stand, and I have no issues with the angle of my screen (MBP 15" 2.5Ghz). I do agree that in certain situations, like if you sit really really high in a chair and look down at your laptop, then yea, you might not be able to angle the screen back far enough. For me it works perfectly, and I usually do not have the screen angled all they way back (maybe have a couple of degrees to play with in that direction). With that said, I do agree that a less steep angle would probably make this stand perfect for everybody.

    I find the little hole in the back to be OK for my use (power, usb, network, etc). I don't have an external monitor though, so I can see that it would be useless for ADC and maybe DVI plugs because of the size but I have never tried.


  10. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2008
    Well, I'm 6'4" so that probably doesn't help. Nevertheless, I have to stoop my head down to a ridiculous (and neck straining) angle if I want to see the screen to best effect. And having paid for a high res screen, I expect a stand to enable me to view it comfortably. It's definitely unworkable for me.

    That's a good point I hadn't considered when recommending the M-Stand for use with a MBP in closed mode with an ACD. I hadn't tried to get the plugs through the hole at the back. So now I can safely NOT recommend it in any circumstances. I'm sticking with my old i-curve until something better comes along.
  11. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    iLap looks the comfiest, not proffesional, but it looks really nice to use.
  12. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
  13. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I have both an iLap, which I love, the lap function doesnt work as well as one would think, either that or I just dont care, but as a stand its awesome.

    I use the MStand primarily, it really depends on what your specific needs are... I dont need to type on mine when it is on the stand and herefore do not need to worry about the Mstand's height as well as the stability vs. the iLap.
  14. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
  15. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    I have the mstand - the only thing about it that I don't like is that the hole for cable isn't big enough for a dvi cable...
  16. MaximusNL macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2005
    A new Elevator owner reporting :p I had the old elevator with my PowerBook (the plexi one). Now I purchased the new alu with plexi for my MacBook and soon-to-be-MBP. I like the elevator much more than the mStand. Mainly because the mStand doesn't have space underneath it. I can store my keyboard and mouse under the MB or MBP to save deskspace.
  17. dops7107 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2005
    Perth, Oztrailya
    eeek the mStand is £70 here, or $50 in the US. I know there are tax diffrerences and all, but comeon... it's cheaper to order from the US, pay for international delivery and import tax!

    I think a polystyrene box might do the trick.
  18. Akira1980 macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2007
    San Diego
  19. EwanP macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2008
    Griffin Elevator is my choice: cheap, simple and looks excellent!
  20. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000


    May 30, 2004
    Madison, WI
    I love my Griffin Elevator. It just works. And looks pretty snazzy too.
  21. djkny macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2003
    Get the iFold by Matias. That, and the half-keyboard, and you have a kewl portable setup.
  22. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2008
    Whoa!! Personally, I'd go with Balmuda's x-base. I think (to my taste, anyways) the design rocks, and is a killer with its heatsink.
  23. Heil68 macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2008
  24. Xeem macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2005
    Am I the only one that misses the original Griffin iCurve? The Elevator is cool and all, but the iCurve just had a minimalist elegance that just screamed "Apple."
  25. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    I love the mstand, but as somebody pointed out the MBP's limited display angle combined with the mstand is not flexible enough. I've actually reverted to the most simple and portable solution of all: the xt-stand:

    I love it!

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