Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks


macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Twelve South today revealed the BaseLift for MacBook, a "super-thin, microfiber-layered pad" that attaches to the bottom of any MacBook and can instantly fold up, similar to an iPad Smart Cover, to provide an elevated screen and angled keyboard to users on either a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Once attached, BaseLift for MacBook stays connected to the MacBook, and is thin enough to fit into "most bags and laptop cases" along with a user's computer.

"If you have a MacBook, get a BaseLift," said Andrew Green, Creative Director of Twelve South. "Without a doubt, it's one of the best MacBook accessories we've ever invented. It is so simple and adds so much comfort for just $39, that everyone with a MacBook should have one. When I'm on a MacBook without a BaseLift now, I miss it terribly -- and that's the true test of a great accessory."
BaseLift aims to be more than a MacBook stand, with Twelve South claiming that the device acts as a buffer between the initial chilliness of a MacBook and even the heat given off when heavily using the device.

The BaseLift fits any current model of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, with the default BaseLift Pad aimed at the 11" MacBook Air and a few optional "Fit Strip" accessories included for users on 13" and 15" models. The company promises that the adhesive SurfaceGrip technology used to attach the accessory to a MacBook won't leave a sticky residue if a user ever chooses to remove the BaseLift Pad from the device.

The BaseLift for MacBook can be purchased right now from Twelve South's official website for $39.99, and is available in a red-black option. Although the new MacBook is not directly mentioned, the dimensions of the BaseLift suggest the product could be used on Apple's just-announced ultra-thin MacBook.

Article Link: Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks
Last edited:


macrumors 68030
Jun 2, 2010
$40 for this? Wow. My ingenious wife accomplished the same thing by using two doorstops under her MacBook Pro. Cost? About $7.00 for both of them.


macrumors 68030
Aug 6, 2008
Space saving idea, but at a too high of a cost.

If you're already carrying a 3-ring binder in your backpack, you can use it to prop up your Macbook and achieve the same result.

Mike Oxard

macrumors 6502a
Oct 22, 2009
The design and build quality of the 12 South Compass iPad stand was dreadful, a wobbly piece of crap. Hope this is better.


macrumors G4
Jun 27, 2007
Central U.S.
Came here to say "So they glued an Apple Smart Cover to the bottom of a MacBook?" and wasn't disappointed to see everyone else say pretty much the same thing.

It's too bad they couldn't do this without making it more aesthetically pleasing. I kind of want to buy this older-generation gray Smart Cover on Amazon for $10 and see if I can somehow attach it (3M strips that are cleanly removable?) to the bottom of my MacBook:


macrumors 65816
Sep 11, 2014
Berkeley, CA
A MacBook doesn't give off enough heat for this thing to be necessary as an external heatsink. The last time I was uncomfortable with a MacBook on my lap was with the original 17" MacBook Pro.


macrumors 68000
Apr 27, 2003
I absolutely love Twelve South, but you're a complete fool if you waste money on this thing.

I just looked in and on my desk and found 9 items that would effectively do the same thing... for free.
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.