What Stand Do You Use for Your Mac Mini?

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  1. ScottJ macrumors regular

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    I recently purchased a refurbished Mac mini from Apple and am thinking of putting it in a vertical stand on top of my desk. One stand that I'm considering is the NewerTech NuStand Alloy (available from OWC at http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/NUSTALYMINI/ for $12.50 plus shipping). If you've used the NewerTech stand, what do you think of it? If you use something else, what do you use?

    ...Scott
     
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    I have the OWC NewerTech NuStand Alloy stand and have been pleased with it. It seems to cool the Mini a bit better on its side than sitting flat ... and it takes up a lot less room on your desk.
     
  4. ScottJ thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the suggestion! It looks as if the napkin holder is available in the States - if I'm around an Ikea, I'll check it out.

    Thanks for the feedback. I saw that's almost everyone who posted feedback on that stand has positive comments.
     
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    Using the Nustand here, quite satisfied with it.
     
  7. garylovesbeer macrumors newbie

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    Yes our cost of living is a lot higher in Australia!

    I would put a bit of adhesive felt wherever it contacts the Mac Mini to keep it from marring the surfaces.
     
  8. qcmacmini macrumors 6502

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    I've got the Newertech Nustand from OWC and it's great, frees up a bit of space on my desk and helps keep it cool. Pretty cheap right now too.
     
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    I agree with the other posts so far, the NuStand is great. I like that my mini takes up even less space with it.
     
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    With the vertical NuStand, don't all the cables rest on top of each other? Doesn't that make it look messy?

    I like the look of the acrylic NuStand Mini.
     
  11. qcmacmini macrumors 6502

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    Not really, the Ethernet and and Power sit on top with the way mine is orientated, they are thin/light.

    It's also nice the power button is on top that way too.
     
  12. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    Rather than display my Mac Minis, I hide them. One is hidden in a cabinet and the other is attached to the underside of a desk. While I know they are beautiful pieces of equipment, I still hide them. If it wasn't for the wire leading to the monitor, they would be invisible, doing their job.
     
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    I could not find anything, even remotely suitable, so I custom made stand out of $5 Home Depot shelf, cut in store to desired size and glued together at home. It serves as monitor stand as well. The trick to make a precision cut on store saw is to cut 2 shelfs together, then you would end up with 2 sets of shelf with exact cut feet (critical).

    "[" shape

    Hiding mac mini is not a good idea as you may have issues with BT wireless peripherals working through inch thick table top or cabinet doors. It is a bit easier with USB dongles as you can use USB extender cord to get them to the surface. Besides, connecting wired peripherals would be a pane when it is hidden.

    I use USB 3.0 hub located conveniently, so I do not have to reach to the back of MM ever. I also disabled hibernate, because of it will power off after 4 hours, then to wake it up you need to reach behind it to press power button, but it is very inconvenient in any setup.
     
  14. AnalyzeThis macrumors 6502

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    Here is the picture from the rear.
     

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    I just got the NuStand Alloy.. I like it... I used a one wrap velcro to bundle the cables neatly at the back (in a stacked fashion). Also the space underneath the arc allow me to slide a 2TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim under.
     
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    Can you please post a picture of your setup? I'm interested on how the HD looks under the stand. Thanks.
     
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    Here it is.. hope it helps. When viewing from the front you can hardly see the drive (width is the same as the upper arc of the stand).. the drive I'm using is the Seagate Backup Plus Slim, this drive's connector worked out since it's in the middle. There is still clearance for a thicker drive as well.
     

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    Awesome! Thanks for the pic. Doesn't look like my OWC Mercury OTG drive will not fit underneath but still excited to receive the stand.
     
  22. opeter macrumors 65816

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    NewerTech NuStand Alloy

    Ugh, this stand costs about 55 Euros (with shipment) from UK (only one company selling on eBay). If I would order it from Canada, it would cost me about 80 EUROS (shipping to a friend to Austria, since the seller doesn't ship to my country).

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NewerTech...pt=US_Laptop_Cooling_Pads&hash=item5d52bf5592

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    The Ikea napkin/serviette holder is a good idea and relatively cheap for these who don't leave in western countrys.
     
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    A 0.75" X 5.5" square piece of solid pine, painted using Rust-Oleum brand matte black spray paint, quick drying.
    The stand allows a bit more cooling, with air circulating underneath the case, and gets the Bluetooth antenna up off the desktop. That provides a little better angle between Bluetooth mouse and receiver antenna inside the mini; fewer dropouts as the battery runs down.
     
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    Neat, love DIY solutions. Any pics?
     

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