• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    mStand v.s. HiRise for MacBook

    • Written by from San Antonio

    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.

    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.

    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.

    P.S. With the HiRise height set to the lowest point, the back(where the back of your laptop would sit) is at 3 5/8" and the front is at 2 1/8".

    96 of 125 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It Does Stick! People are using it wrong!

    • Written by from Langley

    Great Product, everyone that says that it does not stick and that the macbook slides off is using the product upside down! The V shape part of the product is where the macbook sits on, and the base that sits on the desk is the rectangular part. Please consult the pictures on the box before using and criticizing.

    Personally, I love the product, it may not have the ability to change the tilt, but the height adjustments are great, the product is built strong and sturdy, and I love the design ascetics of the product!

    68 of 85 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mine's not wobbly...

    • Written by from Washington

    My HiRise Stand for MacBook arrived today and I have to say I'm delighted with it. It seems very well built and sturdy and everything appears to be even. My only criticism is that I had assumed that it would be possible to adjust the level of tilt, but it isn't. Apart from that, I'm very pleased.

    As to the previous comments posted, I wonder whether one was just a bad example - it would be interesting to know if the buyer's second purchase was the same. As to the other, yes, the packaging oozes class and expense and I'm sure that does add to the price, but since when has that put off an Apple purchaser? Unpackaging an Apple product is one of those little joys that makes Apple what it is. I'm delighted that Twelve South thought enough about their customers that they would try to emulate that experience also. Good for them.

    Finally on the price, yes it is a bit costly, but I was prepared to pay the extra in order to have the adjustable stand. As it turns out, I have already adjusted the stand once because I decided I didn't actually need it quite the way up to the top.

    48 of 59 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Cheddar

    My High Rise stand arrived today, and it is very well made, and looks great.

    Sadly though it does not hold either my MacBook Air or MacBook Pro steady or securely enough. Both machines just rest on the support arms, but move about both front to back and side to side when touched, even lightly. This gives the impression that it is going to fall off.

    This may not be a problem if you intend to never touch the machine once it is one the stand, but if like me you will have to still use the keys from time to time this may not be the one for you.

    Sadly had to return the stand.

    38 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just what I wanted

    • Written by from LONDON

    Saw the stand on display in Covent Garden and knew it was exactly what I needed. My main monitor is 30" but I like to keep my chat clients on the Macbook screen out of the way. Putting the Macbook on the desk next to large screen meant I had to keep looking down to see the screen. With this stand I can raise the Macbook up and position in right up against the edge of my monitor closer to being horizontally central. The base of the stand serves as a useful place to leave my iPhone charging hidden away under the Macbook. There is quite a bit of room underneath as the arms don't slant down too much like on other stands. It really makes everything look way neater and I can switch my focus between screens more quickly.

    32 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If I could give this no stars I would

    • Written by from Privett

    Do not buy... well, do buy if you want a stand that your laptop will just slide off.

    Can't believe Apple stock this piece of a expensive junk.

    The facts it's expensive. It looks like your Apple laptop i.e. it's made of the same looking metal (nice). Down side is that it looks great but performs terribly. You put you laptop on it and with the slightest (and I mean slightest) knock it well send you laptop hurtling to the floor or at least to your desk top. Why? because it has a smooth plastic edge as apposed to a rubber outer ring, it uses cheap plastic that offers no traction at all.

    Avoid like the plague... Shame on you Apple for stocking such rubbish.

    30 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent build quality & looks

    • Written by from GREENHITHE

    I picked up one of these in the Regent Street store for use at work with my Air and I'm pleased with it. The rubber non slip arms hold the laptop in place and the adjustable height is good, although a bit more height adjustment would have been better. If you're very tall, this might be an issue as it's just about okay for me at normal desk height and I'm 5ft 10".

    Design wise, it looks great, however, as per usual, it's being obscured by a mass of cables...!

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great... if you need the laptop to slide your desk.

    • Written by from FALLS CHURCH

    The construction and appearance is good. It has a nice rubber grip on the arms that hold the laptop. Its failing is the base which has no rubber grip, just some black plastic. This means that if you have a smooth surface like you may find on a table or desk, the stand will easily slide around. If you want that feature, this is the perfect stand. I find that it slides enough that you can pull a magsafe cable and drag the stand with laptop off the desk (for example turning you chair). For $70, you shouldn't have to be in search of a rubber mat to set it on.

    20 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Pro went crashing to the ground BY ITSELF

    • Written by from Southampton

    Never been happy with this stand and should have heeded the previous negative reviews...

    Since purchasing I've found that my MacBook Pro seems to gradually slide off to the bottom right without even touching it and so constantly having to slide it back up onto the stand every 30 mins. Perhaps it's just from the vibration of using my external keyboard and mouse but it's quite a design flaw that there aren't supports on the bottom end.

    Once, I hadn't seen how far it had moved off the stand (paying more attention to my main monitor) and before I could catch it my MBP went crashing to the ground, thankfully with nothing broken.

    It wobbles around like crazy if I try to use the MBP whilst on the stand and doesn't adjust to a very high position at all.

    Will be returning as it's very poor value for money and does not do the job.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great but doesn't work

    • Written by from Shenfield

    Really disappointed with Apple here. I have only ever bought great products from them.

    This stand looks great, but my macbook pro just keeps sliding off it, so it is useless.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No more headaches!

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I noticed that I started getting really bad headaches that started at the base of my neck.....and miraculously, they would go away when I stepped away from my desk for an amount of time.

    This product completely resolved this issue, and so now...my headaches are only cause by my co-workers! No fixing that unfortunately.

    Buy it!

    Travis

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Send it back

    • Written by from Belmont

    First thing I noticed is the adjustable portion is wobbly. Then when I got my MacBook Pro on it I noticed a slant. The left edge is a full 1/2 inch lower that the right edge! I'm sending it back. Not waiting around for my laptop to slip off!

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wobbly and Not worth the Price!

    • Written by from Haslemere

    Looking at the product from the packaging, you feel like your going to get something substantial for your £49,99. Unfortunately, and very much like a fancy meal at a classy restaurant, once the proverbial cloche of, albeit impressive packaging is removed. You're left with a rather weedy looking metal stand.

    Once you take the stand out of the packaging (and realise after 5 minutes that you've got it the wrong way round), and place your MacBook on top, everything looks great...until you type.

    It is at this point you feel like a 1960's B-Movie technician, struggling to keep your thrifty creation together. The Macbook wobbles with every keyboard stroke like a Canary about to fall off its perch.

    Not recommended.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great...no more neck pain!

    • Written by from APO

    This stand works exactly as it says it does. I'm not sure what the deal is with a couple of other reviews -- it kind of sounds like they were maybe using the product upside down (?), but it's physically impossible for me to get my MacBook Air to slide, at all, using this stand. It stays put. I don't type on it -- you're not supposed to, according to the product info -- I use it when I come home from the road and want to keep using my MBA with a wireless keyboard and mouse. But my neck isn't bothering me anymore when I spend hours at my MBA, and that's saying a lot. I like that it's adjustable so my husband can fix it to his right height, too (though I'm not so great at sharing my MBA). :>) Totally worth it. Best stand I've seen, happy I bought it!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    You're all muppets

    • Written by from WOODEND

    You are using the product upside down.....

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wobbly

    • Written by from TUSCALOOSA

    I am happy with all my other Twelve South products (two Book Arcs, two HiRises for iMac, a BookBook for Air, and a SurfacePad for Air) but not with this one. I ordered two of these and received the first today. When I first set it on my desk, I noticed that the base was uneven --- one of the teflon rails was misaligned and thus was not seated properly in its channel. After trimming about .5 centimeters off of the rail, the base was still wobbly, as the rails were not level around the entire perimeter of the base. I taped a plastic gift card under one edge of the base, and it is now stable. Next, I set my 13" MB Air on the stand and discovered a second source of wobble --- the stem is not attached snuggly to the base. Even if the second stand arrives with properly seated rails, I imagine that it will still have a wobbly stem, and I cannot think of a fix for this problem. One other issue is that the stand adds only 5.625 inches at the tallest setting. So, to summarize, the stand looks nice but wobbles and is .375 inches shorter than advertised. I paid a premium for this stand based on my previous experiences with Twelve South products, and I am very disappointed in its quality. Indeed, I would be disappointed with this stand even if I had paid only $35 for it.

    15 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality Uplift

    • Written by from Uddingston

    To some this may seem like a very expensive riser stand. If like me you like to sit at a desk and use a larger monitor this stand is a real bonus. Sure, there are other models out there but Twelve South offer great Apple only peripherals of high build quality and good design. As this is adjustable you can match the screen heights between whatever MacBook you use with your monitor. You can also use is alone with a mouse and keyboard and use you MacBook as the single display adjusted to a height more in keeping with a monitor as opposed to the MacBook lying flat on the surface.
    As it is matte silver in appearance is matches MacBooks external appearance well.
    If you want a quality product for your already expensive Apple hardware to sit on then this is surely the only one that you need. If you are a bit frugal you may want to stick to a cheaper plastic option that will obviously do the job but not be as high quality as this.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete junk, returned immediately

    • Written by from Walnut creek

    As many reviewers have stated, the "grip" on the portion of the stand that is supposed to hold to the bottom of the computer is not sifficient. My MacBook pro fell off the stand three times. Yes I was using it in the correct orientation after carefully reading the (brief) instructions. As well, the unit was not entirely symmetrical. I suggest Apple pull this off the shelves immediately. As a fail safe, I would only recommend a stand that has little "feet" to ensure the computer does not slip off, if the stand holds it at an angle where gravity can work its magic.

    Again, this item is complete junk. I wouldn't use this if it were for free, or even if someone PAID me to use it. Not worth the potential damage to your computer.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBooks really slip off

    • Written by from Budapest

    Bought about 6 months ago. I couldn't believe when I came home and my Macbook was on the floor, Hi-Rise on the desk.
    Both my aluminium MacBook 13" (2008) and my MacBook Pro 15" (2011) slowly slips off! In every 30 minutes I have to adjust its position back.
    And yes, I use it the right way: V shape up! It's not just useless and waste of lot of money but cracked my MacBook's side when it fell off (warranty lost...). No answers from TwelveSouth support.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    do NOT buy this product!

    • Written by from Tulsa

    Terrible design does not function as intended. The supposedly sticky surface that is to hold your laptop in place does NOT; laptop slides right off & into your lap, every time.
    This item is an embarrassment and should NOT be endorsed by apple!

    8 of 11 people found this useful