• 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".

    100 of 130 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!

    77 of 95 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.

    53 of 65 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.

    21 of 34 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!

    8 of 9 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 12 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 11 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 25 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 8 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 8 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 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HiRise Twelve South for MacBookAir beautiful yet useless

    • Written by from Cote St Luc

    I am so disappointed with my recent purchase- the Twelve South HiRise stand for my MacBookAir 11 inches slides off completely. I adjusted and readjusted following the instructions, but the inclination of the stand does not move, only the height can be changed. I am baffled at how such features could pass any kind of quality control testing. I am returning this stand to the store and will buy another adjustable stand.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't bother with it!

    • Written by from Dallas

    I was recently looking for a stand and while at the store, looked at some reviews for this particular stand and it was at 3 stars, so i knew i was taking a 50/50 risk. The risk was not worth it. It slides on the bottom, but right out of the box it also slips from the top, i set my macbook on the stand and a few minutes in it already starts to slip off. I still give it another chance so I leave the room for a few minutes, and when i come back my macbook is on the table tilted OFF the stand. I give it another try; same thing. I'm on my way to return this dumb product in exchange for something else. DO NOT waste your time on this stand, really, save your time!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by from Chicago

    My laptop slowly slips will I am working. I cannot be comfortable to leave it on the HiRise Stand while I leave as I don't now whether it might fall. I truly feel I wasted my money in this Stand. My strong recommendation is not to buy it and look for another more secure option.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Get ready to watch your laptop fall right off

    • Written by from Denver

    I must say, I'm surprised by how poorly this stand works. Within an hour placing my laptop (13" MacBook Pro) slides right off the stand, and impacted with the surface of my desk. If I don't constantly push the laptop in place, it just slides off again.

    Also, the adjustable neck is loose and wobbly, despite the numerous attempts I made at readjusting it. Unless I wedge the laptop up against my external monitor, the laptop (on the stand) sits at a noticeable slant.

    I bought this yesterday, and I'll be returning it to the Apple store today. Bummer, because it looked so cool.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Adjustable Stand

    • Written by from FORT LAUDERDALE

    This is excellent, free's up space on my desk, allows proper ventilation. I also purchased a wireless keyboard and mouse. I absolutely love it. Never have to touch the keypad or mouse pad again.

    Scale 1- 10 , I give it 11

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea but...

    • Written by

    The problem I have is that the angle is too sharp and the rubber doesn't grip, because as I'm working the computer begins to slide. I have to push it back up the stand every few minutes. I MUST take the computer off the stand before I leave the room or I hear the gut-wrenching sound of my $2000 computer smacking onto my desk after just a couple minutes. I am still using the stand as long as I am staring directly at it and pushing it back up when it slides, but I feel like for such an expensive accessory I shouldn't have to worry about that.

    I do think the weight of the product is great, it is sturdy, and the mechanism that adjusts the height is good. My back feels more comfortable now that the screen is at the right height. If I could get the computer to stop sliding I think I would love the product. But the sliding just cannot be forgiven, it's not worth buying if this problem happens.

    15 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great stand!

    • Written by from Belleview

    I read the reviews and I was skeptical, but the design was what I was looking for. I took a chance and ordered it through Apple and I am very pleased! The stand is sturdy and it grips VERY well. I have had this product for a week and my macbook has yet to move one inch. The height is just what I needed so I don't have to bend my neck. The adjustable stand is extremely easy to adjust to the height I am looking for. Perhaps they have made some adjustments based on previous reviews and I ordered it at the right time.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Using it right, laptop still slips down

    • Written by from lake forest

    I'm using the stand the correct way, with the rectangular section on the desktop and the V section holding the laptop. I use a Mac Air and it still constantly slips down or sideways. I think it might be the various cords and attachments pulling on it. Regardless, it's annoying and I'm now going to buy a new stand!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as intended as long as you know what to expect...

    • Written by from Forest Hills

    I use this stand with my late 2013 15" MacBook Pro. The most important thing to realize is that this stand was intended for use with an external keyboard and mouse/trackpad. This is stated on the Twelve South website and the product documentation. I have not had any issue with the MacBook sliding off at all. I've had the stand for three weeks and have checked multiple times to see if the MacBook has slipped any and it has not. Perhaps people that are having this issue are typing directly on the MacBook keyboard or maybe they have a skin or shell on it that reduces the coefficient of friction between the stand and the MacBook. If used as intended it works fine.

    4 of 6 people found this useful