• 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".

    126 of 161 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!

    88 of 110 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.

    58 of 73 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.

    22 of 35 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!

    9 of 10 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

    10 of 13 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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    beautiful stand must buy

    • Written by from burbank

    when I read all bad reviews about it i thought maybe I am not going to buy it. but today i visited and apple store and bought it. let me tell that all the bad reviews that tell you that this stand will drop your computer i think they are using it wrong (up side down) those two arms is where your computer will go not the other way. i think if you read the instruction that came with the stand you will find out how to use it the right way.

    5 of 5 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 12 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

  • 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

    5 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 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Both my MBPro15" and MBAir13" slide forward

    • Written by from Mumbai

    Both my MBPro15" and MBAir13" slide forward ...15 - 20 mins and they are almost on the desk ! Nice looking product but sadly doesn't work...unless I am completely missing something on the installation front! Should have paid attention to all the reviews mentioning exactly this issue :( I don't recommend anyone buy this.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Yep, it slips. DONT BUY

    • Written by from Walnut Creek

    Middle of the night I hear a crash from the next room. I go investigate and sure enough, my expensive MB Pro is laying on the ground, having slipped off the HiRise and smashed on the ground. Ouch. Make sure you buy a stand with the little feet that prevents it from slipping off.

    3 of 3 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.

    8 of 13 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.

    5 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 9 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.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Stable or Level

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I love the look of this stand, however my 15" MBP wobbles and is not level. The screen is tilts no matter how I adjust the piston or the position of my laptop. Pretty disappointed. Will return and try another brand.

    2 of 2 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.

    4 of 6 people found this useful