• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great.

    • Written by from Seattle

    Like most 12-South products, this looks the part of a proper Apple accessory and is well constructed. However, I was a little disappointed that once installed it seemed a little flimsy. I bought the backpack to be a HDD holder on the back of my iMac 27". It installed OK, but the clips that attach the unit to the base of iMac pedestal are not tight enough. I had to shim them with a little piece of plastic to make a snug fit. YMMV.

    111 of 117 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple, elegant, effective

    • Written by from New York

    I purchased this item some three years ago and installed it for additional storage capacity on the rear of my 27" iMac. I have not moved it about since installation and it has proven very unobtrusive and useful in keeping my desk organized in a very small space. I have used it to store a weather station monitor and hub for a peripheral device without problems. If you feel it is expensive, it is very worth the outlay as you will get years out of it, it can be taken to a future Mac and it will help with your aesthetic.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Enhances the iMac or Apple Display in ways you can't describe

    • Written by from Richmond

    In the past I have bought 2 older models, for an iMac G5 and an early Intel iMac. They have done a great job holding iPhones and iPods, AirPort Express, Apple software on discs, even just wrapping some earbuds around them or hanging headphones off. Now that I plan to buy a new iMac, I will definitely buy the BackPack 3 for it, especially if it can hold up to a MacBook Air, so I can put heavier things on it. Unless, of course, the BackPack 4 with supporting capability for a Retina MacBook Pro comes out when I get the iMac! 

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great way to use a MacBook Air as your primary desktop

    • Written by from Bath

    If you're looking to drive a Thunderbolt Display or two with a MacBook Air, but don't want the laptop (and associated wiring) out on the desk area, this is a great way to keep it concealed. You can do the same with a Mac Mini, too. Great quality and perfect color/texture to match other Apple gear, as has become the norm with Twelvesouth products.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not put a MacBook Air on top of this shelf

    • Written by from Scarborough

    The max capacity for this little shelf is 3.5lbs, 2013 MacBook Air 13" is 2.96lbs. Twelve South's website says it can hold the MacBook Air's weight but there is no assurance that the inserts will not loosen over time, and potentially falling and damaging your MBA. I had to place a card deck vertically just so that it added some support to the shelf. While this whole setup can give your desktop a minimalistic look, its a mess to deal with if you have to restart the MBA from a shutdown. This means your MBA has be in Sleep mode at all times and hope it does not shutdown. I returned the shelf(BackPack) after a few days. Its a great shelf for your external HDDs and tidy's up your desktop, which is why I'm giving it 2 stars. Also $34.99 is a bit too steep for such a small shelf.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Handy Shelf

    • Written by from Pinehurst

    I bought this BackPack Shelf many months ago to store my external hard drive in back of my iMac Desktop. I wanted it off my desk and out of the way. This small shelf does what it supposed to do and blends in very well with Apple's silver metallic finish. This practical shelf can also be mounted in front under the monitor. You can add as much as two shelves; one in the back and one in the front. The shelves are adjustable. Good quality and finish. A little bit pricey but reasonable.