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Rain Design mTower Stand for Laptop


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  • Constructed from a single piece of anodised aluminium, it’s sleek design will give your notebook the illusion of floating for a slick desktop setup. 
  • mTower’s contemporary design is in-keeping with Apple’s renowned style and sand-blasted to match their latest MacBooks. 
  • The vertical notebook stand only takes up about a third of your notebook’s footprint, and acts as a giant heat sink, allowing your notebook to dissipate heat better.
  • The mTower will fit: MacBook Pro 17 inch - 25mm, MacBook Pro 13 & 15 inch - 24mm, MacBook Pro 15 inch Retina Display - 18mm, MacBook Air 11 & 13 inch - 17mm
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BrandRain Design, Inc.
Item Weight907 g
Product Dimensions25.4 x 10.2 x 12.7 cm
Item model number10037
  
Additional Information
ASINB00A42Y0PA
Best Sellers Rank 33,781 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight939 g
Date First Available15 Feb 2013
  
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mTower for MacBook Air/Pro- your desktop never looked so good

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1 x mTower laptop stand

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It's a ideal stand of the desk connected to your monitor looks nice, simple with a sexy look to it.

Worth it... and delivered on time and well packaged.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Pricey, but really awesome product! 28 Mar 2014
By CTgreen - Published on Amazon.com
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Honestly, I didn't think I'd be as impressed with this thing as I am. At first when I looked at this I thought, '$50 for a piece of aluminum? Are you kidding me?' But once I looked at similar/competing products, I decided this was the best option (for reasons I'll explain below) and after receiving and using it I seriously don't think I could be happier with this product. Short version? If you want a stand to keep your laptop in while you're not using it (or using it with an external display), this is absolutely the best thing to buy.

For reference, I'm using this stand with a 15" Retina MacBook Pro

Sturdy and completely stable, this stand does its job perfectly. The base has an adequately large surface area so that it will NOT just tip over unless you are pulling some serious shenanigans around your computer. It's also got a nice heft to it; you could almost call it heavy. On top of being a great design stability-wise, I think it looks really nice. It has a simple, functional aesthetic to it. I love the flat base surface, as it's a great place to set my phone and/or other small stuff I want around. And that's just the metal piece...

The rubberurethane (or whatever) pieces on this product really complete the package. Whatever magic the material is made of, it's perfect. They placed it in all the appropriate places too, so there are no surfaces that your computer should normally contact that aren't covered with this stuff unless you're doing it wrong. It's not that mushy rubber that feels like used chewing gum (and usually dries out, becoming worthless over time), but it's not 'hard' rubber either. It's firm enough not to lose shape and let things get wobbly, but soft enough to cradle the somewhat fragile aluminum products it's meant to hold. Just the right amount of grip, too; you can actually place the MacBook into the stand, and turn the stand upside down(!) and it'll stay put. Only time will tell how well the material holds up to the wear & tear of daily life, but I'll update if there are issues. Seems absolutely great right now, though.

The designers did a superb job with the measurements, too (at least with the 15" rMBP, which is the only laptop I've tested with). Fits literally perfectly with the appropriate inserts, for which they include a great variety (all of the "current" Apple laptops, as seen in the product's description). Including the 'base' rubber lip (with no laptop-specific insert) the stand can accommodate any laptop less than .98 inches thick. You shouldn't use the stand without the base lip to avoid the aluminum edges scratching things up, not to mention they're glued on. With all the inserts included, this stand would be great for any modern (thin) laptop so long as you like the aesthetic of it.

Compared to its rivals, of which there are realistically very few, this stand ended up being the clear winner for me. First, I ruled out generic stands that seemed too small, flimsy, or otherwise inadequate (of which there are plenty). None of them seemed up to par, so to speak. It didn't have to be made specifically for my MacBook, be made of metal, or even be particularly pretty -- I just wanted something that would adequately do the job of holding the computer upright (to save space while using with an external monitor at my desk, or on a smallish table by my bed when I'm done with it at night).

This Cooler Master L Stand doesn't really raise the computer off the desk much (which can be handy for accessing ports and managing cables) and it was also even MORE expensive ($65 at the time) than this Rain Design stand. Not to mention not looking very good, and having to slide the laptop in and out through a narrow gap could be inconvenient depending on the situation. It just seemed a very... lazy(?) design, as well. Pass.

Then there's the obvious competitor, the Twelve South BookArc for MacBook Pro. Upon reading some of the top reviews, these BookArcs have a few minor design shortcomings, such as; not fitting the Retina MacBook Pros quite right (though others report this being a mistake by the reviewers, for what that's worth), the feet coming off under "normal" use (who knows), and the cord-management hooks not being big enough (subjective, but okay). The big thing that turned me away from the BookArcs, though, was that there are different models for different laptops. I have a MacBook Air floating around in my life from time to time (between me and business partners), and I didn't wanna have to A) pay that much for a separate stand for a seldom-used computer, or B) have more crap cluttering up my life than is necessary. This Rain Design mTower can accommodate virtually any laptop under an inch thick, and I'd feel confident that it'll be safe in the stand (even if I can't flip it upside down); but it also has inserts that will work specifically for the two most-encountered laptops in my life. That made the mTower practically perfect for me. Plus I just didn't much like the arc design of the BookArc for whatever reason. Guess I'm more used to straight edges with electronics or something?

The only complaints I have about this mTower is that it's too expensive and that they don't have one for iPad/iPad Mini. Maybe something that is almost exactly the same, but half the size; this stand actually holds my iPad Air fairly well in landscape (the lip is just too high, so it covers the bottom of the screen a bit and the gap is a little too wide for tablets). Or better yet, an extra slot right in front of the laptop slot for iPads/tablets. Something along those lines. Would that be perfect? No. But I would absolutely buy it, and use it. Then I could have my MacBook and my iPad where I want them, but not taking up lots of space or having multiple stands hanging around. Rain Design, get on it!

Seriously, though, this thing should be $40, not $50. It's a great product, and they deserve my money, but as a consumer I definitely feel like I'm being overcharged. At $40 I could still consider this a "premium" type of product, but also feel I got a somewhat reasonable deal. $30 feels like what it "should" be for such an item, but they obviously take advantage of their niche market (it is a product designed to be used with Apple laptops, after all). Guess ya can't really blame them; for all I know they'd sell less at a lower price. Oh well.

That said, I'm gonna buy another so I have one at my desk and by my bed. It's worth it (even at $50) not to have to carry the stand back and forth all the time. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone with a laptop that'll fit inside it, especially if it's a MacBook. This mTower by Rain Design works great, and looks great. It is great.

Hope you found this review helpful. Always vote on reviews however you feel is appropriate; it only takes a second. Have a great day! : )
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
You CAN use it with a hard case on rMBP 3 Aug 2013
By SoCal Thom - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased a large display to use w my Retina Macbook Pro, and needed to free up some desk space. Using the rMBP in clamshell mode was the answer, with a Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad. The Rain Design Tower was the answer. Yet upon reading many of the reviews here, I was a bit discouraged to find that I could not use this stand w a hard shell (in my case, a Speck). Being the handy guy I am, I figured I could make it work somehow, so I ordered it anyway.

The case is well-packaged and beautiful, a very nice complement to my rMBP and Apple display. The stand comes with a series of cushioned inserts of varying thicknesses, labeled for whichever Apple laptop you have. Simply peel off the inserts and place them in the stand where shown. Using all 4 inserts labeled "Retina Macbook Pro" would have required the removal of the case. Solution? Use 2 rMBP inserts, and 2 thinner ones (in my case, I think I used the ones labeled Macbook Air, but don't quote me on that). The rMBP is held completely stable and it looks great. Granted, when I remove it from the stand, I have to hold the stand with one and and give the laptop a gentle tug to release it, but that's a minor irritation I'm happily trading for all this extra desk space. The right-side USB, HDMI, and smart card ports are now much easier to access as well.

Overall, this is absolutely one of the best purchases I've made. Well-made, looks great, stable as Gibraltar, and allows me to reclaim my precious desk space. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great design, just don't have a case on your MacBook 23 April 2013
By iprthings - Published on Amazon.com
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Great design and love the way it looks and fits on my desk, but I have a protective Kuzy plastic shell protective case on my 13" Macbook Pro, but the Rain stand doesn't accommodate a MacBook with a shell case. I had to cut down the rubber gripper on the stand with a pen knife to accommodate the shell casing. Such a great design that it felt blasphemous. Sorry Rain Design!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Top Quality Stand that is Worth the Price 16 Nov 2013
By S. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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I trying to think of negative things to write about for this product, I was hard pressed to come up with anything. It's just a stand for holing a laptop vertically, which it does as advertised (I'm using a MacBook Air with it). From that standpoint of build quality and design, I really can't knock that either. It's solid aluminum and the design is really nice.

It does have small footprint, but is extremely stable. I've never had it even being to tip over when occasionally knocked. The stand also comes with various rubber pads that get inserted into the stand to match the width of various types of MacBooks. This makes a very secure and snug fit. If you select the correct pads to use, there is no change your MacBook is coming out of this stand unless you grab it and pull it out.

So it is top notch in materials, build quality, design, and function. Even though the price seems high for a something that just holds a laptop, I have to say I feel like I am getting what I paid for, so the price is justified.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
saves space, great design 19 Dec 2012
By ciphercool - Published on Amazon.com
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very sturdy, great design, reclaimed some space on my small desk. and less clutter now. using with 2011 macbook pro, it came with some adapters for macbook air or 2012 retina display macbook pro. overall happy with my purchase. thanks.
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