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Not beautiful, but functionally better than Apple version.
on 5 June 2014
Ok, so the apple laptop stand is all lovely and silver and wouldn't look out of place in your average off-world visitor's vehicle, but... it's not adjustable.
I got this so that I could try to alleviate the terrible neck/back problems I used to get from too much computer work. The fact that you can adjust its height is the _only_ thing that really makes it worth using. An attractive but non-adjustable stand is a classic case of esthetics over function -- and it won't fix that pain in your neck!
It's also fairly lightweight compared to some of the alternatives out there. I previously bought a stand designed for DJs that you could clamp onto the desk (presumably to stop over-excited party goers from trashing your livelihood with their flailing limbs). However, it was so heavy and bulky that I didn't feel comfortable using it for regular desk-job work.
* It's very solid and provides 4 height settings (well, 5 really, but they don't recommend using the highest position, as it wouldn't be as stable).
* Small amount of latteral wobble, since there are no diagonal braces, but it's not a problem.
* Matt black paint job.
* Rubber layer on top for laptop, and on bottom for desk surface.
* Small rubber 'feet' on the bottom of laptop platform to stop it falling off.
* Inner width (gap between supports) is ~6", therefore any device narrower than that will fall down (although you could stick it on a wider board.
* Outer width is ~9".
All in all, this is an excellent solution.
* Provides plenty of space underneath for speakers, book, empty coffee cups, general clutter, etc.
* Fairly easy to assemble. No tools needed.
* Not made by Apple (this is obviously a personal preference).
* Cheap (see previous point).
* Rubber lining on top and bottom surfaces, so laptop and desk are both protected and non-slippy.
* Provides excellent airflow beneath laptop so less energy used by fan = longer battery life.
* If you want to take it somewhere, it disassembles into a small enough package to fit in an average backpack.
* It's not going to win any prettiness awards (unless pitted against solutions such as a pile of breeze blocks).
* For laptop larger than 15" you might feel it hangs over the sides a bit far.
* Not made by Apple (if that's what floats your boat).