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The Best Mac and MacBook Stands to Elevate Your Workstation


April 28, 2019 Tech By Photo by Grovemade

Still think your desktop is better off without a laptop stand? Think again. A good stand elevates your screen, which helps with posture and overall productivity; it improves air circulation so your computer doesn’t overheat; and it can add storage to your desk, organizing your pens, notebooks, paperclips and EDC — or just hide them altogether.

Whatever your reason is for getting a stand, be it productivity, health, organizational, aesthetics or all of the above, these are the best Mac and MacBook stands you can buy right now.

iMac Stands

Monoprice Multimedia Desktop Stand

Monoprice’s desktop stand is more of a shelf. It’s pretty straightforward, available in black or translucent colorwars. If you’re not looking to spend as much as the other stands on the list, this is the model we recommend.

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Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub

Satechi’s desktop stand addresses a problem most stand don’t: hard to reach ports. The “stand hub” has a number of outward-facing ports — USB-C port (up to 5 Gbps), three USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps), slots for both micro and SD cards (up to 104 Mbps) and a headphone jack — so you don’t have to worry about blindly feel behind your desktop for the correct port.

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Grovemade Monitor Stand

Grovemade’s entire Desk Collection is pretty stunning. This Monitor Stand stands out for its simplicity and elegant design. It makes the wood the star of the show, and it comes in walnut or maple.

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Twelve South HiRise Pro

Twelve South only makes accessories for Apple products. The South HiRise Pro, for example, is specifically designed to house iMacs and iMac Pros. It sheaths the base, while also providing additional storage. On top of the HiRise Pro is a leather pad, where you can safely and easily rest your EDC, like your AirPods or a keychain. And the front grille, which grips the base via magnets, is reversible, so you can switch between gunmetal and walnut.

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The Ray by Understands

This Scandinavian-inspired stand has a pen draw, where you can store any number of things, from business cards to notebooks to pocket knives. There’s an undermount that hides the base of the iMac while still elevating the screen. There’s also enough space underneath the stand to hide a wireless keyboard.

MacBook Stands

AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand

AmazonBasics is the obvious choice budget-minded shoppers. The height is adjustable and it’s collapsible so you can easily store it down when you want it out of sight. There’s also a cord organizer in the back. Not bad for 20 bucks.

Rain Design mStand

The mStand by Rain Design is one of the most popular stands for the MacBook. It’s a little cheaper than Twelve South’s model and comes in a trio of colors to match whichever MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or MacBook you have.

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Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand

This stand can work with a desktop or laptop but it’s just a solid all-in-one solution for your workstation. It works as a central hub, with four USB 3.0 ports and separate jacks for a headphone and microphone. It’s all facing you, too, so you can easily transfer data (up to 5Gbps) from practically any device to your laptop. As far as design, it’s simple and clean, and it comes in either white or black.

Curve by Twelve South

This minimalistic and ergonomic stand elevates your MacBook 5.8 inches off the ground. It’s made of aluminum and comes in Space Gray, meaning it’ll blend in naturally with the latest MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Also, because of its height, it will align your MacBook’s screen perfectly with your external monitor (if you have one).

Wall Desk by Nordic Appeal

The Wall Desk definitely stands out from the pack. It’s beautiful, fashioned completely out of oak or walnut. You can also use it as a wall-mounted stand (provided you purchase knobs) that functions as a floating desk.

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The Best Standing Desks for the Home or Office

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