Being that I have the absolute worse neck, shoulders, and upper back problems; I’ve been relentlessly searching for a “real” notebook stand for my MacBook Pro Retina. I was primarily looking for one where I could adjust the height to where the top of my notebook’s screen was eye level to be ergonomic compliant (http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/components_monitors.html). I finally found the Crane Stand Pro from Crane Hardware (http://www.cranehardware.com/product_info.php/products_id/31).
Note: Can’t see my screen in the 1st picture because of my 3M Privacy Filter for MacBook Pro Retina (http://store.apple.com/us/product/HA743ZM/A/3m-15-privacy-filter-for-macbook-pro-with-retina-display), which also works great by the way.
It’s also great because my entire Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 (http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/natural-ergonomic-desktop-7000/WTA-00001#details) keyboard can fit under it. This is extremely important for the coders out there, since doing so allows you to minimize the distance from your eyes to the screen, pretty much keeping the same distance from the screen to your eyes as if you weren’t using a stand. Being that I am using a MacBook Pro Retina with a resolution of 2880×1800, this is uberly important, so that I can still see my code while working within Visual Studio. This was also after already trying out the following stands:
- mStand from RainDesign
- Xtand Pro from Just Mobile
- HiRise from TwelveSouth
Last but not least another great quality of this stand is that it has two points of adjustment, as well as one for the viewing angle.
Anyhow, this stand comes high recommended for developers that are coding on their laptops in in an environment where you might not be at home and don’t have your big screens, in my case, when I’m at the office.