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Pro Matches Apple design aesthetic
Rain Design's mStand is a single piece of anodized aluminum that looks and feels very much like the design and weight of the Macbook Pro and the aluminium iMac and Apple displays.
Pro Solid construction
The stand is made of solid aluminum making it strong and sturdy. It weighs 3 pounds, and is .15 inches thick throughout. The stand's height is 5.9 inches in the back and 3 inches in the front.
Pro There are rubber pads and a lip that holds the laptop firmly in place
The mStand has rubber pads on the bottom that help the stand stay in place and prevent scratching of the surface it's on. Rubber pads on top along with a lip in front help to secure the laptop in place on the stand.
Pro Good passive cooling
Aluminum against aluminum contact allows transferring the heat from the laptop to the stand and, subsequently, getting much more surface area that dissipates the heat much quicker.
Pro Comes in different colours
The mStand is available in three different colours: gold, Space Gray, and silver.
Pro Emulates the comfort and safety of an all-in-one desktop
The Rain Design mStand is just like your typical all-in-one desktop, making it a perfect solution for remaining fixed on your desk. For one, it raises your laptop 3 inches in the front and 6 inches at the back, mirroring the viewing heights of a standard desktop. It also comprises a tilt design that allows you to bring the screen closer if needs be. These features reduce strain, promote posture, and maximize your comfort and safety when working. Finally, the mStand offers space for an external keyboard and mouse, as well as a cable organizer hole that takes care of any dangling, messy cables.
Pro Swivel version available
The company also makes a swivel version, called mStand360. It stable due to rubber padding on the bottom, turns easy and has no noticeable wobble.
Con Not portable
The mStand is unsuitable for transportation, largely because of its weight (3 lbs). Rather, this stand is a stationery solution and has been made to stay put on the user's desk.
Con Requires an external keyboard
Without an external keyboard you either won't be able to be comfortable using this stand or you'll find yourself with elbows and wrists pain.
Con Non-adjustable height
As the mStand has been made from a single, solid piece of aluminium, this eliminates the user's ability to make height adjustments.