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For portability, the MacBook is king. But unfortunately, our kitchen tables, desks, and the myriad other places we use our ’Books are often not ergonomically sound. And watching a movie on a laptop at table-height leaves much to be desired. Just Mobile’s Xtand Pro aims to solve both of these problems. Not only does the aluminum frame match the 13-inch MacBook’s smooth finish, but the stand also makes watching a movie or banging out some serious word-processing a much more comfortable endeavor.
Ergonomically correct—and it looks cool too.
The stand comes with two different aluminum columns that allow you to adjust between two heights. The MacBook rests on an “X” frame, so the bottom remains open to allow for proper air circulation underneath. And since the laptop is propped up, when the fan turns on, the MacBook is less likely to vibrate against the surface beneath it. The base of the Xtand Pro features nonslip rubber pads to prevent the laptop from sliding around as you’re working.
For both typing and watching video, we preferred the higher option, but it’s an individual preference, of course—and we appreciated the flexibility. As an added bonus, the Xtand Pro can also help clear up desk space by allowing you to store notebooks, papers, and books underneath your laptop, without anything interfering with your typing space. We also liked that the Xtand Pro worked without having to remove the hard case we use on our trusty MacBook.
Assembling the stand was a little tricky, and the Ikea-style assembly diagrams weren’t as helpful as we would have liked. Still, once you get the hang of it, swapping out the adjustable-height bars is a simple procedure.
The Xtand Pro is a comfortable way to prop up your MacBook and leave some breathing room on your desk at home or in the office.