There are plenty of stands out there that elevate laptops to eye level, but when you're using a giant monitor it isn't really necessary to have it open. And why not show off that beautiful aluminum body and save space? We're getting a new office soon and these are the laptop docks we've been looking at.
Twelve South BookArc ($14.99-49.99)
Henge Docks ($55-74.95)
One of the slickest docks we've seen, the BookArc Pro matches the smooth curves of a Macbook Pro. Its aluminum body hides a cable management system for a cleaner desk and easier connecting and disconnecting. While the ports aren't as well considered as some models, we do like that it comes with a kit for older Macbooks.
A more literally vertical solution to Macbook docking, the Henge Docks family includes types to fit all kinds of Macbooks. The sleeve resembles a giant version of what you'd put your iPod in down to the modular connectors on the inside that extend the ports on your laptop. It's a simple matter of flipping over your Macbook inside it and tightening down the cables with a hex wrench to keep them in place.
Despite the unfortunate name, the Floater is a really attractive laptop stand that provides excellent cooling. Like the BookArc Pro it's made of aluminum, though it's not quite the perfect match the BookArc is. While it's doesn't incorporate as much technology at a Henge dock, it does provide a way of getting at your ports through the bottom. We like the harder, more industrial foot-like shape and look that matches our desk's aesthetic. Once it's for sale again we'll take a serious look at adding this to our setup.
MORE MACBOOK ACCESSORIES ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
• Toshiba Introduces Wireless Docking Station for Laptops
• A Minimalist Lamp to Match Your MacBook
• Attractively Anodized: Aluminum...The New Black
(Images: Twelve South BookArc, Henge Docks, Floater)