Twelve South BookArc for MacBook Review

Twelve South BookArc for MacBook



The Twelve South BookArc is the little MacBook stand that makes room for a big monitor. How? It holds MacBook vertically and off of your desk. Set your MacBook atop BookArc, plug in your favourite external monitor, keyboard & mouse. Now you have taken a compact laptop and turned it into a comfortable desktop setup for your home or office. Things like photo editing, spreadsheets and other projects are easier to see on a bright 24-inch (or bigger) screen. When it’s time to go mobile or head out for a meeting, unplug your desktop connections and the BookArc Cable Catch will keep them in place for you.

Did you know your MacBook was designed to run a full desktop setup? To turn your focus to a single massive screen like Apple’s XDR Pro Display, you can utilize a little-known feature called Closed-Display Mode. Enjoy a bright 32-inch display for super-sized photo editing, gain a dedicated number keypad using Apple’s Extended keyboard and reclaim vital desk real estate with your MacBook upright and tucked out of the way in BookArc.

It’s hard to beat the portability of a MacBook on an aeroplane, but you don’t sit in an aeroplane seat at home. Why wouldn’t you sit in front of a full-size keyboard, mouse and external monitor when you can? BookArc creates room for comfy desktop setups whether you’re in the corner of a small apartment, in your temporary work from a home office or atop a small IKEA desk. With BookArc, even a wall shelf becomes a potential desktop!

Twelve South BookArc for MacBook Review

Twelve South BookArc for MacBook Review

Fits your MacBook today, and tomorrow. One amazing feature of BookArc is that it’s designed to hold the MacBook you own now and the MacBook you buy tomorrow. How’s that possible? The silicone inserts that cushion and grips the MacBook are easy to replace and update. BookArc includes three different inserts to hold the most current MacBooks, with an update for the 16-inch MacBook Pro (M1, 2021) coming soon! As Apple introduces new MacBooks, they’ll continue to make new inserts to ensure BookArc stands the test of time. Already have a BookArc and looking for an updated insert? You can purchase the newest inserts here.

How does a MacBook work when it’s closed? It’s called Closed-Display Mode and this long-time feature on MacBooks was the inspiration for BookArc. Switching to Closed-Display Mode is super easy. But don’t take our word for it, here are Apple’s Closed-Display Mode instructions. 

If you already use an external monitor as a dual-screen setup with your MacBook, BookArc gives you the option to switch to one display so you can laser focus on a single giant screen and gain back a ton of desk space.

The build quality is very solid and the stand is quite heavy. There are rubber pads on the bottom of the stand and also inside where the stand contacts the laptop. Once you adjust the sides to contact the laptop lightly and place your laptop on the stand, it’s not going to slide on the desk accidentally.

Overall, the Twelve South BookArc for MacBook is a great space-saving gadget.

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