Still think your desktop is better off without a laptop stand? Think again. A good stand elevates your screen, which helps with posture and overall productivity; it improves air circulation so your computer doesn’t overheat; and it can add storage to your desk, organizing your pens, notebooks, paperclips and EDC — or just hide them altogether.
Whatever your reason is for getting a stand, be it productivity, health, organizational, aesthetics or all of the above, these are the best Mac and MacBook stands you can buy right now.
AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand
AmazonBasics is the obvious choice budget-minded shoppers. The height is adjustable and it’s collapsible so you can easily store it down when you want it out of sight. There’s also a cord organizer in the back. Not bad for 20 bucks.
Rain Design mStand
The mStand by Rain Design is one of the most popular stands for the MacBook. It’s a little cheaper than Twelve South’s model and comes in a trio of colors — silver, space gray and gold — to match whichever MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or MacBook you have.
Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand
This stand can work with a desktop or laptop but it’s just a solid all-in-one solution for your workstation. It works as a central hub, with four USB 3.0 ports and separate jacks for a headphone and microphone. It’s all facing you, too, so you can easily transfer data (up to 5Gbps) from practically any device to your laptop. As far as design, it’s simple and clean, and it comes in either white or black.
Curve by Twelve South
This minimalistic and ergonomic stand elevates your MacBook 5.8 inches off the ground. It’s made of aluminum and comes in Space Gray, meaning it’ll blend in naturally with the latest MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Also, because of its height, it will align your MacBook’s screen perfectly with your external monitor (if you have one).
Wall Desk by Nordic Appeal
The Wall Desk definitely stands out from the pack. It’s beautiful, fashioned completely out of oak or walnut. You can also use it as a wall-mounted stand (provided you purchase knobs) that functions as a floating desk.
Yohann Wooden MacBook Stand
Frankly, the Yohann Wooden MacBook Stand is unlike anything else. Yes, it’s minimialist and yes, it’s made of wood, which are two boxes that a number of other stands on this list also check. But this stand elevates a MacBook in a way that looks both precarious and magical. If you’re looking for a stand that’s a statement piece, this is it.
Monoprice Multimedia Desktop Stand
Monoprice’s desktop stand is more of a shelf. It’s pretty straightforward, available in black or translucent colorwars. If you’re not looking to spend as much as the other stands on the list, this is the model we recommend.
Rain Design i360
The i360 iMac stand is unique because, as its name gives away, it can swivel 360 degrees. This means you can adjust the viewing angle of the iMac whenever you want, which is great if you want to quickly share your screen with a coworker. The stand weighs three pounds and is very stable, and you can get a model to match your 21.5-inch or 27-inch iMac.
Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub
Satechi’s desktop stand addresses a problem most stand don’t: hard to reach ports. The “stand hub” has a number of outward-facing ports — USB-C port (up to 5 Gbps), three USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps), slots for both micro and SD cards (up to 104 Mbps) and a headphone jack — so you don’t have to worry about blindly feel behind your desktop for the correct port. It’s available in silver or space gray.
Grovemade Monitor Stand
Grovemade’s entire Desk Collection is pretty stunning. This Monitor Stand stands out for its simplicity and elegant design. It makes the wood the star of the show, and it comes in walnut or maple.
Twelve South HiRise Pro
Twelve South only makes accessories for Apple products. The South HiRise Pro, for example, is specifically designed to house iMacs and iMac Pros. It sheaths the base, while also providing additional storage. On top of the HiRise Pro is a leather pad, where you can safely and easily rest your EDC, like your AirPods or a keychain. And the front grille, which grips the base via magnets, is reversible, so you can switch between gunmetal and walnut.
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