Hardware Notes: The Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand

On my desk, I have a 27″ iMac. But I often need a second computer in my work – to be able to test software, do screenshots, and more. For this, I have a 12″ MacBook, which sits on an angle to my left.

I don’t like having a laptop on my desk (I’ve had a number of laptops over the years as a second computer), and for a long time had a plastic stand that raised it off the desk on an angle. But the biggest problem with that stand was that it wasn’t stable enough; when I would type on the laptop, the stand moved, making it annoying.

Doing a search of mail-order vendors, about three years ago, I came across the Rain Design mStand (Amazon.com, Amazon UK). Selling for around $50 in the US, this stand is exactly what I needed. It raises the laptop, tilts it on a good angle, and provides room under the computer to stash things (in my case, a cloth to clean my screens, and some other stuff). It’s easy to slide on the desk, since it has felt feet, and it’s really stable. When I type, it hardly moves, unlike plastic stands.

If you need a good stand, either if you use your laptop as your main computer, with a keyboard connected to it, or, like me, for use with a second computer, the mStand is an excellent choice.

6 thoughts on “Hardware Notes: The Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand

    • I have both the HiRise and the mStand and the mStand is FAR preferable for me. The HiRise is adjustable, which is nice, but I found that I never wanted or needed to adjust it from its highest setting. I also found that my MacBook (late 2011 13″ MBP) would creep forward steadily as I worked and I’d have to push it back up several times a day.

      The mStand, on the other hand, has a raised lip at the bottom to keep my computer firmly in place. If that was the only difference between them, it’d be enough to get me to use the mStand. HOWEVER my cats seem to think my MacBook is meant to be a perch for them to use. With the HiRise, there were many mornings when I came in to find the computer tipped over on its side, owing to the HiRise’s narrow platform spars. The mStand’s platform is wide and supports the entire base of my computer. Cat tip-overs since switching to the mStand? 0. 🙂

      Hope that was helpful!

    • I have both the HiRise and the mStand and the mStand is FAR preferable for me. The HiRise is adjustable, which is nice, but I found that I never wanted or needed to adjust it from its highest setting. I also found that my MacBook (late 2011 13″ MBP) would creep forward steadily as I worked and I’d have to push it back up several times a day.

      The mStand, on the other hand, has a raised lip at the bottom to keep my computer firmly in place. If that was the only difference between them, it’d be enough to get me to use the mStand. HOWEVER my cats seem to think my MacBook is meant to be a perch for them to use. With the HiRise, there were many mornings when I came in to find the computer tipped over on its side, owing to the HiRise’s narrow platform spars. The mStand’s platform is wide and supports the entire base of my computer. Cat tip-overs since switching to the mStand? 0. 🙂

      Hope that was helpful!

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