BookArc for MacBook

BookArc for MacBook

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Turn your laptop into a desktop.

Meet the all-new BookArc, the latest edition of the most popular vertical MacBook stand in the world. We created a beautiful new all-aluminum design that frees up even more desk space. Slide your MacBook into the silicone slot, connect it to an external display, add a full-size keyboard and mouse to enjoy the comfort of a desktop setup with your MacBook. Ready to hit the road? Unplug MacBook and BookArc’s newly designed cable-catch feature keeps your cables from falling to the floor. Compatible with all current MacBooks, three interchangeable inserts ensure BookArc will be the perfect home for your current (and future) MacBook for years to come.

The original vertical MacBook stand, reimagined. 

Introduced in 2009, BookArc was Twelve South’s very first product. Since then, MacBooks have become radically thinner and more compact, so it was time for our iconic stand  to evolve as well. Now milled from aluminum, BookArc features a bead-blasted finish. A polished chamfered edge pays homage to the new mirrored Apple logo featured on the new 12-inch MacBook. Finally, the entire stand has been scaled, refined and optimized to fit every current MacBook, from 11-inch Air to 15-inch Pro with Retina display, with one BookArc. Click the image below for a close-up look at the changes we made to BookArc.

Dynamite docking station.

BookArc lets you conveniently use your MacBook with a large external monitor, extended keyboard, and mouse, for a more comfortable work setup utilizing a little-known feature called closed-clamshell mode. Connect and enjoy a bright 27-inch display for super-sized photo editing. Gain a dedicated number keypad. Reclaim vital desk real estate with your MacBook upright and tucked out of the way in BookArc.

When is one is better than two?

Use a dual-screen MacBook setup? Close your MacBook and try working on a single Monitor. Many say it increases focus, minimizes workspace clutter and even speeds up display performance by dedicating 100% video memory to a single display. Did you know your MacBook was designed for this? Apple calls this closed-clamshell mode. With a full-size keyboard and mouse, not only do you have comfortable desktop setup when using BookArc, you also have a newfound laser focus on the work before you.

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BookArc Specs


Height: 2.2 inches (5.5 cm)
Width: 3.6 inches (9.2 cm)
Depth: 8.74 inches (22.2 cm)
Weight: 0.35 pounds (.16 kg)

Insert Compatibility

MacBook (12"):
Insert C

MacBook Air (11" and 13"):
Insert B

MacBook Pro (13" and 15", unibody):
Insert A

MacBook Pro with Retina Display ( 13" and 15")
Insert B

BookArc FAQs

Ok, now why would I want to use my MacBook closed?

Many reasons, but basically it boils down to wanting a portable notebook on the road, and a comfortable desktop computer at home. Using your MacBook closed on a BookArc while connected to your favorite widescreen monitor, keyboard and mouse is truly the best of both worlds.

How to use your MacBook in Closed Clamshell Mode [video]