BookArc for MacBook

BookArc for MacBook

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Turn your laptop into a desktop.

Meet BookArc, the most popular vertical MacBook stand in the world. Don't lose precious desk space when using MacBook to run your desktop setup - simply 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. Ready to hit the road? Unplug MacBook and BookArc’s newly designed cable-catch feature keeps your cables from falling to the floor. The current BookArc features three interchangeable inserts to work with any MacBook excluding the 2016 MacBook Pro's. We will be producing new inserts for the new 2016 MacBook Pro, which will be available in early 2017.

How to use BookArc

Dynamite docking station.

BookArc allows you to run a full desktop setup with your MacBook. Did you know your MacBook was designed for this? Apple experts suggest utilizing a little-known feature called closed-clamshell mode. Add a large external monitor, extended keyboard, and mouse, for a more comfortable work station. Enjoy a bright 27-inch display for super-sized photo editing, gain a dedicated number keypad and 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. According to experts, this type of setup increases focus, minimizes workspace clutter and even speeds up display performance by dedicating 100% video memory to a single display.  When using BookArc, you have a newfound laser focus on the work before you.

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 any  MacBook (excluding the new 2016 MacBook Pro), from 11-inch Air to 15-inch Pro with Retina display, with one of the three included BookArc inserts.

Now for something completely different. Meet BookArc möd.

BookArc Specs


Height: 2.2 inches (5.5 cm)
Width: 3.6 inches (9.2 cm)
Depth: 8.46 inches (21.5 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]

Will you be making new inserts for the 2016 Macbook Pro's?

The current insert C will work with the new 13" Macbook Pro but it's not an ideal fit (it's a bit too tight) so we will be making new inserts that will fit both the 15" and the 13". Please stay tuned to our website for updates on the new inserts. We will also send out an email blast upon their arrival so we highly suggest you sign up for our mailing list here

Is BookArc compatible with the 2016 MacBook Pro?

Not yet, however we’re working on this update and expect the new BookArcs to be available in mid to late January. Please sign up here to be alerted when the new inserts are available.

Will Twelve South offer a replacement BookArc insert for the 2016 MacBook Pro to customers who own an older BookArc?

We will be making new inserts for the 2016 MacBook Pro models, however these will only be available for the newest version of BookArc.  We will not be making new inserts for the discontinued BookArcs including original form factor of BookArc for MacBook/MacBook Pro, BookArc for MacBook Air, or BookArc möd.  If you're not sure which BookArc you have:
- The original BookArc came with some combination of inserts 1 through 7.
- The BookArc for MacBook Air came with Insert 1A.
- The new BookArc came with Inserts A, B, and C.