Many computer users these days have switched from using desktops to laptops. Laptops are smaller, portable and provide the same functionality as desktops, but the problem with most laptops is that they have a smaller than desirable screen size. I personally use both a 11″ MacBook Air and a 15″ Retina MacBook Pro. But both those laptops are connected to a larger 24″ LCD display while the laptop remains closed and laying flat on my desk taking up space. That’s where Just Mobile’s AluBase comes in. The AluBase is a vertical stand for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
Flipping open the cover of the box displays the AluBase on the right and a picture of its functionality on the left.
The AluBase is made up of a single piece of high-grade aluminium with 2 plastic inserts. The plastic inserts are secured by 2 screws which can be easily removed with a twist of a coin.
One of the plastic inserts is designed for the MacBook Air, while the other one is designed for the MacBook Pro and Retina MacBook Pro.
Personally, I use a snap-on case for both my MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro. I was afraid that they might not fit in the AluBase with the case on, but luckily, the AluBase inserts have enough space for a naked MacBook or a MacBook with a snap-on case.
My Retina MacBook Pro with snap-on case fits perfectly in the AluBase. I suggest placing the MacBook with the air vents facing up to provide better airflow.
The MacBook Air with snap-on case fits great as well.
Having the MacBook on a vertical stand makes much more sense if you’re going to use an external display. The AluBase is solidly made and the grip on the base prevents it from sliding around the desk. The AluBase costs $49.95 direct.