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  • Turn Macbook into Desktop with BookArc [Flaming poetic_folly Inside!]


    Just released, the brilliant BookArc turns your Macbook or Macbook Pro (all models from the Macbook Air to the 17" Macbook Pro) into a swift looking desktop -- well, it stands it up in a neat artsy fashion on your desk at least.

    Priced at $49 this accessory is a very simple idea which surprisingly no one has managed to think of before. All it does is provides a nice resting place for your Apple laptop to stand vertically in while operating in clamshell mode. They even claim that this will improve performance for those of us already using our Macbooks with external monitors:
    Along with a stunning design and improved ergonomics, BookArc can actually boost the performance of your laptop. When your MacBook is running closed in the BookArc, your machine will automatically dedicate 100% of its video memory to the external display - instead of splitting it with the internal display. Youíll enjoy a noticeable speed increase when working in Photoshop, Aperture, iPhoto and other graphics-intensive applications. So can a notebook stand really speed up your MacBook? If itís a BookArc, the answer is yes.
    I feel obligated to point out that they are forgetting a major downside with that whole "improved performance" bit. Heat. Apple laptops notoriously get hotter in clamshell mode which in turn reduces performance. Consequently my Macbook Pro lives on a Targus Chill Mat for Mac. Maybe standing vertically instead of sitting on a desk helps negate that clamshell mode heat issue?

    Regardless of the performance gains and detriments this sexy stand might give some people's abandoned Macbooks and Macbook Pros new life as an awesome desktop computer. Hell, I'm even considering picking one up and abandoning one of my favorite toys, the chill mat. BookArc is just plain sexy. Are you reading this Kyle (poetic_folly)?

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Turn Macbook into Desktop with BookArc [Flaming poetic_folly Inside!] started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. Macdaddy5539's Avatar
      Macdaddy5539 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post
      Just released, the turns your Macbook or Macbook Pro (all models from the Macbook Air to the 17" Macbook Pro) into a swift looking desktop -- well, it stands it up in a neat artsy fashion on your desk at least.

      Priced at $49 this accessory is a very simple idea which surprisingly no one has managed to think of before.
      No one has ever thought of this before? Really? I'm pretty sure this bad boy came out years ago and for $10 less. While it may not be as sexy as the BookArc, and some assembly is required, it does the same basic function of suspending your macbook upright.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I don't get how that little stand prevents it going into sleep mode. Not that I need a screen bigger than 15".
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ Holding your macbook in an upright position while closing it allows it to stay running
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      looks sweet
      my "desktop" macbook might look pretty cool next to my new imac