This morning we're taking a look at Just Mobile's AluBase, a desktop aluminum base stand for your MacBook Pro or Air.
Just Mobile has been around for 7 years making really cool accessories. They've focused on accessories for iProducts since 2007, and we always love what they come up with. Based out of Taiwan, with a serious attention to detail and design, Just Mobile builds things that feel as if they match the engineering glory of your Apple products. High quality materials match up to beautiful-in-simplicity designs.
In the Box
The box comes with two separate inserts for the base, to cover a wide variety of MacBook products. Specifically, the MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Retina, and MacBook Air products will fit in this accessory.
You'll also get the base itself, and a small book explaining this product and highlighting some of their other products.
As is generally true with Just Mobile products, the AluBase fits perfectly with the Apple aesthetic. It's created from a single piece of aluminum, and brushed to match your MacBook perfectly. The white plastic insert also matches the Apple feel, and holds your laptop vertically on your desktop.
It's a great way to store your laptop when working with an external monitor and keyboard/mouse/trackpad combo, as many folks do when using their MacBook at home.
The AluBase inserts actually screw in, using large flathead screws (you can easily undo them with a coin or key if you don't have a screwdriver on hand), assuring your laptop is secure. In using this for a couple weeks, I noticed it held the laptop firm in the stand, even when knocked a bit. The AluBase is weighty enough to feel substantial, but it's hold is based on the weight of the laptop, and the correct positioning it places the laptop in while held.
Your MacBook becomes a central focal point on the desktop when displayed using the AluBase. Apple's engineering on display - it's borderline art!
Price / Conclusion
Priced at $49.95 (you can buy it on Just Mobile's website), the AluBase seems just a little expensive. The build quality is great as usual with Just Mobile, and they do provide multiple inserts, but I'd feel more comfortable pricing this about $15 less. That said, it's a beautiful stand for an expensive piece of equipment, and one of the best we've seen. The AluBase does it's job with style.
We're giving the AluBase 4.5 stars, mostly because the price is a bit high. Other than that, it's perfection for what it does!
As is customary for an MMi review, Just Mobile is hooking up a reader with an AluBase stand for free. Use the widget below to grab entries into the raffle, and we'll pick a winner Wednesday morning.