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Aluminum Mtable Offers MacBook Monitor Users An Alternative to Stands

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By Jeremy Horwitz

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Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2009
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Roughly two and a half years have passed since we first tested Power Support’s Docking Stand for MacBooks, a neat little padded aluminum accessory that holds a MacBook upright for use with a monitor. In the time that’s passed, we’ve looked at quite a few other MacBook holders, but none has struck us as a complete alternative to the Power Support design until now. And even so, what just arrived isn’t necessarily superior—especially given its price—but some people may really like it.

Just Mobile calls it Mtable, and at $80, it sells for twice the price of the Power Support Docking Stand—a premium that we’re not totally enthusiastic about. It is an Apple-quality piece of aluminum, forged into a metal monitor stand, with rubber pads on its bottom to avoid scratching the surface below. The idea is that you put your monitor on top of it, your MacBook below it, and turn the monitor’s footprint into a more effective use of space. Mtable is also pitched as an organizer for the Mac mini, though for that machine it does nothing more than place the monitor and Mac mini next to each other as they would be on any table, letting you conceivably store your keyboard or other items below it. Other items might make sense; rare is the table surface that’s already at the correct wrist-friendly height for a keyboard.

What we like about Mtable: port and SuperDrive access is easy with the holes cut in its sides, and Wi-Fi doesn’t appear to be affected by all the metal, thanks in part to a breathable pattern of dot-shaped holes in its back. A 13” system fits in without any issue; a 15” should do the same, but a 17” would be a non-starter. That said, the question of whether we’d really want to slide the MacBook into the front bottom every day is separate, and one that we’re in the process of testing right now; our typically cluttered desk wouldn’t necessarily make this as easy as we’d prefer. In any case, Mtable is a nice-looking option, and one that will work for sure for some users—we’ll update this article when we know which camp we’re in.

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Comments

1

Nice. I still prefer a separate stand that lets me keep the MBP open as a secondary display—I use the Rain Design mStand—but I can appreciate the desire to retain a good amount of desk space (and consolidate focus?) by only having a single display.

At $80, it’s a shame this doesn’t integrate a USB hub like the $65 SlimKey V2—a similar aluminum monitor stand that simply stows an Apple keyboard.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on October 6, 2009 at 10:56 AM (PDT)

2

Perhaps you should’ve used a desk that didn’t have a glass top.  I didn’t notice the MacBook at first.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on October 6, 2009 at 11:06 AM (PDT)

3

Neat idea, though I’m not sure if I’d personally get one.

I’ve got my 15” Macbook Pro just sitting on top of my 24” monitor’s foot. There’s not a lot of clutter on my desk, save for a card reader attached to the back of the monitor, so I’m not really sure how much space I’d be saving.

I think I’d rather invest the $80 into something else I could use, like an Airport Express or new iPod, rather than a piece of aluminum.

Posted by cxc273 on October 6, 2009 at 11:08 AM (PDT)

4

#2: Thank heavens you noticed it second.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 6, 2009 at 11:45 AM (PDT)

5

I just googled mTable and the only related page found was this one.  If this a real product?  Any idea where I can buy it?

Posted by Don Collins on October 6, 2009 at 7:03 PM (PDT)

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