Thursday, April 21, 2011

Smart Cover Inspired ‘Quick Stand’ Is One More Thing to Carry

Smart Cover Inspired ‘Quick Stand’ Is One More Thing to Carry: "

The Quick Stand will add two inches to the height of your notebook, and 5.5 ounces to the weight of your laptop bag

If Aviiq’s already minimal laptop stands continue to get smaller and cheaper, then soon you’ll be able to order one up for $0 and — one week later — receive nothing in the mail. Maybe you already did. How would you know?

The latest is the Quick Stand. At $40, it’s half the price of the original Aviiq stand, and it is also smaller, measuring up at 11 x 3.25 x 0.375 inches against 15 x 12 x 0.1 inches when folded.

This is no surprise, as instead of folding out to make a full laptop-sized platform, it just turns into a triangular wedge that props up the back of the computer. Think if it as an aluminum and plastic Smart Cover, only it’s not a cover (or actually that smart).

Weirdly though, despite being smaller, the new Quick Stand weighs a lot more than its big brother 5.5 ounces Vs. just 2.7 ounces. So I guess that the hypothetical $0, invisible stand you may order in the future would actually be very heavy. It would be made, perhaps, from Dark Matter instead of the aluminum and plastic “Hylite” from which the current stands are fashioned.

Should you buy one? That depends. Propping up a notebook certainly helps to keep it cooler, but you don’t need a $40 widget to do that. Looking across my (admittedly rather cluttered) desk I see all manner of things which would raise my MacBook’s rear end up a couple of inches, and I suspect you can find some too. Available now.

Quick Stand product page [Aviiq. Thanks, Pedro!]


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