What is it? This is a stand for the MacBook Pro line of laptop computers that allows the computer to be used while connected to an external display.
How does it work? BookArc’s soft silicone insert is molded to follow the gentle curves of MacBook Pro for a precise fit. Silicone feet have evolved from previous versions to cover more surface and provide even greater stability.
Underneath the BookArc are two hidden cable managers that prevent your monitor, USB and power cables from slipping to the floor when you unplug your MacBook Pro. The new BookArc for MacBook Pro also ships with one extra insert to fit legacy models of MacBook and MacBook Pro.
How hard is it to use? Simply unpack and place on your desk. Once you’re ready to use your MacBook with external display, just close it up and place it vertically in the BookArc.
How well does it work? Working with your MacBook Pro in the closed position while connected to an Apple Thunderbolt Display means you can focus on one screen, rather than being distracted by a second monitor. With the OS X Lion introduction of full-screen apps, you've got all the more reason to use one screen instead of two.
Moving from two screens to one external set-up featuring a BookArc can also give your MacBook Pro a performance boost. By reducing the number of pixels driven by MacBook's internal video memory, graphic intensive apps such as Photoshop and iPhoto can feel noticeably faster.
How do I use it in the classroom? Teachers waging a never-ending battle with desk clutter will find the BookArc a terrific weapon in that fight.
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