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Tashtego
1st March 2005, 07:06 AM
Just got a new little 12" iBook, but it's a bit cramped to use it at my desk. There seem to be a fair few stands out there. Is there an iBook stand that people recommend in particular?

Also, if I got an external USB ergonomic keyboard, could I just plug it in and use that?

Regards,
Belinda

Disko
1st March 2005, 07:45 AM
I don't use any stand for my powerbook - sorry to be of no help in that area...

The USB keyboard will work fine though.

arty
1st March 2005, 08:28 AM
The Griffin iCurve (http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/icurve/) is great :)

gmask1
1st March 2005, 09:49 AM
Ditto on the iCurve. It does all the things a good stand does - it, erm... stands. And it's got sticky stuff that stops your laptop from sliding off. But the best bit is that it's see through and moulded in a trendy way, and trendy = cool :)

Shop around though, as the price can vary quite a bit.

josh_c
1st March 2005, 09:59 AM
Originally posted by gmask1@Mar 1 2005, 09:49 AM
Shop around though, as the price can vary quite a bit.
I just ordered one of these from www.streetwise.com.au for $69.95. Is that a decent price?

They certainly look very cool, although I have never seen any others around? Chek out the Griffin website and see the shot of a 17" PB in an iCurve next to a Cinema Display. The ultimate set-up me thinks! B)

Ozi
1st March 2005, 10:13 AM
Yeah my dad bought one through streetwise: its a good price. :) He loves it because it matches his cinema display (the older model 20" with the clear plastic case)

downsys
1st March 2005, 10:38 AM
might also want to consider this:

http://www.streetwise.com.au/product_info....4fba9d8a58ff257 (http://www.streetwise.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=53_99&products_id=1815&osCsid=859a49b2a1693cdd44fba9d8a58ff257)

yep, the keyboard's pretty much plug n play.

964RSCS
1st March 2005, 10:50 AM
I notice too that the Apple USB Keyboard and Apple optical mouse are now about $50 each... Were about twice this not so long ago I thought...

josh_c
1st March 2005, 11:38 AM
Originally posted by downsys@Mar 1 2005, 10:38 AM
might also want to consider this:

http://www.streetwise.com.au/product_info....4fba9d8a58ff257 (http://www.streetwise.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=53_99&products_id=1815&osCsid=859a49b2a1693cdd44fba9d8a58ff257)

Hadn't seen this one before. Wouldn't work too well if you had a PB with the DVD/CD slot in the front! Cheaper option I guess, but I think you get what you pay for with the iCurve.

rice mac
1st March 2005, 11:48 AM
Another vote for t he iCurve here. Actually make that two ;)

I really liked the first iCurve I bought, so I went out and purchased another - one for home and one for the office.

It is mandatory that you use an external keyboard and mouse (wireless works much more elegantly, but is not a necessity). The iCurve has s a bit of flex to it and tends to wobble if you try to use the laptop's keyboard/mouse. I was initially a bit apprehensive as to how well it would stick to the little rubber strips on the top of the iCurve, but the tackiness is great. Once you place the laptop on the iCurve, it wont slide off.


Originally posted by josh_c@Mar 1 2005, 10:59 AM
I just ordered one of these from www.streetwise.com.au for $69.95. Is that a decent price?
Yep, that seems to be the best price for an Australian basaed store.

chako012
1st March 2005, 03:33 PM
I got the macally ice stand the cheaper option and its great for the ibook but now I just ordered the powerbook so it owuldn't be as useful since it has a cd load at the front. I'm willing to sell it to you at a reasonale price just pm me if ur interested Im in sydney btw

helloroto
1st March 2005, 03:57 PM
I would recommend the iBreeze which has inbuilt fans which helps keep your iBook's and PB's cool......
Here is the url:
http://www.streetwise.com.au/product_info....roducts_id=2125 (http://www.streetwise.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=2125)

vid
1st March 2005, 04:19 PM
Is there a stand that can be used on your LAP (as opposed to a desk) I often work on my PB while watching TV, but my knees and thighs are starting to FRY !
I have a Coolpad for the desk, but it's no good on the LAP.

Thanks

964RSCS
1st March 2005, 04:25 PM
I use a booq Vyper sleeve in this situation and it works well. They have "ridges" on top of the sleeve to keep the PB up to allow air to circulate underneath.

http://www.booqbags.com/Detail.bok?no=96

downsys
1st March 2005, 04:52 PM
Originally posted by vid@Mar 1 2005, 04:19 PM
Is there a stand that can be used on your LAP (as opposed to a desk) I often work on my PB while watching TV, but my knees and thighs are starting to FRY !
I have a Coolpad for the desk, but it's no good on the LAP.

Thanks
there are 2 that i know of, both available from streetwise again (man, they have a huge collection of stuff - for real). one's the lapramp, the other's another from macally (i reckon this one's a good option as it's' 3-in-1). just look around the website.

rice mac
1st March 2005, 07:39 PM
http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/lapstation-review.html.
http://www.gadgetcentral.com/intrigo_intro.htm

There is a product called the Lapstation, but the websites mentioned in the two reviews above dont work.

http://www.lapstation.com/
http://www.intrigo.com/

spargo
1st March 2005, 09:56 PM
Originally posted by 964RSCS@Mar 1 2005, 12:50 AM
I notice too that the Apple USB Keyboard and Apple optical mouse are now about $50 each... Were about twice this not so long ago I thought...
The prices were reduced just before they released the Mac Mini (which is sold without aforesaid k'board and mouse) - and at the time it was a bit of a giveaway that they were about to release a headless mac..

I'm getting an iCurve in a few weeks, hopefully if i can find one in Singapore, otherwise in Brisbane while i'm back there for a quick visit..

Might also get an Apple BT k'board to bring back, seeming the UK prices are a bit over the top compared to S'pore and Australia.

montfort
2nd March 2005, 12:38 AM
officeworks do a few stands - this is one of them

http://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/catalog...3FVUDKA1RFW5BL1 (http://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/catalog/sku.asp?ID=FE8032001&LEVEL=SK&PR=Q63&FMID=6539506&SID=PP7W6Q487X978L9WE3FVUDKA1RFW5BL1)

they also do one called a lap ramp

http://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/catalog...3FVUDKA1RFW5BL1 (http://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/catalog/sku.asp?ID=AULAPDG&LEVEL=SK&PR=Q63&FMID=6539505&SID=PP7W6Q487X978L9WE3FVUDKA1RFW5BL1)

rice mac
2nd March 2005, 11:30 AM
http://www.roadtools.com/
For lap use try the Podium Coolpad. I use the travel version, and it is excellent on airline trays since it doesnt allow the laptop to slide or slip around. It also has the benefit of preventing the bottom of the laptop from getting scratched by not being in contact with the table/surface. My Tibook used to get scratched up something shocking by the airline trays. Also useful if you wish to place your laptop on a dirty surface
http://www.roadtools.com/images/stap.travbig.jpg

This clear one looks promising since it is height adjustable but at US$50, is the same price as the iCurve
http://ergokomfort.com/catalog/adjustable_...er__3940843.htm (http://ergokomfort.com/catalog/adjustable_laptop-desktop_stand__spacesaver__3940843.htm)
http://imagescommerce.bcentral.com/merchantfiles/5101220/anm_9001.gif


A couple of other stands
http://www.raindesigninc.com/ilap.html
http://www.laptop-laidback.com/
http://www.koolsink.com/
http://www.contourdesign.com/noteriser/
There was a very industrial looking one made by a Japanese company called Kamas, but a quick google gives me dead links except for one, so maybe it is not made/imported from Japan anymore? It looks very similar to the Contour stand.
http://www.macworldextra.co.uk/showme_detail.lasso?urn=40069




Originally posted by spargo@Mar 1 2005, 10:56 PM
I'm getting an iCurve in a few weeks, hopefully if i can find one in Singapore...
Whereabouts are you staying?
There is an Applecenter on Orchard Road. It is located in the same building as Borders and a Marks&Spencer's clothes store.

If you have the time or are near the area, head to Funan. There are about 3-4 resellers in the building and more stores selling Apple peripherals and accessories. These guys are also cheaper than the Apple branded stores. You can find some of the Japanese made Mac accessories available for sale.

Another place is Sim Lim tower, but it is a bit more stressful to shop there since the vendors are very aggressive in their sales pitches.


This article has a look at a few options
http://www.macworld.com/2004/04/secrets/ma...lemac/index.php (http://www.macworld.com/2004/04/secrets/maymobilemac/index.php)

purana
2nd March 2005, 11:47 AM
I have an icurve for my powerbook and I think its great.. machine is at eye level...