I <3 my new Macbook Pro Retina with Crane Stand Pro

Being that I have the absolute worse neck, shoulders, and upper back problems; I’ve been relentlessly searching for a “real” notebook stand for my MacBook Pro Retina. I was primarily looking for one where I could adjust the height to where the top of my notebook’s screen was eye level to be ergonomic compliant (http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/components_monitors.html). I finally found the Crane Stand Pro from Crane Hardware (http://www.cranehardware.com/product_info.php/products_id/31).

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Note: Can’t see my screen in the 1st picture because of my 3M Privacy Filter for MacBook Pro Retina (http://store.apple.com/us/product/HA743ZM/A/3m-15-privacy-filter-for-macbook-pro-with-retina-display), which also works great by the way.

It’s also great because my entire Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 (http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/natural-ergonomic-desktop-7000/WTA-00001#details) keyboard can fit under it. This is extremely important for the coders out there, since doing so allows you to minimize the distance from your eyes to the screen, pretty much keeping the same distance from the screen to your eyes as if you weren’t using a stand. Being that I am using a MacBook Pro Retina with a resolution of 2880×1800, this is uberly important, so that I can still see my code while working within Visual Studio. This was also after already trying out the following stands:

Last but not least another great quality of this stand is that it has two points of adjustment, as well as one for the viewing angle.

Anyhow, this stand comes high recommended for developers that are coding on their laptops in in an environment where you might not be at home and don’t have your big screens, in my case, when I’m at the office.

Happy Coding…! 🙂

12 thoughts on “I <3 my new Macbook Pro Retina with Crane Stand Pro

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  3. Le,

    Thank you for your very useful blog post about one month ago regarding ergonomics and the retina MacBook Pro, specifically the Crane Stand Pro ! Your post was very helpful and resonated with me (I have to wear several hats in my small business including some sys admin, programming, general documentation and quite a bit of business related email etc.). I purchased my MacBook Pro 15″ Retina about a month ago (just in time for the rest of the early 2013 refresh), and it is without a doubt in my mind the best laptop ever. This MacBook for me, is a desktop replacement (with the nice option of being able to travel with it once in a while – I’m not one to work at great lengths in cafes and so on, but having the option is great).

    I’m currently typing this email to you with my 15 inch retina MacBook Pro elevated on a 12 South HiRise stand which I decided to try since a local Apple Store was carrying it and I can easily return it if I’m not happy with it. So far, similar to what you seemed to encounter during your trials and tribulations, I’m having challenges adjusting the position of my MacBook Pro on my desk (vertically and particularly horizontally) such that I’m not sitting too far away from it, maintaining decent ergonomics, while also comfortably using a separate keyboard and mouse (I’m also using an Apple full sized USB numeric keyboard which I like compared to the smaller Apple standalone keyboard which I’ve tried).

    Thank you for your persistence trying out various stands, you have saved me (and I’m sure others) time / money / pain as a result (especially with your use case of being a developer). The crane stand pro looks like its very versatile. It also appears to be sold out at the moment , bummer (also it is by no means inexpensive!)

    By the way, regarding the 3M Privacy filter, are you sure its ok to apply that to the Retina’s screen? I was also thinking of getting a palm rest protector for my rMBPro but found this very useful article and Apple’s knowledgebase, which you might find interesting .



    • Hi Brendan,

      Thanks for the positive feedback, I’m absolutely sure the 3M is 100% safe for your retina. And, yes sounds like you need I Crane Stand Pro, obviously you read this post and saw that I had to return the HiRise. The issue with it was you can’t raise you MacBook to where the top of the screen is eye level (ergonomics) as well as comfortable placing your keyboard directly under the MacBook Pro Retina’s keyboard so that you don’t increase the distance between your eyes and the actual Retina display which is huge since the resolution for a Retina is quite large. Hmm, try buying the Crane Stand Pro on eBay, think I remember seeing a few on there,


    • Hi Le,

      Great followup point about the ergonomics including: height (eye level), distance (from eye), and keyboard placement (all three are indeed critical) and I concur that the HiRise didn’t meet all three.

      I also had a look at Amazon.com and there are some shops reselling Crane Stands so that’s another option besides eBay. In addition to the Crane Stand Pro, there is another stand by Crane called the Crane Standard … do you think the Crane Standard would work for the same requirements in this blog post for the Retina MacBook Pro or is there something about the Crane Stand Pro that is specific and a must have feature?

      I was telling a friend of mine today the story of discovering your blog post about this topic and she thought it was amusing that one would go to such great extends (including using a separate keyboard and raising the MacBook Pro’s height off the desk) mostly for the benefit of using the internal Retina display. I explained that the display is way too fantastic to use in clam shell / lid closed mode when an external monitor is available (kind of a waste of a great display if you ask me), and its great to have the option of traveling with your rMPBro and that great screen it has. What an awesome machine, and what its cool that the Crane stands have emerged from the world of pro audio / DJs with a use case for developers!


    • Thunderbolt to HDMI cable if its a MacBook Pro retina, should be regular HDMI to HDMI cable if its a MacBook Pro, both are available at your Apple store.


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