Twelve South, Curve Flex laptop stand – review

Today, comfort at work is more and more important, whether at home or in the office. Indeed, using appropriate materials such as a mouse, laptop, screen, headphones, laptop stands and others may make you more efficient and improve your way of working.

To address this shift in work, Twelve South recently launched its new sleek MacBook stand, the Curve Flex, which will make your MacBook more flexible.

The Twelve South Curve Flex is a foldable portable laptop stand with the ability to place your computer, at adjustable eye level, up to 22 inches above the desktop. It is designed for Apple products but will work with most laptops. It’s a sequel to the original Curve, which basically did the same thing, minus the portability and adjustability.

What’s in the box:

  • Twelve South Curve Flex laptop stand
  • Neoprene sleeve
  • Hex axis adjustment tool
  • Instructions.

Hardware specifications:-

  • Width: 10.4 inches (264 mm)
  • Height when folded flat: 1.18 inches (30 mm)
  • Maximum height in operation: 10.78 inches (274 mm)
  • Depth: 8.8 inches (224 mm)
  • Spacing between base legs: 7.28 (185 mm)
  • Weight: 1.75 pounds (28 oz)
  • Compatible with all laptops at least 8.66 inches wide and up to 7 pounds

Good points :-

  • Stable and rigid hinges do not feel loose (but can be tightened if necessary).
  • Carrying case included.

Bad points :-

  • Mostly compact, but not the smallest laptop stand.
  • Premium price.

Used :-

The Curve Flex can raise the screen up to 22 inches, beyond the obvious ergonomics, it also has the advantage of raising the front camera to a better viewing angle, so the other participants in the video call/meeting don’t even look up. The stand can tilt the keyboard between 0 and 45 degrees. Getting parts to move the way you want them to can be a bit tricky so out of the box, there are plenty of visual indicators. There were stickers on several parts of the product to show where my hands would go to raise and lower it, as well as how to angle it. It was tricky the first few times, but not complicated.

A key component of a movable stand is that it only moves when you want it to. After several days of bending and adjusting it into place, I felt confident that it was stable. There is a hex key included (inside the case in a tiny pocket) to tighten or loosen the hinges, but I didn’t need to use it.

The Curve Flex fit my MacBook Air nicely, this meant that the Curve Flex was able to hold my Surface Book 3 (which due to the removable screen design is heavier) as well, due to the rubber across the top and base of the unit, slipping and scratching There were no worries. There are also bits of rubber where the stand may fold into itself to prevent it from hitting metal on metal.

The stand is available in matte black or white, wherever the Twelve South Curve Flex laptop stand touches anything else (desk, laptop, itself) there are quality silicone pads that adhere very nicely to the strong painted aluminum. I was surprised that the Curve Flex came with a neoprene travel case as few products seem to come with their own accessories. It’s not the most luxurious case, but it kept the metal stand from cluttering up all the devices in my computer bag.

I tried the Curve Flex in a few ways first, I used it as a standalone laptop stand with an external mouse and keyboard. It was great to place the screen at eye level and prevent neck strain when I was out and about.

The second was as a stand to place my laptop in my work-from-home setup, setting the laptop screen next to the external monitor. The fit really came into play here. It looked good and performed very well.

Summary:-

Yes, a stack of books will bring your device up to eye level, but it’s a little harder to bring them with you on your travels. The Curve Flex is a bit on the expensive side, currently £89 Amazon But it is well designed and built and very stylish, and in keeping with Apples design ethos. This would make a good Christmas gift for the house worker or student in your life.

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