Best Macbook Pro MBP Notebook Stand – Logitech Alto Express Review

I wanted dual monitors with my Macbook Pro, but it isn’t possible without buying a graphics splitter like the Matrox DualHead2Go or Matrox TripleHead2Go.


Problem is, there’s a problem with the new unibody Macbook Pros with these splitters – apparently the video output doesn’t work that well. I think it’s still possible though, but I didn’t want to risk it.

So I thought about it for a while, and decided that I should just use my Macbook Pro as my secondary display, and just use my 24″ LCD as the primary display (you can change whichever’s primary and secondary in your Mac’s display preference pane). It’s working out pretty well, but I soon realised that my Macbook’s screen was too low, and the position wasn’t that optimal. I figured that I needed a notebook stand to prop up my Macbook, and went searching around, but I was aghast to find out that laptop stands ran for around $50. It was way too much.

Finally, I found one that fit my requirements, that is, to prop up my laptop screen high enough, and not have any fans. I used to have a laptop stand that came with USB-powered fans, but it wasn’t a very good thing to have in the end, because A) You lose the use of 1 USB port, B) The fans are very noisy, and C) The fans break down after just a few months.

The best notebook stand for the Macbook Pro that I found was the Logitech Alto Express Notebook Stand.


Logitech Alto Express Notebook Stand was less than $20, and had no moving parts, and looked really good. I ordered it, and it arrived pretty quickly. It came wrapped in plastic, and looked sturdy, with a nice rubberised base so that the laptop stand and your laptop wouldn’t slip.


Now with my Macbook Pro propped up nicely, the 2 screens were in a much better position, and I felt much more productive.


And here’s how my current setup looks now. Like what you see? Get your own setup like this with these accessories:

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Alvin Poh lives in Singapore, and is interested in marketing, techy stuff, and likes to just figure out how the two can work with each other. He can also be found on Google+.

4 comments On Best Macbook Pro MBP Notebook Stand – Logitech Alto Express Review

  • Hehe I got one TOOO!!!!:) Really well constructor sturdy and brings on many ooos and ahhhs haha 🙂

  • And at current prices .. less than a fiver, it’s a snip!

    One question, does it leave any breathing space under the laptop? My laptop Acer Travelmate 4520 14.1″ needs some space underneath to help the fans breath, especially top right under the backspace key. It seems to have a dip in the surface, but not if it will still cover the corner of the laptop.

    Any idea

    • yeah it’s a really good price! the dip does helps in the airflow, but i’m not sure if it’ll be right below the corner under the backspace key. obviously enough, the top-middle will enjoy the biggest space, and it gets smaller towards the corners. if your laptop’s fan/exhaust is in the middle then this design is great!

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