A LAPTOP stand is a pretty simple thing, right? Yes, which is why this isn’t a long review of this particular product.
The Twelve South Curve is an angled metal laptop stand designed to elevate and tilt a laptop, allowing for easier use on a desk or as a secondary device at a workstation.
While designed for MacBooks, it works perfectly with Windows-based laptops too, and does exactly what it says it does. Laptops sit comfortably on the stand, they don’t move about, and the stand doesn’t bounce when you type or game on the laptop.
The focus is more from a work perspective than gaming, but by tilting the keyboard and screen on the Curve, I had no trouble at all playing most of my games – although I found the results worked best with slower-paced strategic games (think XCOM, Civilisation, Cities: Skylines and so on) than twitchy FPS multiplayer games.
Being raised off the ground it helps with airflow (always an issue on gaming laptops) but there’s no active cooling here; you’re not getting fans or anything with it.
It’s also useful for content creators too, allowing access to the screen and angled keyboard, whie
The stand is well made, it’s sturdy, and it is also expensive – as a lot of the Twelve South stuff is, because they position themselves as a premium brand and their target audience are people for whom aesthetics and the like are equally important as “does this work?” and are happy to pay for that.
And pay they will, because it has an RRP of AUD$89.99, which is a lot of money for what it is.
That aside, the Twelve South Curve does what it sets out to do, it’s well made and it looks stylish doing it – all good things in a computer peripheral.