Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand
Raise your Mac’s display to a more comfortable viewing level
Not content to just hold your iMac, this comfortably wide (21.7x9.1 in – about as wide as a 21.5-inch iMac) monitor stand aims to make it more convenient to use. There are four USB 3.0 ports on the front, so it’s easy to attach a USB stick or plug in your phone for charging. Just connect the provided USB cable from the stand’s rear to your iMac (or other computer of choice) to get going. It also has passthroughs for 3.5mm mic and headphone jacks (again, cables are provided), though in the case of the iMac this can be of limited use, since current models only offer a single port for both.
The stand doesn’t have its own power supply, so if you connect several things, you might find they charge a bit slowly – not a huge problem, but something to be aware of. The stand itself is plastic along the top, with aluminum legs. It looks better in photos than in the flesh, sadly, but it’s far from ugly – just quite plasticky. Ours had a bit of concerning wobble when we placed our iMac on it, but seemed perfectly sturdy after that – we never worried about the iMac falling off. It stands reasonably high off the desk, with plenty of space to fit a Mac mini under it, as well as most external hard drives (when kept on their sides, at least). Matt Bolton