The MacBook Pro is the workhorse of the Apple portable computing line, with the power and screen real estate to keep even professional video editors happy when they're on the road. All that power generates heat that can sometimes add up to an uncomfortable user experience, especially if you're using the MacBook Pro as a true "laptop" computer. A new product from madMINDS LLC, the TILT (US$55.00), resolves that issue by providing active cooling in a wafer-thin stand that beautifully compliments the design of the unibody MacBook Pro.
The TILT got started as a Kickstarter project last fall and achieved $22,075 in funding for a $8,000 goal. Now that production has started, the TILT is available only for the 15" unibody aluminum MacBook Pro. Fortunately, my wife happens to use one of those as her home computer, so I was able to get a review device to test.
The TILT comes in a very thin cardboard box wrapped inside a cloth bag. It's light, adding about 1.1 pounds (.5 kg) to the weight of your 15" MacBook Pro. It's made of a plastic material that looks virtually identical to the aluminum MacBook body. On the bottom of the TILT is a threaded hole for a tripod -- this seems odd, but is perfect for photographers or videographers who take their MBP to the field for backup or immediate processing of images. Just take the MBP, attach it to the TILT, put it on top of a tripod, and you've got a great way to keep that laptop at the proper height whether you're sitting or standing.