These days, desk space is as expensive a commodity. Many people have moved over to laptops, not because the laptop is more convenient, or even that they need the portable functionality, but because it simply takes up less space. The problem is that laptops really aren’t all that comfortable for long periods of time on a desk; the screen is too low and for the many the keyboard isn’t the right size or doesn’t have the right feel to make it comfortable.
It seems foolish to consider using an LCD display in place of the on in your laptop; especially since laptops (PowerBooks especially) have top of the range LCD panels in them already. Adding a keyboard is easier, but then you have the problem of siting your laptop so that the display is at a reasonable height. My wife uses a stack of thick books. Not the best solution, but it’s simple, and practical and has the benefit of infinite height adjustment just by choosing a different selection of dead trees.
The Griffin iCurve on the other hand is at a fixed height, but the height is perfect for most people to have the monitor at exactly the right height – just below eye level. Better still, it’s even more perfectly aligned so that most PowerBooks, iBooks and other laptops will be the same height as most LCD panels, including Apple’s own brushed aluminium options. Being high-up and with only two simple arms for supporting the laptops (with slip-resistant rubber) it also helps to keep most laptops very cool. Since putting my 17″ PowerBook on one, the fan has come on far less frequently, even when relatively heavily loaded.
The iCurve is, simply, a piece of plastic, but in addition to a more comfortable angle, better LCD height, easier access to the various ports on your laptop, it also gives you back the desk space you lost when the laptop arrived. When combined with a decent keyboard, it’s easy to fool yourself into thinking you are a desktop again but with a considerable smaller footprint and better access.
Best of all though, that desk space you lost and regained can be used for other things. I have two iCurves on my desk. One houses what can only be described as an iPod station, holding the cables (the legs and a Velcro strap are great for anchoring cables) and docks for my iPods, along with the bags I use for the cables, headphones and remotes. Until recently, the other iCurve held my paperwork (including all my paper notebooks) in a nice convenient stack. Right now, it’s holding my Mac Mini, giving me two powerful little computers in the space of the old laptop. At a stretch, I could fit two Minis under there, and believe me it’s tempting to do so.
If you’ve got a laptop, like using another keyboard, and find you are either using books or have a crick in your neck for staring down at your monitor, then get an iCurve. You’ll be amazed how much it improves your working environment.