This month, Twelve South launched a new accessory for the iMac, iMac Pro and external monitors, called the “Curve Riser”. Like HiRise products, the Curve Riser lifts the iMac to a position that is more ergonomic for most users, while providing some storage under the iMac.
From a materials perspective, Curve Riser conforms to Twelve South’s established standard as a premier manufacturer of accessories; it is made of a slender metal and only comes in black. There is no main or rear door, and although the accessory has a much larger footprint than any iMac stand I have owned (comes in at 9 x 12 inches), the design is airy, smooth and unobtrusive.
The idea behind iMac stands for Curve Riser is that Apple’s desktop computer (and most computers with a fixed height) is not naturally ergonomic. If you give a little height to your layout, ideally when the top of your screen hits eye level, you can sit with a straight back and keep the entire screen in your sight without any difficult neck hats.
Twelve South’s original (and now discontinued) HiRise for the iMac was my first -iMac desktop stand, and it provided a few different height levels, perfect for finding my favorite position. In recent years, I switched to the Satechi Type-C stand, which despite the fact that I only had one height option, provided a large selection of easily accessible front-facing doors.
The height difference between Satechi’s accessories and the Twelve South Curve Riser has been so drastic that I’ve barely gotten used to the Curve Riser in the last week, and I’m not sure I should. The Satechi stand sits about 1.63 inches high, which is not much, but in the end gave me just the right eye level for the iMac.
The Curve Riser, which is 4.2 inches high, is simply too high for me. I often have to tilt my head up and down when working and moving to different parts of the iMac screen, with my eyes approximately in the middle of the screen when I sit high. I have an adjustable desk, so there is some wiggle room to turn down the iMac, but not much.
This height will work for some users who are taller than me, but the inability to really adjust the exact height of the accessory is a failure at this price point of $ 79.99. Although Satechi’s Type-C stand is also a fixed height, it feels far more universal a little over an inch from the desk, and can easily hit the ergonomic sweet spot for more people than the Curve Riser.
The same goes for Twelve South’s previous HiRise unit, and the current HiRise Pro, which offers adjustable shelf heights at a much higher price of $ 169.99.
I’ve also seen concerns about iMac stability when using a tripod like this, but I’ve never had such issues or have been concerned that iMac should tip over with any iMac stand, including the Curve Riser. The accessory has such a large footprint with a width of twelve inches that there is plenty of room for the iMac base to sit on top of the stand.
Given the weight of the iMac and the wide footprint of the Curve Riser, everything feels nice and solid when set up. Even in rooms with frequent traffic around a desk, I could not really see anyone having to worry about iMac overturning the Curve Riser.
The new Curve Riser is also built to match the aesthetics of Twelve South’s Curve and Curve SE for MacBook, another ergonomically-minded accessory that lifts your Apple notebook into the air by about 6 inches.
Another benefit of the Curve Riser is the stationary organization it offers with its small shelf, which measures 10 inches wide, 9.6 inches deep and approx. 1.75 inches high. This capacity can include a Mac mini, various USB hubs, hard drives, your wallet and more.
The shelf is certainly wide enough to hold quite a few items, making it a useful tool to get some clutter off your desktop. Nevertheless, the advantages of having a small organizational system do not outweigh the loss of adjustable height, which will hinder the use of the accessory for most people.
The Curve Riser is available on the Twelve South website for $ 79.99.
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