Just Mobile AluRack for Apple iMac and ThunderBolt Displays Review

Screen Shot 2012 12 11 at 9 08 42 AM

If you use a MacBook and either an iMac or a ThunderBolt Display, Just Mobile’s AluRack will help you keep things neat and tidy while letting you be more productive than ever. We recently looked at the company’s AluBase. It holds your MacBook in a vertical position on your desk and lets you connect it to your big, beautiful iMac or display whenever you want your notebook to work as a desktop.

If, however, you don’t want to take up the extra desk space with the AluBase and MacBook, then the AluRack is exactly what you have been looking for. Let’s take a closer look.

Screen Shot 2012 12 11 at 9 08 31 AM

From Just Mobile:

The laptop mount for Apple iMac and ThunderBolt Display.

The Just Mobile AluRack™ is the innovative rear storage solution for your Apple iMac or Thunderbolt Display. This ingenious rack, Designed in Denmark by the award-winning Jakob Wagner, allows you to mount a laptop or external drive to the rear of your display.

The two-piece AluRack™ screws together through the hole in the stand of your iMac or Apple Display, creating a solid shelf without causing any damage to your computer. Crafted from high-grade aluminium and soft plastic, AluRack is the perfect complement to your iconic computer kit and the ideal way to keep your desk clutter-free.

Gear Diary Just Mobile 48

It all starts with the big round hole in the back of Apple’s iMac and displays. They work well as pass-throughs for your various power cords and cables but, when used with the AluRack the hole serves double duty be allowing you to “suspend” your Apple notebook.

Gear Diary Just Mobile 29

The AluRack comes in two pieces that screw together. It is a simple idea, but it works quite well.

Gear Diary Just Mobile 30

Once in place, the AluBase becomes “one” with the display. Best of all, it is neatly tucked away behind the screen.

And, perhaps best of all, the AluRack maintains the power cord and cable hole of the display so you can also manage your cords and cables as you would were the AluRack not there. Again, it is a simple approach that works well.

Gear Diary Just Mobile 31

This is both aesthetically pleasing and quite practical in a setting where there is little desk space available. It is also great if you just like keeping things clean and tidy.

Gear Diary Just Mobile 53

The AluRack holds the MacBook in place without any straps, adjustments or other means of securing it in place. From there you simply attach all the cables, add a keyboard and mouse and you are good to go.

If you are using your MacBook as the brains of your computer, but are connecting it to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for a full desktop experience, then the AluRack is a terrific solution. Do you need it? Nope. You can do the same thing and simply leave the laptop lying on your desk. But if you want the laptop safely raised from potential spills and neatly and securely tucked out of the way, this is a terrific solution… so long as you have access to the back of your iMac or monitor. You can learn more and order yours here on the Just Mobile website.

MSRP: $59.95 plus shipping

What I Like: A neat and clean solution for tucking your laptop behind an iMac or Apple monitor; Well made from strong materials that won’t scratch your computer; Still allows cable-pass through from the iMac or monitor

What Needs Improvement: Not something you need, but it is a nice luxury to have; Only usable if you have easy access to the back of your iMac or monitor

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. If you are shopping on Amazon anyway, buying from our links gives Gear Diary a small commission.

About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.