Twelve South HiRise stand for iMac

Nick Spence
6 October, 2012
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HiRise for iMac

Twelve South,


Stylish design adds height to any iMac, L shaped Apple Display; potential to ease back pain and health issues; quality look and feel; perforated faceplates for ventilation; some storage space provided; Allen wrench for assembly included.


Usefulness depends on the height of your desk; impact on viewing height at lowest shelf is minimal; some assembly required; no support for older Apple 30-inch display; barely portable.

US$79.99 + shipping


HiRise from Twelve South solves one simple problem, adding height to your iMac or L shaped Apple Display efficiently and elegantly when a pile of books simply won’t do. As the manufacturers point out, the health benefits of a properly positioned screen are clear, helping to ease bad posture and potential aches and pains creates a more productive and pleasant working environment. This is particularly true for anyone who spends too many hours sat in the same position, resisting the opportunity to take regular breaks.

A built in support shelf system lets users adjust the height of their screens to one of six positions, which vary from a modest 23 mm to a more noticeable 64 mm. It doesn’t sound a lot but it does appear to make a positive difference, as we found during our tests. This obviously all depends on the height of your desk or regular workspace. Twelve South notes enthusiastically that placing the shelf into the second slot from the bottom perfectly aligns the screen height of your iMac with a Thunderbolt Display. The stand includes some storage space, or nesting spot, for accessories and possibly valuables. Teflon sliders meanwhile, appear to protect your workspace from unsightly marks and scratches from turning or moving your iMac or display.

HiRise comes in packaging worthy of Apple’s high standards and thankfully that quality extends to the stand itself, which looks and feels classy, easily able to support the weight of the larger iMac. HiRise requires some assembly, including setting fixing screws in place to hold your iMac or Apple Display securely. It’s a little fiddly, especially when trying the different shelf options to find one best suitable for your desk, but it’s a process you should only really need to do once. Perforated faceplates allow for ventilation and should, insists the makers, help keep your drive cool. Such is the build quality that Twelve South’s stand may out live your iMac or display.

Macworld Australia’s buying advice

HiRise from Twelve South is something of a niche product although clearly a big plus for anyone putting undue stress on their back due to a poorly positioned iMac or Apple Display. Once you have found the best height for your workspace, it makes staring at a computer screen that bit more comfortable and hopefully healthier.


3 people were compelled to have their say. We encourage you to do the same..

  1. LordSmoke says:

    I thought this was an expensive, near valueless product when I first saw the press releases. Now, I really want one. I have become fond of my LightScribe CD burner since the internal one on my iMac died. This looks like it would provide the perfect hideaway for it (and, hopefully, my USB hub) with the ergonomic advantages of display elevation. Will be ordering soon.

  2. Peter T. says:

    What a great idea! I just ordered one.

  3. Gary Vial says:

    Excellently engineered sturdy product, but still way too low. Needs to be at least double the height. I’ve bought 2 and stacked them to get it right. This is an expensive option but it is more stable and has better aesthetics than the 3 glasses I was using before !

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