Frequently Asked Questions
How to use your MacBook closed in BookArc:
Is BookArc Pro compatible with the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display?
Yes. BookArc Pro includes an insert made just for both the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display models. Owners of the original BookArc for MacBook can add MacBook Pro with Retina display compatibility to their existing stand by purchasing the Retina display insert. Click here to learn more.
What! I can use my MacBook closed? How do I do that?
Yes you can. Connect a nice big external monitor, your favorite keyboard & mouse and you’ve essentially turned your MacBook into a space-saving micro tower. Apple calls it “Closed Clamshell Mode”. Read specific instructions directly from the Apple tech support site right here.
Ok, now why would I want to use my MacBook closed?
Many reasons, but basically it boils down to wanting a portable notebook on the road, and a comfortable desktop computer at home. Using your MacBook closed on a BookArc while connected to your favorite widescreen monitor, keyboard and mouse is truly the best of both worlds.
If I have a first-gen BookArc, can I get the new BookArc Pro features without buying a new stand?
Yes. A BookArc Upgrade Kit is now available that will update a previous generation BookArc to the new BookArc Pro. It will add the new improved fit for unibody MacBook Pro models and the cable management system - but not the redesigned feet. The BookArc Upgrade Kit can be purchased for $14.99 here.
What Apple Portables can work closed while attached to an external display?
According to Apple, all MacBooks, MacBook Pros, MacBook Air and PowerBook G4s can work in Closed Clamshell mode. More info directly from Apple can be read here.
What insert should I use for my MacBook?
3 inches (7.6 cm)Height
4.5 inches (11.4 cm)Width
10.12 inches (25.7 cm)Depth
1.2 pounds (.54 kg)Weight
10.5 inches (26.7 cm)Height
4.625 inches (11.75 cm)Width
3.45 inches (8.76 cm)Depth
1.7 pounds (.77 kg)Weight
MacBook Pro (13, 15 or 17-inch unibody)Insert #5
MacBook Pro with Retina display (13 or 15-inch)Insert #7
What's in the box?
Silicone Pad Fit Inserts (x2)