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BookArc for 2016 MacBook Pros works well — if you don’t want Touch Bar access

Twelve South has released a new model of its BookArc — which allows you to run your setup from the power of your Mac laptop while in closed clamshell mode — that supports the 2016 MacBook Pros. It’s a great product — except that it means you’re unable to use one of the laptop’s most heralded features: the Touch Bar.

To use you slide your laptop into the silicone slot, connect it to an external display, add a full-size keyboard and mouse to create a de facto desktop setup. Unplug the MacBook, and BookArc’s newly designed cable-catch feature keeps your cables from falling to the floor. 

If you don’t mind a lack of access to the Touch Bar (though I do mind), the $49.99 BookArc for 2016 MacBook Pros works well. It holds the laptop vertically vertically, freeing up desk space. Twelve South’s stand also matches Apple’s aesthetics. The BookArc is made from bead-blasted aluminum with a polished chamfered edge that pays homage to the mirrored Apple logo.

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.