Tuesday, February 27, 2024
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Twelve South’s BackPack is a great shelf/storage solution for the 24-inch iMac

I was a big fan of Twelve South’s original BackPack for the iMac when it was released 12 years ago. And I’m just as big a fan of the new BackPack for the M1 iMac

The US$44.99 product has one goal and achieves it flawlessly. The aluminum shelf attaches to the back of the 24-inch iMac stand. You can use it to hold hard drives and hubs and declutter your desktop. I use it to hold/hide the external hard drive I use as a Time Machine back-up.

The gang at Twelve South say if the back of your iMac faces co-workers or customers, the matte white shelf can showcase awards, art, or even your favorite action figures. The back of my iMac only faces a wall, so this doesn’t apply to me, but at least you know.

The shelf requires a bit of installation; and you have to power down your iMac to do this. However, the process is quick and easy. A two-piece holster snaps into the oval opening on the back of your iMac stand. Then you slide the stand onto the holster. That’s it. And even though the shelf/storage rack only comes in one hue, the holster is clear so the color of your iMac shines through.

The BackPack also includes a peripheral strap and cable management features. You can use the strap to attach two devices to the shelf. For example, you should stash two external drives on the BackPack, an external drive and a hub, etc. There are also multiple cable ties to tie up long, dangling cables. 

I could complain that I wish the Twelve South shelf came in a blue color to match my 24-inch iMac, but since I rarely see it, that’s a niggling concern at best. 

Review overview

Functionality10
Design10
Appearance10

The Pros

  • Reduces desktop clutter
  • can store two items
  • comes with cable ties

The Cons

  • None

summary

10If you like a streamlined desktop as much as I do, the reasonably priced Twelve South BackPack will conveniently reduce your clutter.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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.