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Review: Contour NoteRiser Reviews
In the continuing series of occasional (very occasional -- Two pages worth in three years!) macosxhints.com reviews, I've written up my experiences with the Contour Design NoteRiser, a stand designed to elevate the screen on PowerBooks and iBooks to traditional monitor viewing heights.

Executive summary: An amazingly well-built product at a premium price over its competition.

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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: ryangreenberg on Mar 18, '04 11:11:47AM

The photos make it look like the two front rubber pieces obstruct the slot loading drive. Can anyone add if this is the case? If so, it seems like this could be an inconvenience at best and a danger at worst if a disc was prevented from ejecting.



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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: geek-e on Mar 18, '04 11:32:19AM

I saw this product featured on TechTV...it was in their "Don't Buy This" part of the show. Literally, they have a section of one of their programs that feature products to stay away from. This was one of them. :\

I personally haven't used it but $130 seems a little steep for a piece of foldable metal.



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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: robg on Mar 18, '04 12:25:59PM

On a 15" PowerBook, yes, I think the feet would obstruct the slot loading drive. On my 12", the slot is on the side so it's not an issue I ran into. I will update the review to note that fact tonight.

-rob.



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Review: Contour NoteRiser is CRAP
Authored by: djjuice on Mar 18, '04 11:47:10AM

I hope you did some research before buying this.. Even TechTV Said this was crap and told people not to buy it http://www.techtv.com/freshgear/products/story/0,23008,3616200,00.html



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Review: Contour NoteRiser is CRAP
Authored by: robg on Mar 18, '04 12:30:57PM

In my conclusion, I basically list only one group of people that would find the product worthwhile at the price: those who move a laptop amongst a number of locations, and have keyboards/mice at each of them. Personally, I'll probably personally buy one of the cheaper stands, as I don't have a need for a stand anywhere other than work -- but I do like having the screen at eye level, so a stand (or a pile of books!) will be required.

But if you do need to move a stand around, I can't imagine a better one to drag about than the NoteRiser - it's light and it folds completely flat. If you do enough moving about, perhaps the $129 pricetag becomes justifiable.

[I didn't purchase the Contour; it's a review unit that I'll be sending back now that the review is done.]

-rob.



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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: arosen on Mar 18, '04 02:29:55PM

Wouldn't a thick dictionary or two suffice?



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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: mzajac on Mar 18, '04 05:11:45PM

Is it compatible with Mac OS 9 too?



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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: natecook on Mar 18, '04 05:37:49PM

No. Jaguar and Panther only.



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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: imageworx on Mar 18, '04 06:41:07PM

Here's what'd I recommend:

-get a sheet of 1/4" thick tempered glass the size of your portable +1/2" Wider and longer.

The glass acts like a heat sink and draws the temperature away. We had several laptops on a thick, tempered conference table and were amazed at the coolness of the laptops after finishing the meeting (usually they are really warm after an hour or two). The glass took the heat and dissippated it. Its cheap and simple.

BTW, I saw the TechTV spot on the product and would pan it.

---
To BeOS or Not to BeOS



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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: bostmass on Mar 18, '04 09:48:20PM

Check out the iCurve. It's really spectacular for bringing a pb up to the level of an apple display, especially useful for dual monitor displays.



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Forgot link
Authored by: bostmass on Mar 21, '04 08:44:34AM

Sorry, meant to include a link to it. Here it is.



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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: TonyIC on Mar 18, '04 11:37:27PM

I use a cardboard box.

It elevates my Pismo to the correct height and it was free.



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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: aranor on Mar 19, '04 01:35:01AM

I love my Podium CoolPad. I will point out that the main use of laptop stands isn't to raise the monitor, it's to keep the laptop cool by raising it off of the desk. And the Podium CoolPad does this great. It has feet that you adjust to change the angle of the laptop (and can remove if you want to stow the CoolPad completely flat) and it swivels, so you can rotate your laptop (to a degree) easily. It fits in my laptop bag easily with the feet still attached, and I take it with me everywhere I take my laptop. And on top of all this, it was only $30. You can buy yours at the Apple Store. I highly recommend it.



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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: victory on Mar 19, '04 05:35:10AM
Nice review.

For a while I've been looking at different PowerBook desktop stands such as the NoteRiser and the iCurve. As stylish as they both are, I'm too cheap to pay more than $20 just for something to prop up a laptop.

While browsing the aisles at OfficeMax, I found an acrylic telephone stand called the 'Eldon phone director' (sorry, I don't have a link. Just google it) for $10 that elevates the PowerBook to just the right height for me. The only addition I made was to add some of those adhesive rubber feet on the top to provide additional traction against the bottom of the PB, and so that slot-loading DVD drive on the front will clear the bottom edge of the stand.

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Review: Contour NoteRiser
Authored by: KRC on Mar 19, '04 08:00:33AM

Hmm ... I don't know if I could jusitify paying a 130 bucks on something just to prop up my laptop ...

For me, I just whatever is in my room, whether it is a stack of CDs or books, and old box, or whatever.

Right now, I'm using my $200 external DVD burner to prop up my ... it works and I can actually burn discs with it. ^_^



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