- Strong and durable polyproylene
dome holds iMac in place
- Halo style lamp for showcasing
iMac or typing in dark
- Molded Apple speaker
holders integrated into keyboard panel
- Interchangeable left
or right hand keyboard panel
- Custom molded castor
wheels matching iMac design (raceways designed for easy movement on carpet)
- Cable compartment organizes
and hides wires
- Keyboard panel with adjustable
heights and depths
- Gel-filled wrist rest
and mouse pad
- Polycarbonate panel shelf
for iPod, camera, external drives, etc.
- Translucent white wrapping
band holds iMac and iGo cables together for clean look
I'll get this out of the way first: The iGo does not come pre-assembled, and
putting this stand together is nothing less than a daunting task. I normally like
to build things, but I did not enjoy assembling this stand.
It didn't seem like it would be that difficult at first, because the legs already
have their wheels on, so all I had to do was attach the legs to the base, attach
the shelf panel to the legs, and then attach the keyboard tray. Attaching the legs,
however, turned out to be a lot more frustrating than I imagined. Installing the
four legs to the dome base throws two hurdles at you at once. You not only need to
balance the legs and the base (they are not light), but getting the screws to line
up through the base into the leg was horrendous. You are holding the base in one
hand, using various body parts to hold the leg against the base, and using your free
hand to thread the screw; and most of the time the screw just did not want to cooperate.
I had to continually manoeuvre both the leg and the base until I "got lucky"
and the screw went in. This process is much easier with another body helping you,
but even then, getting the screws to line up is still a challenge. Attaching the
shelf was simple in comparison, and the keyboard panel was a breeze. The cord wrap
is a nice touch, because it allows you to combine the iMac power cord with the iGo
power cord into what appears as a single cord - much neater than both cords flopping
around. Putting the cord wrap on, however, was painfully tedious. Finally, it was
time to push some USB wiring through the base (for my keyboard and Apple speakers),
place the lid on the base, and then the iMac on the base.
Assembling frustrations aside, the iGo unit is gorgeous. It really suits the
iMac well, and shows it off better than any other computer desk I've seen. With the
translucent plastic leg brace (that also acts as a shelf), the shiny steel legs,
and the white dome mirroring the base of the iMac, it's themed perfectly. At night,
with the dome halo light on, it is truly a picture of technological beauty. A picture
is worth a thousand words, so pictured below is the actual iGo unit being reviewed.
On the left is the iGo in standard light, and on the right is the iGo in the dark
with the dome light on.
iGo in light (left) and in dark with dome light on (right)
Most of the wiring can
be hidden in the iGo's base. As pictured above, the keyboard and speaker wires enter
the front of the base, they drape around the inside of the base with some wire holding
clips, and then exit out the back right next to where the USB plugs are. Note that
it looks like just one power cord coming down the back, but that is actually the
iMac power cord and the iGo power cord inside the iGo cord wrap. On the shelf is
my wireless mouse transmitter for my Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse. The other cable
shown going from the back of the iMac to my stereo is a Griffin audio cable that
pipes my iMac's audio into my surround sound stereo system (great for listening to
iTunes or playing Halo). This is a very sleak setup.
NOTE: For further enhancing
the "clean" look, you'll definitely want to get an Airport card installed
in your iMac and use a wireless router for your internet connection so that you can
avoid an ethernet cable draped down the side.
Ergonomically, the stands
holds it's own. The keyboard tray is fully adjustable, allowing you to lower or raise
it as well as pull it out or push it in, supporting various chair heights and body
sizes. The tray and stand are very sturdy, and it was comfortable to sit at and work
on. The unit rolled with ease on both a hardware floor and on carpet. I was worried
that the stand may roll unwantingly on the hardware floor, but after weeks of use,
I did not notice any problems of the unit straying. The stand remains stationery
while working on it, yet is easily mobile when I need it to be.
This stand comes with somewhat of a big price tag considering that it offers you
no desk space; only the small shelf beneath the dome. However, this is one of those
aesthetically pleasing pieces of furniture that once you see it, and picture a good
place for it, you'll feel that you just have to have one. It may even inspire you
to purchase an iMac just so you can use the stand. For those of you who want to hook
your iMac up to your stereo - giving you full access to your entire CD collection
by way of iTunes - but do not want some plain looking messy desk clashing with your
living room furniture, the iGo is the solution you have been looking for. My setup
provides me complete access to my entire CD library, making my 5-CD changer obsolete.
With the nice design of the iGo stand, I have not sacrificed the look of my living
room - if anything, the area looks better. Every guest who has stepped into my home
has been wowed by this combination. The stand is so well themed with the iMac that
many have made the assumption that both the iMac and the iGo are manufactured by
Apple. Kudos to Rain Design's engineers.
Of course, the stand is
not for everyone. If you need your desktop space, you probably want to stick with
a traditional desk. If you tend to swap out your peripherals, keep in mind that the
iGo unit is designed specifically for the iMac and its stock peripherals. You could
use the iGo with any mouse, but if you swap out your Apple keyboard for something
larger or shaped differently, the keyboard tray on the iGo may not hold it securely.
Likewise, if you swap out your Apple eyeball speakers for the much preferred iSticks,
you'll have to find somewhere else to place those, because the speaker holders built
into the iGo are specifically designed for the eyeball speakers (they would not hold
Rain Design's iGo stand for the iMac is the premiere computer stand to showcase
your iMac and make your PC friends envious. With its streamlined design, the iGo
provides a sturdy iMac base, takes up as little space as possible, conceals extraneous
cables, and gives your iMac great mobility. It is custom fit to the iMac, which may
be a disadvantage if you have a non-standard keyboard or speakers. Be warned that
besides the high purchase price, the iGo requires a high level of patience during
assembly. As a programmer and web designer, I wouldn't be able to use this stand
as my primary work space simply because I require a lot of desk space, and when I
work, things get messy. However, for a secondary computer, or for those who mainly
use your Mac for the internet and your digital lifestyle, the iGo is "the"
stand to get. The iGo will certainly enhance your iMac experience, and at night,
with the halo light eluminating the stand, it will give your iMac that magic glow
that you always new it should have. My unit even inspired a neighbor of mine to get
an iGo for his iMac, and now with his Airport card, he's talking of rolling it out
to his backyard to surf the web from his hot tub. Nice.
- Beautiful design, themed
perfectly for iMac
- iGo base and cord wrap
do wonders for hiding wire mess
- Smooth wheels for iMac
- Awesome halo night light
- Assembly can be frustrating
- May not suit your 3rd
4 out of 5 Mice