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Twelve South BackPack V2 Adjustable Shelf for iMac and Apple Displays

4.1 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Holds up to 3.5 pounds of hard drives, peripherals- even MacBook Air
  • Adjustable clips allow placement at any height along back of stand
  • Fits all current iMacs, Apple Thunderbolt Displays and Apple Cinema Displays

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Product Description

Product Description

Backpack is a sleek, sturdy shelf designed exclusively for your iMac or Apple Display. This gorgeous slice of steel makes a perfect perch for hard drives, USB peripherals or business cards. Included vertical support pegs prop up tall drives, Time Capsule or even your MacBook Air. Backpack hangs on the back (or front) of your Mac using two clips and gravity. Built-in cable management rails hold your power cords in place for grab-and-go convenience. Backpack is here to help you create the minimalist Zen-like workspace your Mac was made for.

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Model: 12-1212
Color: Silver
For: Mac

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BackPack 2

Adjustable Shelf for Mac

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Little shelf that's out of sight, but not out of reach.

BackPack is a sleek, sturdy shelf designed exclusively for your iMac or Apple Display. This gorgeous slice of steel makes a perfect perch for hard drives, USB peripherals or business cards. Included vertical support pegs prop up tall drives, Time Capsule or even your MacBook Air. BackPack hangs on the back (or front) of your iMac using two clips and gravity. Built-in cable management rails hold your power cords in place for grab-and-go convenience. BackPack is here to help you create the minimalist zen-like workspace your Mac was made for.

Hangs on the front or back of Mac.

Hang BackPack on the back of your Mac for taller peripherals or to dress up your workspace with trophies or Transformers. Attach this cool little shelf to the front of your Apple display and stash your iPhone, wallet and keys or mini hard drive up and off of your desk.

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VIP parking for your gadgets and gear.

BackPack is the perfect place to park portable hard drives, hubs or other USB peripherals you want to hide, but need easy access to. Built-in cable management rails on each side of BackPack keep your cables in place. No more watching your power cable slip to the floor when you unplug. You can even tie the extra length of cable to the BackPack rails to keep things super tidy. When you bring your hard drive back to your Mac, your cables are ready and waiting.

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Tall is no problem for this small shelf.

BackPack includes four vertical support pegs that hold vertical hard drives in place. The vertical support pegs can also be used to safely and securely prop up Time Capsule, Airport Extreme, MacBook Air or any other device that weighs up to 3.5 pounds. Coated with soft silicone, the support pegs won’t leave any marks on your gear and can be arranged in different formations to accommodate a wide range of devices.

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Uses gravity to hang tight.

BackPack hangs on the front or back of the L-shaped desk stand on iMacs and Apple Displays, using gravity and two simple, adjustable clips. The adjustable clips let you position the shelves at the perfect height without a screw ever touching your iMac. Because the BackPack uses gravity to stay in place, it will not leave any scratches or marks on your machine.

Room for two on your Mac.

Since BackPack is height-adjustable, you can hang two shelves on one Mac. Hang one low for a backup hard drive and one high for taller gadgets or office toys. Or imagine this killer setup: a MacBook Air resting on a BackPack on the back of your Thunderbolt Display and a MacBook Air SuperDrive parked on a second BackPack in front. The choice of what to display and store on your BackPack is half the fun of owning one.

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Tech Specs


Compatibility


What's in the Box?

Height
0.79 inches (2 cm)
Width
7 inches (17.8 cm)
Depth
3.9 inches (10 cm)
Weight
0.4 pounds (0.18 kg)
Max Capacity
3.5 pounds (1.59 kg)
Fit Insert #3
20-inch iMac
21.5-inch iMac
24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display
Fit Insert #4
24-inch iMac
27-inch iMac
27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display
27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display
Included:
BackPack Shelf

Vertical Support Pegs (x4)

BackPack Stand Clips (x2)

Clip Fit Inserts (x4)

Non-slip Shelf Pad


Frequently Asked Questions

Does the BackPack work with the new iMacs and Apple Thunderbolt Displays?

BackPack works on the front or back of any iMac or Apple Display with an L-shaped stand. The 21.5" iMac uses the included #3 Fit Insert. The 27" iMac and Apple Thunderbolt Display both use the included #4 Fit Insert.

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      Does the shelf screw into my iMac Stand? Will it scratch it?

      No. The clips, when tightened, are a fixed width apart. The BackPack shelf is then held onto the iMac stand with gravity! The only thing that actually touches the stand is the non-scratch, plastic Fit Inserts.

      Can I use BackPack 2 for holding my MacBook Pro on the back of my iMac/Apple Display?

      No. BackPack 2 has a weight limit of 3.5 pounds, which is perfect for a MacBook Air (2.96 pounds) or Mac Mini (2.7 pounds), but not MacBook Pro (which starts at 4.46 pounds)

      Is there a weight limit to storage in the BackPack?

      Yes. Because you can adjust the height position of the BackPack, you can also install two (or more). Place one lower for hard drives and hubs, then locate a second BackPack higher for a display shelf or an iPod charging pad. Or hang one on the front of your iMac and one on the back. When it comes to out-of-sight storage for your iMac, two is definitely better than one.

      Isn’t Time Capsule too large for the BackPack shelf?

      Positioned flat, Time Capsule or a Mac Mini would be too large for BackPack, however, the four included vertical support pegs let you safely and securely prop up Time Capsule, a Mac Mini or any other hard drive in a vertical position.

  • 21.5-inch iMac = Use Fit Insert #3
  • 27-inch iMac = Use Fit Insert #4
  • Apple Thunderbolt Display = Use Fit Insert #4

Product Information

Technical Details

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Brand Name Twelve South
Item model number 12-1212
Item Weight 14.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 7.3 x 1.3 x 4.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 7.3 x 1.3 x 4.3 inches
Color Silver

Additional Information

ASIN B008RJTVNS
Customer Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,000 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Monitor Accessories > Monitor Arms & Stands
Shipping Weight 14.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available August 3, 2012

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Verified Purchase
With my personal set up of my computers, I wasn't planning on using this to put my laptop on. I prefer to use my laptop as an external screen, so I mainly bought this with other uses in mind. However, I've made to realizations about the Backpack:

1. It's not as big as I thought. I made the mistake of not looking at dimensions first.
2. If you rotate your iMac a lot (I bought the 360 stand for it at the same time), be wary of what you put on the shelf. It's likely to fall off.

Now these aren't knocks against the product itself, but some things I didn't think about were also the tendency to tap my foot on the ground while at my desk sometimes make the desk shake a little. The shake can easily knock something not laying down on the Backpack off.

It's also good to observe how much you adjust your iMac's screen. I like to rotate it a lot (bought the 360 iMac stand at the same time as this), and it also will make things fall off that aren't laying down.

That all said, the product works very well for it's intended use. I haven't tried putting my Air on the back of it, and probably never will. These are just things to keep in mind before purchasing the product.

4 out of 5 for the set-up. The grips on the back don't seem to hold the Backpack level, and instead sit at a bit of a slope (towards the iMac). It's also not terribly easy to adjust the horizontal placement of the Backpack.
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I recently have gone out and upgraded my whole computer set up by purchasing an Apple MacBook Pro 15") to run in clam shell mode and an Apple Thunderbolt 27" Display. For typing, I purchased an Apple Wireless Keyboard. I realized that, after I finish typing, I wanted to move my keyboard off the center of my desk so that I could work on paperwork but wondered how an effective way to do it would be.

Enter the Twelve South BackPack.

I already purchased their BookArc desk stand for Macbook pro and was very impressed by their products and thought I would give their backpack a shot. The product shows up cleanly packaged like their other products which have taken a page out of the way Apple products package their items.

The BackPack is very simple to construct with the included instructions. The backpack is the brushed aluminum color and design and blends in seamlessly with the rest of the Apple products it was designed to function with.

Unfortunately, the intended use of the BackPack was a no-go. The photo and description show they wireless keyboard resting on the Backpack seamlessly. I found that the BackPack is a lot smaller than I thought it would be. The keyboard barely rests on the BackPack.
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This worked really well for adding a thunderbolt powered backup drive to my iMac. I prefer not to clutter up my computer table with peripherals and this fits the bill well by mounting to the back of the iMac stand. Very unobtrusive and fits with the Apple's aluminum construction. Comes with a variety of little attachments to make it fully customizable. Recommended without hesitation.
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Fits onto the back of my monitor okay, but there is some flex to the platform that makes it slant 10 degrees or so below horizontal. If it were a perfect fit, I would unconditionally promote this product, but the subpar fit is definitely a limitation.
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I have the 12South BookArc and love the design and functionality (even though I think it is a little pricey for what it is) - so I decided to get this and maximize a little more desk space.

As others have stated it's smaller than expected.

I bought the new version, because newer is better right? Well it seems that the only difference are pegs that help hold something like a computer - but it likely would not support more than the weight of a MacBook Air ... so if you don't want to support a more vertical device, you will probably be able to save money and buy version 1.

It's not as stable as I hoped - I think 12South could have focused a bit more on function than form - and created something that was easier to tighten and perhaps had an additional way to support the shelf - perhaps a "leg" that pushed against the monitor stand?

I have 2 hard drives on the stand now, and while they don't equal the 3.5 lb capacity of this, I am worried that they may fall, because I don't feel like I can get the BackPack tight enough.

12South has great looking products, but I feel like I am paying for design - and not as much for real-world functionality.
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I want nearly every Twelve South product out there. I bought this to hold a portable external hard drive behind my 27" Thunderbolt display as a two partitioned Archive & Time Machine.

Everything feels great out of the box. Great packaging. Solid feel. Matched the silver of Mac products.

Mounting it was difficult. The washers weren't thick enough to mount as instructed in the manual, so I had to move them to the otherside of the screw / shelf / bolt. This worked fine but created a small unsightly gap noone will see. The bolts are tough to grasp and tighten tight enough to prevent slipping.

Once I got it mounted, all is well. It holds my hard drive very well, and aside from the difficult installation, it's a good product.

The difficulty of mounting it took a star away for me.
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