Last week, we highlighted Twelve South’s announcement of its new BackPack 2 accessory for Apple iMacs and LED Cinema/Thunderbolt display. The accessory is the successor to its original BackPack, a device that allows you to store hard drives or other peripherals behind your large display. The new version expands on the original, adding the ability to securely store things like laptops, the ability to store items below the display, and adding improved cable management by way of built-in rails.
I’ve been testing out the BackPack 2 in our workflow for the past week, and it is a great accessory. I have never tested out the original version, though the basis of the BackPack is neat. As an LED Display user with a MacBook Air, it is so convenient to store the MacBook Air behind the display when I am at my desk. That way, my desk can be used to store other things. The MacBook Air can be safely placed on the BackPack with an included set of pegs.
With that in mind, the BackPack 2 is an amazing solution for clearing up the technology from your desk. Perhaps an extension of that sentiment are the new cable rails on the right and left sides of the unit. These rails are perfect for pulling your cables through for increased organization.
On that note, the BackPack 2 is also perfect for storing external hard drives behind your display. New in the 2.0 version is the ability to place items below your display. On the note of clearing up your desk, you can use the BackPack 2 to store your wireless trackpad, keyboard and/or mouse in an easy position for taking and placing when needed.
Overall, we’ve enjoyed using the BackPack 2 and we recommend it for those who need an easy and cost effective ($34.99) solution for clearing up their desk and storing their technology.