About this project
Thanks for checking out The TILT Stealth! If you missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, you can still get the TILT Stealth at our official site madminds.com. A big thanks again to all of our backers...we couldn't have done it without you! Now let's get this MacBook Pro cooling revolution started! - Spencer & Clinton
We created The TILT Stealth for one reason, to put an end to generic cooling pads & stands that rule the land and infect your MacBook Pro with ugliness, bulkiness and ineffective cooling. Your MacBook Pro deserves a sleek, custom cooling solution, not the generic one-size-fits-all options currently in the marketplace. No screws, no assembly, no removal of factory parts. The TILT Stealth simply works out of the box.
The TILT Stealth is our answer to a cooling revolution. As MacBook Pro owners we don't need to suffer through lap burn or heating issues just because we want to maintain the sleek look of our laptop. We can have effective cooling with a sleek form factor that a Mac fan can be proud of. Mac people of the world, we can have it all.
We were thrilled that the original TILT was a success on Kickstarter with stellar reviews ranging from Cult of Mac calling The TILT "the first cooling stand that actually looks good under your MacBook Pro" to TechCrunch saying "there's a lot to like about The TILT!"
We are back and happy to introduce the newest model in the TILT family. A new TILT that has the DNA of the original, but improved and refined to the highest standards expected of MacBook Pro owners. Designed and engineered specifically for the aluminum unibody MacBook Pro, every detail of the TILT Stealth has been meticulously crafted for the MacBook Pro consumer.
We've spent the past 2 years perfecting the TILT Stealth and incorporating feedback from our global base of customers. We are thrilled to finally share it with you! Check out our snazzy infographic to learn all the details you need about The TILT Stealth!
The TILT Stealth maintains the same form factor as the original TILT, but is made of an even stronger and more durable material allowing for an overall thinner profile and increased durability.
The slim and sleek minimalist design of The TILT Stealth matches the MacBook Pro aesthetics, curve for curve right down to the padded rubber feet. The most stylish & artistic design you will find in a laptop cooler.
The TILT Stealth's improved FLOWthru Cooling System & thermal protection chassis allow for maximum air flow to protect the bottom surface of the MacBook Pro. "Lap burn" and surface heat related issues will virtually disappear.
Handles every-day cooling capabilities with a built-in integrated passive cooling system that allows for increased circulation and bottom surface cooling. When you want an added cooling boost just plug the USB cord into your MacBook Pro to activate FLOWthru Cooling. This sends a fresh flow of cool air through the TILT reaching the hot areas of the MacBook Pro.
The TILT Stealth is all about versatility. No more bulky stands or pads that slip off. The TILT Stealth's patent pending MaxGrip Mobility system safely attaches to the bottom of your MacBook Pro so it fits tight and secure allowing for complete portability. This eliminates awkward positioning necessary to stabilize your cooler and laptop as there is no risk of falling it slipping off your lap or desk.
WIth its completely redesigned locking system, just click your MacBook Pro into the TILT Stealth and you can literally take cooling protection anywhere. Whether that’s watching a movie on the sofa, surfing the net, cramming for a test or working from home or at the office, the TILT Stealth is there to provide constant thermal protection.
Negligible Battery Drain
We know how precious battery life can be when you are on the go with your MacBook Pro. That's why we designed and engineered the TILT's cooling system for maximum cooling impact with minimum battery drain.
Based on testing, for every 60 min. of battery life, if you used the USB powered cooling system for the ENTIRE hour straight, you would see a potential battery life reduction of 1-2 min (1-3%). Even on a full 420 min. battery charge you would only see a 1-3% battery reduction. So absolutely no worries of The TILT Stealth taking away precious battery power!
The majority of our past customers will "plug in" only when they need the boost such as when streaming video, crunching data, etc. But for every-day use most don't plug in the entire day since the TILT has built in passive cooling as well.
The heavy lifting is done. With almost two years of development, we already have turned concept to reality with numerous fully-functioning prototypes for both the 13" and 15" TILT Stealth. Because we have the experience and lessons from manufacturing and shipping thousands of the original TILT, we are confident that the improvements made in our supply chain management will result in quality manufacturing and speedy fulfillment.
Manufacturing Partner: We have an established partner that manufactures products for some of the top consumer electronics accessory brands in the world. Your support will help fund the tooling, injection molding, and the minimum order requirements with this partner. Because prototyping is complete and our supply chain is established, we will be able to get to manufacturing as soon as our initial Kickstarter goal is met. The faster we reach our initial goal, the faster we can get started.
Fulfillment Partner: We have also partnered with one of the top consumer electronic accessory fulfillment companies here in the US with warehouses all throughout the United States as well as overseas so we can fulfill global shipping.
Our anticipated timeline is the following:
August 2013: Finalize design details & packaging
September 2013: Build new injection mold tooling
October 2013: Order blower & components; begin volume production
Nov/Dec 2013: Commence full volume production, assembly and packaging
Dec 2013 /Jan 2014: Begin shipping!
A BIG THANK YOU!
We want to thank all of our Kickstarters new and old for your support. Two years ago you put us on the map with the success of the original TILT which paved the way for madMINDS to come to a reality. We can't thank you enough which is why we are so passionate about making the best products possible for our awesome supporters.
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Risks and challenges
The risks are minimal. Two years ago we successfully launched the original TILT on Kickstarter and we were able to manufacture and fulfill hundreds of Kickstarter orders and thousands of direct sale orders around the world on time as promised. We were able to do this despite assembling and fulfilling the majority of units on our own.
Things are different now. The last two years has allowed us to secure some of the top partners in the supply chain business from manufacturing and fulfillment so that we can properly scale and meet the necessary demands.
To say the risks are minimal is not to say that we are complacent. We know that there is the potential for unforeseen challenges to arise. Because we have existing relationships with these partners, we will be able to tackle these challenges head on. As such, our December delivery target accommodates time to overcome those potentials.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No it does not. The Retina Display versions have a separate chassis design and different internal cooling system. Since The TILT Stealth is a custom fit, it will not seamlessly fit to a Retina Display version. We are in R&D for a Retina Display TILT though and will have more info in the coming months.
No assembly, screws, hammers or extra parts needed. The TILT Stealth works right out of the box. Simply slide it under and it instantly locks to the bottom of your MacBook Pro. No assembly or any tools necessary. No removing of any MacBook Pro parts. It simply works.
The impact on battery drain is negligible. Based on testing, for every 60 min. of battery life, if you used the USB powered cooling system for the ENTIRE hour straight, you would see a potential battery life reduction of 1-2 min (1-3%). Even on a full 420 min. battery charge you would only see a 1-3% battery reduction. So absolutely no worries of The TILT Stealth taking away precious battery power!
Of course there are other circumstances including your exact MBP model, what programs you are running while plugged in, if you have custom internal fan speed settings, etc. The majority of our past customers will "plug in" only when they need the boost such as when streaming video, crunching data, etc. But for every-day use most don't plug in the entire day since the TILT has built in passive cooling as well.
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