If you stay hunched over your laptop for most of the day, you must already know its cost from the ergonomic standpoint. Plus, when you put your laptop on a flat surface, the laptop's vents are blocked which results in poor air circulation. This may eventually warm up the system and slow it down, potentially hampering your work. A proper laptop stand helps mitigate that risk. You can elevate the screen's height and provide better airflow through the vents.
The best part is that some of these stands are sturdy and portable. The latter comes into the picture if you travel a lot. These are lightweight products and do not eat much space. You can fold and place it next to your laptop in your bag.
If you are looking for sturdy and portable laptop stands, below are some of the best laptop stands.
The Steklo Laptop Stand defines portability. When folded, you can keep the stand right in your pocket. Yep, you read that right. Made of aluminum, it is sturdy and can raise the height to 2-inches to get the air flowing from your laptop. It is easily adjustable and sturdy. Due to these reasons, it's quite popular on Amazon. It has an average user rating of 4.7-stars out of 5.
The legs of this X-shaped stand are adjustable and can hold laptops with screen sizes between 12 to 17-inches. Well, you can assume that it appears to be designed for Macs. The legs come with an anti-slip coating to anchor the stand.
As noted earlier, the height elevation is of 1.5 to 2 inches and is good enough for you to type comfortably on your keyboard and keep the display in line with your eyes. In short, your neck will thank you. The foldable design means it will be your perfect companion while traveling. However, if you are used to more elevation, then we'd recommend skipping this one.
You can also check out the OCTOO Uptable Folding Laptop Stand. Rated 4.5-stars on Amazon, it is an ultra-compact stand and can supports laptops with screen sizes between 7 and 17-inches.
The iVoler Aluminum Laptop Stand removes the height limitation of the previous stand. This Aluminum stand gives you 6 presets for height and can go as high as 6-inches and as low as 2.15-inches. So, all you need to do is find the sweet spot between these points. It is compact and portable, and when unfolded, measures just 9.4 x 1.7-inches and you can easily carry it in your bag. The company also ships a small pouch to carry the stand.
Similar to its counterpart above, it's also an X-shaped stand. The good part is that the anti-slip coating at the top prevents unnecessary scratches on the laptop. At the same time, the front has a holder to keep the laptop properly positioned.
It's sturdy and can take the weight of laptops with screen sizes between 10 and 15.6 inches. The company claims that it can hold around 35 pounds.
The iVoler laptop stand is quite popular on Amazon. Out of the thirteen hundred reviews on Amazon, it has an average user rating of 4.7-stars. Fakespot estimates that 62% of these reviews are reliable. "Materials are sturdy - I'm not worried about this stand collapsing under the weight of my laptop. The design also allows for my docking station to fit neatly underneath," writes one user.
If you are looking for a simple laptop stand without the hassles of folding pins, the Nulaxy Portable Laptop Stand is the one for you. It is a simple device where the top folds out to give you the desired height. And the flat design ensures that you will be able to carry it along with your laptop. And did we mention that it weighs just 1.47 pounds? There are anti-slip pads and a holder in place to ensure that your notebook or laptop doesn't slip out of position.
There are two height settings. It can go as low as 3.15-inches and as high as 5.12-inches, and both are good enough to place the screen at the eye level. Furthermore, there's plenty of space for air circulation.
Though this stand isn't that popular when it comes to its user base, it has received a fair amount of user reviews. Out of the two hundred reviews, it has over 80% 5-star reviews, thanks to its solid build and lightweight design.
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4. Roost Laptop Stand
Compatible with: Laptops less than 0.75-inches thick
You can check out the Roost laptop stand if the weight of the above stands is a concern for you. It weighs a mere 5.8 ounces and collapses into a small package, like its counterparts above. Don't let the lightweight appearance of this stand fool you, for it's sturdy and can easily take the weight of most laptops, especially Macs. You can adjust the height between 6-inches and 11-inches, depending on your convenience.
There's a neat clasp at the front ensures the laptop stays in position and doesn't slip out of the hold. It's stable and lightweight.
Do note that the raise in height may make it uncomfortable to type on your laptop unless you plan to use an external keyboard.
The stand isn't made of metal, and this feature makes it ultra-portable. At the same time, the build is great, and that's one of the reasons for its popularity on Amazon.
Out of the six hundred reviews, over 80% of these reviews vouch for this product. As per FakeSpot's estimates, nearly 71% of these reviews are reliable.
The MOFT Lightweight Laptop Stand is perhaps one of the most portable stands. It conveniently sticks to the laptop's back, thus removing the hassle of carrying it as a separate entity. When folded, it sits flush with the laptop and doesn't take up any space. There are two height settings. At maximum height, it unfolds to 3-inches while at the low setting, you will get comfortable 2-inch elevation.
Installation is fast and easy, as you need to attach it to the back of your device. The stand is sturdy and can hold the weight of most laptops, including the MacBook Pro. "Perfect for someone who works from home, using it on my 13 inch MacBook Pro. Sturdy even when you’re typing," writes one user.
However, note that this stand might not be the best fit for you if your laptop has an air vent at the back, as it will block the airflow.
If that's not an issue for you, you can go for this discreet stand. You can have your pick from four different colors — Pink, Jean Grey, Silver, and Starry Grey.
If you don't like X-shaped and light-weight stands, then you can look at the Pihen Laptop Stand. This one is made of solid metal to give you a sturdy base to work on. You can one can prop your laptop up between 2.76-inches and 4.72 -inches. The height of both the front and back can be adjusted independently. Apart from the collapsible design, it also has a neat opening at the back to route power cables. The open design also helps mitigate any instances of heat-trapping underneath the laptop belly.
You can switch between 6 different angles between 16-degree and 25-degree, as per your convenience. The stand itself is light and weighs a mere 1.8 pounds.
When folded, it has a near-flat profile, making it convenient to carry it along with your laptop. Just make sure that the metal part doesn't rub against your laptop while you are packing, and you should be sorted.
It has earned praise from its user base both for its versatility, durability, and sturdiness. Out of the 140 user ratings, it has amassed around 80% positive ratings.
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Before you click on the buy button, make sure that the stand is apt for your laptop. Not only should it fit well, but it should also give you a sturdy base to work on. More importantly, it should not limit airflow.
At the same time, make sure that your arms and elbows are properly angled when you type to prevent fatigue. However, this isn't possible on most stands as your elbows can seldom maintain the 60-degree angle. Hence, the best option is to get an external keyboard so that you can type and do your work comfortably. If you are looking for a portable wireless keyboard, the Logitech Bluetooth multi-device keyboard makes for a good buy.
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