Using a laptop or mobile workstation all day at your office desk (or even at a standing desk for that matter) can hurt your neck as you often have to bend down or even forward just to see the screen. This is why many users prefer to lift their laptops up off their desks using a laptop stand. When paired with an external keyboard and mouse, a laptop stand offers improved ergonomics which translates to better overall health whether you’re working from home or have already returned to the office.
Just as laptops come in a variety of sizes and form factors, so too do laptop stands. There are some that are designed to be stationary and are meant for more permanent setups at your home or office while others can be folded up and taken with you so you can work comfortably from anywhere.
If you’ve experienced fatigue from using a laptop for long periods of time, you owe it to yourself to upgrade your setup. While you could opt for a desktop PC and a monitor, the portability of a laptop might really appeal to you. With a laptop stand, you can improve how you work without breaking the bank and make the device you already own, much more pleasant to use.
To this end, we’ve picked out five of the best laptop stands on the market today that are compatible with a wide range of laptops.
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The Lamicall Laptop Stand is one of several laptop stands on this list that can be folded up and easily brought with you in a backpack. This way you can leverage the benefits of a laptop stand at the office, in a classroom or anywhere else you may find yourself working from since it weighs just 3.25lbs (1.47kg).
While Lamicall makes several other foldable laptop stands, this is the company’s most expensive one at $55.99. The Lamicall Laptop Stand is available in either grey or silver and features high-quality aluminium alloy as well as a larger heavier base. This laptop stand can accommodate 10 to 17-inch laptops and the anti-slip rubber at its base prevents it from sliding around on your desk or table. This same rubber is used on the stand itself to prevent your laptop from moving or being scratched while a hook ensures your laptop won’t tip over easily.
The stand has a length of 7.8 inches (198mm), a width of 7.9 inches (200mm) and a height of 6.3 inches (160mm). There are also cutouts on either side of the middle of the stand to provide air flow to your laptop and due to the stand’s almost diamond shape. During our testing, we found that the hinge requires two hands and quite a bit of force to adjust but this does mean that it’s less likely to move while in use. To fold up the stand, you simply tilt the laptop tray back and then push it down towards the base. When folded up though, the Lamicall Laptop Stand does take up a bit more space than some of the other laptop stands on this list due to its unique design and heavier base.
The Brocoon Laptop Stand is also portable but will likely be easier to carry in a backpack since it folds up to just 1.1 inches (27.94mm). This laptop stand is available in dark black, rose gold, silver and space gray which means it will pair quite well with Apple’s MacBook especially if you order a matching stand. The Brocoon Laptop Stand has a list price of $49.99 though it frequently goes on sale for around $10 cheaper.
While the base has a length of 7.8 inches (198mm) and a width of 9.9 inches (251mm), the stand’s laptop tray is 8.8 inches (223mm) long and 11.6 inches (294mm) wide. The Brocoon Laptop Stand is also 10.2 inches (259mm) tall when extended and weighs 3lbs (1.36kg).
This laptop stand features a cutout in the tray to provide airflow to your laptop but there is also a second cutout in its hinge that can be used for running wires. Additionally, the base plate features a recessed area under the tray where you can keep your headphones or other business accessories while working. There are also two hooks at the base of the tray and rubber pads to prevent your laptop from sliding off the stand while its rubber feet prevent it from moving on your desk or table.
Unlike the previous two entries on this list, the Besign LSX3 Aluminum Laptop Stand is meant to be stationary as you aren’t able to fold it up. In fact, this laptop stand comes unassembled and you need to put it together using the four included Allen head screws. Two of the screws attach the laptop tray to the stand’s adjustable centerpiece while the other two are used to attach the base to it.
The Besign LSX3 Aluminum Laptop Stand, which is available in either grey or black, is compatible with 10 to 15.6-inch laptops and can hold devices that weigh up to 8.8lbs (3.9kg). Although the base has a length of 8.8 inches (225mm) and a width of 7.4 inches (190mm), the laptop tray is actually quite a bit larger with a length of 11.4 inches (290mm) and a width of 9.6 inches (245mm). The centerpiece has a maximum height of 7.65 inches (195mm) and a minimum height of 4.92 inches (125mm).
While the other laptop stands on our list have rectangular trays with cutouts for airflow, this one is U-shaped to provide even more airflow to your laptop with rubber strips on either end to keep your device in place. A knob on the back of the stand allows you to adjust the height and there is also room under the tray to stash a keyboard when you’re not using it. In our testing the stand did wobble a fair bit when typing, so if you’re considering picking this one up, you’ll likely be better off using it with an external keyboard instead.
The Rain Design iLevel2 Laptop Stand is a bit different from the other stands on this list due to the fact that it works best with an external keyboard and mouse. While you can type on a Macbook Air placed on this stand, the laptop tray flexes quite a lot when doing so which is why Rain Design recommends against doing so.
The iLevel 2 has a width of 10.1 inches (256mm), a depth of 8.8 inches (223mm) and a height of 5.4 inches (136mm) to 7.9 inches (200mm). The stand itself comes fully assembled but its design means you won’t be easily able to bring it with you. Since the iLevel 2 works best with an external keyboard and mouse, its lack of portability makes sense though.
In addition to being compatible with all MacBooks, the iLevel2 features a similar aesthetic to Apple’s other devices as well as an anodized aluminum finish. Its tray has a raindrop cutout that is more for branding than to help cool your device. Another unique thing about this laptop stand is how you adjust the angle of the tray. There is a sliding mechanism at the front of the stand that you slide back and forth to find your preferred angle. If you’re looking for a laptop stand in rose gold or space gray, it’s worth noting that Rain Design does make other stands with more color options.
The Lifelong Upryze Ergonomic Laptop Stand deserves a special place on this list due to the fact that it is one of the only laptop stands we’ve seen that can be used while both seated or standing. It’s also portable and folds to a compact size so that you can bring it with you wherever you go. However, you will have to pay a bit more for the Lifelong Upryze Ergonomic Laptop Stand as it costs $69.99.
This laptop stand has a base with a width of 7.5 inches (190mm) and a depth of 10.5 inches (266mm) while its tray is 11 inches wide (279mm) and a depth of 9.5 inches (241mm). As the hinge contains a button that allows it to extend further, the Lifelong Upryze has a maximum height of 20 inches (508mm). Four rubber pads prevent your laptop from moving around while in use, a cutout at the back of the tray allows for airflow and two hooks at the front of the tray prevent your device from falling over.
During testing, the Lifelong Upryze was comfortable to type on both at its lowest height and with the hinge fully extended. Adjusting the angle of the tray did require two hands though as it was a bit stiff but there also wasn’t any movement while in use. Due to its unique design, the Lifelong Upryze is a perfect fit for giving presentations as you can stand up in front of your audience and read from your laptop without having to look down and then back up again.
Choosing the best laptop stand for your device
Although many of the laptop stands you’ll find online are quite affordable, it still pays to do a bit of research, look over your devices and think about your use cases before investing in one.
For starters, find out the weight of your laptop as this will give you a better idea of which types of stands you can use. While lighter laptops and ultrabooks will pair well with portable laptop stands, bigger business laptops or even mobile workstations are best used with a heavier and more durable laptop stand.
Next up, you want to consider cooling. Does your laptop have fans? Are they on the sides of the device or on the bottom? This is because the last thing you want is for your laptop stand to cause your device to overheat. By thinking about your fan placement beforehand though, you can purchase a laptop stand with cutouts in the appropriate places that will allow your device to get plenty of airflow to help keep it cool.
Finally, you should think about where you use your laptop the most. If you work remotely, then getting a laptop stand that is meant to be stationary might be the right choice. However, if your company has implemented a hybrid work policy and you find yourself working at home some days and at the office on others, then you’ll likely want a portable laptop stand that can fold up and fit easily in a laptop bag or backpack. The same holds true for students who might enjoy working in the library in addition to their dorm room.
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