Five Best Laptop Stands

Working on a laptop for long hours can have a nasty impact on your back, neck and overall posture. An easy and affordable way to upgrade your workspace ergonomics is to use a laptop stand. Whether you build one of your own or buy one with a fancy design, it can make a big difference. Here's a look at five of the best laptop stands, nominated by readers.

Title photo by Mike Sisk

Rain Design mStand

The mStand Laptop Stand by Rain Design was built for Macbook laptops, but it works just fine for any laptop model. It's a simple, solid piece of aluminium that's angled perfectly to keep your laptop elevated and cool, with the screen opened to just the right angle so you can see it while you're working. The new mStand 360 has an adjustable base so you can swivel your laptop from side to side while you work. It's designed for use with a external keyboard and monitor. If you are into Apple gear, it will fit right in on your desk.

IKEA BRADA

The IKEA BRADA is an inexpensive laptop support that comes in a couple of different designs, but both are affordable. The fold-out stand with spaces in the sides for cable management is $24.99, while the angled model shown here is just $7.99. Both models are basic but get the job done, and there are lots of other IKEA laptop stand hacks if you're feeling creative.

Griffin Elevator Laptop Stand

The Griffin Elevator laptop stand is an elegant, space-saving setup that offers plenty of room at the centre and around the sides for other devices, keyboard storage and cable management. The brushed aluminium design and rubberised feet keep your laptop in place while elevating it, and while it's not height adjustable, it does bring your laptop up to a workable height whether you choose to use it there (perhaps with a standing desk setup) or connect an external keyboard to it. It also has an open design to keep your laptop cool. It's another laptop stand that was designed for Macbooks, but it works just as well with any model of laptop.

Cooler Master NotePal U2

If you're looking for a laptop stand that's also designed to keep a hot laptop cool, the Cooler Master NotePal U2 does the job. It comes in a number of models, and can accommodate multiple adjustable cooling fans designed to keep your system cool while in use. Even without the fans, the mesh material and elevated design elevates your laptop for easier use and cooling, and when you're not using it you can disassemble the stand to use as a protective carrying case for your laptop to keep it safe while you travel. It's available in a number of flavours and sizes depending on how many fans you want with it and the size of the laptop you're using.

Do It Yourself

To get an option customised exactly for your workspace, you have to build your own laptop stand. Whether it's just some books under your laptop or a fancy DIY option such as some of the options we've demonstrated before, making your own is the best way to get the exact height you want. You can go from a simple stand to charging ports and height adjustability pretty quickly depending on the level of effort you want to put into it. Photo by Craig Lloyd

Honourable mention this week to the 3M Vertical Notebook Riser, which many of you praised for being height adjustable, affordable, ergonomically correct, and perfect for using your laptop with an externally connected keyboard.

Have something to say about one of the contenders? Want to make the case for your own favourite laptop stand? Tell us — and tell us why — in the comments.


Comments

    If you're looking for something that's ultra portable, I'd suggest The Prop.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/makecollab/the-prop

      Interesting. I only see one design flaw with the Prop, that is that it's in two parts. This allows it to become useless if you a accidentally drop one part of it and misplace it. Hopefully they update the design to include a swivel hinge in the middle at some point allowing it to essentially swing in and out as one piece if you know what I mean. I think its a pretty neat object and a great example of what Kickstarter is set up for. The next evolution for the object though imho would be that hinge in the middle where it snaps together atm if they manage to sell enough of them!

      Last edited 11/03/13 10:27 am

    Nice article. I need a good laptop stand. The rain looks cool.

    okay...where does one find that USS Enterprise model on the desk (picture)? Is that from ThinkGeek? What's the measurements? Thanks

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