The Best Laptop Stands to Save Your Neck

 wired.com  09/19/2020 13:00:00   Medea Giordano

  • Moft Z 5-in-1 Sit-Stand Desk

    The Moft Z 5-in-1 stand can be easily configured into five different positions. At its tallest, 10-inch height, you can comfortably stand for a little while. If you're standing for most of the day (and you're particularly tall) go for the ObVus Solutions Tower above, which can go higher and is more likely to reach eye level for most people. What I really like about this one is that it's light and folds down to just half-an-inch thick, so you can take it anywhere without adding much weight or bulkeven if that just means going from the bedroom to the living room table right now.

  • Grovemade Walnut Laptop Stand

    If you want your home office to still look pretty and match the other decor in your home, Grovemade's Walnut Laptop Stand will do the trick while adding an air of elegance. WIRED senior associate editor Julian Chokkattu recommends it in his Home Office Gear guide and says it's best suited on a desk or table to make room for a separate keyboard and mouse, though you can use it on a couch too. There's a stainless steel stop to keep your laptop from sliding off, and the stand's feet are made of cork to keep it from moving around. The American black walnut base is very pretty, and it supports up to 200 pounds.

    There's nothing to adjust here, so if you want to raise or lower your laptop's height, you're out of luck. Plus, it's expensive. But if looks are important, it might be worth it.

  • I've been working from home since 2018, and even though I love my desk (and my computer monitor), sometimes it's too hard to leave the bed (especially these days). The Nnewvante, which is also in our Home Office Gear guide, is a great stand for those days. You can't adjust the stand's height, but you can raise the base to an angle suitable to whatever you're doingsketching, watching a movie on a tablet, eating breakfast, or typing on a laptopand the built-in stopper keeps things from sliding off.

    The smaller surface on the right stays flat and is a good place for your morning coffee. There's even a cute, small drawer for storing knickknacks! And when you're done with it, you can fold up the legs for slimmer storage. Even better, it's made of bamboo and feels very nice.

  • There are a lot of laptop stands out there, and most of them do the job just fine. We didn't love the ones below as much as our other picks, but they're still worth considering.

    • Monoprice Universal Riser ($27): This stand involves some assembly, and the result is a bit dull, but it can hold the weight of a monitor.

    • Moft's Slim ($25) and Universal ($27) Stands: The Slim stand sticks to the bottom of your laptop so it's there whenever you need it, giving you the ability to raise the laptop's keyboard at different angles. The Universal version doesn't have an adhesive, so it's a better choice if your laptop's air vents are on the bottom.

    • Twelve South HiRise ($80): The HiRise's aluminum build is durable, and the non-slip arms mean your laptop won't slide off. It offers a small range of heights to choose from, and it's best used in conjunction with a separate keyboard and mouse. It's expensive for what it offers.

    • Tabletote ($40): This makes a great temporary workstation for a laptop. It's easy to put together and transportall the parts fit in place underneath the tabletopbut I received one with a broken leg, not uncommon for affordable products like this with thin telescoping parts. (It could have happened during shipping.) Tabletote's customer service department quickly replaced it, but it is something you might have to deal with.

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