Just because you use a laptop doesn’t mean office ergonomics aren’t a consideration. These laptop stands will help position your laptop at a proper viewing angle with good ventilation and ergonomics.
Sure, you could use a few books underneath your laptop to do the same thing, but it’s not an ideal long term solution. For one thing, it looks disorderly. For another, what if you need to read one of those books at some point? A far more practical solution is to buy a stand purpose built for elevating your laptop.
Here’s our pick of the bunch with models that easily adjustable, raise your whole laptop to eye height, or offer other conveniences. There’s sure to be something that will appeal to your laptop stand needs.
Best All-Rounder: Rain Design iLevel 2 ($63)
Although clearly designed with the color scheme of the Macbook in mind, the Rain Design iLevel 2 is good for anyone who needs a sturdy laptop stand. The device adjusts easily via its front slider, elevating the screen to your eye level so you don’t need to strain your neck looking down.
Rubber pads are conveniently placed so as to protect your desk, as well as your laptop, with the aluminum body acting as a heat sink for your laptop (as well as allowed for plenty of air circulation).
The stand design favors the use of an external mouse and keyboard (not only is the angle a bit severe for typing on the stand but it’s also a bit bouncy). However, as a permanent fixture in your office setup paired with a mouse and keyboard, it’s a great option.
Best Portable Option: Roost Laptop Stand ($75)
The Roost Laptop Stand‘s greatest strength is its portability. It’s lightweight at only about 6oz with a simple structure that’s fully collapsible and easy to put away for travel purposes. Despite such a lightweight design, it fits almost all models of laptop so it’s doubly useful if you frequently use different devices.
The stand’s height is adjustable between 6 and 12 inches of lift, so you should be able to get into a position that works for you. Rubber inserts keep everything safe and secure.
The Roost Laptop Stand is a bit on the pricey side, but if you’re on the move frequently it’s a perfect way to take your ergonomic setup with you on the road..
Best for Sturdiness: Rain Design mStand ($40)
If you loved the look of the Rain Design iLevel 2 but want something a bit sturdier (in the sense that you can type directly on it without any wobbles), their stouter mStand is a good fit.
Made from a solid single-piece of aluminium, it provides a stable base even when typing. There’s a little less bounce than its more expensive sibling, but that comes at the loss of adjustability. The keyboard angle is fixed and unlike some other models in our roundup you can’t raise or lower it.
In addition to the sturdy non-slip design there’s a cable outlet for keeping your desk neat too, ensuring this will be a long time favorite on your desk.
Best Budget Choice: AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand ($16)
On a budget and still in need of a laptop stand? You won’t be disappointed by AmazonBasics’ Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand. Looks wise, it’s far from stylish (and does sort of look like a file organizer somebody stepped on) but it does the job admirably. Thanks to the mesh design there’s plenty of airflow around your laptop.
In addition to good ventilation, the design offers adjustable height (using a simple notch-and-peg design not unlike the backs of many lawn chairs) allowing for anything between 12 and 35 degrees or elevation. Alongside that is a cord organizer with 6 slots so you can keep your cables tidy.
It’s a little rudimentary compared to others but at a substantially lower price than most, it’s ideal for bargain hunters or anyone who wants to experiment with elevating their laptop before committing to a premium model.
Best Premium Choice: Tiny Tower Laptop Stand ($99)
Speaking of premium models, if money’s no object then consider the Tiny Tower Laptop Stand. It’s super stylish looking, essentially placing your laptop on its very own, well, tower. Obviously, that means this is only going to work if you’re planning on using an external keyboard and mouse, but it’s super useful for those times.
It offers an impressive 17 levels of height adjustment, all tweaked at the push of a button, as well as solid cable management. Despite so many options, it folds down flat in about 5 seconds so you can easily carry it around. It even includes a soft protective sleeve so you can easily tuck it in your laptop bag.
It’s our top premium pick thanks to it’s combination of portability, adjustability, and top-grade materials.
Best Ultra Portable Stand: Steklo X-Stand ($23)
Does every day mean a different coffee shop to treat as your office? Yup, been there. If your work style is distinctly nomadic, you don’t have to miss out on a comfy environment. The Steklo X-Stand is a highly portable yet subtle laptop stand that’s perfect for taking with you.
Made from aluminium, the stand’s sand-blasted and metallic silver anodized finish means it’s subtle and ideal for Apple owners in particular. It’s lightweight, weighing just under 6 ounces and about 6 inches in size when folded, so you can easily toss it in your bag.
The height is fixed at just under 3 inches which is lower than most, but still good for giving you a much needed lift. It’s just right for those coffee shop writing benders where you still want to keep your posture and ergonomics in mind.