Fluidstance Lift Laptop Stand Review: A Swing and a Miss

Rating: 5/10 ?
  • 1 - Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 - Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
  • 3 - Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 - Some Pros, Lots Of Cons
  • 5 - Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 - Good Enough to Buy On Sale
  • 7 - Great, But Not Best-In-Class
  • 8 - Fantastic, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 - Shut Up And Take My Money
  • 10 - Absolute Design Nirvana
Price: $69
The Fluistance Lift with a Google Pixelbook
Cameron Summerson

About a year ago, I reviewed the Fluidstance Slope desktop whiteboard and loved it. When the company took that concept a step further with this Lift, which combined a whiteboard with a laptop stand, I knew I had to jump on it. Unfortunately, it’s not the hit I hoped it would be.

Here's What We Like

  • A good way to make a laptop stand more useful

And What We Don't

  • Big and bulky
  • The surface is too upright to comfortably write on

The idea is pretty straightforward: It’s a laptop stand that you can write on. It’s the same construction and aesthetic as the Slope, so you can get all matchy-matchy if you want both. You might want to get a bigger desk first, though.

The Lift’s writing area is about 6.25 inches tall, with the entire unit coming in at around 9 inches tall. It’s 11.5 inches wide on the front side, and a whopping 10.5 inches deep. That last measurement is key here because this is a pretty thicc boi—it takes up a lot of desk space. That may not be so bad if you use your laptop for most work and are looking to build a more ergonomic setup with an external keyboard and mouse, but if you pair your laptop with an external screen, you’ll be looking at a pretty big chunk of your desk taken by the Lift.

The Lft from the side, showing how deep it is
boi iz thicc Cameron Summerson

But that’s really not even my biggest grievance with the Lift stand. My issue comes with the writable area—it’s just too vertical to comfortably write on. It’s not completely upright like a wall-mounted whiteboard would be, but the angle also isn’t subtle enough to write on without crooking your wrist into an uncomfortable position.

If you use the Lift as a laptop stand without an external monitor, it’s hard to write on without getting your elbows all over the external keyboard. It’s funky. It’s a little better if you pair your laptop with an external screen and set the Lift off to the side, but then it can get awkward to write on if you’re too far away. I couldn’t really find an ideal situation here, save for not using it as a laptop stand and just setting it off to the side of my desk … which totally defeats the purpose. In that case, the Slope is a much better choice. On the upside, if you do find a way to use it comfortably, it’s very stable when you write on it. The rubber feet on the bottom do a good job of holding it in place.

The Lift with no laptop on it
Cameron Summerson

Of course, I don’t want this to come off as completely negative. It’s not a bad product—it’s just not ideal. If you’re looking for a “perfect” solution, this ain’t it, homeboy. It’s fine as a laptop stand, but if that’s all you want it for, there are likely better, more compact solutions on the market.

But if you’re looking for something to quickly jot notes on and don’t care about how tidy those notes are, you might love the Lift. As bulky as it is, it’s still more compact than having a separate laptop stand and desktop whiteboard. And for that, I have to give credit to Fluidstance—this is a unique product. I couldn’t find anything else like it on the market.

So, for a very specific user—the one who is a full-time laptop user, wants a whiteboard, and doesn’t have room for a stand and separate whiteboard—the Lift is the best option. Because it’s the only option. For everyone else, however, you might want to consider the Slope instead.

Or, you know, a notebook.

Rating: 5/10
Price: $69

Here’s What We Like

  • A good way to make a laptop stand more useful

And What We Don't

  • Big and bulky
  • The surface is too upright to comfortably write on

Cameron Summerson Cameron Summerson
Cameron Summerson is the Editor in Chief of Review Geek and serves as an Editorial Advisor for How-to Geek and LifeSavvy. He’s been covering technology for nearly a decade and has written over 4,000 articles and hundreds of product reviews in that time. He’s been published in print magazines and quoted as a smartphone expert in the New York Times. Read Full Bio »

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