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Published on June 26, 2020

10 Best Laptop Stands To Work From Home Like a Pro

10 Best Laptop Stands To Work From Home Like a Pro

Whether you are a full-time freelancer or a corporate professional working from home temporarily due to COVID-19, a good laptop stand can change the way you work both physically and mentally. The best laptop stands will help you keep your posture in the right place so that you don’t suffer any physical discomfort in the long run, such as neck pain, headache, or carpal tunnel[1], thus allowing you to be more productive.

Why You Should Trust Us

These are products that we research and verify out of the many available options. We make a point of finding quality products for you to pick from so you don’t have to go and hunt for the right one.

Buying Guide

Before getting to the products, we considered the choices based on three specific criteria. They are as follows:

  • Material
  • Installation
  • Cooling

These three elements are important from a laptop perspective, but also what makes them the best laptop stands, too. You need a strong material to support a laptop and endure various environments. You also have to consider how easy it is to place your laptop on the stand. Lastly, a stand will also keep a laptop’s air circulation going and prevent overheating. You want to make sure the stand is able to do that for a laptop, too.

1. Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand

    Our top suggestion is the Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand. Out of the options we have on this list, this is one of the best stands around. It’s made entirely out of aluminum and is designed to lift laptops.

    Considering there is no need for attachments, it’s easy to install the stand with a laptop. It’s all a matter of sliding your laptop down onto the stand. There is even a cable hole in the back to allow wires to pass through. It also works well with cooling since the aluminum serves as a heat sink for the laptop. 

    The only significant drawback to this brand of this stand is the fact it’s designed for Macbook products specifically.

    Buy this laptop stand here!

    2. Pyle Laptop Stand

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      Our runner-up is a stand designed for PC laptops as well as other equipment in mind. The Pyle Laptop Stand is capable of easy height adjustment and is able to hold up laptops, DJ equipment, turntables, and more. The legs are also designed ergonomically and are anti-slip. You can also pack the stand for easy portability.

      This got put as the runner up as, while this piece of computer furniture is sturdy, you do have to assemble it yourself, and the product doesn’t come with instructions on building it. Also, while you can adjust the height of the stand, you can’t adjust the width, which can cause problems depending on the size of your equipment.

      Buy this laptop stand here!

      3. Steklo Laptop Stand

        For those looking for a more budget-friendly option for computer furniture, the Stekle laptop stand is a solid option. It requires a little bit of assembly to attach it to your laptop, but it provides the same perks as the Rain Design laptop stand.

        The only difference is this stand is lower to the ground, and you’re not able to adjust the height by too much. If you’re particularly tall, or your desk is too short for you, you may still have to stack it up on some boxes or books for your laptop to be at eye level. This stand is also designed for Mac laptops.

        Buy this laptop stand here!

        4. Nexstand Laptop Stand

          A stand that PCs and Macs can use is the Nexstand laptop stand. This stand will work for any laptop 11.6 inches or larger. You can even adjust the height. The stand is made of nylon and premium metal fitting that can hold up to 20 pounds.

          While this stand can handle a lot of weight on it, it does have to remain stationary or else it could get damaged easily. If you’re more accident-prone than others, this stand may not last if you accidentally drop it on the ground, so be careful!

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          Buy this laptop stand here!

          5. AmazonBasics Ventilated Laptop Stand

            If you’re looking for a simple stand, AmazonBasics has you covered. Similar to other office supplies from this brand, the stand is a wire-frame metal mesh. It’s compact, making it highly portable, and has adjustable height as well. It is also one of the cheapest stands on our list.

            That said, you do get what you pay for. The stoppers on the front are higher than usual, and if you don’t have an external keyboard, you can risk your wrists resting on those stoppers constantly. Also, since the height is adjusted through locks, you can risk your fingers getting hurt when adjusting the height.

            Buy this laptop stand here!

            6. Neetto Laptop Bed Desk

              If you’re the type of person who needs a really tall stand or works in bed, the Neetto laptop bed desk is another option. It also comes with another desk that you can use as a separate shelving unit.

              The stand is adjustable, light, portable, and sturdy, and you can use the portable laptop stand for various purposes. The extra shelf can be used as a stand for your tablet, or a table to enjoy a meal.

              That being said, the size of these laptop desk stands are fairly large. While that means you don’t have to worry about space on this desk, you have to worry about how much space this desk takes on any surface you put it on.

              Buy this laptop stand here!

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              7. Nulaxy Laptop Stand

                Another cheap alternative is the Nulazy laptop stand. Think of it as a budget-friendly Rain Design laptop stand. It lifts a laptop 6 inches, allowing it to be at eye level. The material is strong as it’s able to hold up to four kilograms, which is more than plenty. You can even disassemble it into three parts for easy transportation.

                The catch with this stand is that it seems to wear out more as you use it. The overall design and how everything locks in place seems to be the biggest concern from customers.

                Buy this laptop stand here!

                8. 1home Wood Monitor Stand Riser

                  Considering the success of the Rain Design laptop stand, a massive block of material seems to be the way to go. Enter 1home’s Wood monitor stand riser. This stand is made of sturdy wood, making it easy to assemble and also sleek in design.

                  Naturally, since this is a stand for monitors, it may not work perfectly for laptops. A major downside is that customers have reported that parts didn’t fit during the installation of the stand.

                  Buy this laptop stand here!

                  9. Soundance Laptop Stand

                    A similar design to Nulaxy, this stand is designed with PCs and Macs in mind. It comes with a 30-day warranty, which is nice in case you run into issues within the first few weeks of purchase. The material of choice is aluminum, making it sturdy and able to cool laptops with ease.

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                    The only drawback to this stand is that it’s built for laptops of specific dimensions. This stand is able to hold laptops that are between 10 and 15.6 inches. Anything beyond that and the stand may struggle to provide stability.

                    Buy this laptop stand here!

                    10. SimpleHouseware Metal Desk Monitor Stand Riser

                      The final option is SimpleHouseware’s metal desk monitor stand riser. This is a decent alternative to the previous monitor stand since assembly isn’t as much of a hassle. The inclusion of a tray and other storage pockets makes it convenient for you to store other items you need close by.

                      That said, you do get what you pay for, and this is a cheap solution to the problem. People reported their monitor wobbles on the stand, along with other parts not portioned properly. Installing it could be brute-forced at worst, but it’s a temporary fix.

                      Buy this laptop stand here!

                      Final Thoughts

                      There are all kinds of laptop desk stands out there for you to pick from, and it all depends on what you are looking for. From the research though, the cheaper you go, the more you are sacrificing the three qualities that make a stand one of the best laptop stands to buy.

                      If you need to get a stand right now, keep this in mind and consider putting in some good money for a stand. It can very well last you for years to come.

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                      Featured photo credit: Lara Far via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] OrthoInfo: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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                      The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

                      The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

                      Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

                      Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

                      The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

                      Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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                      Program Your Own Algorithms

                      Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

                      Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

                      By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

                      How to Form a Ritual

                      I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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                      Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

                      1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
                      2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
                      3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
                      4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

                      Ways to Use a Ritual

                      Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

                      1. Waking Up

                      Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

                      2. Web Usage

                      How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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                      3. Reading

                      How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

                      4. Friendliness

                      Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

                      5. Working

                      One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

                      6. Going to the gym

                      If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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                      7. Exercise

                      Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

                      8. Sleeping

                      Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

                      8. Weekly Reviews

                      The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

                      Final Thoughts

                      We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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