If you frequently work with a laptop, you have likely already realized how difficult it can be to work comfortably for long stretches of time. If you’re not craning your neck to view the smaller screen, you might be scrunched up on your couch with your knees propped to support your laptop, both of which will cause undue strain on your body in the long run. This is where supportive accessories like stands and risers come in handy. Whether you are using a laptop, a notebook, or a tablet, there are great options to make working more comfortable, and we are going to highlight a few.
Single-Height Laptop Stands
Single-height laptop stands are the most basic form of support. This single-height metal frame elevates your machine several inches from your work surface, angling it slightly toward the user. In addition to better ergonomics, these stands also enhance air circulation around your machine to prevent overheating.
You might consider Griffin Technology’s basic laptop stand. This simple accessory will free up space on your desktop and disassembles easily, making it a great option if you are commuting or attending lectures at university.
Rain Design is another great brand, offering options like the skeletal mBar, the foldable mBar Pro+, the mStand or the mStand 360, which, as the name implies, swivels 360°. The two latter options cradle the bottom of your machine, while the solid aluminum surface acts as a heat sink.
Vertical Laptop Storage
Vertical laptop storage is important, especially if you are working with limited desktop space. We have our own tips and tricks for working with a small desk, but there are all kinds of basic storage options to keep your laptop out of the way when you aren’t using it.
The anodized aluminum RainDesign mTower, for example, complements the finish on your Mac and fits most laptops between 0.68 and 0.98" thick.
Macally’s Vertical Laptop Stand features two steel sliders with an adjustable width, to accommodate up to 17" machines between 0.63 and 1.2" thick.
The stylish BookArc Stand for MacBook Pro and Air from Twelve South can accommodate different versions of this laptop line by using one of three interchangeable silicone inserts. Tether your machine to an external monitor, extended keyboard, and mouse, and then work with it closed to maximize space.
Adjustable Heights and Articulating Arms
Of course, a simple laptop stand might not be the best option for your personal preferences. If you move around frequently while you work, or tend to alternate between sitting and standing, an adjustable stand can be a great addition to your configuration.
WorkEZ’s laptop stand and Kensington’s laptop risers are two great examples of stands with wide-ranging adjustments for your needs. Both options are great if you are looking to remain active during the workday, improve your posture, or look professional during a video call.
An articulating arm is another great option if you need a flexible setup. Gator Cases’ 360° Articulating G-ARM desk mount is a great option for laptops and tablets. It attaches to any tabletop surface and includes a tray for a laptop, offering 360° of horizontal movement while freeing up workspace beneath your laptop.
Another good option is CTA Digital's 2-in-1 Adjustable Monitor and Tablet Mount Stand. This gadget lets you set up your workstation on the fly and multitask by supporting a monitor and tablet. Two USB cables at the base allow you to connect with USB bus-powered ports on a computer or optional wall chargers.
Have you incorporated a laptop stand into your configuration? What are your favorite laptop accessories? Let us know in the Comments section, below.