Best laptop stands in March 2024 — our top picks

The best laptop stands will do wonders for your health and happiness because they help keep your laptop propped up on your desk in a comfortable, sturdy position which lets you work in a more ergonomic fashion.

That's key for your long-term happiness because while laptops afford us amazing versatility in where we do our computing, they aren't ergonomic and they don't give us a lot of options for using them comfortably. But with a good laptop stand you can elevate the laptop's display so it's comfortable to read with good posture, and you don't have to strain your neck and shoulders looking down all the time.

Plus, when your laptop's on a stand it's a lot easier to connect and set up an external mouse and keyboard, which will also do wonders to eliminate your pain and fatigue from long hours on your laptop. By connecting a great keyboard and mouse (we recommend choosing from our recently-updated roundups of the best keyboard and best mouse) you free yourself from having to contort your hands and arms into cramp-worthy angles while working on your laptop, which can be a life-saver if you're spending hours hunched over it.

The best part about investing in your health with a laptop stand is that you don't need something expensive to benefit. This $45 laptop stand revolutionized how one of our editors works, and many of the best laptop stands on the market can be yours for as much or less.

Based on our research and extensive testing, here are the best laptop stands you can buy right now! 

The quick list

In a hurry? Here's a brief overview of the laptop stands on this list, along with quick links that let you jump down the page directly to a review of whichever arm catches your eye.

The best laptop stands you can buy today

The best overall

Lamicall Laptop Stand

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1. Lamicall Laptop Stand

Best laptop stand overall

Specifications

Adjustability: Up to 11 inches high and up to 180° tilt
Supported laptop size: 10- to 17.3-inch laptops
Foldable: Yes
Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 2 inches (folded)

Reasons to buy

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Multiple height/angle adjustments
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Sturdy to type on at lower heights
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Large, effective rubber grips
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Compact and fairly portable
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Well-ventilated design

Reasons to avoid

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 Typing at higher heights is bouncy  

For most people, the Lamicall laptop stand is the best because it offers plenty of height and angle adjustments, a built-in heat vent design that’ll work for most laptops, and large rubber grips with plenty of friction to keep your laptop steady while typing. Plus, it’s foldable and won’t take up too much space in your backpack if you want to travel with it.

The stand arrives folded, and all you need to do after unboxing it is to set your preferred height and angle before your first use. To adjust the stand’s overall height, you hold the base with one hand while pulling up on the middle plate. Then, repeat the process with the middle and top plates to set the stand’s angle. The hinges are sturdy, but the adjusting process is smooth, not jumpy. 

Lamicall’s laptop stand is made with cool-to-the-touch aluminum alloy, and its biggest design praise goes to its top tray plate. This large, rectangular top plate makes it easy to adjust the stand with your laptop on it, whether you’re lowering or raising the stand. It features a unique, widespread ventilation design that ensures your laptop’s fans will sit over at least some of the vent holes. 

There are two long rubber strips spanning the length of the tray, as well as two rubber grips on the metal lips to hold your laptop in place while typing or if you accidentally bump it. You’ll also find four circular rubber grips on the bottom of the stand to prevent it from sliding on your desk while working.

Aside from the metal lips that stick out a bit, the Lamicall laptop stand is fairly compact when folded, making it a great travel companion if you need to work from a coffee shop or a classroom. Typing directly on the stand at lower to medium heights is comfortable and pretty stable, so you don’t even need to bring a separate keyboard and mouse. It’s possible to create an ergonomic angle that’s kind to your wrists for long typing sessions.

The best budget laptop stand

iVoler Laptop Stand

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2. iVoler Laptop Stand

Best budget laptop stand

Specifications

Adjustability: Up to 11 inches high and up to 180° tilt
Supported laptop size: 10- to 17.3-inch laptops
Foldable: Yes
Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.7 x 1 inches (folded)

Reasons to buy

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Multiple height/angle adjustments
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Sturdy to type on at lower heights
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Large, effective rubber grips
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Compact and fairly portable
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Well-ventilated design

Reasons to avoid

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 Typing at higher heights is bouncy  

 This iVoler laptop stand can fit snugly in a backpack’s side pocket when folded, making it a perfect portable option. It’s friendly to your wallet, has a well-ventilated design, and only requires a few seconds to set up and break down. 

There’s a sliding mechanism that allows the stand’s two main pieces to pull apart quickly, revealing an X-shaped support holding them together. From there, you separate the stand’s legs from the top portion your laptop will rest on to find the thin adjustor pieces. Although most of the aluminum alloy stand feels durable, the adjustor pieces don’t. They dangle loosely from the stand and just barely rest in each leg’s pre-drilled holes.

With six different sets of pre-drilled holes on the legs, you can adjust the height and angle of the laptop’s screen and keyboard simultaneously. The end of each leg is curved upwards and sports a rubber grip to hold your laptop in place. This fuss-free design is easy to adjust with a laptop on the stand, as you just need to lift the two adjustor pieces at the same time and move them forward or backward to another pre-drilled set of holes. 

The only downside to this design is that the bottom of your laptop will always be at the same height, so the higher you set your screen, the higher and more angled your laptop’s keyboard will be. If you use this stand at one of its lower height/angle settings, typing on the laptop’s keyboard rather than an external keyboard is fairly comfortable, but as you raise your laptop screen higher, typing becomes increasingly uncomfortable for long periods.

I performed three typing tests on my laptop while it was on the iVoler stand at the third-lowest height/angle setting, and averaged 103 words per minute and 2 errors. When compared to the 103 wpm, 1 error average on the same laptop used flat on a desk, there’s practically no difference. My laptop didn’t bounce while typing, and my wrists weren’t forced into an awkward position.

Using the higher angle/height settings on iVoler’s stand still provides a stable typing experience, and your laptop won’t slide too much thanks to a few well-placed rubber grips. When typing at these heights, my laptop didn’t even bounce that much, but it put a ton of strain on my wrists. If you pair this with an external keyboard and mouse, or you don’t need to type a lot, it won’t be a big issue. 

The best laptop stand for MacBooks

Rain Design iLevel2 Laptop Stand

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3. Rain Design iLevel2 Laptop Stand

Best laptop stand for MacBooks

Specifications

Adjustability: Simultaneous height/angle adjustments between 5.4 - 7.9 inches
Supported laptop size: Up to 17.3-inch laptops
Foldable: No
Dimensions: 8.8 x 10.1 x 7.9 inches

Reasons to buy

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Multiple height/angle adjustments
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Innovative, spring-loaded adjustment mechanism
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Super easy to adjust with laptop on the stand
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Effective rubber grips keep stand in place
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Attractive design is perfect for Macs

Reasons to avoid

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Can’t adjust height or angle independently
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Adjusting down and typing on stand is too bouncy
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Not an easily portable design

The iLevel2 stand from Rain Design features a unique spring-loaded design that uses the weight of your laptop to activate the height- and angle-adjusting mechanism. As an aesthetic bonus, its anodized aluminum look matches perfectly with Apple’s MacBooks.

Aside from being constructed with chilly anodized aluminum, the iLevel2 stand features a small raindrop cutout centered in the top piece. While this raindrop allows a little heat to escape, it’s mainly decorative. What keeps your laptop cool on this stand is the anodized aluminum material and the four circular rubber grips on top to lift your laptop.

These four grips also keep your laptop steady while typing, along with a long rubber strip that lines up with the bottom lip of your laptop. Underneath the stand, there are four more circular grips that practically cement the stand in place on your desk.

When it’s packaged, the top of the laptop stand is pushed down to prevent the spring-loaded mechanism from getting damaged during transit. It’s ready to be used right out of the box, but you’ll want to hold down the top of the stand when unboxing it to stop it from springing out unnecessarily.

Once it’s unboxed, you need to set your laptop gently on the stand to weigh it down and start perfecting your adjustments. There’s a handy metal slider at the stand’s front that lets you quickly raise or lower your laptop’s height and angle while it’s on the stand. To reach the stand’s max height/angle setting, you slide the metal dial all the way to the right; and to lower it, you’d slide the dial to the left. 

Adjusting the height and angle up is smooth, but adjusting down can be quite bouncy if you’re not slow about it. It’s also worth noting that you can’t adjust the height and angle independently on this stand. If you want to raise the height of your laptop screen, you’ll also be raising the angle of your laptop’s keyboard. 

When you’re using the stand anywhere between its lowest height/angle setting and somewhere in the middle, typing directly on your laptop feels fairly stable, albeit a little springy, and your wrists are tilted at a relatively comfortable angle. My normal typing average on my laptop is 103 words per minute with 1 error. When typing on Rain Design’s iLevel2 stand, my typing average decreases slightly to 96 wpm with 1 error. 

Trying to type directly on my laptop while the stand is set to its highest setting is way too bouncy and puts my wrists at a pretty uncomfortable angle. If you think you’d frequently use this stand at its highest setting and you need to type a lot, I’d highly recommend investing in a separate keyboard if you don’t have one already.

The best portable laptop stand

Brocoon Laptop Stand

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4. Brocoon Laptop Stand

Best portable laptop stand

Specifications

Adjustability: Yes; 1.1 - 10.2 inches high and 0 - 180° tilt
Supported laptop size: 10- to 17-inch laptops
Foldable: Yes
Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.6 x 1.1/1.7 inches (folded)

Reasons to buy

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Thin, easily portable design
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Multiple height and angle adjustments
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Comfortable and stable to type directly on stand
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Can adjust height and angle with laptop on stand

Reasons to avoid

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Rubber grips aren’t super strong
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Adjusting height and angle isn’t smooth
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Small heat vent may not line up all laptops

When it’s folded, the Brocoon laptop won’t take up much space in your backpack or suitcase. This thin design paired with its wide range of height and angle adjustments and comfortable typing experience makes it the perfect portable option for frequent travelers. 

This isn’t the smallest or most compact laptop stand on this list — that’s the iVoler stand — but it’s the thinnest option that offers more than enough adjustments, which will decrease strain in your neck, shoulders, and eyes more so than the budget-friendly iVoler stand will. 

There’s no setup required before you can start using the stand, adjusting the height and angle to your liking. You can easily adjust the stand with your laptop on it, but adjusting can be jerky sometimes. Rather than a smooth adjustment to your preferred height and angle, this stand doesn’t move immediately and then suddenly jumps into place, which can be jarring when you’re not expecting it. 

Brocoon’s laptop stand is equipped with a small oval-shaped heat vent, but depending on your laptop, this might not line up perfectly with your fan vents. Luckily, the stand is made with aluminum alloy to help absorb a lot of the heat your laptop emits. It’s a simple, attractive design that has “To live a good life” printed on the bottom plate, which some may like but others might not. 

There are four circular rubber grips on top of the stand, along with two rubber grips covering the metal lip that holds your laptop in place. The grips are thin and not very strong, so my laptop could easily slide back and forth with only a gentle push, which doesn’t happen with many other stands on this list. When bumping a corner of my laptop rather than steadily pushing my laptop, it barely budges. The four rubber circles on the bottom of the stand to prevent it from sliding on your desk seem to be a bit stronger.

With the Brocoon stand’s rectangular design, typing feels incredibly stable and comfortable, great news for anyone who doesn’t want to bring along a separate keyboard and mouse. My typical typing average on my laptop with no stand is 103 words per minute with 1 error, and my typing average on the Brocoon stand at mid-height with a gentle angle was 102 wpm with 2 errors. It’s certainly a bouncier typing experience, resulting in more errors, but my overall speed was almost identical to my typical typing average.

The best minimalist laptop stand

Twelve South Curve Flex Laptop Stand

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5. Twelve South Curve Flex Laptop Stand

Best minimalist laptop stand

Specifications

Adjustability: Yes; 2 - 11 inches high and 0 - 45° tilt
Supported laptop size: 10- to 17-inch laptops
Foldable: Yes
Dimensions: 12.6 x 10 x 1.4 inches (folded)

Reasons to buy

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 Multiple height and angle adjustments
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Wide area for heat to escape 
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Easily portable, aesthetic minimalist design
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Comfortable to type directly on stand
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Silicone patches to prevent scratches to stand

Reasons to avoid

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Silicone grips lack enough friction
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Can’t support heavy laptops (7+ lbs)

Twelve South’s Curve Flex laptop stand is easily portable and fits the minimalist aesthetic very well. In addition to the adjustable stand, Twelve South includes a well-padded travel bag for the stand and a small allen key to loosen or tighten the stand’s hinges as needed. 

No assembly is required before you can use this laptop stand, but you’ll probably need to tighten the hinges prior to your first use. Before tightening the hinges, resting my wrists gently while typing on my 3-pound laptop made the stand slowly sink to its lowest setting. Putting two laptops that collectively weighed 6.5 pounds made the stand instantly collapse. After using the included 4mm allen key, it could effortlessly support the two laptops and the weight of my wrists while typing. 

There are four total hinges to tighten, and the whole process only took five minutes, including time to tighten, test the hinges, and tighten once more. There’s a small cutout at the top of the travel bag where you can store the allen key, so if you use the travel bag to carry the stand with you to work or college, you’ll always have the allen key on hand. With the hinges tightened, the stand can only support laptops weighing 7 pounds or less, so if you have an exceptionally heavy laptop, this stand won’t work for you.

Adjusting the height and angle on the Curve Flex stand is similar to other Z-shaped stands. Holding the base piece with one hand, you lift up on the middle plate to set the height. Unlike other stands that let you fully rotate the hinges, this stand’s hinges have a stopping point when you hit the stand’s max height. This prevents any accidental unbalanced situations that could cause the stand to fall over when you put your laptop on the top tray. 

Then, the angle can be adjusted by holding the middle piece in place while you pull up on the top tray. Moving each stand piece into place to set your preferred angle and height is a smooth process, even after tightening the hinges. 

The stand is equipped with a few silicone pieces throughout, but their main purpose is to prevent scratches to the stand and your laptop. Between each of the stand’s pieces, there are two silicone grips to keep the stand from scratching itself. Where your laptop sits on top, there’s a semi-circle strip of textured silicone, as well as two small silicone patches on the metal lips that hold your laptop in place. 

These textured silicone pieces are slippery under your fingers and barely prevent your laptop from moving when pushing it from the side. I tried bumping my laptop from a corner while on the stand and it held its ground slightly better, but on the second bump, my laptop popped up over one of the metal lips. The silicone strips lining the base piece are a thinner, non-textured material, and they also lack enough friction to prevent the stand from sliding on a desk.

That said, unless you’re accident-prone, the chances of your laptop sliding off this stand are slim. Typing directly on this stand is pretty comfortable, so you can get away without needing to buy a separate keyboard and mouse. At mid-height and a gentle angle, my typing average on Twelve South’s Curve Flex stand was 96 words per minute with 2 errors, slightly lower than my typical average of 103 wpm with 1 error.

The best mounted laptop stand

VIVO Laptop Desk Mount

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6. VIVO Laptop Desk Mount

Best mounted laptop stand

Specifications

Adjustability: Yes; 1 - 16 inches high, +90° to -90° tilt, 180° swivel, and 360° rotation
Supported laptop size: Up to 17-inch laptops
Foldable: No
Dimensions: Laptop tray is 14 x 11.8 inches

Reasons to buy

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Wide adjustable height and angle range
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Can use while sitting or standing
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Gives you more desk space
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Perforated plate for airflow
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Can swivel in or out as needed

Reasons to avoid

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Adjusting height requires a hex key
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No rubber grips to secure laptop
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Too bouncy to type on directly

VIVO’s Laptop Desk Mount is perfect for anyone who wants to use their laptop while sitting or standing at their desk. This stand gives you more desk space, offers multiple height and angle adjustments, and features a perforated plate that’ll keep your laptop cool. You do have to keep the included hex key nearby to manually adjust height, but the process is quick and easy.

Installing this VIVO stand via the clamp method only took about 15 minutes, and the instructions were easy to follow. You’ll need a flat desk underside between 10 and 85mm thick for best results with the clamp.

Like putting a puzzle together, you match up the parts with the images and screw them into place. After you attach the pole to the clamp piece, you tighten it into position on your desk. The rest of the installation process consists of adding pieces to the main pole and securing them with screws. Alternatively, you can use the grommet method for installation, which requires drilling a hole through your desk if there’s not an existing through-hole for mounting. 

Once it’s installed at your preferred height, you can swivel the arm to bring your laptop closer to the desk or push it out of the way. The tray plate can be tilted at an angle, or you can use it at 180 degrees if you want to use it flat while standing. It’s possible to adjust the angle with your laptop on the stand, but there are no rubber grips on the perforated plate to hold your laptop in place while doing this.

The height-adjustability range of VIVO’s laptop tray is one of its best features. It can be raised up to 16.5 inches above your desk, the perfect height range for creating a standing workstation. Adjusting the height is a simple process, but you’ll need the included hex key (or another 5mm hex key) to loosen and tighten the connection between the pole and the tray arm. After you loosen the hex nut holding the tray arm in position, you can slide the tray arm up or down the pole to its new height, and then quickly tighten it in place.

VIVO’s stand is made with steel and aluminum, and the laptop tray plate is perforated to encourage airflow. This holey design is great for heat ventilation, but it’s not the most attractive look. Because the tray plate lacks rubber grips, it relies solely on your laptop’s built-in grips to keep it in place while swiveling the tray to and from your desk.

Typing on the VIVO laptop mount was bouncy enough to decrease my typical typing average, but with its wide range of height and angle adjustments, it provided a relatively comfortable typing experience for my wrists. My typical typing average on my laptop is 103 words per minute with 1 error, whereas typing on the VIVO mount resulted in an average of 92 wpm with 2 errors. It’s 11 less wpm, but that’s a decent tradeoff for all the pros this laptop stand has to offer.

The best height-adjustable laptop stand

LIFELONG UpRyze laptop stand

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7. LIFELONG UpRyze laptop stand

Best height-adjustable stand

Specifications

Adjustability: Yes; up to 20 inches high and adjustable tilt
Supported laptop size: 10- to 17-inch laptops
Foldable: Yes
Dimensions: 11 x 9.5 x 1.6 inches (folded)

Reasons to buy

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Multiple height/angle adjustments
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Height extendable up to 20 inches
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Wide square top w/ large heat vent
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Sturdy, innovative design

Reasons to avoid

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A bit bouncy to type on at higher heights
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Need to make adjustments with laptop off the stand
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May not work as standing desk converter for taller people

Many laptop stands max out at 11 inches high, so if you have a longer torso or you just want a taller laptop stand, the LIFELONG UpRyze laptop stand will be a breath of fresh air. With its 20-inch max height for your screen, this laptop stand can even be used as a standing desk converter.

Like many laptop stands, it’s ready to be used as soon as you unbox it. The UpRyze stand is made with aluminum, and the top tray your laptop rests on is a large square with an oval-shaped heat vent. Depending on your laptop, the heat vent might not match up with your laptop’s fans, but the aluminum material will help absorb heat during demanding tasks. 

There are four circular rubber grips on the main plate and two grips on the metal lips holding your laptop in place. While these grips don’t create as much friction as I’d like, they’re strong enough to keep your laptop steady while working. You’ll also find four rubber grips underneath the base that create more friction than those on the top plate. These bottom grips paired with the wide top plate and weighted base help larger, heavier laptops stay upright even at tall heights.

The hinges are incredibly sturdy, so adjustments need to be made with your laptop off the stand. To set the height, you have to hold the base piece and pull up on the middle plate. To use the stand at even taller heights, there’s a height-extender mechanism built into the connecting metal piece between the base and the middle plate. To fully extend the stand, you need to depress a button on the height-extender mechanism while pulling up on the middle plate. To bring it back down, you’d depress the button and push the middle plate toward the base. 

In addition to adjusting the stand’s height in two different ways, you can also adjust its angle. With one hand holding the middle plate, you can pull up on the top plate to adjust the tilt of your laptop’s screen and keyboard. When I typed on my laptop on LIFELONG’s UpRyze stand at mid-height with a gentle angle, my average typing speed was 98 words per minute with 2 errors. This isn’t much worse than my typical typing average of 103 wpm with 1 error. 

Because this stand can be used as a standing desk converter, I also tested out typing on the stand at max height. It’s less comfortable to use while standing, which is reflected in my typing average of 91 wpm with 2 errors. For reference, I’m 5’ 5” and the fully-extended stand wasn’t high enough to meet my eye level. It was relatively comfortable to use the UpRyze stand while I was standing, but anyone taller than probably 5’ 9” might find the stand’s max height to be too low while standing.

When you’re finished using the stand, it can be folded to easily store away. It’s not the most compact design, but it’s possible to pack this stand in your backpack if you don't have much else to carry. If you like the idea of converting any desk to a standing desk, the UpRyze stand would be worth traveling with, despite its bulkier, heavier design. When it’s fully extended, this stand is best paired with a separate keyboard and mouse.

The best rotating laptop stand

Omoton Laptop Stand

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8. OMOTON Laptop Stand

Best rotating laptop stand

Specifications

Adjustability: Yes; 1 - 9 inches high, adjustable tilt, 360° rotating axis
Supported laptop size: 11- to 16-inch laptops
Foldable: Yes
Dimensions: 10.1 x 10 x 2.2 inches (folded)