An adjustable laptop stand is a relatively inexpensive way to instantly improve your posture and positioning while using a laptop.
Laptops have radically changed the way we work, giving office workers the means to break free from traditional 9-5 workdays and carry out computer tasks from practically anywhere. This is great for remote and homeworking - but it does come with additional risks.
When you place your laptop on a surface, you'll find you're having to look down to see the screen. The weight of your head hanging forward places a huge amount of strain on the spine which, over time, can cause aches pains and even long term injuries. This is so common it even has a name: tech neck.
To avoid tech neck while using your laptop, you'll need to find a way to elevate it to a more comfortable viewing height. Of course you can improvise with stacks of books or boxes, but it might take a bit of fiddling around to find the right height - plus you can't guarantee your homemade solution will be stable, safe, or particularly nice to look at.
An adjustable laptop stand, used with a separate mouse and keyboard, is the best way of creating a portable ergonomic workstation wherever you go. Browse our selection of laptop packs, which all include a stand, mouse and keyboard.
Here are some of the great benefits of using a laptop stand:
It lifts your screen to a suitable position
Adjustable laptop stands come with several height and angle options so you can find the right alignment for you. Check your position with the woman's in the graphic below:
Lightweight and portable
If you use your laptop on the go, you might be worried about adding extra weight to your luggage. Laptop stands are specially designed to be lightweight and compact so you can slip it into a laptop bag without even noticing the difference. We recommend opting for a mini keyboard - a smaller, lighter style of keyboard, if you plan to be working while you travel.
Prevents laptop from overheating
Many laptop stands, including the Slim Cool, offer ventilation and cooling benefits to prevent your laptop from overheating and shutting down.
Increase comfort and productivity
Working in a comfortable position will increase the speed and accuracy of your inputting. You're also less likely to get achy throughout the day, increasing your stamina and helping you concentrate without the distraction of discomfort. Keeping an open posture - not hunched over your screen, will improve your breathing and circulation, helping you feel better in yourself and more alert.
Protection from spills and mess
Propping your laptop up on a stand keeps it elevated from the surface of your workstation, protecting it from any accidental spills. As you'll be using an external mouse and keyboard you'll also limit the amount of dirt being transferred onto the laptop, keeping it in good working order for longer.