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We spend many hours using a laptop for work and it’s not good for us due to poor ergonomics. The low profile of the laptop can lead to repetitive stress injury (RSI), neck, and back problems.
One way to prevent this is to use a laptop stand which makes it possible to adjust the display height to help keep the user’s back straight. They also tilt the laptop keyboard so it’s kinder on the wrists. The five stands we’ve rounded up promote proper posture to lessen the strain.
The mStand 360 by Rain Design is constructed out of aluminum for durability. It has a swiveling base that allows rotating the laptop 360 degrees. As evidenced in the photo, this stand lifts the laptop so high that a dedicated keyboard and mouse must be used.
Those wanting a simple stand may find this one from IKEA to be a good fit. It tilts the laptop slightly to make the typing angle more ergonomic. The mesh construction keeps the air flowing under the laptop to keep it cool. It can handle devices up to 17 inches.
Note in the photo that this stand can be used in the lap.
The IKEA Laptop Support is very affordable and can be found at Amazon for $13.
The stand from Uncaged Ergonomics (you have to love that name) is another that swivels the laptop in addition to raising it to a proper angle. It can be adjusted to seven different angles and raises the laptop 2.5 inches.
Laptop stands in the office don't do you much good when you're on the road. This portable folding stand from Bosvision can be thrown in a bag and pulled out when needed. It slightly raises laptops from 12 - 17 inches in size to provide a better typing angle.
The Bosvision Portable Stand is made of lightweight aluminum (5.3 oz) and is only 6.3 inches when folded.
The Rolodex stand features a mesh design and adjusts the angle of the laptop while raising the display slightly. It is well constructed and part of the company's line of matching desk accessories.