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A laptop stand is one of the simplest solutions to compensate for most laptops’ ergonomic shortcomings.
It improves the functionality of your laptop while also correcting your upper body posture, reducing the likelihood of neck and back strain and aids in the prevention of repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you’ve decided to buy one, take a look at our recommended options below to see which one best meets your needs. You may also have questions about posture and ergonomic use of a laptop stand. We’ve got that covered for you in our FAQs section. See below to learn more.
Best Laptop Stands for Desk
Nulaxy Laptop Stand
The Nulaxy LS13 laptop stand raises your laptop to the ideal eye level, alleviating neck and shoulder pain. The stand is detachable and weighs just 0.8 lbs (363gm) and sturdy enough to hold any tablet and laptops.
The manufacturer recommends that you use a bluetooth connected mouse and keyboard with it as the stand will get a bit wobbly while typing. On the plus side, there’s plenty of space beneath the stand to pull out your mouse and keyboard.
• Very sturdy
• Easy assembly, pieces slide together easily
• Has very durable rubber grips
• Space saving
• A bit wobbly when typing on your laptop
Bestand Aluminium Cooling Stand
The Bestand Aluminium Cooling Stand is made of aluminium alloy that has 4mm of thickness, making the stand very stable and will not distort.
The hollow design of this stand provides excellent heat dissipation and ventilation for your laptop.
• Sturdy and stable enough for typing on your laptop with it
• Sleek design
• Ideal for 11″ – 16″ laptops
• Space saving
• Not suitable for 10.2″ iPads
Twelve South HiRise
For the ideal dual-screen arrangement, the Twelve South HiRise stand aligns your MacBook or laptop with an external display. The stand’s piston design allows you to raise or lower your MacBook or laptop by up to 6 inches for better ergonomics.
This stand is great for graphic designers and programmers. We would also recommend pairing your Macbook with an external bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
• Very stable and sturdy
• Height-adjustable stand
• V-shaped design stand allows maximum airflow
• A bit wobbly for typing on your laptop with the V-shaped stand
• The piston does not support 360° angle move
Trust Gaming Cooling Stand
The sturdy premium aluminium design of the Trust Gaming Cooling Stand fits laptops up to 17.3”. Though most ideal for gaming sessions, it is also suitable for work.
The stand has 5 blue illumated cooling fans (and they’re very quiet too!) to keep your laptop cool and in optimal performance. It also has 5 adjustable angles allowing you to find the perfect viewing height and angle.
• Comes with a detachable phone holder
• Fans have 20% cooling efficiency
• Height-adjustable stand up to 190mm
• Slightly wobbly
Best Laptop Stands for Bed
Uncaged Ergonomics WorkEZ Cool Stand
This is the most functional and versatile laptop stand we found. Ergonomically designed, the WORKEZ Cool Stand has 3 sections that lock in 15-degree increments. This allows your laptop to be ideally positioned on the sofa, in bed, at a desk in a sitting or standing position, or even outdoors like the beach!
The aluminium panel’s natural heat dissipation is enhanced by 2 cooling fans which you can turn them on/off and they run silently too. The aluminium is lightweight which makes it easy to carry.
• Has 3 USB ports
• Easily adjustable joint legs
• Comes with an aluminum mouse tray – includes foam mouse pad + wrist rest
• Not suitable for heavy laptops
• The mouse tray isn’t big enough
HUANUO Adjustable Lap Desk
Do you wish to work on your laptop while lying in bed or on the sofa? The HUANUO Adjustable Lap Desk is an excellent choice. You can use this multifunctional lap desk for work, travel and even for reading on your bed or sofa.
It features 6 different positions to let you choose the ideal viewing angle for your laptop. and a detachable mouse pad that works for both left-handed and right-handed users. The lap desk has a handle that makes it easy to transport and weighs only 3.08 pounds (453.5gm).
• The lap desk has cushions for added comfort
• Space saving
• Less sturdy
• Has no cooling fans or ventilation holes
Best Laptop Stands for Sofa
Tatkraft Portable Rolling Stand
Move the Tatkraft Portable Rolling Stand to your living room or bedroom and work comfortably on your laptop while relaxing on your couch or bed. We love the Tatkraft stand because of its quality materials, functionality, modern and sturdy design.
The laptop tray on the this Tatkraft stand can be tilted 160° and rotated 360° degrees, allowing you to use your laptop in the exact position you desire. It supports 7″ – 17″ tablets and laptops. Even at steeper angles, there’s a safety bar at the bottom of the tray to keep your laptop from sliding off. It includes a mouse tray that is wide enough to allow you to move your mouse around freely.
• Comfortable to use
• Comes with 4-wheeled portable stand
• Stand can be adjusted anywhere between 27.6 to 39.2 inches (70cm – 99.5cm)
• Requires self-assembly (tools and instructions included in the box)
IKEA BJÖRKÅSEN Laptop Stand
We simply love the minimalist design of this piece of furniture from IKEA. The sturdy and stylish BJÖRKÅSEN Laptop Stand is ideal for studying, working on your laptop, or even practising a musical instrument with sheet music!
It’s simple to change the height of the stand, tilt the top, and move around the house – it even folds for storage. This stand is perfect for home use, and its sleek design will look great in your living area.
• Easy to clean
• Built with high-quality materials and fine finish
• Space saving – when not in use the laptop tray folds flat vertically for easy storage
• Not suitable for laptops wider than 15″
• Mouse tray not included
• Requires self-assembly
SAIJI Lap Desk
Weighing just 1.07 pound (489gm), the SAIJI Lap Desk feels almost weight-less when placed on your lap. This nice and ergonomically designed lap desk also includes a storage compartment on the side.
It is wide enough to hold a 17″ laptop and a mouse! The lap desk is constructed with non-slip rubber cloth to prevent your laptop from slipping while you work and is packed with a high density Rebound Sponge for enhanced comfort. The material is nice enough to eliminate the need for a mouse pad.
The comfort, quality and functionality of this lap desk is what impress us the most.
• Very comfortable & lightweight
• Built with high-quality silicon rails to prevent laptops from overheating
• Has no cooling fans
Is it true that laptop stands are better for posture?
A laptop stand raises the laptop’s screen so that it is closer to the user’s eyes. Your screen’s top should always be at eye level. It aids in the improvement of your posture, which helps to alleviate back and neck pain. When using a separate keyboard, using a laptop stand supports improved typing ergonomics.
What is the ideal height for a laptop stand?
When you’re sitting (or standing) up straight, a laptop stand should raise your laptop so that your eye level is 1 to 2 inches (2.5cm to 5cm) below the top of your screen.
Do I need an external keyboard with a laptop stand?
The functionality of a laptop stand is to elevate your laptop to a more comfortable position, as previously indicated. This also means the keyboard and mouse pad of your laptop is raised.
If you are working on a desk with a laptop stand, buying an external keyboard for your laptop is always a good idea, because it allows you to type in a considerably more ergonomic posture than the built-in keyboard. Over time, this will translate to less tension on your tendons and wrists, which you’ll be grateful for.
What’s the best way to keep my laptop at eye level?
Place the laptop on a firm support surface, such as a laptop stand, a few inches above your desk. When you stare straight ahead, your eyes should naturally land in the top third of your screen.
Check out 10 Best Ergonomic Laptop Setup Tips for more ergonomic advice.
Is it easy to type on a laptop stand?
You can technically do so, but your arms will be elevated in the air. So doing that for a long period is not ergonomic, and it all depends on what you need/want to accomplish with it. For instance, using the laptop keyboard for a few seconds to access the Touch ID and trackpad.