Laptop and tablet stands are essential aids for ergonomic health and optimal performance at many desks. Here is how to choose the right one.
If you know what it's like to spend a long day hunched over a laptop in an ergonomically unfit workspace, chances are you know what neck strain and eye fatigue feels like.
So does the American Chiropractic Association.
It surveyed 213 chiropractors all about it.
92 percent of chiropractors who responded reported their patient lists were experiencing more neck pains, back pains, and other musculoskeletal issues since workplaces started introducing WFH directives for COVID-19 safety.
A few hours working on the laptop at the kitchen bench might feel OK. But when those hours turn into days… weeks… months… the health and wellbeing impacts are harder to ignore.
"Look for a laptop stand or riser that is a mix of full-range adjustability, stability and durability."
In 2021, Endeavour College of Natural Health conducted a survey that found approximately two thirds of Australians aged 18 to 54 experience neck, back, and shoulder soreness from using computers, phones, and tablets.
At ALOGIC, we have developed an ergonomic range of products to help people who use tablets and laptops at home and in the office to stay healthy and productive.
But, to find the best stand for your individual ergonomic needs, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind.
Adjustability for different needs
Laptop stands should be adjustable. After all, our desks are different. Our chairs are different. Our screen sizes are different. We, as people, are different shapes and sizes.
That's why, when you're researching laptop stands, it's a good idea to pay close attention to exactly how adjustable the stand is.
A first-rate adjustable laptop stand allows you to elevate the height of your stand, and tilt the angle of your screen, so you can support your typing, viewing and seating needs.
Not all laptop stands are adjustable, however. Then there are others that are adjustable – but not adjustable enough.
Look for a laptop stand or riser that is a mix of full-range adjustability, stability and durability.
With a highly-adjustable stand, you can also accommodate future changes you make to your office set up. Maybe you'll use it with a new desk or chair in the future, for example.
Compatibility for different laptops and devices
The best laptop stands are universally compatible.
ALOGIC's Elite Adjustable Laptop Stand is compatible with almost all laptop models and sizes, including the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Dell XPS, Chromebook, and more. Our Edge Adjustable Tablet Stand is compatible with almost all tablets – including iPad Pros, iPad Airs, and iPads – too.
Since many stands and risers aren't universally compatible, however, make a point to check yours is, before you buy. That way, you can use it as soon as you unbox it.
Also, keep in mind that universally compatible laptop stands are shareable. That makes them perfect for people who want to split their stand between different laptop users at home or work.
Portability for easy transportation
For people such as mobile and hybrid workers, a portable laptop stand is often a must.
If you count yourself in this group, check the weight of your prospective laptop stand to save you a lot of headaches in the long run.
After all, some stands are significantly heavier than others.
ALOGIC developed its range of stands to be as compact and portable as possible for remote, mobile and hybrid work scenarios.
Take the Edge Adjustable Tablet Stand. It weighs just 148 grams and folds into a bag.
If you plan to regularly carry your stand between the library, cafÃ©, office, or home, you'll be thankful for a light device you can easily transport.
Save money with a durable laptop stand
Also remember to check your stand is robust enough to bag up and take on the road or commutes.
Look for laptop stands made from quality lightweight materials such as aluminium alloy.
A laptop stand designed with high quality materials can last a long time, and thus reduce your costs over the longer-term.
What to know about setting up your laptop stand
The other important factor to consider before you decide which laptop stand to buy is the stand's appearance.
Some laptop stands have the aesthetic appeal of a Terminator robot's limb.
Definitely avoid the eyesores if you want your stand on your desk for a long time.
Ideally, find a stand that stations discretely on you desk, so you can focus on your work.
But always go for one that prevents tension, stiffness, and soreness too.
It will save a lot of headaches.
Learn more about ALOGIC's ergonomic stands and risers today.