Best Laptop Stand of 2020
When it comes to office decor and accessories, many people prefer products that are sleek and stylish yet still offer great performance. If this is you, look no further than the RainDesign mStand. This solid anodized aluminum model provides a good degree of stability as it is a single forged piece of metal. The opening on the stand's backside is perfect for running cables to reduce clutter on your desk. Not only is the RainDesign mStand strong and functional, but it also has a sleek look to add a touch of style to any laptop workplace.
Although we love the overall style and design of the mStand, it may not be the best choice for everyone. First of all, it is not foldable or adjustable in any way. If you want a model for traveling or one that you can fine-tune, you will need to look elsewhere. Also, It is a bit pricey for this style of stand. Despite the cost and lack of adjustability, we think that the RainDesign mStand is an excellent choice for those looking for a solid, stable laptop stand that looks great.
If you're in the market for a collapsible version, we highly recommend the Roost Laptop Stand. When folded into travel mode, this model measures a mere 1" x 1 ½ " x 13", which is very convenient for travel and perfect for those looking to slide a stand into their laptop bag. When it's time to expand it and put it to use, it has three different height adjustment options giving you the optimal view or reach to your laptop.
The Roost Laptop Stand offers a reasonable degree of functionality, but unfortunately, it will not accommodate thicker laptops because of the smaller size of the lower support hooks. We're a bit wary of the plastic construction. If you know you are hard on your product, you may want to go with a beefier model. Also, the Roost Laptop Stand is pricey. If you're shopping on a budget, this model doesn't make much sense. Still, if you want an adjustable version that folds up into a tiny package, the Roost is a fantastic choice.
The AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable has several attractive features. The mesh construction of the main frame allows for maximum ventilation and cooling for your laptop. If you want height adjustability options, this model is a good choice — it has seven settings. The AmazonBasics is plenty sturdy enough to support a thick and heavy laptop, and it has a bit of storage underneath the stand, although it's difficult to access. The cord organizer on the back of the device helps you keep organized. If you're shopping on a budget, the AmazonBasics is an excellent option as it is very affordable.
Depending on your laptop's thickness and the application for which you intend to use your stand, the AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable may not work. The tabs that support the computer at the lower end of the stand slope are ⅞" thick and would be in the way for typing on a thinner profile laptop. This model also only lifts the back end of your laptop rather than lift the entire laptop off of your desk as well as give it tilt. Regardless, if you aren't going to type on your laptop while it's on the stand and you're shopping on a budget, the AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable won't let you down.
If you're searching for a budget-friendly foldable version, look no further than the iVoler Adjustable Aluminum. We are big fans of this model's anodized aluminum construction and were impressed with how small it becomes when folded up — it easily slides into most laptop bags. Not only does this model offer six different angles, but the width is also adjustable, making it able to accommodate tablets, books, or even cell phones.
Although versatile in many ways, the iVoler does not lift your devices off the desktop; it merely gives them a tilt. If you're looking for something that will lift your laptop entirely off your desk, you will need to go with a different model. If you want a collapsible travel laptop stand with sturdy construction and lots of options for angles, this model is the one.
The Nulaxy C5 is a foldable laptop stand that offers a large degree of adjustability. Not only can you fine-tune the angle of the stand, but the height can also be set anywhere from 2" to 21". With a maximum height that high, the C5 essentially doubles as a standing desk for those looking to improve or change their posture. Despite its wide positioning range, the Nulaxy C5 folds up to be impressively small. It's not quite small enough to slide into a laptop bag, but with folded dimensions of 10-⅞" x 10-½" x 2-1/4", it could easily fit in a duffel bag or desk drawer.
The innovative design of the C5 has a few flaws. There are no cable management devices or slots, so your cables will be rather exposed while the stand is in use. Also, if you're typing on your laptop while it's on the device, it shakes around a bit. The higher you have the stand extended, the more it shakes. Despite the drawbacks, we think that the Nulaxy C5 is an excellent option for those looking for a laptop stand with a ton of adjustability, especially regarding height.
The Lamicall Laptop Riser is an aluminum laptop stand that rotates on its centered cylindrical pillar that allows the top half of the stand to rotate infinitely in either direction. We found this feature to be especially useful for group projects or meetings. The Lamicall has non-slip rubber pads on the base to keep it from moving around on your desk as well as on top of the stand to keep the laptop itself in place. We like the centered retaining tab, which leaves the sides of the laptop unobstructed while typing. If you're looking for extra storage on your desk, there is plenty of room underneath the Lamicall Laptop Riser.
If you're going to type on your laptop while it's on the stand, be prepared to deal with some slight wobbling while it's on the Lamicall Laptop Riser. This model is also relatively bulky and is not a good choice for traveling. We still think the Lamicall is a great product, and we love that it rotates 360º.
The MeFee Adjustable Stand is a foldable laptop stand that has some very useful features. It collapses to be completely flat for instances in which you don't want to use any tilt at all. The 360º pivoting base is perfect for group projects or spinning your screen around to show a video with a friend. MeFee also thought of designing a folding phone stand into the side of this model to make sure that you are able to view all of your media in one place.
The MeFee Adjustable Stand is not the most stable model that we've gotten our hands on. We found this laptop stand to be a bit wobbly while we were typing on it, which was caused mainly by its flexible plastic construction. Even though the MeFee isn't the strongest model on the market, we still think it's a good option for those that are looking for a flat-folding stand that rotates 360º.
If you're looking for a one-piece laptop stand with a different look and design, the Soundance Aluminum Computer Riser might be a good choice for you. This model puts your computer screen right at eye level while sitting in most office chairs and aligns well with the height of external monitors. There is ample room between the feet and the stand for storing and organizing odds and ends on your desk. Each one of the support pillars has a slot in it for routing cables to ensure that your workspace stays nice and organized.
Unfortunately, we found a couple of substantial flaws with the Soundance Aluminum Computer Riser. The model that we tested had uneven support arms, which made the entire stand wobbly right from the get-go. Also, because of the lack of torsional support between the arms, the entire stand is a bit flimsy. This isn't a big deal if you're just going to be using the Soundance as an auxiliary stand, but if you are going to be typing on it, this could get very annoying.
The Urmust Laptop Notebook Stand Holder is made out of a hollow aluminum alloy to allow for maximum ventilation and heat dispersion. The pivots on this model allow for the device to be fine-tuned to a number of custom positions based on the users' preferences. If style is your thing, the Urmust comes in 7 different colorways giving you lots of ways to match your office accessory to your office decor. When the device is in use, there is a ton of room for storage between the stand and its base.
During our assessment, we discovered that the Urmust Laptop Notebook Stand Holder cannot support heavier laptops. Also, the retaining tabs at the base of the laptop plate are relatively shallow. This really is not the ideal stand for larger laptops. It's still a fun model if you're all about adjustable height and want a specific color.
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At GearLab each one of our team members uses a laptop stand every day, so naturally, we used our panel of professional product quality judges to differentiate between the stands that deserve awards and those that are so-so in comparison. We carefully inspected each model for both attributes and flaws alike. Although much of our scoring is subjective, we are confident that our advice will help you purchase the perfect model for your needs.
Analysis and Test Results
We recognize that our readers are not all looking for the same product. Some of you may need a version for travel while others may want a stylish permanent fixture on your desk. Some of you may intend to type on your laptop while others may be using an external keyboard. To explain the various characteristics of each product, we broke our analysis down into three sub-categories — stability, adjustability, and features.
Depending on the application for which you intend to use your stand, stability may or may not be a key purchasing factor for you. If you're going to be typing on your laptop while it's on the stand, clearly you want a stable model. If not, this characteristic will be far less important.
The most stable model that we have tested is the iVoler Adjustable Aluminum. This model does not flex thanks to its aluminum construction. The design of the iVoler has the weight of the laptop essentially sitting on the desk, so there's no room for wiggling. Another very stable model is the AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable. With a design similar to the iVoler, this model also eliminates any wiggle room between the front of the laptop and the desk. However, the thin metal supports are the slightest bit flexible so we did experience a tiny bit of shaking while typing on the AmazonBasics.
If you want a stand that lifts your entire laptop off the desktop rather than just the back, we found that the RainDesign mStand was relatively stable for typing considering its design. Only slightly more wobbly than the mStand during our assessment was the Roost Laptop Stand, but this is to be expected considering that it's plastic. Finally, the Nulaxy C5 does ok when the stand is adjusted to a low height, but the higher the stand is set, the less stable it becomes.
Some people may want a rigid stand that stays in one place 24/7, but if you're going to be moving around or you like to change up the position of your stand there are plenty of models that have an array of adjustments.
One model with a particularly high degree of adjustability is the Nulaxy C5 Laptop Stand. The C5 can be used flat or the stand can be tilted towards you. The C5 also has an arm that articulates so that you can lift your entire laptop off of the desk rather than just the back and that arm extends an additional 14 inches.
If you're looking for a model that is both portable and adjustable check out the iVoler Adjustable Aluminum. This model has 6 height settings, but what really separates the iVoler from the others is its adjustable width — this stand can be used for a full-sized laptop but it can also be squeezed small enough to be a stand for a smartphone.
The Roost Laptop Stand offers three different height options ranging from 6 to 11 inches off of the tabletop but is otherwise static. If you'd like a version where the front of your computer will be at desk level, the AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable offers tilt ranging from 12 to 35 degrees.
While using the AmazonBasics Ventilated Aluminum, the front of your laptop will rest on the desktop but the back will be elevated to anywhere between 12 and 35 degrees, giving you an array of options for the setting of your angle of inclination.
For those that are looking for a straightforward version that does nothing other than hold your computer and look stylish, it's hard to top the RainDesign mStand. Devoid of any bells and whistles, we think this model is the way to go for those who desire simplicity.
A product as seemingly simplistic as a laptop stand can have a surprising amount of bells and whistles. They can fold, rotate, collapse, articulate, and organize your cables but still maintain a simplistic look and design. For this section of the review, we describe any attributes that differentiate the products from one another.
The AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable is a seemingly product, yet the designers have thought to include a cable management that we found to be especially handy. Also, this model has a decent amount of room for storage underneath the stand, albeit a bit hard to access.
The RainDesign mStand doesn't have a lot going on as far as extra features go, but the slot in the back of the frame is especially handy for keeping cables organized and out of sight and the rubberized pads keep your laptop from slipping around on the stand.
At GearLab, it is our intention to provide you with an in-depth hands-on analysis of products in order to take the headache away from your purchasing decisions. Laptop stands can help improve your posture, alleviate eye strain, and aid in organizing your desk. We hope that no matter what the application of your laptop stand will be that our review has helped you to find the perfect model for you.
— Ross Patton and Austin Palmer