Good adjustable laptop stands serve a whole host of purposes. Not having to lean right over your laptop screen because it’s so low could potentially save you a little bit of back pain. And let me be honest (if not a little vain) doing Zoom calls with my web cam right under my face does nothing for my double chins!!
But ultimately, for me, the decision about buying a laptop stand that was portable, lightweight and allowed multiple varying heights came about when I was working from home more during lockdown 1.0 in the UK. Going from an office desk which is higher than my home desk meant my laptop screen was a hugely varying heights and I found myself struggling to adjust.
I prefer the middle of my laptop screen to be level with my eyes (though people have differing preferences) so I needed a stand.
Head to Amazon and search for an adjustable laptop stand for a desk and you could be there all day given there are so many of them. When I researched them for myself, I looked at a number of different things including:
- Portability (how easy was it to fold it up and take it from the office to home and vice versa)
- Minimum and maximum heights
- How universal it was in terms of supporting multiple different laptops
- Overall user ratings
In the end, I settled on the Urmust Notebook Stand which has been fantastic in the couple of months I’ve had it so far.
But in this piece, we’ve rounded up all the laptop stands we looked at over the course of deciding which to buy with price comparisons, min and max heights and other factors to make it a little easier for you to choose the right one for you.
Best Adjustable Laptop Stands Compared
Urmust Laptop Stand
So this is the laptop stand we went for on the basis of its incredibly low weight and flat folding. The Urmust Laptop Stand is truly universal. It works for my 13 inch Macbook Pro and my husband’s 10 inch Chromebook just as well. We’ve since bought another 3 for use by other people in our office.
It’s the only laptop stand in our round up that weighs under a kilo on the whole, making it the best option for those likely to take it with them when they’re on the move.
It’s available in a range of different colours too just in case you have a preference. And its high volume of reviews and ratings are overwhelmingly positive, so it’s not just us having a positive experience with this one.
Foldable Laptop Stand with Built in Cooling Fan
This is another universal laptop stand. It’s the most expensive in our shortlist. However, it has two features that the. others do not – a mouse stand and a built in cooling fan.
If you’re handling graphics (graphic design, photography editing, video editing or even gaming) then you might find your laptop making noises like it’s trying to take off in a bid to keep itself cool. This hopes to help alleviate some of this with the in built cooling fan.
Probably not a feature you need if laptop overheating isn’t something you encounter, but a great feature for those who do.
BoYata Laptop Stand
This is a really well reviewed laptop stand for your desk. It folds flat for transport but isn’t as light as the Urmust, so for that reason doesn’t score as highly on portability for us. But it’s another solid option.
Awavo Laptop Stand
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The Awavo laptop stand is the second lightest on our list coming in at just a teeny bit over 1kg. It’s still a third heavier than the Urmust, but is nonetheless incredibly well reviewed.
What impresses us about this adjustable laptop stand is the rubber grips on the platform. Remarkably such a simple feature doesn’t appear on many products we looked at. But the added grips would, you’d expect, further reduce the risk of your device falling off the stand.
What to look for in a laptop stand
Before you buy, we’d always suggest checking out the reviews and even the questions and answers over on Amazon as they’re often based on people’s real world experience.
Another thing you might want to consider based on your own preferences are minimum and maximum heights available.
If one of the reasons you’re looking into an adjustable desk laptop stand is that you’d like to spend less time seated and more time on your feet, adjustable height desks might be more useful.
And as ever, if you’re finding yourself suffering neck, back pain or other discomfort owing to working at a computer, go see your Doctor and see if you can get a referral.
Last update on 2021-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API