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I work remotely from New York for MyCase, a law practice management software company based in California. So I often find myself working from coffee shops and other less than ideal locations. Not surprisingly, ergonomics can be an issue given my makeshift working conditions.
That’s why I recently decided it was time to purchase a portable laptop stand. Bringing my laptop to eye level made all the difference in my home office, so I figured it would be a worthwhile investment to purchase a laptop stand that could be easily transported and used wherever I happened to be working, whether in a coffee shop or when I’m on the road during my frequent business trips.
After conducting a good amount of research, I finally settled on the Aidata LHA-3 LAPstand Aluminum Portable Laptop Stand—and I’m glad I did. It’s made all the difference when I’m away from my desk and has saved my neck and shoulders an awful lot of pain.
This laptop stand is reasonably priced, retailing at $38.99 on Amazon. When set up, its dimensions are are 5"H x 12.5"W x 9.5”D, but it folds flat for storage. In fact, that’s one of the best aspects of this stand: how easy it is to reassemble and disassemble it. It’s just a matter of lifting up the interior stands and folding it flat. It takes no more than 2 seconds to do, and then you’re good to go.
It’s an incredibly light, weighing in at only 1.8 pounds, making it easily transportable. In other words, you don’t sacrifice shoulder pain for relief of your neck pain.
The stand easily adjusts to 6 viewing angles (20º, 22.5º, 25º, 35º, 40º, 45º), providing computing comfort no matter where you happen to be. It can even function as a laptop stand for your lap, as shown below. And no matter what setting you have it on, it rises to at least 7”, allowing room for air to circulate below your laptop, thus dissipating its heat output.
Another nice feature is that it has a built-in swivel base, so you can rotate your computer to allow others to view the screen.
And, last but not least, it comes with a neoprene travel bag to protect it when in storage. The bag can also be used as a mouse pad, which can come in handy when you’re on the road.
The bottom line: this is an affordable, incredibly versatile, and well-designed portable laptop stand. I highly recommend it to those of you who travel often or find yourselves working on the go. It’s light, easy to use and saves your neck from unnecessary strain. So, if you’re a road warrior like me, the ergonomic benefits may very well outweigh the minimal monetary investment. Your neck and shoulders will thank you—but your chiropractor? Well, that’s a different story!