ProductNote: Pwr+ Adjustable Laptop Stand

Vol. 4, No. 8

Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York, attorney and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase.com, a law practice management software company. She is the author of "Cloud Computing for Lawyers" (2012) and coauthored "Social Media: The Next Frontier" (2010), both published by the American Bar Association. She also coauthors "Criminal Law in New York," a Thomson West treatise. She writes a weekly column for The Daily Record and has authored numerous articles and has spoken at many conferences regarding the intersection of law, mobile computing and Internet-based technology.

 

Neither the ABA nor ABA entities endorse non-ABA products or services. This review should not be construed as an endorsement.

 

  • Sure, it's inexpensive: but is the laptop stand a good match for your office space?

 

When you spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, as many of us do these days, it is important to ensure that your workspace is as ergonomic as possible. One way to achieve this goal is either to install an expensive standing desk or create a more affordable workaround by purchasing devices intended to create an adjustable workspace that will permit you to stand while you work.

These types of workspaces are appealing because they allow you to alternate between standing and sitting as you work. By doing so, you alleviate some of the stressors put on your body as a result of nonstop sitting in front of a computer screen.

Because I work remotely from New York for MyCase, a company based in California, I have been trying to create a more ergonomic workspace in my home, including the option to stand while I work. As part of those efforts, I recently purchased both an ergonomic keyboard for standup desks (which I reviewed last month) and a Pwr+ adjustable laptop stand.

I bought this laptop stand on Amazon for $39.40 after researching the laptop stands available for those who would like to stand while they worked. I was seeking a laptop stand that was easily adjustable, so I could work from more than one surface. According to the reviews of this particular stand, it fit the bill.

After receiving the laptop stand and setting it up, I disagree somewhat with the reviews. Although this stand is adjustable, I would not characterize the process of setting it up as “easy.” In fact, it was just the opposite. But, before I get to that, here’s what you need to know about this device.

This laptop stand is made of aluminum and is thus fairly lightweight at 4 pounds. It has air vents built into the stand so that your laptop will not overheat. The stand can be adjusted into ten different positions, a few of which are shown below. You can adjust both the legs of the stand and the angle at which your laptop is displayed. It takes up a decent amount of space on your desktop, but that is a sacrifice you have to be willing to make if you aren’t interested in investing the money needed for a workspace with a built-in standup desk.

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, as I alluded to above, the process by which you adjust the stand isn’t the simplest. For starters, you will need to use both hands when you adjust each joint. You press the silver buttons on either side of the joint inwards and then rotate the legs to your desired setting. In order for the stand to sit flush on your desk, you will need to ensure that the legs on each side have been set to the same angle, which is sometimes tricky to accomplish.

Then, you will need to undertake the same process when adjusting both the secondary leg joint and the angle of the laptop stand itself. Although it is not a particular complex undertaking, it takes a bit of time to ensure that the settings are correct and that the laptop stand is at the necessary height for your needs. Suffice to say, this is not a process that you will want to undergo on a regular basis.

That being said, if your goal is to have a standup desk in a single location, and you are not interested in investing the money needed for a desk with this capability built in, then this stand may be just what you need. It’s reasonably priced, and, after a mildly annoying setup process, it gets the job done.

 

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