One of the benefits of practicing law in 2019 is that technology has made it easier than ever to work on the go. With cloud computing and mobile technologies, there’s no limit to when and where you can practice law. As long as you have the right technologies and tools, you can access all the important information you need from any location, night or day.
That’s why, if you’re a fellow road warrior like me, you’re always on the lookout for new gadgets that will improve your mobile experience. In the past I’ve made it a point to share my favorite mobile tools as I discover them. For example, in March 2014 I reviewed my much-loved Aidata portable laptop stand. I use it to this very day, and five years later it continues to be available for purchase. It’s still a great option if you’re looking for a portable, adjustable, and affordable laptop stand for use with multiple laptops or devices.
But I recently learned about, and purchased, a new portable laptop stand that has become my go-to, especially when I’m traveling. It’s the “invisible” MOFT Stand ($24.99), and it’s ideal for use with a single laptop. (It can’t be used with multiple devices because the version that I purchased attaches to the bottom of your laptop.)
MOFT has also released a “universal version”; it’s a stand-alone laptop stand and costs just $5 more ($29.99) than the original version. This version may be preferable if you plan to use your stand with multiple devices or if the original version covers your laptop’s air vents, which can apparently occur with some laptop models, including the Surface Book and Lenovo G500. If your laptop falls under this category, the universal version may be a better fit because it won’t block your laptop’s airflow, which can cause it to overheat. That being said, because I have never used the “universal version,” I’m only going to review the original version that attaches to your laptop.
This original version permanently attaches to the bottom of your laptop via an adhesive backing. When not in use, it folds nearly flush to the bottom of your laptop, lays flat at 1/9”, and is barely discernible. It weighs only 3 ounces. Its dimensions are 170 x 224 x 3 mm, and it’s designed for use with laptops with screen sizes between 11.6” and 15.6”.
It’s made of a thin, synthetic material and is available in four solid colors (space grey, silver, rose gold, and gold) and two simple patterns/colors (jean grey and diamond) at the $24.99 price point. For five dollars more, you have your choice of nine different colorful and artistic patterns.
The stand can be folded in two different ways, thus creating two different height settings: one at a 25-degree angle and another at a 15-degree angle. I prefer the higher setting and have never used the lower one.
Because this laptop stand is so light, I tend to use it in lieu of the Aidata stand whenever I travel. This is because the Aidata stand, which offers the flexibility of more viewing angles than the MOFT stand, weighs 1.6 pounds. I’ve found that when you’re carrying around a computer bag while sprinting through an airport, the extra 1-plus pounds can make all the difference!
So, if you’re in the market for a lightweight and incredibly convenient laptop stand, I highly recommend the original MOFT stand. Sure, you’ll need to buy a new one whenever you upgrade to a new laptop, but in the interim, you’ll have an instant laptop stand available whenever you need it. And even better, it won’t break the bank—or your back!
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Published in GPSolo eReport, Volume 9, Number 4, November 2019. © 2019 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association. The views expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the American Bar Association or the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division.