The exceptional build quality and easy adjustability of the Rain Design iLevel 2 are worth paying for if you need a laptop stand. In our tests, it held 11-inch to 15-inch laptops with a sturdy grip, and it has a simple, straightforward design that looks stylish. It’s easier to adjust than every other adjustable laptop stand we tested, too: Its platform tilts upward when you slide a knob from left to right.
|Type:||Adjustable||Height lift from desk to bottom of laptop screen:||6.5 to 8.5 inches|
|Weight:||3.5 pounds||Dimensions:||8.8 by 10.1 by 7.9 inches|
The Lifelong Upryze Ergonomic Laptop Stand can raise a laptop as high as 17 inches, so it can accommodate a wider range of people’s heights than the Rain Design iLevel 2 can. It also works well for most people when they’re standing. It’s the sturdiest of the tall laptop stands we tested (models with over 9 inches of vertical adjustment), able to hold a 7-pound laptop steady whereas rivals would sink under the weight. The bluish-gray finish also helps it stand out from typical silver and black laptop stands. Just keep in mind that adjusting the height of the Upryze can be a workout because of its stiff hinges, and at its tallest heights the stand can topple backward if you type on the laptop keyboard or accidentally bump into the stand. As with other laptop stands, we recommend using it only with an external keyboard; you’ll have better ergonomics and avoid a wobbly screen.
|Type:||Adjustable||Height lift from desk to bottom of laptop screen:||2 to 17 inches|
|Weight:||4.6 pounds||Dimensions:||12.7 by 12.1 by 2.8 inches|
If you want a more affordable laptop stand that looks nicer than a stack of books and provides heat dissipation, the best option is the Rain Design mStand. Like the company’s iLevel 2, the sturdy, aluminum mStand comfortably held 15-inch laptops weighing up to 7 pounds in our tests, plus it has a hole for cable management and a nook to store your keyboard. Its solid one-piece design makes it less wobbly than cheaper laptop stands, which typically require assembly. But unlike our other picks, it isn’t adjustable.
|Type:||Fixed||Height lift from desk to bottom of laptop screen:||5.9 inches|
|Weight:||3 pounds||Dimensions:||8.8 by 6.0 by 9.9 inches|
If you need a laptop stand to take between home and the office or to use when traveling, the Nexstand Laptop Stand is the best sturdy, compact, and portable option. The plastic stand is simple to set up and collapse, yet it doesn’t sacrifice stability (although it’s easier to push over than our other picks, which are made of aluminum). Switching between the Nexstand’s six height settings is a bit tricky—you need to double-check that the stand is fully locked before placing a laptop on it. But what matters most is that you can fold the lightweight stand into a thick stick that fits easily in most backpacks or laptop bags.
|Type:||Adjustable||Height lift from desk to bottom of laptop screen:||5.5 to 12.5 inches|
|Weight:||0.6 pound||Dimensions:||10.6 by 11.4 by 9.8 inches|