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Stay Flexible: An Argument For Adjustable Notebook Stands

Oct 23, 2009

Fixed notebook desk stands don’t offer any flexibility whatsoever.

Imagine driving an automobile without being able to adjust your seat or the steering wheel.  Not very comfortable, huh?

That’s the same problem facing notebook users when they use a fixed desk stand.  Notebook stands in fixed positions force you to adjust your body to them and not vice versa.  Desk stands with fixed positions assume that every user is the same height, weight and shape. As anybody who doesn’t fit those criteria can attest, it’s an uncomfortable assumption.

Experts in ergonomics recommend that your notebook screen should be positioned at or just below eye level. Most fixed notebook stands can’t do that for every user.

Adjustable notebook stands enable you to adjust display height and tilt, so your head is balanced comfortably while using your laptop, as well as type from an ergonomically comfortable posture that works best for your body type. As a result, this reduces muscle stress and visual strain.

We think that comfort is important when it comes to notebook use, and that’s why we have an assortment of adjustable notebook stands.

  • Combine our adjustable notebook stands with your notebook, an external keyboard and a mouse to achieve functionality, performance and comfort that can’t be found in a fixed-incline desk stand.
  • Our desk stands provide expanded notebook display adjustability that enables you to work easily within your personal ergonomic comfort zone.

Many of our stands have build-in USB cooling fans for heat reduction and 4-port USB hubs for connectivity. Some of our adjustable notebook stands have built-in swiveling features to adjust easily when you and others are sharing the same notebook screen.

Busting Notebook Desk and Desk Stand Myths

Oct 15, 2009

HOW LONG SHOULD A LAP DESK BE?

That depends on your height and body type. Usually a lap desk with a lap span of approximately 18” to 20” is the optimal length for most folks. This length allows your legs to relax naturally apart so you won’t have to squeeze them together to support the notebook.

MY LAP DESK IS 12” LONG – IS THAT LONG ENOUGH?

Not really. This question is more appropriate for men than women because it’s not natural for men to sit with their legs squeezed together. Women are more accustomed to sitting this way because they often wear dresses forcing them to sit lady-like. However it’s unnatural for a man to sit this way and can cause body stress after just a short time.

IF MY LAP DESK IS THE SAME SIZE AS MY NOTEBOOK, IS THAT SUFFICIENT?

No. Using a lap desk that is no larger than the footprint of your notebook computer is senseless! It serves no purpose except to act as a barrier to keep the heat from attacking your lap? A proper sized lap desk should span your lap completely. This lets your legs relax apart naturally resulting in greater comfort and increased output for you.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MEN USING A LAP DESK THAT IS TOO SHORT FOR THEM?

It forces the man to squeeze his legs together in order to support the notebook. You can only squeeze your legs together for so long and then you need a break. The solution would be to use a lap desk that is at least 20” long that allows the legs to relax apart naturally and ergonomically.

SHOULD DESKTOP TYPING STANDS BE FIXED OR ADJUSTABLE?

Always adjustable – never fixed. We humans are all different and that is one obvious reason that a one-size-fits-all desk stands does NOT fit all. A desktop typing stand should have variable positions or incline adjustments to accommodate the users body, height and typing angle requirements and not the other way around.

MY DESKTOP TYPING STAND IS IN A FIXED INCLINE – IS THAT GOOD ERGONOMICS?

No. A desktop typing stands that is in a fixed position forces you to adjust your body to it but it should be the other way around. A desktop typing stand should adjust to your typing comfort which will increase your output and productivity.

SHOULD TYPING STANDS WITH BUILT-IN FANS DRAW AIR IN OR BLOW AIR OUT?

There are two basic kinds of built-in cooling fans. The ones that draw air in and the ones that blow air out. Be weary of products where the cooling fan sucks in hot air rather than blowing it away. Fans that vacuum-in or suck-in the air are only 50% as effective as those that blow the hot air away.