Laptop stand buyer’s guide 2022

The best laptop riser stand, desktop stands, and laptop stand for bed options

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If you want to find the best laptop stand for your needs, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the best laptop riser stand and portable laptop stand models currently available, listing the pros and cons of each and explaining what you need to know to make the right choice.

Laptop stand vs laptop table

There’s no definitive rule for what differentiates a laptop stand from a laptop table, and the terms are often used interchangeably. For the purpose of this guide though, we will be avoiding laptop supporting devices of the four-legged variety, that can be placed over your legs when sitting down on the sofa or in bed. If you’re interested in these, have a read of our best laptop table & laptop tray buyer’s guide instead. This guide will be focused mostly on those products which support a laptop either on your desk, or off of the floor.

Read the Things to consider when buying a laptop stand section below for more information on what to be aware of.

Our Top Picks

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WePC Awards Best In Class
A laptop stand with a 360-degree swivel for eye-height usage on a desktop
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An affordable and well-built portable laptop stand, good for cooling on the move
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An extending laptop riser stand with great height adjustability, smartphone, and tablet slots

Things to consider when buying a laptop stand

Why should I put my laptop on a stand?

A laptop stand can be useful in numerous ways. The most common reasons to buy a laptop stand are ergonomic: to raise the screen of your laptop closer to eye-level, like that of a monitor, thereby straightening the angle of your head and improving your posture. Besides this, the elevation also usually increases space on your desk for other items, such as a separate keyboard for your laptop, should you wish.

The second most common reason to buy a laptop stand is to improve the thermals of your machine. Those stands which minimize the surface area of their contact with the laptop maximize air circulation, enabling the intake vents usually on the bottom of the laptop to suck in cooling air. Most laptop stands are certainly preferable in this area compared to simply having the machine placed flat on a table, leading to improved internal temperatures for the laptop that should increase its longevity and also its general performance; this is particularly the case in demanding scenarios like gaming or rendering where thermal throttling may otherwise occur. That being said, if cooling is your main concern you may wish to take a look at our best laptop cooling pad guide instead.

What is a laptop riser stand?

A laptop riser stand is essentially just another name for a laptop stand that sits on a desk and elevates the laptop to the eye-level (or above) of the user. This extension is usually accomplished either with a hinged design, through adjustable pivoted legs, or telescopic legs that are fixed in place once the desired height is achieved.

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In-depth Review

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A laptop stand with a 360-degree swivel for eye-height usage on a desktop
WePC Awards Best In Class

Rain Design mStand360

Rain Design mStand360

Laptop size compatibility

can take 12” - 15” laptops

Size

7.48” x 11.02” x 10.24”

Weight

3.60lb

Editor's Rating
4.0/5
Pros

360 swivel

good build quality

Cons

no height adjustment

no cooling or ventilation

The Rain Design mStand360 is a great looking all-aluminium design that is durable, sturdy, and looks great. As the majority of the laptop stand is just a single piece of metal, it’s not prone to breaking like some more flimsy models out there. Aesthetically similar to MacBooks, the stand comes in four possible colors (silver, black, rose gold, gray) and features a hole at the back where you can thread through any cabling to keep your desk nice and tidy.

Although a non-swivel mstand variant is also available for slightly cheaper, the mstand360 has a rotating base that can easily turn the laptop and stand around in a full circle, better enabling you to access the rear of the laptop or to share what you’re looking at with a friend or colleague.

Unfortunately, the mstand lacks any vertical height adjustment – the one height is all you get, which bring the laptop to around eye height, making it suitable for use on a desk with a separate keyboard underneath. The other major drawback is the lack of any kind of cooling or ventilation wholes (besides the small teardrop hole). It will still keep your laptop cooler than when resting on a desk, but better-ventilated options are available elsewhere on this page.

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An affordable and well-built portable laptop stand, good for cooling on the move

JUBOR Adjustable Laptop Stand

Jubor adjustable laptop stand

Laptop size compatibility

can take 12” - 17” laptops

Size

1.57” x 6.38” x 1.57”

Weight

0.29lb / 0.13kg

Editor's Rating
4.0/5
Pros

extremely compact & portable

affordable

supports wide range of laptop sizes

good build quality

Cons

no vertical height/angle adjustability

The JUBOR Adjustable Laptop Stand is a great option for those who want a portable laptop stand, as it folds together neatly to a narrow form just over 6-inches in length that fits easily inside a backpack. When unfolded, there are five levels of extension that allow it to fit any laptop between 12 and 17 inches, although unfortunately, it does not come with any vertical height adjustment to change the position of your laptop.

The stand is one of the best listed here for cooling though, creating a substantial gap between the air intake ports on the bottom of the laptop and the desk beneath it. As the JUBOR stand has a fairly minimalist skeleton design with only small contact points, this maximizes the available space for airflow.

The JUBOR laptop stand is well built, and affordable, making it definitely worth considering as a flexible, mobile cooling solution for your laptop.

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An extending laptop riser stand with great height adjustability, smartphone, and tablet slots

Lifelong Upryze Ergonomic Laptop Stand

Lifelong Upryze Ergonomic Laptop Stand

Laptop size compatibility

can take 10” - 17” laptops

Size

11” x 11” x 20”

Weight

4.55lb

Editor's Rating
4.0/5
Pros

high maximum extension

multiple device slots for phones & tablet

supports a wide range of laptop sizes

good build quality

Cons

somewhat unstable to type on at full extension

hook supports impede typing slightly

The Lifelong Upryze Ergonomic Laptop Stand has the highest height adjustability of any selection on this list, extending up to 17-inches, making it an ideal pick if you’re of the taller persuasion, or want a laptop riser stand that can accommodate standing usage as well as at your eyeline when seated. It can support laptops all the way up to 17” in screen size and 7lb in weight. Its sturdy construction means that you can comfortably extend the stand up to its maximum height without fear of it slipping back down.

Unfortunately, typing on this laptop riser stand at full extension is still generally not advised, as with other models at this height, as there will be some wobble, plus the support hooks which go under the front of the laptop tend to get in the way when you type. We’d suggest combining it with an external keyboard for best effect.

One additional benefit though is that there are two other hinge-out slots attached to the base: one for a smartphone the other for a tablet device, that you can view simultaneously to your laptop screen. When the stand is folded flat, there is an additional slot in the table section to put in a tablet device, so it stands up and faces you.

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A premium Razer laptop stand with RGB, USB-C power delivery and HDMI / USB-C display output

Razer Laptop Stand Chroma V2

Razer Laptop Stand Chroma V2

Laptop size compatibility

can take 12” - 17” laptops

Size

8.4“ x 19.5” x 2.9”

Weight

1.3lb / 0.588kg

Editor's Rating
4.0/5
Pros

superb selection of ports

supports a wide range of laptop sizes

looks nice & has RGB lighting

good build quality

Cons

expensive

no height adjustment

The Razer Laptop Stand Chroma V2 is a premium laptop stand with top-notch build quality and a range of other great features besides.

The most striking bit of this laptop stand is the Razer Chroma Underglow RGB which can be controlled from your laptop once plugged in. Besides this though the laptop stand itself both looks good, and yet is completely unobtrusive below your laptop, to the point where you will barely see it once you place your laptop on top (only the RGB coming from underneath if you turn it on).

You also get an impressive array of ports and connectivity to expand on what your laptop can already do. Besides the always useful two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, you get a powered USB-C port that can support power delivery up to 80 Watts, and another non-powered USB-C and HDMI 2.0 that can be used to connect your laptop to monitors. A single display output via HDMI/USB-C is supported up to 5K 60Hz / 4K 60Hz / UWQHD 100Hz / WQHD 175Hz / FHD 360Hz or alternatively a dual monitor setup is supported up to QHD 60Hz / FHD 120Hz.

The design of the laptop stand minimizes the contact point with the laptop itself, thereby giving lots of space underneath it for airflow. The only major drawback is that there is no vertical height adjustment – one height is all you get. Besides this, the only reason you might not want to pick up this laptop stand is the high price.

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A cheap laptop stand for bed or desk use with inbuilt cooling fans

HUANUO Adjustable Laptop Stand

HUANUO Adjustable laptop stand

Laptop size compatibility

can take 12” - 15” laptops

Size

17.56” x 11.69” x 2.91”

Weight

4.95lb / 2.25kg

Editor's Rating
3.5/5
Pros

fan cooling for a cheap price

good adjustability for a cheap price

ambidextrous

Cons

some consumers report poor build quality

The HUANUO Adjustable Laptop Stand follows a design shared by many brands: with adjustable mechano-like legs that can be pivoted upon themselves in various configurations to suit either working on a desk as a laptop riser stand, or to be placed across the user’s lap in a similar fashion to a laptop table with four legs. This makes it an ideal laptops stand for bed, couch, or desk use. The HUANUO also comes with a detachable mouse tray that can be fitted to either side, making it suitable for both left and right-handed users.

Besides the adjustability, one of the main draws of this foldable laptop stand is the integrated fans. Powered by a USB cable, these aren’t as powerful as you’ll find in a laptop cooling pad, but they certainly help in keeping your laptop cool by blowing air onto the underside of the laptop, where the air intake vents are usually located. All this is available for a very cheap price, though this does come with its downside.

The main trade-off for this laptop stand is in build quality. Although most users have not reported this issue, there is a significant minority of customers who complain about the structural integrity of the adjustable legs, with some reporting breakages on the joints in particular. However, this must be weighed up against the cheap price of this laptop table and the features you do get with it for the price. Ultimately an adjustable laptop table with built-in cooling fans for this amount of money is still a bargain.

If you’re looking for something a bit sturdier to provide a good elevated working surface to work/game on your laptop whilst in bed, then we’d suggest taking a look at our best laptop table & laptop tray guide, for more examples with four legs and sturdier build quality. Still, if you’re after something cheap with cooling, and the additional flexibility that this laptop stand provides, then the HUANUO Adjustable is a solid choice.

Final Word

This has been our best laptop stand 2022 buyer’s guide. We hope it’s assisted you in finding the right laptop riser stand, portable laptop stand, or other model for your needs. Do be sure to also have a look at our other laptop and gaming laptop pages in the mega menu above.

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From halcyon days playing Sonic 2 on the Megadrive, to trying to work out how to make the ‘TOASTY!’ man appear on Mortal Kombat 3, many of Aaron’s fondest childhood memories are associated with gaming. He regrets nothing. First getting into PC gaming through exposure to Drug Lord 2.0 and then the original Half Life, he has been a fiend ever since. If you need to know anything about gaming laptops, he’s your guy.

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