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Do you travel with a laptop stand?

 

by @danielgenser | 6yr  | 38 comments

Now that Iโ€™ve been working for a few days without my Cinema Display (just sold it!), Iโ€™m definitely considering getting a travel stand for my 13" Macbook Pro. Do any of you travel with one? Any recommendations?

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I do! Another vote for The Roost!

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@anasskoudiss | 4yr

I use this one, what everyone uses back at the office, I find it portable enough.

Griffin Technology Elevator laptop stand

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@erikbenjamin | 4yr

I use The Roost for more than one month now! Really great product :slight_smile: No more back pain and reactions from people. For those who like, a 15% discount code :+1:

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@gijsheerkens | 6yr

I donโ€™t care how it looks likeโ€ฆ itโ€™s about ergonomics! So @DanielGenser I donโ€™t think your comment makes sense :stuck_out_tongue:

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@levelsio | 6yr

Iโ€™m going to keep trolling this thread until people stop posting these laptop raisers. The studies have shown that if your palm is not rested flat on a keyboard it causes carpal tunnel and/or repetitive strain injury.

The whole point is that you raise the top of your screen to eye level and keep your palms flat.

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@micha | 6yr

Yeah, nothing beats The Roost for the road IMO. Eager to see how v2 will bring it to the next level.

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@micha | 6yr

The Roost v2 Kickstarter campaign is live! Thought might be useful for some of you as-well.

The new version has been completely redesigned and takes maximum advantage of high performance injection molding.

New in v2:

  • Height-Adjustable

  • More Compact

  • More Lightweight

  • Easier to Use

  • Compatible with almost all laptops

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@archagon | 6yr

Ran into this very attractive and portable stand called BaseLift the other day. Would love to give it a try sometime!

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@ricricucit | 6yr

(note: Iโ€™ve co-founded of http://stood.it)
I generally love twelvesouth productsโ€ฆand also for this love the design, but honestlyโ€ฆit doesnโ€™t look more useful than other optionsโ€ฆand itโ€™s not really cheap either.

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@poppyjikko | 6yr

Iโ€™m looking for a solution before seeing my health collapse and after 1 year on MBP 13".

What about cardboard ? :smile:

The related question : do you travel with a keyboard (which one ?) or buy one at each stop ?

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@arti | 6yr

Iโ€™m working with [StandStand][1] combining standing and sitting during the day.
[1]: http://www.standstand.com

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@mitya_sudakov | 6yr

I use this old school IKEA stant, for my 17" MBP

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@johnnyfd | 6yr

I finally bought a Roost. I wish I would have gotten it months ago when I first heard about it. Now they are sold out but if you sign up for their mailing list, they are doing a kickstarter soon for a Roost 2.0

I would honestly wait until you can get a roost as all other stands suck in comparison. Hereโ€™s a photo of Larissa (my girlfriend) using my mac and the roost at our home office in Chiang Mai.

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@danielgenser | 6yr

I ended up ditching the Kensington stand because it was pretty big and ugly. We switched to these instead: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0053FE422/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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@ricricucit | 6yr

Did you try them yet? How do you like it?
I find those a bit unstable, plus: mine broke after 2 months.

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@ricricucit | 6yr

I use one that i build and market myself indipendently
which i think โ€“honestlyโ€“ fits all Digital Nomads needs.

Itโ€™s simple, sight (~200 grams / ~7 Ounces), portableโ€ฆand affordable!
Itโ€™s called โ€œLaptop Stand made of Woodโ€ and currently it costs only 20,00 โ‚ฌ


Hereโ€™s a picture of it (fits ALL Laptops models from 10" to 15" wide):

http://nothingisclear.net/stoodshop/media/wysiwyg/stood/stood_custom.jpg


You can use it with or without external devices (so you donโ€™t have to worry if mouse and keyboard donโ€™t fit in your luggage) and it remains attached to the Laptop Stand so that you can donโ€™t have to detach it every time you have to leave the room for a conference call.


When not in use (or while travelling) you can unmount it and make it flat (0.8cm) , slip it in the Laptop Sleeve or attach it to the laptop/sleeve using the rubber band like this:

http://shop.stood.it/media/catalog/product/cache/1/thumbnail/1200x/17f82f742ffe127f42dca9de82fb58b1/k/1/k13_6894_1.jpg


You can find it on http://stood.it.
@DanielGenser โ€ฆyou might want to give it a try :wink:


<45>P.S.
Itโ€™s build in FSC certified (beech) wood and shipped into an FSC certified packaging, so itโ€™s even 99% eco-friendly.

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@micha | 6yr

This looks quite cool, but Iโ€™m wondering if the height is enough for me. Would love to come by some time when Iโ€™m back in Berlin, which will be not before June haha :slight_smile:

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@ricricucit | 6yr

Thanks! Let me know if you pass by Berlin and iโ€™ll buy you a beer :slight_smile:
Anyway: itโ€™s 10cm (with a 16ยฐ slope), which we believe is the only functional height for using it with or without external keyboards and mouse.

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@micha | 6yr

Yeah thatโ€™s an awesome side benefit, just have to check-in with my neck :smiley: Btw Iโ€™m based in Berlin, but mostly on the road these days.

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@levelsio | 6yr

(!) I love the design but itโ€™s not ergonomic. Your hands are supposed to rest flat or you actually will be CAUSING repetitive strain injury.

Your better off making a stand that raises the screenโ€™s top to eye level and then adding a wireless keyboard and mouse to it. Thatโ€™s ergonomic.

I honestly like the design and saw you advertise it before somewhere else, but it literally causes RSI.

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Iโ€™ve used it for a while now and itโ€™s quite ergonomic.
Of course if you use it on a table itโ€™s better with a keyboard, but itโ€™s ok also without it.
Awesome if you use it on the couch/armchair

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@ricricucit | 6yr

Have you tried it yet?

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@mikevallano | 6yr

@ricricucit amazing product! love it.

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@ricricucit | 6yr

thanks @mikevallano !

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@danielgenser | 6yr

So I ended up buying the Kensington EasyRider. Itโ€™s not attractive, and a little bulkier than Iโ€™d like, but it does the job for now. When the Roost is available again, Iโ€™ll probably upgrade to it, though.

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@gijsheerkens | 6yr

Iโ€™m using the Kensington EasyRiser

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@danielgenser | 6yr

@gijsheerkens Looks like that one folds flat?

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@gijsheerkens | 6yr

Yes thatโ€™s correct. Thatโ€™s why I bought this.

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I hate to link LifeHacker, but having a quick google, what about something like the: Cool Master NotePal U2 - Where itโ€™s not collapsible, due to the design, I can imagine flipping it the other way and having it hug my macbook whilst in transport - making it less space wasting. Obviously, you donโ€™t have to go with that exact model but I bet there are a lot of similarly designed stands that can hug your laptop.

Okay, okay, I admit it, I just wanted to say โ€œhug your laptopโ€. :smiley:

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@danielgenser | 6yr

Well, until I find something that is going to be portable, Iโ€™ll keep doing this. :smile:

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@chrisdietr | 6yr

I also have the Roost but i find it a bit high for good posture.
or I need a better chair, do more yoga :wink:

I also bought an external monitor. will sell it when i leave. rinse repeat.
For coffee shops I have an an aviiq http://gizmodo.com/5410981/aviiq-aluminium-laptop-stand-review

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@magalhini | 6yr

Great question! Would be very interested to see what everyone else is using. I find it invaluable to always have some kind of stand for the laptop, but carrying it around is always such a hassle!

For my everyday coffee shop 'here and 'there, I pack these two tiny little clips in my pocket: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007CYBWUY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00

They help a little bit with the posture and theyโ€™re easier to carry than a piece of fruit! I do recommend them, even though technically not being a stand.

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@sdurazo | 6yr

Thank you for this @magalhini I am looking or something quick to assemble and dissemble for those 2-3 hour coffee shop stops. Makes a difference when a laptop is raised even just a little bit!

I am however curious to what other people use for travel besides the roost? I am wondering if the new version will be more compact?

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@mikevallano | 6yr

Also, currently out of stock, but I use one of these little collapsable ones: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834999220.

Iโ€™ve had it for a few years and I love it. You can spill your coffee and not ruin your laptop. It also allows airflow if you happen to be working where itโ€™s quite hot and your laptop is running lots of processes.

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@skatkov | 6yr

Iโ€™m a happy owner of The Roost stand. It saves money on Thai massages and my neck feels much better now :slight_smile: (not to mention, that my laptop is properly ventilated now)

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Lots of people recommend The Roost for its portability and lightness.

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@danielgenser | 6yr

Such a tease! :smile:

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@levelsio | 6yr

They just sold out. New version will be out soon though. I live by The Roost myself :slight_smile:

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Hello Everyone

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Has anybody traveled as a DN with a one way ticket and two laptops?

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by @skarabox | 3yr 3 years ago | 9 comments

Hello everyone, I usually carry my laptop in my day backpack, walk around the town in my home country (Poland) and work in coffee shops / shopping centers, other quiet places I find or like.

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Hello :smile:

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Hypothetical Scenario: Letโ€™s say Iโ€™m traveling, and Iโ€™m using a Windows 10 laptop to get some work done. Itโ€™s 12 midnight, and my laptop(s) and luggage are suddenly lost. Maybe I went to a restaurant/bar/club, and thieves ransacked my hotel room while I was away. Whatever the case, I still have my wallet & smartphone, and thatโ€™s about it.

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