Everyday the Grouphunt team spends about 10+ hours working on their laptops. This is a really long time. While we enjoy increasingly faster and lighter upgrades to laptops each year, one human problem remains constant. We neglect the fact that we are spending more and more time hunching over our tiny screens, killing our backs, necks and just screwing up our overall posture.
Laptops by default have poor viewing angles, so a quick fix would be to augment them with a simple laptop stand. Whether you plan to improvise/build one on your own for cheap, or buy an expensive one with fancy design and over the top features, it’s probably a good idea to do yourself a solid and get one.
Being the value conscious chaps (being cheap) like we are, we decided to take option one: build it ourselves.
Only to fail miserably.
Existing options in the market were either too expensive, not portable or just didn't seem worth it — not even with the prospect of potentially screwing up our eyes and postures for good at stake. We thought all was lost, until one fine day when we chanced upon an small package sitting innocuously in the bottom corner of a local Popular book store (admittedly not one of your usual places to be shopping for tech).
We found the Aidata EZ Laptop Riser (SGD 12.9) — probably the cheapest, most value for money portable laptop stand you can buy in Singapore that really works like advertised. After a quick conversation from the staff we also realised that this is a rare find indeed, we snagged one from the last batch that they are bringing in.
Here’s a quick review.
Packaging is not impressive, but at the price point you really can’t expect much.
When you actually get your hands on product, it immediately shouts normalcy. Build quality is nothing to shout about, but the plastic does feel tough and durable. The “you can throw around the room and it will still work” kind.
Handling wise its lightweight, portable and folds down nicely into a compact sheet that is flush with laptops. See how it fits into my work bag.
The chassis is minimally designed, yet has all the necessary functions you’d expect in a respectable laptop stand. 3 different viewing angles at 15/25/35º offers computing comfort and the flexibility to suit most casual users. We found that the stand worked best for us at 25º.
Rubber grips help prevent sliding, and it fits any laptop roughly in that size range, using gravity as part of its mechanics.
Here’s our one and only beef — sometimes the bottom barrier that is designed to prevent your laptop from sliding off sticks out a bit too much for modern slim laptops.
To sum it up. If you’ve been in the market for a laptop stand, and can’t afford expensive options, it will be a crime to ignore this. The stand is crazy affordable. And it does what it sets out to do without ever getting in your way.
So just in case you’d hate ever being caught in Popular book store shopping for tech, we’re previously ran a hunt for this: Request it here