Since most of the country is working from home due to the coronavirus we are going to take a look at a gadget that is a little more low tech than usual, but could be extremely helpful to anyone who is experiencing a life change while working from home. The gadget is the adjustable laptop stand.
There is no one particular brand or type to focus on for this, to each their own, and with the demand for home office supplies it is best to keep your options open. A quick search for a “adjustable laptop stand” on Amazon or Google should do the trick. These devices are relatively inexpensive compared to a standing desk and offer a lot of the same flexibility (compare $50 to $200+).
The way many of these stands work is by having legs with multiple hinges on them that can be adjusted to different angles. It can take a little trial and error to figure out the optimal configuration depending on what you are aiming to do, but it is simple enough that it only takes a few seconds. If you’re uncomfortable and need to stand for a little no problem, just adjust the legs and it can be propped up to function as a standing desk. If you want to sit on the couch just a couple more adjustments and it can comfortably sit over your lap. Some of these even come with a rest for the mouse so you can easily use it regardless of the positioning. Being able to move around and stretch your legs is important. If you are forced into suboptimal conditions like sitting at a kitchen table in a regular chair it can get uncomfortable, so being able to stand for periods of time can help change things up for you.
In a time where we are all adjusting it is important to try and make the most of your situation. If it means adapting your kitchen table or a spare bedroom into an office, little things like comfort go a long way. Finding a way to make your new space you designated for an office a little more comfortable can help boost productivity and overall happiness. Hopefully you are able to find ways to do just that, and hopefully little ideas like the adjustable laptop stand can help aid you.