Whether you’re heading back to the office or working permanently from home, having the right laptop stand can make life more comfortable. It’s probably time to upgrade from a stack of old books, and it’s definitely time to stop craning your neck while you work. The best stands raise your laptop’s screen closer to eye level, bettering your posture. Some can even go from sitting to standing and can fit in a backpack for easy travel. We’ve tested a handful over the past year, and these are our favorites.
Need more options for your home office? Read our Work-From-Home Gear guide.
Updated July 2021: We’ve added stands from VariDesk and Twelve South.
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Peripherals Are Important
Snagging one of the laptop stands below is one of many ways you can improve your posture when sitting at a desk for long periods of time. Hooking up a computer monitor to your laptop is another. Not only does it let you multitask easier, but you also won’t have to crane your neck as much.
Some of these laptop stands are best paired with a separate keyboard and mouse. These peripherals mean you can set your laptop farther away and at various heights, and you won’t need to stretch your arms in weird or awkward ways just to type. The right mouse can even help prevent muscle pain or carpal tunnel syndrome, so check out our picks in our Best Keyboards and Best Gaming Mouse guides (and no, you don’t need to be a gamer to use a gaming mouse).