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, which is better for maintaining healthy posture. Some can even fit into a backpack for easy travel, or can switch configurations from sitting to standing. We’ve tested a handful over the past year, and these are our favorites.
Need more options for your home office? Read our guide to Work-From-Home Gear.
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. Connecting your laptop to a computer monitor is another. You’ll be able to multitask more easily, and you 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 awkward ways to type. The right mouse can even prevent muscle strain or carpal tunnel syndrome, so check out the picks in our Best Keyboards and Best Gaming Mouse guides. (You don’t need to be a gamer to use a gaming mouse!)