“Tech Neck” is the muscle stress/pain some of you may feel when working on your computers and other digital devices. Reputable scientific journals and articles by MDPI and New York Presbyterian note that ‘Tech Neck’ is a very real health issue caused by muscles in the back of your neck and shoulders contracting to hold your head up. The longer you spend on your computer in a poor posture, the more you strain your back neck and shoulder muscles.
Having to work-from-home has likely exacerbated this problem as you may not have access to ergonomic office equipment and furniture. This can include your office chair and table, as well as your screen and keyboard.
One work-from-home upgrade that may help is a laptop stand. This allows you to adjust your screen and keyboard to a comfortable eye level / typing angle – enabling you to work in a better posture without hunching over. To this ergonomic end, here are six laptop stands to improve our workhealth.
#1 NEXSTAND K7 Lite
Dimensions (w x d x h): 26.5 x 3.6 x 3.9cm
At just 200g, the K7 Lite is lightweight but not flimsy, thanks to its rubber feet and laptop grips to secure your device and keep it stable. Feel free to work from different spaces, because the stand folds up to a portable fraction of its size! And wherever you are, adjust the stand’s tilt so you can save yourself hours of hunching over just to see the screen at eye level.
#2 EW-LSX2 – Foldable Laptop Stand X2
Dimensions (w x d x h):
18 x 24.7 x 15cm (open)
4.8 x 24.7 x 0.8 cm (folded)
The X2 folds up to a width of 8mm, and comes with a carrying sleeve bag. Open and fold it in a quick second as needed, for your laptop, tablet or even documents. At 0.2kg, you can easily carry this around with your laptop so you always work in an ergonomic posture no matter where you go.
Whatever the work experience, the 15-45° angle of tilt accommodates. And at such an incline, the anti-skid silicone pad protects your devices from scratching and sliding.
#3 DIIZIGN A-001-SIL-N Laptop Stand with Integrated Smartphone Holder
Dimensions (w x d x h): 26 x 25.5 x 16cm
This ergonomic stand raises your laptop 6.5′ off your tabletop to improve your posture. Your smartphone goes below your laptop in the stand’s designated slot (pictured above), so you can look at multiple screens at the same time.
#4 Kensington 2-in-1 CoolView Wellness Monitor Stand w/Desk Fan
Dimensions (w x d x h): 38.1 x 24.13 x 11.18cm
Fan dimensions (w x d x h): 19.4 x 9.2 x 8.2cm
Fan sound level: <37dBA
This desk has an integrated dual-fan airflow system to cool you down at the same time. It has two speeds, optimal indirect blowing angles and a low noise level of <37dBA, so it doesn’t distract you from your work. Detach the fan unit and shift it around your work setup as you like. It can even be swapped out for the FreshView Air Purifier!
The stand supports weights of up to 90.7kg, and iMac/external monitors up to 27”. Never mind their wires, as the stand’s repositionable magnetic clips serve as cable management.
Dimensions (w x d x h): Not available
When folded, the EW-LSA58-SL is a portable 4cm tall, compared to its fully extended height of 28cm. The in-between is a very wide range of adjustability, which is this stand’s standout feature. As for versatility, the reliably professional-looking silver aluminum frame goes with just about any work setup.
#6 Lamicall Swivel Laptop Stand L
Dimensions (w x d x h): 25.4 x 25.4 x 6.1cm
Sit at your desk at any angle you like — this Lamicall stand swivels 360°! It is a minimalistic design with an excellently convenient function. And the full-board design spreads any weight on it equally across the stand. The Lamicall stand is as sturdy as it is stylish — made of premium alloy, the stand has rubber grooves so when you set your laptop down, it stays in place.
Note: For prices in USD, the rate was converted on 30 August 2021 from USD with the conversion rate of 1 USD equals 1.35 SGD.
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