If you’re often on the move, and if you are reading this guide you probably are, then carrying a portable laptop stand in your computer bag is a must. Having your computer screen on the right eye level is crucial to avoid back pain and other complications, and while it might seem like overkill pulling out a portable stand in your favorite coffee bar, your back will thank you in the long run.

The most important criteria to make it into this guide for any stand are portability and stability. Usually, the more compact the stand the less stable it is, as there is less surface supporting your computer. The best stands are able to balance both in the best possible way.

WINNER

Roost Laptop Stand

  • Price range: $$ check the price on Amazon
    Between USD 50 and USD 100
  • The roost laptop stand is lightweight, support almost all laptops and elevates your laptop to the ideal working position. Read more

 

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JUBOR Adjustable Laptop Stand

  • Price range: $ check the price on Amazon
    Between USD 0 and USD 50
  • The Jubor laptop stand is very affordable, coming in at under USD 20. For that, you get a lightweight and compact stand that will support most laptops. Read more

 

THE REST

 

WINNER

Roost Laptop Stand

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Roost laptop stand

The Root laptop stand is a joy to use. It’s very light at 5.8 oz, and it folds up to a smaller than small size so it will fit in your laptop bag without any problems.

Price: $$ check the price on Amazon
Less than USD 100

Weight: 5.8 oz (164 g)
Rating4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

PROS CONS
  • Very compact
  • Very lightweight
  • Support for most laptops, no matter the size, weight
  • It’s pricey

 

The Roost laptop stand is not the cheapest laptop stand that money can buy. It will set you back around USD 75, but for that price, you get a laptop stand that fits in your computer bag, and that supports most, if not all common laptops on the market.

It will raise your laptop to the ideal height to put your screen on eye level, and it comes with 3 different height stands, so you can customize the height to your exact individual needs.

It comes with a nylon carrying sleeve, and folded it’s size is reduced to 1″ x 1.5″ x 13″. If you are in regular need to adjust your laptop’s height, investing in a decent stand is a must, and the Root is probably the best that your money can buy right now.

 

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Jubor laptop stand

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Jubor laptop stand

The Jubor laptop stand is very affordable, coming in at under USD 20. For that, you get a lightweight and compact stand that will support most laptops.

Price: $ check the price on Amazon
Less than USD 50

Weight: 9.5 oz (269 g)
Rating4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

PROS CONS
  • Fits most laptops
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Very affordable
  • Not very high lift of laptop

 

The Jubor laptop stand looks pretty good in use and folds to a compact, portable size for easy transportation.

The stand can raise your laptop between 26 and 30 degrees which isn’t very high but should be enough to put the screen at a comfortable size on eye level.

The stand supports most laptops and can carry up to 30 pounds (13 kg). If you are carrying around such a heavy laptop, you won’t be bothered by the Jubor’s extra weight anyway.

Finally, the price. At under 20 dollars, the Jubor is very affordable, so if you are looking for a quality stand at a very decent price, this one should be on your shortlist.

Adjustable Laptop Stand for Desk

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Compact laptop stand

This stand is very cheap, very compact and can, thanks to its clever design can place your laptop surprisingly high.

Price: $ check the price on Amazon
Less than USD 50

Supported models: upto 15 inch
Rating4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

PROS CONS
  • Very compact and leightweight
  • Very affordable
  • Can lift laptop into 45 degress angle
  • Laptop stability is not as good as with other models

 

This laptop stand is sold on Amazon under different brands according to the region you shop, and you might at first be put off by that. It is, however, an excellent piece of gear if you are looking for a very compact stand that can lift your laptop sufficiently high to work comfortably.

The stand has a tripod design, and your laptop rests on two expandable front legs and a large back support, that can be set between 10 and 45 degrees. In the lowest position, it’s still possible to use your laptop’s keyboard to type while in the highest position you will need an external keyboard.

Overall, this is a very recommendable product if you don’t mind the lack of clear branding.

Nexstand Laptop Stand

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Nexstand laptop stand

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Price: $$$$ check the price on Amazon
Less than USD 50

Weight: 8 oz (226 g)
Rating4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

PROS CONS
  • Good build quality
  • Height adjustable with 7 settings
  • Very affordable
  • Less durable than the Roost stand

 

The Nexstand laptop stand is our last entry in this guide, but certainly not the least. It fits laptops from 11.6 inches onwards and offers an adjustable lift from 5.5 inches to 12.6 inches, which means you can bring the laptop screen straight to eye level.

It can hold (theoretically) up to 20 pounds of weight, but considering the overall build quality, I would recommend for medium sized laptops. Don’t try to balance high-end gaming laptops on it! When folded, it will easily fit in any laptop bag.

Finally, there is the price. At almost 1/3 of the Roost laptop stand and with very similar design and only slightly inferior build quality, the Nexstand offers quite a bit of value for money.