I was looking for a portable folding laptop stand as I have been starting to get neck pain hunched over my laptop all day. Working at home, in the office and on client sites I needed a laptop stand and it had to be portable.
I searched the internet for portable laptop stands and apart from the standard big blocks of plastic that fold up into an angle there was not much to choose from.
Then I discovered the Roost Stand. Funded from a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 the roost stand is a highly portable folding laptop stand made of carbon and high grade plastic it is small enough to fold up and go into your bag and strong enough to support a mac book pro.
The rooststand has actually been tested to support 132 lbs so it is certainly strong enough, so what does it look like?
Pictured here you can see rooststand open and supporting a mac on the left and folded up on the right.
You may think that the Roost Stand is going to be expensive but it retails for $75 for the black version and $80 for the silver version.
If you use the Amazon link below to purchase your Roost Stand the price is the same for you but I will get a small commission which helps me run this site.
Currently it only ships from the US but shipping costs are low because the Rooststand is so light.
Take a look at the video below to see the Rooststand in action.
The Rooststand is not only for Macs but it will not work for every laptop, it only works with a laptop that uses a clam shell hinge. There is a full compatibility list on the website and if you are not sure just email the guys at Roost and they will come right back and tell you if your laptop will work with the stand or not.
You can’t knock the Roost too much because it is what it is. It’s designed to be a portable laptop stand—one you fold up when you’re not working. The fact that it’s small and light when collapsed (1″ x 1.5″ x 13″/2.5cm x 3.8cm x 33cm, at 6.5oz/183g) means you can essentially take your stand—or your standing desk—anywhere you go. It’s not the cheapest portable laptop stand you can buy but if the flexibility to stand or sit and the portability appeal to you, it’s worth checking out. It also comes with a lifetime warranty and a 90 day money back guarantee, you can’t say fairer than that.
So where do you buy it from?
You can buy it directly from Roost – https://www.therooststand.com
Or they are currently selling them through Amazon as well. (this price is the same – but I will get a small amount from amazon if you use the link below
I can honestly say this is the best adjustable laptop stand I have ever owned and I take it with me everywhere. I am always asked what it is and where do you buy it from and I am always happy to spread the word of the Roost Stand. It is the perfect laptop stand for desk use but I use it more in Costa than at my desk! Because it folds down so small you can just pop it in your rucksack and take it anywhere you want. All you need is a keyboard and mouse and you have a complete mobile office and work wherever you want.
I can work for hours without any neck pain because you are not looking down at your laptop, the screen is at the correct height so your neck is in a neutral position.
If you were looking for a dj laptop stand I don’t think this would be entirely suitable as you can’t really control the laptop whilst it is on the stand it is really just to hold the laptop at correct height and for you to use a keyboard and mouse to work. DJ Laptop stands tend to be much more bulky and able to support the laptop in a flat manner so you can control it direclty.
Roost Laptop Stand Alternative
There is another folding laptop stand that has appeared on the market and I am not sure if it is a direct copy of the Roost Stand or a competitive product? It looks very similiar and is selling for less online – what do you think?
The Nexstand is currently retailing for $29.95 on Amazon
The Roost Laptop stand retails for $74.95 – right now if you use the discount code roost15off you will get 15% off at the checkout
The Roost is the original and I have only just started to see the Nexstand and it comes out of China. This appears to be a copy and not as good as construction as the Roost.
It does look very similiar to the Roost indeed – so you pay your money and take your chance.
As for comparisons, the Nexstand is 30% bigger and 50% heavier, making it quite bulky to carry conveniently, it barely fits in a bag. It also has none of the elastic/silicone gripping materials, so the laptop will slide around within the stand and on the desk. Roost comes with lifetime gaurantee/warranty, and it is made in the USA 🙂
I will be sticking with my Roost as in my opinon it is the best portable laptop stand I have every owned and have been using it every day for the last 2 years without any problems at all