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If you use a laptop in a fixed workstation at home and/or in your office, please refer to the links below for general laptop equipment, for appropriate hubs and connectors that enable you to use an external keyboard and mouse, and for fixed workstation equipment such as laptop stands and adjustable height work surfaces. Please refer to our "Laptop Tips" webpage to set up your workstation correctly, and read: Laptop Beefs and Laptop Props
If you use a laptop on the road and need portability, refer to the general laptop equipment link for connectors, and the link for portable workstation equipment for portable keyboards, laptop stands, and backpacks. You need to know how to carry lightweight compact equipment with you and set up your laptop quickly in a variety of different environments.
To use your laptop safely at a fixed workstation, you will need to elevate the laptop so the top of the screen is at your straight ahead vision and an external keyboard and mouse is at the correct typing height (see Prevention > Workstation > Workstation Design). You can choose to use either a docking station (if you do not want to disconnect the keyboard, mouse, ethernet and power cords every time you remove the laptop) or a laptop stand.
Please note that if you have a work surface that is the correct height for your external keyboard and mouse, the laptop can be set on anything available (e.g. a stack of books) to raise the top of the display to eye level, as long as the laptop is close enough to see when your head is aligned with your hips.
|LAPTOP STANDS & DOCKING STATIONS|
|Dell Latitude Precision E-View Laptop Stand (Manufacturer # W009C, Dell # 330-0878)
Height and positioning adjustable. Compatible with all Dell E-Port and E-Port Plus port replicators.
|Kensington sd100s Docking Station with Notebook Stand (60721)
SmartFit® stand allows height adjustment and docking. Built-in copyholder. Features five spaced USB 2.0 ports, 10/100 Ethernet port, Stereo out and microphone ports. Connect with just one USB plug to your computer. Will not support Mac computers due to the laptop screen angle.
|Bakker Elkhuizen Ergo-Q330 Mobile Laptop Stand
Portable, compact, lightweight, sturdy metal. Can be used at home, work and on the road. Laptop slips into pocket behind document holder. Six height adjustments. $115.00
Fountainhead International, LLC
|3m LX550 Laptop Stand
For a fixed laptop workstation. 3 inches of vertical adjustability. Compatible with most docking stations. Cable management and non-skid base. $22.93
Home Ordering: Available from ProVantage.com
|Fellowes Laptop Riser (80320)
For a fixed laptop workstation. Adjustable tilt from 4.5" to 6.5". Supports up to 10 lbs. Can be used alone or stacked on top of Fellowes Office Suites Letter Trays for additional height. $20.00
Home Ordering: Available from ProVantage.com
|iLevel for MacBook and Mac Powerbooks
Raises the Mac above the worksurface level. Height adjustable and swivels. Made of sturdy anodized aluminum. Available in 12" size for PowerBook or 14" size for MacBook and MacBookPro. $74.90
Low decibel fan powered by the USB port on your computer. Supports notebooks up to 17". Measures 15"×10 1/4"×13/8". 1.3 Kg weight. 20" USB cable. Ecologically friendly bamboo. Completely collapsible. Please use external keyboard and mouse.
B & H Photo & Video
|For document holder recommendations, please see Products > Document Holders.|
|PORTABLE LAPTOP STANDS AND LAPDESKS||BACK TO TOP|
Matias iFold Portable Laptop Stand and Cooling Pad (IF102)
Fits virtually any PC or Mac, raises the laptop 7.38" for more comfortable display height. Use with external keyboard and mouse. Folded flat, it serves as a cooling pad for your laptop. Not height adjustable. 2 lbs.
Matias iRizer Portable Laptop Stand (IR102)
Laptop stand with four height adjustments from 20° to 50°. Use with external keyboard and mouse. 1.5 lbs.
Goldtouch Go! Travel Notebook Stand in 5 colors (GTLS-0011 green, GTLS-0022 white, GTLS-0033 orange, GTLS-0044 blue, GTLS-0055 graphite).
Made of strong aluminum, collapses flat and has neoprene cover. Can accommodate notebooks up to 17". Adjusts to six incline positions. Neoprene cover can double as a mouse pad.
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$60.00 - $65.00
|Bakker Elkhuizen Ergo-Q330 Mobile Laptop Stand
Portable, compact, lightweight, sturdy metalc. Can be used at home, work and on the road. Laptop slips into pocket behind document holder. Six height adjustments. $115.00
Fountainhead International, LLC
|Inclinepro for MacBook and Mac Powerbooks
Primarily for cooling the Mac laptop, but also raises the display level a couple of inches. Not height adjustable. Made of sturdy aerospace-grade aluminum. Folds flat. 7 oz. Available in 12" size for PowerBook or 14" size for MacBook and MacBookPro. $59.95
|The Laptop Desk Ultralite
22" long x 11" wide with room for external mouse on the surface. Extremely lightweight and portable. Reduces heat build-up. Not appropriate for use with the Foldable Keyboard due to deep ridges in surface. Doubles as a desktop stand with 5 angles.$29.95
The Laptop Desk v.2.0
Separate MouzPad, $10
Laptop Desk v.2.0 with MouzPad, $35
Portable. Reduces heat build-up. Detachable MouzPad enables use of external mouse on the same surface as the laptop or with an external keyboard. Not appropriate for use with the Foldable Keyboard due to deep ridges in surface. Doubles as a desktop stand with 5 angles. $25
|ACCESSORIES||BACK TO TOP|
|Targus Notebook USB Light and Fan (PA014U)
Light and fan both have "gooseneck" arms for adjustability. Use either or both together to light your work and provide a cooling breeze. Plug into USB ports. No drivers required.
|Kensington ClipNGlow task light and copyholder (62095)
Plugs into USB port of computer. Fits laptop, flat panel and CRT monitors.
|Kensington FlyLight 2.0 (33120)
Plugs into USB port of computer. Eight LED's with dimmer control delivers clean bright white light. Flexible neck for positioning.
|Kensington Clipit Laptop Copyholder (62092)
Attaches easily to either side of laptop display without assembly or adhesives. Holds documents so you can work comfortably in tight spaces.
|HUBS & CONNECTORS||BACK TO TOP|
NOTE: Purchasing hubs and connectors on the internet is probably impractical unless you are purchasing other additional items due to shipping costs. We provide supplier information only if you cannot find comparable products at a store locally.
|Kensington 4 port USB PocketHub Mini 2.0
High speed USB 2.0 with downward compatibility to USB 1.1 laptops and peripherals. 4-port connector enables connection of USB keyboard and mouse to a USB laptop port.
|Belkin 4-port Ultra Mini Hub (F5U407)
The Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra-Mini Hub provides four downstream USB ports for Plug-and-Play connectivity to your USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices. A perfect lightweight travel tool, this compact Hub tucks easily into the pocket of your laptop bag, and requires no extra power supply.
|ASUS USB-BT21 Mini Bluetooth Dongle
For wireless communication with a full range of Bluetooth devices. Computers equipped with microphones and speakers can also pick up and dial out, and wireless stereo music transmission. Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) 3 MBPS. USB 2.0 CLASS2 for PC or Macintosh.
|SMK-LINK VP6494 Bluetooth Dongle
For wireless communication with a full range of Bluetooth devices up to 33 feet. Up to 7 devices can be operated simultaneously. Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) 3 MBPS. PC only.
|BACKPACKS||BACK TO TOP|
|Evaluate your luggage to determine whether a laptop backpack or a rolling laptop case will work best for you. Laptops with all of their accessories are very heavy, so we do not recommend shoulder bags!|
CODi CT3 Checkpoint Tested Tri-Pack laptop backpack (C6010)
Two distinct pockets hinged by military grade ballistic nylon allowing the case to lie flat while passing through airport x-ray machines. This eliminates the need to remove the laptop from the case. One compartment is dedicated to a laptop and the other compartment is for files. Many other pockets allowing storage of computer accessories, pens, and water bottles. Breathable padded shoulder straps, velcro and side buckles to keep the two compartments secured for portability.
CaseLogic Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack (CLBS-116)
Fits most laptops with 16" screen. Designed with TSA guidelines so you probably won't have to remove your laptop when passing through airport security with dedicated, plush laptop compartment. Separate file compartment and organization panel with lined pockets for electronics, gadgets, and accessories. Leather/nylon.
CaseLogic Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack (ZLBS-116)
Fits most laptops with 16" screen and and iPad or 10.1" tablet. Designed with TSA guidelines so you probably won't have to remove your laptop when passing through airport security with dedicated, plush laptop compartment. Full-sized document compartment. Ballistic, high density nylon. Luggage strap attaches to most rolling luggage.
CODi Tri-Pack laptop backpack (C7710)
Triple compartment backpack with plenty of space for files and accessories with a padded laptop sleeve. Adjustable padded shoulder straps, breathable, padded back, and leather-wrapped grab handle.
Kensington SaddleBag (K64079E)
Soft modular outer shell with padded computer compartment, separate file area, zip-down accessory organizer, and numerous pockets. Three carrying options: foam padded handle, padded shoulder strap, or hide-away backpack straps. Water-resistant fabric.
|Kensington Contour Traveller Rolling Laptop Case (Prod. No. 62430)
Lots of compartments and a removable notebook sleeve can be used alone or in the rolling case. Durable water-resistant nylon keeps contents safe and dry. Stable wheel design and fully-retractable handle. 6.7 lbs.
Targus Rolling Laptop Backpack (TSB700)
|HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE TABLES||BACK TO TOP|
Please refer to the worksurfaces webpage for work table and keyboard tray sources if you are planning to set up a permanent office. The products below are intended for temporary and home use with a laptop computer.
|Malcolm Adjustable Laptop Stand (EUS083). Modern style and functionality in a height adjustable laptop table that measures 13 in deep x 25 in long. Adjustable from 21.5 in to 31.5 in high. Tempered glass top, powder epoxy coated aluminum base, casters and gas lift. Hayneedleshopping.com, $198.99
Table-Mate II. This small compact table adjusts to 6 different heights and the table top can be set at 2 different angles. This isn't strong enough to support a monitor, but it's an inexpensive way to have a worksurface at home to support your keyboard and mouse at the correct height. It folds down when not in use. White plastic surface with white metal legs or new woodgrain.
|Luxor Adjustable Height Lectern (LX9128). Red oak and black finish with caster wheels, two are locking. Height adjustable with knob from 36.25" to 45.00". Welded steel construction. Surface is 23.25" x 19.75" with lip. Total weight is 24 lbs.
B&H, $89.85 plus shipping
|TABLETS||BACK TO TOP|
Most tablets, except the Toshiba Thrive, do not have USB ports and rely on Bluetooth technology for connection with mice and keyboards. Please refer to our other web pages for portable bluetooth keyboards and mice. Features that are desirable when shopping for accessories to your tablet are ones that multitask such as cases that also serve as stands and have integrated keyboards. The accessories which will cause the least injury to your body will allow you to position the tablet at a correct viewing height, use and external keyboard and mouse at the correct height for your arms and hands, thus detached from the tablet itself. Few manufacturers are considering this in their designs at this point. Here are our top choices for products available on the market.
|Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android (#920-003390)
Bluetooth keyboard with carrying case protects your keyboard and serves as a tablet stand when in use. Low profile keys. Requires 3 AAA batteries. Keyboard works up to 30 ft. from the device to allow proper positioning height of the tablet and the keyboard. Note that this product does not have a case for the tablet. The case is just for the keyboard.
ProVantage, $54 plus shipping
|Kensington KeyFolio Pro2 Universal Keyboard & Case for 10 inch Tablets (K39519US)
Bluetooth keyboard and folio with removable keyboard. Use with any 10" tablet. A Velcro fastener allows horizontal viewing angles from 70 to 22 degrees. No vertical orientation of tablet provided. Folds flat and closes securely with an elasticized band. Cut-outs for I/O ports, speakers, front and back cameras.
B & H Photo and Video, ProVantage, $65 - $75
|Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad (#920-003241)
Bluetooth keyboard with carrying case protects your keyboard and serves as a tablet stand when in use. Low profile Mac keys. Requires 3 AAA batteries. Keyboard works up to 30 ft. from the device to allow proper positioning height of the tablet and the keyboard. Note that this product does not have a case for the iPad. The case is just for the keyboard.
ProVantage, $53 plus shipping
|Zaggfolio for iPad 2, 3 & 4
Thin polyurethane iPad case lined with microfiber and integrated stand with removable Bluetooth keyboard. Horizontal tablet orientation only. Black or silver keyboard.
B & H Photo and Video, $80-$90
|Zaggkeys PROFolio+ for iPad
Ultrathin, lightweight leather textured iPad case and integrated stand. Island style keys with maximum spacing for more comfortable typing. Horizontal tablet orientation only. Available in 11 colors.
|Kensington KeyFolio Pro2 Removable Keyboard Case (K39512US)
Bluetooth keyboard and folio with removable keyboard. Use with iPad 2, or 3rd or 4th generation iPad. A Velcro fastener allows horizontal viewing angles from 70 to 22 degrees. No vertical orientation of iPad provided. Folds flat and closes securely with an elasticized band. Cut-outs for I/O ports, speakers, front and back cameras.
B & H Photo and Video, MacMall, $62
|Kensington KeyFolio Pro2 Removable Keyboard Case for iPad mini (K39755US)
Bluetooth keyboard and folio with removable keyboard. Use with iPad Mini. A Velcro fastener allows horizontal viewing angles from 70 to 22 degrees. No vertical orientation of iPad mini provided. Folds flat and closes securely with an elasticized band. Cut-outs for I/O ports, speakers, front and back cameras.
B & H Photo and Video, MacMall, $52 - $80
|LapWorks 2Loop iPad Handle (Item # 2LOOP-IPAD-HNDL).
Grip-free iPad holder slips onto any two fingers, left or right hand. Swivels 360° to allow portrait or landscape viewing. Finger loops can be easily replaced with the stand provided which allows several different support angles and portrait or landscape viewing. Constructed of polycarbonate plastic with silicone case.
LapWorks, $24.95 plus shipping
|Gorillamobile Ori for iPad
Extremely versatile case and stand for iPad made of super-strong lightweight aluminum with microfiber screen cover. Design based on origami enables a multitude of configurations with height, angle and orientation adjustments. Very light weight and compact, yet strong. Watch the video for a demonstration of the many ways to configure the stand/case.
Joby, $29.95 plus shipping
B & H Photo and Video, www.bhphotovideo.com
Fountainhead International, LLC, www.fountainheadint.com
LapWorks, Inc., www.laptopdesk.net
The Nerds, www.thenerds.net
Office Depot, www.officedepot.com
PC Parts Connection, http://www.pcpartscollection.com/soffolkey.html
P.I. Engineering http://www.ymouse.com/
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Xbrand Products, www.xbrandproducts.com
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