Griffin Elevator Notebook Stand
Personally, I love having laptops, they are more convenient in a whole host of situations but still when sitting at them for long periods of time I find it more comfortable to have a desktop set-up with ergonomic keyboard and separate mouse to use. So I invested in this rather stylish looking stand that lets me have the best of both worlds. When at my desk my laptop is set up like a desktop which means that it is more comfortable for my back and neck. The stand does its job really well and my laptop always feels secure, however, it is best not to use the stand and type with the laptop, as it can get a bit shaky. The stand is meant to turn your laptop into more of a monitor than a laptop. It also allows more room on the desk and it keeps the laptop cool because all the air vents are free and lifted off the ground.
I paid £36.90 for mine from Amazon and I have had more use out of this piece of equipment than many others in my office. It is a functional design that can support a range of laptops or apple Macs and it does it while looking both attractive and stylish.
This griffin elevator notebook stand does give the appearance that it wouldn't be able to support a heavy laptop but it does and I have never had a problem with balance. This is the second one of these Griffin stands that I have purchased I gave my first one to my husband who ended up sitting at his desk more than I did. However, they make for a much more comfortable option when you are using the laptop all afternoon. Before I got this and in between my laptop stands I was using a pile of books, which are in no way comparable to having and using this stand. This stand does its job beautifully and manages to look stylish and attractive at the same time, it is a great addition to any office space with its clear plastic and aluminium design.
This is a simple product that does exactly what you want it to, it keeps your laptop cool, makes typing and working easier because the laptop is at a more comfortable level. Overall, this product does not deserve anything less than a very well earned five out of five stars. I have owned mine for a while now and I suspect that it is going to last for a while, the previous model is still taking up residence in my husband's office. This is a great product, well designed and would look smart in anyone's office I am often glad that there is one in mine.
Over the years I have noticed that most of the Griffin products (if not all) are very much geared towards the apple products, the ease in which joining the Griffin products with the Apple products takes no effort at all, if I didn't know better I would think Griffin is part of Apple but now I'm diverting.
Not having a Apple notebook or Mac book pro I wouldn't really know how the Macs rest upon this Griffin elevator stand, but I did a lot of research on this model and design and I decided I wanted to use it for my HP laptop, and yes it fits fine...let me explain.
This Griffin Elevator Laptop Stand weighs a total weight of 1.4 KG so it is quite a bit of weight, so as you can imagine this is not that convenient to take around with you (in case you wanted it to be like a travel buddy), the measurements for this are 35 x 18 x 14 cm.
When you open see it in its package it's not as bulky as you would imaging because it is broken down for ease of convenience, and to put it together is a simple task of taking out the three bits it is broken down into, the left side the right side and the center support that holds the whole thing together.
The entire stand is made of aluminum and is a pure white in colour with grey strips on the top part of both sides of the stand where the computer would rest.
These grey strips provide a grip for when you rest the laptop on the stand, but because my laptop already has its own grips on the bottom these extra grips just adds to stabilize that little bit more so that when you are typing the laptop hardly moves, proving that this can be used for both PC and Macs.
When your laptop is on the stand you will see there is a tilt in the stand which actually if you glance at it from a far it looks like your laptop is about to slide off face first, but when you are working on it you relies that it could never happen due to all the grip that is provided to maintain a professional look.
Another good thing with the Griffin stand is because the computer is not on a table or your lap it has enough room that allows the fan to keep you laptop cool without it heating up if it was on a table or otherwise it has to work harder and faster to maintain the safeness of the laptop.
The Griffin Elevator Laptop Stand can be bought from Amazon for £24.75
I paid around this price for mine and I think this price is perfect for what it can do for your laptop.
This is a nice and stable not to mention secure stand, you don't have to have a Mac to be able to appreciate this Stand, a PC laptop can also fit on here with ease, just as long as it's not too big.
I give this product a 10/10, it may look like a simple stand but wait and see when you purchase it, you wont be disappointed.
I work for a computer company and spend most of the time writing product descriptions and researching features of the various things we sell, the biggest being Macs! Of course I'm always tempted to buy something (falling for my own marketing = not good!), but I manage to resist, even though I really missed having a desktop computer. In my mind, using my laptop in bed or on the sofa is relaxing time, and when I want to work on some serious writing or design work, I find it hard to feel motivated.
I looked at a lot of high spec computers that I couldn't justify buying at all, and in the end decided to get the bits and pieces together to set up my laptop for desktop work. For this I needed a keyboard, mouse, USB hub and of course a laptop stand. The laptop stand is really the most important aspect, because it's important that the top of your computer screen is at eye-level to avoid strain. I've tried using my laptop straight on my desk, but since it's only around 11-12", my back and shoulders were hurting within ten minutes.
So a laptop stand it was. Another big reason to get a laptop stand instead of placing it straight on a desk or elevating it with books is so the air can circulate properly around the machine and it doesn't overheat. The Griffin is perfect for this.
I did a lot of research when choosing a stand, because it was important to me that a) my screen was high enough b) there was proper circulation so it wouldn't overheat c) my laptop would be fully supported and wouldn't slip or slide off. There were cheaper stands I looked at, but many of them seemed to hold the laptop in a very odd position, so it looked like it was about to launch straight at you or take a gold medal in the Olympics' gymnastics. Of course, these can be slightly more flexible in terms of tilting the screen and adjusting the angle exactly how you want it, but my primary concern was security and I wanted something a bit more straight.
Many of the people at work have a Griffin stand for their MacBooks, and it does fit in very well with the Apple styling, particularly MacBook Pros. My Samsung laptop is black, but the colours work nicely together and it looks pretty good. The stand is only available in a brushed silver colour (made from aluminium), and the transparent perspex bit at the front makes it stand out a bit.
I was expecting it to come in a big box, but actually it comes in quite a small one. I was even impressed by the packaging, because it was good quality and the pieces of the stand were well protected. Setting up the stand was simple - there are picture instructions but it's easy to slot the three pieces together. It's important to push them hard so they slot in properly. Finally you need to attach the transparent plastic clips to the end of the 'arms' to protect your laptop further. In dooyoo's picture above you can see the grips that run down the arms as well, which give more protection.
I was impressed with how sturdy the stand was once put together, and it weighs a fair amount too for extra security. In terms of portability, the weight might make it a bit awkward for carrying very far (bearing in mind I'm a 5'2" girl), but it does have the advantage of being easy to take apart and put back together.
The real test was putting my laptop on it. Despite being designed for Macs, my small Samsung clung to the stand and was definitely secure. I wiggled it a bit to see how much it moved, and it barely moved at all thanks to the weight of the stand and the surprisingly good grips on the arms. If you have a 17" laptop, I think it would still be adequate but you'd have to be more careful as it will protrude quite far over the edges. I even tried typing on my laptop keyboard whilst it was on the stand (naughty!) and there was very little movement.
The stand does tilt forwards/down slightly more than I thought or would like, but this hasn't been an issue for me so far, and I assume it's better this way for proper screen viewing. My boyfriend did comment that he was worried my laptop might slip off, but this was just from looking at it rather than properly seeing how secure it sat on the stand - so don't judge by that!
The stand raises your computer by 5.5". If you have a really tiny laptop or a really high chair, you could always prop it up higher and still have the advantage of good air circulation. Furthermore, it takes up very little space, and you can shove your mouse and other bits and pieces underneath when you're not using them, so your desk looks tidier.
I've been keeping an eye on the price of this laptop stand, and unfortunately the price has increased recently. Griffin sell it though Amazon, and it's gone up in price from £19.99 to almost £25, which is around the same price as on their own site (though I don't know about their postage costs). I bought it through work and got a bit of discount, so it ended up costing me closer to £18. This is generally more expensive than other stands, which tend to retail from £12-15, but I wanted to buy a product that I had seen in real life and fulfilled all my requirements. To put it into perspective, I'd have had to spend several hundred pounds on an actual desktop computer, whereas my current laptop-to-desktop conversion has cost me £35, and I haven't wasted any space or added tons of clutter either.
Sitting at my desk is much more comfortable, and I can get into 'work mode' and use a mouse with Photoshop rather than messing about with a touchpad. Now I just need it to stop being so cold so I'm not tempted to curl up in bed!
The Elevator from Griffin Technology, well there is no hiding that I love Griffin products, but maybe it has something to do with the ease of use, the winning designs, or perhaps that they are such a Mac friendly company. A few years ago I purchased an iCurve, which was and still is a beautifully designed stand, that I sat my PowerBook on, and it sat there at a nice comfortable height for working on at my desk. When I heard that a new product was being launched, I must admit to being a tad worried. With a design so good, why change it? How could it be improved.
So, onto the new product, the Elevator is made up of three pieces. A right and a left side support stand and a brace made of of clear perspex that holds the two supports in position. The support stand's are made of brushed aluminum and match the PowerBook, MacBook Pro and Cinema Display perfectly. They are also curved at such an angle that is just right. This coupled with the simple slot-in perspex brace, really compliments the simple, yet totally effective design.
I tested the Elevator with a small laptop, namely a 12-inch PowerBook, which sat just fine the two supports, so anything larger than this will also be fine. My main laptop is a MacBook, and I also use a 21-inch Samsung widescreen monitor. Sitting the two side-by-side, the top of my MacBook was now almost level with the top of my external monitor. So I now had the joy of using a dual-screen display in a comfortable manner.
Of late, you may have noticed that my reviews have been covering products that improve the way we use our computers. The Mirra chair just last week, offers improved sitting positions. Well, the Elevator is Griffin's most ergonomic offering to date, it raises your laptop up 5.5-inches, to a very comfortable working height. Use it in conjunction with an external keyboard and mouse, and you will no longer be uncomfortably arching your neck to view your laptop screen.
As well as the improved working position, you have an added benefit for your laptop too. The airflow is greatly increased, so your laptop stays a lot cooler.
So, the Elevator does much the same as the iCurve, but with more style. The supports also seem more substantial, and I would be comfortable perching a 17-inch laptop weight on top of this stand. If you use your laptop a lot at a desk, I cannot recommend this product enough. At $39.99 it really is a no-brainer, it is a sensible purchase, that does a job very well and looks cool at the same time.
Note: I am the original author of this review at www.geekanoids.co.uk