Is sitting is the new smoking? If you have heard of the sitting disease, then you know that too much sitting in the workplace or home office not only leads to back and neck pain, it can impact your overall health and lead to serious diseases like heart attacks, strokes, or diabetes. It is an epidemic just like smoking was. I know that I sit way too much and that is why I started investigating the best stand up desk for laptops.
There are different types of standing desks depending on your need and how much you want to spend. Before you purchase, the features that you should consider are: office space for the desk, portability, width size of your laptop, support for either a right or left-handed mouse, weight, maximum adjustable height, and price.
For me, I am 5'4", use a right-handed mouse, and have a 17-inch laptop. When working, I normally attach a 21" monitor to the laptop so that I have 2 screens available. I plan on using my standing desk only in my home office, so mobility is not an issue. I do not want to pay over $150.
Listed are 5 of the top rated standing desks at my favorite online retailer. They represent 3 different styles and are specifically designed for laptop usage. The first is my choice. The others are solid options depending on your specifications and are listed by type, not by rating.
It requires no assembly and features a pneumatic air cylinder for easy adjusting. The workspace is 32" which is wide enough to accommodate a large laptop as well as a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It weighs 38.2 pounds and the dimensions are 32 x 22.2 x 2.8 inches. Since it weighs 38 pounds, it is not as easily portable as some models.
This desk meets all of my needs. I really like the large surface, because I often attach my 21-inch monitor to my laptop and have 2 screens available. It is rated highly on Amazon at 4.6 out of 5 stars with 92% over 4 stars.
The dimensions are 25.5 x 17.5 x 19. This is wide enough to support an average sized laptop or monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Although this is not wide enough for me, it is a good option for anyone not needing both a monitor and laptop setup. It is slightly cheaper than the Air Rise product.
I like that it has a quiet USB powered cooling fan. It only weighs 3.7 pounds making it very portable. This is ideal for working in bed.
The dimensions are 11 x 16.5 x 1.2 inches making it too small for the larger laptops. It comes with a plastic stopper at the bottom of the surface to keep the mouse from sliding off.
It is made from MDF wood panels, comes in a woodgrain finish, and has a storage compartment for media and accessories. It does require assembly.
The workspace can hold the larger laptops with dimensions of 22 x 16 x 44. It weighs 16 pounds and adjusts from 27 to 43 inches.