Gadgets: Logitech Alto Notebook Stand - Attached keyboard and 3 USB 2.0 Ports
As a laptop user I understand that on a daily basis they can be a pain in the neck, back and shoulders. Sitting too far forward in a chair, leaning to far forward to see the screen and slumping over to use the keyboard are all problems.
The name itself – laptop – is honestly one of the least correct descriptions. Working in an airport or when relaxing in front of the TV while getting a little work done are the exceptions rather than the rule. Typically, laptops are used while sitting at a desk. However, personally I have never been able get comfortable with my laptop on my lap. The heat and the angle ruin the experience. Maybe notebook is a better description.
I have considered a laptop stand but have yet to find one that suits my needs. Some are too big and bulky while others seem pretty lame. Typing at such an angle does not look comfortable either. Sometime I feel a bit like Goldie Locks. Maybe the Logitech Alto Notebook Stand would be just right.
Alto has several notebook stands to their credit but I prefer the one with the integrated keyboard. I do not need anything else on my desk with too many pieces to keep up with. Three integrated USB 2.0 ports catch my attention as well. It seem that I am always at least one USB port short.
The Alto is large enough to support some of the largest laptops (up to 9 pounds) yet a smaller laptop does not get lost. The separate full size keyboard (with palm rest) attached to the Alto Notebook stand is major with all of the additional convenience keys but the serious advantage is the screen height and angle. If there is anything to debate it would be that we all have a comfortable distance that we can see text on a monitor. The smaller the laptop the closer you have to be to it.
Ease of use is not an option for me. I definitely will not use any gadget that becomes a hassle that slows me down. After all, I use a laptop for the convenience. The Alto Notebook Stand is compact unit that looks much like a laptop in size and shape. Traveling with it would be a breeze. Compact is good for my workspace as well. Simply open it up, lift the notebook brace and place the notebook in place. Pretty simple I think.
In my opinion the Logitech Alto Notebook Stand with the integrated keyboard is a lot of goodness packed into 9.33” package (while closed). As long as you use windows 2000, XP, Vista or Mac OS X this is a good option.