Name: Nexstand Laptop Stand
Features: Made of reinforced nylon, has 8 height adjustment options, uses a snap-open mechanism for easy setup, has an anti-skid rubber base
Pros: Lightweight, portable, can accommodate almost all laptops, including the ultra-thin ones
Cons: Some buyers have reported minor manufacturing defects
Our rating: 4.5/5
Full Written Review:
Debuted in 2013 on Kickstarter, Roost is definitely one of the best laptop stands for digital nomads and the on-the-go professionals. But, we are not going to brief you about it here.
This blog is about Nexstand laptop stand, which is one of the few products that imitate the Roost stand in terms of quality and features, and yet, they are available at less than half of its price. We would rather call Nexstand laptop stand the cheap but competitive Chinese solution to the super-expensive Roost laptop stand.
The Nexstand laptop stand is foldable, portable, and comes with 8 different height adjustment options. It is ergonomically designed to help you maintain a healthy posture and reduce the strain on your shoulders and neck. The manufacturer claims that it can hold laptops of almost all makes and models that are larger than 11.6 inches with thickness less than 1 inch.
We have been using the Nexstand laptop stand for a few months now and we are quite satisfied with its quality. We highly recommend it for anyone who needs a laptop stand but doesn’t want to spend $80 for the Roost one. In this blog, we will brief you more about its key features so you can make an informed buying decision.
Let’s begin our Nexstand laptop holder review by looking at some of its key features:
Noteworthy Features of Nexstand laptop stand
- Dimensions: 10.63 x 11.42 x 9.84 inches
- Color: black
- Weight: 250 Grams
- Material: Made of industrial-grade reinforced nylon and has metal fittings
- Weight-bearing capacity: up to 20 lbs
- Height adjustment: has 8 height settings ranging from 5.5 inches to 12.6 inches high from the base
- Compatibility: can hold all laptops larger than 11.6” and thickness less than 1”
- Has 3M anti-skid pads on the base that minimize slipping
- Uses an easy snap-open mechanism
Detailed review of Nexstand laptop stand
Being lightweight and collapsible, Nexstand is very much portable just like the Roost laptop stand, which it mimics very much. Its portability is the main reason why we recommend it for people who travel a lot and need something to place their laptop at an ergonomic angle. In its collapsed state, it will barely occupy any space in your laptop bag, backpack, or hand luggage.
The Nexstand laptop stand features a snap-open mechanism. It folds up and collapses easily for storage. When folded, it measures 1.5 X 1.5 X 14 inches. It comes with a cover, which can also double up as a carrying case. Well, the case is made of sketchy material and we don’t expect it to last long. Yet, it is quite usable.
Nexstand feels pretty sturdy and stable once you have placed your laptop over it. It has hard-rubber slips at the bottom, so you can easily pivot your laptop without affecting its stability. However, it isn’t as stable as the Roost laptop stand. That being said, your laptop isn’t going to slip off from it (unless you tilt it). Just that Roost has better stability, which is why it is pricier.
The manufacturer claims that the Nexstand laptop stand can hold about 20lbs of weight. Now, 20lbs may sound like too much to you but do note that if you are not planning to use an external keyboard and mouse, 20lbs is OK because you will be applying a lot of pressure when typing directly on the laptop keyboard. We have used it for quite some time. It doesn’t wobble or make the setup feel unsafe. But, just keep in mind that 20lbs weight limit doesn’t really make it an extremely stable and durable laptop stand.
Well, most of the budget-friendly laptop stands including the Roost stand are made of reinforced nylon, which is essentially a hard, durable plastic. Most buyers have expressed their satisfaction with its design and material. Some have stated that the Roost laptop stand feels sturdier than this one. But, this isn’t bad either. Plus, it is half the price of a Roost stand. So, obviously, we shouldn’t be expecting the same quality.
- 8 levels of height adjustability is amazing. Roost laptop stands offer just 3 and there are high chances that you won’t be able to make micro-adjustments to make your laptop sit at the angle or level best suitable for you. Nexstand is much better. The minimum height at which your laptop will sit from the base is 5.5” whereas the max height is 12.6” and there are six levels in-between. We are sure you will find a suitable angle that will help you maintain a good posture.
- The Nexstand laptop stand comes with a few useful accessories such as the inserts that allow the holder to handle ultra-thin laptops. These accessories make it even more versatile and suitable for almost all popular models of laptops.
- Nexstand is much more affordable than other laptop stands with similar features and quality. 90% of the buyers have rated it 4 stars and above, which indicates that it is worth buying.
- A few buyers have stated that the stand sits unevenly or maybe the frame is unevenly designed. This makes the laptop sit tilted towards one side. For some buyers, it was the left side whereas for others it was right. The tilt is subtle but it’s noticeable. It may not bother you but if you are a perfectionist or have OCD, it might just annoy you.
- Some buyers have stated that the anti-skid rubber grips aren’t effective enough. The stand slides a bit when you use the laptop’s keyboard. It doesn’t skid away but it does slide. You may have to use an external laptop if you have a lot of typing tasks.
Our Rating: 4.5/5
As we have already stated above, we are very pleased with the Nexstand laptop stand. It isn’t the best product out there but it does what it is supposed to do. Plus, it is definitely one of the best alternatives to expensive laptop stands. But, if you are into too much typing and prefer using the laptop’s own keyboard, this may not be stable enough. In that case, we would recommend a sturdier, heavier product such as the Roost laptop stand.