Lapworks Aluminum Desktop Stand

ccokeman - 2007-05-31 23:02:40 in Cooling, Mobile
Category: Cooling, Mobile
Reviewed by: ccokeman   
Reviewed on: June 13, 2007
Lapworks
Lapworks
Price: $69.95 USD

Introduction:

Are you having trouble with fatigue and sore shoulders, because of the way you have to use your laptop computer? Neck strain because you are always looking down at the monitor? Get the numbness and tingling that signals the beginnings of Carpal Tunnel syndrome? These are some of the problems experienced by plenty of people every day across the world.  What if there was a way to help ease some of that strain while working at your desk or workstation?  There just might be a something that can help. The Lapworks aluminum desktop computer stand is an adjustable stand that functions not only as a stand, but as a cooler as well.  With the ability to go from a flat 0% incline to an angle of 45%, you can hook up a keyboard to your laptop and have the monitor at the correct viewing height to prevent neck strain. There are six available stops on the adjustment ladder - three suitable for use when typing and the balance when using the laptop as a monitor, only with a keyboard and mouse attached. 

The second function that this product is capable of is as a laptop cooling device. If you have ever used your laptop on your lap, you know the reasons that it is important to cool the device somehow. For those that have not, you may well have heard the stories on the news or radio about the people on long flights who end up with serious burns on their legs from prolonged use of the device on their legs. With this kind of heat being generated, it can't be good for either the user or the device. The company claims a 23% reduction in temperatures with the use of this stand. Let’s see if we can generate the same results and be more comfortable at the workstation.

Located in Rancho Cucamonga, California Lapworks designs and manufactures products to make laptop or notebook computing easier and safer, so that you can be more productive.

Closer Look:

The box that arrived was a generic, with the specifications of the desk stand listed on the front panel.

 


Once removed from the package, the desk stand is wrapped in plastic and contains an instruction sheet detailing how to set up the desk stand. The stand comes enclosed in its own carrying case that doubles as a mouse pad.

 

 

 


The desk stand is not polished or brushed, but that does not detract from its looks. It is a simple looking product, but quite functional. The base has a swivel assembly that allows you to twist the stand around for demonstrations or sharing.

 

Closer Look:

You can see that in the closed position, that the stand is slim enough for transport along with your laptop computer. No need to leave the stand at home or your office when you travel. Upon opening, we can see the adjustment and support mechanisms built into this stand.

 



 


The desk stand is adjustable from 0 Degrees (Flat), up to 45 Degrees. The lower adjustment points are available for use the without a separate keyboard. At the highest adjustment point, the stand will raise the laptop screen 6.75 inches for easier viewing and reduced strain on the neck and shoulders.

 

 


The swivel feature mentioned earlier allows you to show a colleague your work or just move the laptop to a comfortable viewing angle for yourself.

 


Included with the stand was a binder with quite a few of the articles and newsletters that Lapworks have on their site. The other items included are a set of non-slip pads and instructions for their use. You may or may not need them, depending on your laptop computer.

 

Installation:

While there is not much to the installation phase of this review, there are a few things that need to be mentioned. When the laptop that you use is mounted on the desk stand, you will need to see if it slides down onto the legs that keep your laptop from falling back to the desk. If it does, the included clear rubber legs will keep the laptop from sliding down. In my case, I had to use them, otherwise it would slide down and attempt to slide off the stand. They can be mounted wherever you choose, but keep in mind not to place them where your existing rubber feet will interfere with them.


 



 



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Testing:

To test this product, I will use the laptop as I normally do with it sitting on the desk in my home office. Testing will include idle and load tests, with the laptop on and off the Lapworks Aluminum stand. I will let my laptop computer idle on the desk for thirty minutes and follow that with load testing with Stress Prime 2004 Orthos edition, while playing a DVD to stress as many components inside the laptop as I can. This configuration will then be used to test the laptop temperatures when mounted on the stand. To check temperatures, I will use Speedfan version 4.2 to monitor both hard drive and CPU temperatures. While the reported temperatures may not be accurate, it can show an increase or decrease in temperature to compare results. In addition to this, I will use our Kestrel 4100 to test the air temperature being discharged from the ventilation port on the laptop I am using for this test. The last test will be to see if the angle of the desk stand creates any additional cooling capability through convection, with the desk at the maximum incline.


Testing Setup:


The two temperatures that are being monitored by Speedfan, are the hard drive and CPU. First up are the desktop results.


Now that we have a baseline set of temperatures, let's see if the Desktop stand results are any better. I will test at the steepest incline, to try and duplicate the results of Lapworks in-house testing, although my testing procedure is not as involved.


With the testing phase completed, I have some mixed results. While hard drive temperatures increased slightly when my laptop was mounted on the stand, the CPU load temps decreased by 5 degrees Celcius, equating to about 10% - a substantial decrease. My theory about the effects from convection were unable to be proven. I did not detect any airflow rising from under the laptop at the steepest angle.

Conclusion:

With the simple testing I was able to do, the device does decrease operating temperatures of some of the hardware inside of the laptop I used. Without the use of the thermal imaging equipment used by Lapworks, it is difficult to prove the temperature decrease of the whole device. With that being said, a 10% reduction in CPU operating temperature is nothing to sneeze at. While checking the comfort aspect of this device, I found that by raising the stand to the steepest incline, I did have a more comfortable computing experience when I hooked up a remote keyboard and mouse. I felt none of the shoulder and neck strain or stiffness I have after a long night of gaming on my desktop computer. Being someone who has suffered with Carpal Tunnel syndrome, I found the two lower angles to be comfortable enough for my usage.

When you take the cost of this device and add the fact that you may increase the lifespan of your laptop computer, due to reduced operating temperatures, that you are more comfortable at your work station and can take it with you, this product performs exactly as advertised.

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