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Getting up in front of a group of people to deliver a speech is hard enough; doing it without the right equipment in front of you makes it even worse. A laptop or projector stand is basically a portable podium made up of two parts: a height-adjustable stand, and one or two shelves, which are wide enough to hold a laptop or projector.
Whether you regularly give presentations, or host an outdoor movie night, having a stand at the ready can reduce your setup time, and make it easier for you — or your audience — to see your content. We’ve collected the best laptop and projector stands we could find below if you don’t know where to start, or what to look for.
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Laptop Projector Stand
There are many factors to think about when choosing the right laptop projector stand for you; below are the most important ones, which we considered while we were researching this list.
Height: Most of the stands we’ve recommended are between five and 60 inches tall — the larger ones are height-adjustable, so they’re better for lectures.
Weight: We understand that you may need to take your projector and laptop stand to different places, so all of the ones we recommend are under 25 pounds. We made sure the heaviest stand had wheels, so it’s still easy to move.
1. VIVO Black Mobile Rolling Projector Stand
Built out of scratch-resistant steel, VIVO’s mobile projector stand has earned the top spot in our guide because of its versatility.
The stand is height-adjustable between 36.3 and 57.5 inches, so most people presenting will be able use it comfortably. The stand has two shelves, so it can hold both a projector and laptop at the same time, and both shelves can be tilted between -15 and 15 degrees, so you can find the right angle. The shelves have raised sides to prevent your projector or laptop from sliding off when it’s tilted.
Although it’s the heaviest stand in our guide (22.7 pounds), VIVO designed it with wheels, so it’s easy to move from room to room. The wheels have a locking mechanism to prevent the stand from rolling away while in use. It’s a little heavy duty, but if you need a fully loaded laptop and projector stand, this is your best choice.
Pros: Tough materials, two stands, height and tilt adjustment.
Cons: Heavy if you need to lift it.
2. Stellar Labs Heavy Duty Laptop/Projector Stand
It’s a little more basic, but Stellar Labs’ Laptop and Projector Stand is still a great choice for most public speakers.
The stand is height-adjustable between 36 and 60 inches — at its maximum height, it’s the tallest stand in our guide. Despite its size, the stand is only 11.68 pounds, and its legs fold up to make it easier to carry.
It only has one shelf, though, so you’ll need another place to put your laptop or projector if you’re using both at the same time. The shelf can be tilted, but Stellar Labs doesn’t go into detail about how much. All of the shelf’s sides are curved up, so your device won’t slip off.
The stand sits on three legs (like a camera tripod), which should keep it stable if you bump into it. Because it doesn’t have wheels, you may need to break this stand down in order to easily move it. Still, if you need a dependable, stable stand for one device, you should strongly consider this one.
Pros: Impressive height range, a sturdy design.
Cons: The lack of wheels makes it a little harder to move.
3. 3M Easy Adjust Laptop and Projector Stand
If you need to elevate and move a projector or laptop around constantly, 3M’s stand is by far your best choice.
It weighs just five pounds, so you can easily carry it from place to place, and its single shelf has an impressive amount of adjustability: it can be swiveled 360 degrees, and tilted between -40 and 40 degrees.
The downside is that this stand’s height-adjustment is limited to between one and five inches. That makes it the right pick for a boardroom projector, or if you prefer to elevate your laptop next to an external monitor, but not for giving a lecture. You may not hit these limitations, though, and if you need a short stand, this is the one we recommend.
Pros: Extremely small, and very adjustable given its size.
Cons: Isn’t the right fit for presenters.