Inexpensive Laptop Stand / Notebook to Desktop Convertor

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Introduction: Inexpensive Laptop Stand / Notebook to Desktop Convertor

About: It's not about me

I find myself using my laptop for long periods of time. It does get uncomfortable after a while. The keyboard and screen should ideally be separate to reduce neckstrain during prolonged use. If you are a full time laptop user, I suggest you build something like this that will help you raise your monitor to a near eye level. This way you can have both the keyboard and the monitor in the right positions.

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Step 1: A Simple and Inexpensive File Sorter or Desktop Organizer Solves Your Problem

I have a sturdy file sorter that I use to organize my desk. It has a wide base and 5 slots. It is also strong enough to hold my 8lb laptop.

Step 2: Insert Laptop , Connect Keyboard and Enjoy Your Ergonomic Workspace

Simply place your keyboard in the first slot and you are ready to go. No cutting or drilling required. This position rises your monitor an brings it closer to your eye level. This can reduce the strain on your neck that results from looking downwards for a long period of time.

Step 3: More Desktop Space Too!

In addition to bringing the notebook to a more comfortable position , this design also frees up space on your table. It has a smaller footprint. In addition, as you are using a desktop organizer, note that your books /documents can be neatly stacked in this file sorter. This stays behind your computer, so you dont have to see it when you are working on your computer.

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    22 Discussions

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    carlsonmark
    carlsonmark

    13 years ago

    I was just about to do this when I realized that my laptop doesn't open wide enough to use this method :-( Cool idea though!

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    lukkbox
    lukkbox

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    your telling me there are laptops whos screens dont open all the way? hot dang! why would any designer do such a thing? i learn several new things everyday guess im spoilt having only ever owned IBM's, still a bit flabbergasted here

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    Psyche65
    Psyche65

    Reply 3 years ago

    Of course all laptops open all the way, look at this ... oh damn! Mine only goes to 120 degrees! Why WOULD any designer do such a thing? I'm flabbergasted too!

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    Kasm279
    Kasm279

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    what brand is it? thats just weird...

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    bradclarkuk
    bradclarkuk

    13 years ago on Step 3

    Strictly speaking not really FREE is it?

    lol

    (_)

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    jbrown2
    jbrown2

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    Yes free if you just go dumperst diving or check office supply stores for returned and broken ones. I have a friend that owns a supply house and he gave me, an older metal on hols up better then the plastic ones.

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    Admiral Puffinfresh
    Admiral Puffinfresh

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 3

    Lol did he say FREE? No, he said INEXPENSIVE. And if you already have one of those thingies, then in a sense, it IS free. =]

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    jbrown2
    jbrown2

    8 years ago on Step 3

    This is the BEST damn thing for laptops that I have ever seen, and the money saved on NOT having to buy a cooler can be used to buy more MONSTER drinks to play more games on the laptop.

    This is a very good instruc.

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    jfranzen
    jfranzen

    8 years ago on Introduction

    If you use the wire mesh one, you can mount a fan or two on the back if wanted.

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    kmgater
    kmgater

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I did this! Thanks for the idea!

    It took me awhile to find one that wasn't plastic and slots wide enough to fit my laptop. My sorter is made of metal wire and I actually ended up breaking out a middle wire so the laptop could lean back. I use the front slot for my extra keyboard so I can get everything out of the way when needed and the light weight stand makes it easy to move everything over when I need to use the laptop.

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    extratired
    extratired

    13 years ago

    genius! the ones from the stores are so expensive it's crazy...

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    vinisterz
    vinisterz

    13 years ago

    cookbook standI found this cool cookbook stand was wondering can it hold my 15" dell.

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    sanityfalling
    sanityfalling

    13 years ago

    you could just bend it to your tastes i dont think that would be to hard

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    deliman
    deliman

    13 years ago

    This was the first instructable I used. Very clever! I used a wire file sorter I had lying around and it instantly helped my neck pain. Thanks!!!

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    Magpye
    Magpye

    13 years ago

    I've been using something similar for over a year now (only found this site today). You can use a cooking book stand, which only cost a few dollars, and have a good stability, so the laptop doesn't tip over backwards. Most Dells and IBM's will happily open up to the 60 deg angle required for good viewing, though some Toshibas are a bit more arthritic I've seen commercial versions of this go for over $250. I think it's called The Oyster.

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    santiagoc
    santiagoc

    13 years ago

    Some of you more skilled guys should make a similar laptop stand with hinges for changing the computer's angle (and thus height) to make it more comfortable for shorter/taller people.