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OK, not great; silver is ugly; stable but does have a wobble side to side
on 1 May 2014
I bought this to try out standing at my desk without spending vast sums of money. It's a useful experiment, so I certainly don't regret the purchase, and am impressed with the range of positions you can create with this stand. The joints lock really firmly and I've never felt it would collapse under the weight of my laptop.
In terms of standing, I'm fairly tall and need to have the joints set at 90, 180 and 90 degrees respectively, which can look ugly (a bit like R2D2 from Star Wars) and at first felt like the stand may tip forward. However, with the weight of the laptop on the tray it feels stable, front to back. My main issue is that the stand wobbles a lot, from side to side once you use the laptop. Not a problem if you're using it sitting and have an external keyboard, but if you're typing on the laptop itself, on the stand, this can get annoying.
That aside, my other main gripe is that the silver finish looks really ugly. The photo doesn't convey this very well at all, but the overall effect is pretty cheap, not least on the hollow plastic legs. The textured finish on the (metal) plate doesn't help. In hindsight I would have probably bought a black one. The opportunity to pay more for a fully metal model would be good.
Personally I find the fans pretty useless. When on they simply blow air into the vents in the laptop where in-built fans are trying to blow air out. Naturally this issue depends on the model of your laptop, but I can't see myself using these and may even remove the unit and use it in some other project.
If I could change one more thing (!) I would add a small dip in the middle of the lip that keeps the laptop from sliding off the tray. This would make it easier to lift the lid on a slimline laptop, which at the moment is fiddly.
In summary, I'm pleased I tried it, and am getting some reasonable use out of it, but can't claim to love it in any way.