The 10 Best Mobile Laptop Desks
10. Flash Furniture Mobile
- vented surface for cooling
- top swivels 360 degrees
- assembly may take some time
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
9. Calico Designs L-Cart
- comes in black or silver
- sliding keyboard tray
- glass surface not ideal for mice
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
8. Designstyles Desk
- attractive light wood design
- includes a tablet stand
- may wobble slightly
|Rating||3.5 / 5.0|
7. Seville Classics Cart
- comes with 2 wrenches
- includes clear assembly instructions
- casters do not roll well on carpet
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
6. EaseOffice Cart
- tilt controls are easy to use
- 3 stylish color options
- setup instructions could be better
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
5. iSkelter Slate 2.0
- made from lightweight bamboo
- attractive minimalist design
- helpful mobile phone slot
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
4. Tatkraft Salute
- 2 casters are lockable
- works for 7- to 17-inch laptops
- quick and easy assembly
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|
3. Techni Mobili Modus
- convenient storage drawer
- moisture-resistant coating
- strong and durable steel frame
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
2. Techni Mobili Sit-to-Stand
- 3 double-wheel casters
- wide base for stability
- no rough or sharp edges
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
1. Platinum Health Acrobat
- lip to prevent items from sliding
- easy-to-clean wooden finish
- work surface is 23 inches wide
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|
Can You Take Me Higher? Like, To A Standing Position?
It's generally agreed upon that working with a laptop directly on your lap is, medically speaking, a bad idea. Everything from bad posture and unreasonably high temperatures around certain vital reproductive organs combine to make the prospect a dangerous one.
What these mobile carts offer, in addition to an ergonomic and space saving design, is an opportunity to improve your health. And they do so rather simply.
Most of these carts are mobile because they have little wheels at the bottom called casters. You're probably familiar with these things, as they've adorned the bottom of every rolling desk chair since desk chairs learned to roll.
From there, the carts can differ tremendously in materials and shape, but they all have a surface meant to hold a laptop or keyboard, and that surface can almost always be raised or lowered to give you the most comfortable position.
The mechanism for raising and lowering the surface is much like the one you'll see in those desk chairs: a simple metal tube that can absorb or release air, the pressure of which controls the extension of the bar. It's all reminiscent of the way a screen door opens and closes softly.
Be Kind To Your Butt
The reality is that a standing desk isn't a cure all. It isn't as though working from a standing position is going to solve all your bodily woes. In fact, standing too long has its own drawbacks.
Luckily, these desks are adjustable, so you can spend a few hours typing on your feet and a few more Facebooking from your favorite chair. I've been using our number one desk for the past few weeks now, and I've found a great rhythm that seems to optimize my creative energy.
It helps to have a standing mat and a chair behind you to plop down into when the mood strikes. Listen to your body as you begin. It takes time to work up the standing endurance you've lost over all those sedentary years.
Still, the question of which one of our desks is right for you remains outstanding. The truth is that all of them are going to provide you with a great experience in stability and versatility. Some might last a little longer than others, and some might be easier to assemble or fit your exact computer better than others.
But this is a style decision first. Which one of these strikes your fancy? Which one–or ones–would fit your setup the best? If there's a few, then you can start fussing over the details.
No idea what makes a room look good? There is a plethora of home decor shows on TV for you to study. Get to it!
The Desk Evolving
While the mobile computer workstation has come about only recently, trickling into private homes and offices from its popularity in hospitals, the older parts of its technology have grown to prominence steadily over the past 150 years or so.
I have a foggy memory in my brain of Scrooge McDuck hunched over a tall desk in the Disney animated telling of A Christmas Carol. In my mind's eye, the wealthy aquatic hoarder had a rather tall chair to get him up to his desk, but it was, by its build very similar to the standing desks of the period.
Of course, Bob Cratchet, the father of poor little Tiny Tim, had a regular desk, which created a great height comparison between the two of them, with the rich man up high and his poor employee down low.
It's only been recently that the standing desk has become something of a fad, albeit a fad with a lot of good science behind it. And with the growth of that fad, manufacturers have incorporated everything they've learned from the past 50 years of industrial office furniture design.
An air-driven piston for height control came over from modern desk chairs, as did the casters that provide mobility. The nuanced angling adjustments in the surface came over from advancements in drafting desks, and monitor mounting technology, well, that came to us along with the advent of flat screen HDTVs.
It's amazing how such a simple piece of furniture can be born of so much change in our recent history.