Keeping your laptop computer elevated to a comfortable viewing angle and typing angle, while also allowing for good airflow, is the main features of a laptop stand. In the past several years, we’ve reviewed quite a few stands here at The Gadgeteer and now it’s time for another one. The AVIATOR stand from Keynamics is a simplified travel version of one of their stands that I reviewed 2 yrs ago.
The AVIATOR is made of rugged plastic and is available in 3 colors: Black, Grey and White. I was sent the Black version.
The stand is comprised of 3 parts. Two risers and a crosspiece. The innovative feature is that all the parts can snap together for easy transport. Think LEGO.
The crosspiece has 2 dove tail protrusions, and the risers each have a matching socket. Just stack the two risers on top of each other and slide the crosspiece in place and you’re ready to shove it in your gear bag.
Stored Dimensions 12.62″ L x .50″ W x 3.35″ H
Riser: 12.62″ L x .25″ W x 3.35″ H
Crosspiece: 10.5″ L x .50″ W x 1″ H
Riser Spacing: Outer 8.75″, Inner: 5.75″
Riser Top Surface Contact Area 12″
To use the stand, you just slide the crosspiece into the V notches in the riser pieces. If you have a wide laptop, you can use the outside crosspiece slots, or for smaller notebooks, the inside notches. In the image above, I am using the inside notches.
Here’s another shot of the AVIATOR from the side.
And here we have my 12″ Powerbook sitting on the stand. The bottom back edge is raised by a little under 3 inches and the bottom front edge by slightly more than 1 inch.
As you can see from the pictures, the laptop is elevated to a nice angle for typing and viewing. You can also notice that the stand allows for good air ventilation under the laptop. Everyone knows that a cool laptop is a happy laptop ;o)
Even if all you could do is to use this stand on top of your desk, it would be worth the $19.99 price. But wait, there’s more…
Like the original stand from Keynamics, this one can also be used in a cantilevered position. Just orient the stand over the edge of a desk, so that the top corner edge mates with the notch in the bottom of the stand. It even works with rounded edged surfaces like my desktop pictured above.
Rubber strips located on the top and bottom edges of the stand risers keep the stand securely positioned on the desk and the notebook securely positioned on the stand.
I know the stand looks scary perched on the edge of the desk like that, but it feels very solid and secure when in use. The only thing I would caution is to avoid leaving your notebook in this position unattended. Especially if you have pets that like to climb on your desk.
As the name of this stand suggests, the AVIATOR stand is great for air travel. This is due to the fact that it is just the right size to fit on a tray table, even when the person’s seat in front of you is reclined. FYI: I was unable to personally test this stand on a plane…
See it in action…
The only negative that I can find regarding this product, is the fact that the elevation of the stand is not adjustable. For me, this isn’t a problem, because the angle that the stand provides is perfectly comfortable to me.