Difference between laptop stands and docking stations

You are reading this blog probably because you are a laptop owner. If that is the case, you are probably familiar with the egg frying heat that usually accompanies the extended use of your laptop. This common issue is caused specifically due to the poor air circulation beneath a laptop. If not, you can experience the ache of your hands after using a level keyboard for a couple of hours at a time. But the good news is that there is one remarkably simple but incredibly effective invention that can solve both those issues (overheating and ergonomic issues) your laptops face. It is none other than the laptop stand.

In general, laptop stands are what they sound like. That is a small stand that you can place your laptop on. Laptop stands are normally angled in such a way so that the rear of the laptop is slightly elevated than the front. In fact, it is pretty similar to the effect you get from the legs on a keyboard. This angling becomes pretty handy. That is specifically because the less you have to extend your wrists while typing, the lower the chance of repetitive strain injuries are. However, this can be considered more of a by-product of this invention than the true driving force behind it.

The actual inspiration behind laptop stands is the issue related to overheating.  So, even it is called a “laptop” you shouldn’t actually use it on your lap. The heat the laptop generates can be very uncomfortable on the lap. 

Pretty much all the laptop stands are made to be as portable as the devices they serve. They can be collapsed, folded up, and stored easily inside a laptop's carrying case. Some products come with additional features as well. 

If you use a dedicated place for using your laptop, you will have to consider upgrading from a laptop stand to a docking station. Where a regular laptop stand supports a laptop, a docking station is a little bit more elaborate. Those devices can feature attachment points for an external monitor, peripherals such as a mouse, and keyboard, as well as Ethernet, phone, and even USB ports. The docking stations can be considered as a step up in utility as well as in price. Where a stand can be found for very affordable prices, you'll have to spend relatively more to buy a docking station. However, modern-day laptop stands can be found with pretty advanced features such as cooling fans. 

Well, if you are comfortable with handling tools and an expert in DIY projects, a laptop stand can even be made from household materials or some other equipment retrofitted for use with your laptop. DVD racks, towel racks, door stops, binders, and even corks are some of the materials that can be used to create a DIY stand. However, those stands are generally less stable than commercially produced ones available in stores. Also, the overall finishing of the product will not be as good as you expect.