Review Last Updated: August 2, 2017

K2 Laptop Stand by Review

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Nextstand K2 Ergonomic Portable Laptop Stand

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Overview

If you spend a lot of time in front of your laptop, you should really look into getting a laptop stand. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you. If you haven’t already, check out our comparison review of The Roost and Nexstand laptop stands, where we compare two of the most popular laptop stands out there. We also go over some more general info about laptop stands. After, come back for an in-depth look at the Nexstand, and check out the usage timeline at the bottom to see how it holds up.

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The Nexstand is one of several laptop stands that spawned after the Roost stand was launched. The Roost stand offers a pretty great design, so it’s no surprise that others looked to imitate it. That being said, the Nexstand does offer a few features that we think put it into a category of its own. Let’s check it out.

Nextstand K2 Inside Case
Nexstand K2 Inside Case

The stand folds up nicely for storage and travel. Folded up, it measures 1.5 x 1.5 x 14 inches (3.81 x 3.81 x 35.6 cm), so it should stow away pretty nicely in your pack. It also comes with a carrying case that is made of a stretchy, soft material. Although it does feel nice, we were hoping for something slightly more durable. It weighs in at 8.2 ounces—slightly heavier than other laptop stands, but still very portable.

Nexstand K2 Unfolded
Nextstand K2 Unfolded

After opening it up, you will see that the Nexstand is built to accommodate any size laptop. The stand itself is built of PVC—essentially, hard plastic—and feels pretty sturdy when it is set up. It has some hard-rubber clips on the bottom that pivot, allowing you to secure the front of your laptop. The pivot grips come with little plastic spacer clips which allow you to accommodate really thin laptops.

Nextstand K2 Spacer Clips
Nexstand K2 Spacer Clips

Although this setup works pretty well, there are two things that concern us. The pivot grips are made of this hard-rubber, almost plastic-like material, meaning they don’t “stick” to the laptop as well. If you bump the stand, there is a chance that your laptop will fall out of it. The plastic clips are also somewhat concerning. We try to avoid things with small parts—if you lose these clips in the middle of a trip, you are shit out of luck. That being said, chances are you won’t run into any of these problems, and at this price point—we’re willing to take the risk.

Nextstand Weights Image | Nexstand.com
Nexstand Weights Image | Nexstand.com

But the Nexstand can hold a lot of gym weights, so that says something… Or does it? We don’t really understand the obsession with weights over at Nexstand, but more power to them.

Nexstand with 8 height adjustments! via Pack Hacker’s GIPHY

The Nexstand really shines when it comes to versatility. The stand offers eight different height settings. Here at Pack Hacker, we are always on the go and constantly working from different spaces. We found that depending on your workspace, you will almost certainly have to adjust the height of the stand. Having the ability to change the height quickly and easily is a game-changer. With all of the different settings, you can really dial it in and get the stand positioned exactly the way you’d like.

In addition to the awesome versatility, the Nexstand also offers another great benefit—price. At the time of this review, the Nexstand was listed at $29.95. Compared to some other stands, that is super affordable. It may not be the most durable stand out there, but you really can’t beat the price.

Usage Timeline

  • Initial Usage
    Condition: Excellent

    Looking good right out of the box. Feels a little wobbly when fully expanded, but once we put a laptop on it, it seems to stabilize.

  • 3 Months of Use
    Condition: Good

    Temporarily lost a clip at the bottom of a backpack. It's been found & all is well.

Observations

Pros
  • Price—for the money, this is a great laptop stand.
  • The extra height settings offer added versatility and convenience.
  • If you need a stand for your gym weights, the Nexstand has you covered (heh).
Cons
  • Not the sturdiest stand we’ve seen.
  • The hard-rubber contact points don’t stick to your laptop as well.
  • The plastic spacer clips are one more thing to keep track of, making the Nexstand 4 pieces in total (including the case).

Overall

The Nexstand will do everything you want it to do and more, plus it comes at a great price. On the other hand, durability and portability are on the lower end compared to other stands. If you’re doing a lot of serious traveling, you may want to look at other stands. If you don’t plan on beating this thing up, it will suit you well. Did we mention the price is pretty great?