I wanted to raise my laptop screen so that when I use the webcam, I’m not looking down. It creates a more natural look rather than have my viewers see the top of my head.
Raising it also allows for better cooling and the fans don’t need to run as hard. It reduces fan noise when I record videos for my courses.
In the past, I’ve used books and other things to raise it for the purpose of cooling. Even though I have several laptop coolers with stand, the fans got noisy and didn’t help to keep the laptop cool.
I hate to buy more stuff that ends up in a landfill, so I decided to make some stands with material already lying around.
What you see above is version 2.0. The angle for viewing, and typing is just right. And when I use my webcam, the angle is just right as well.
An unexpected plus point over a store bought stand is the section in front of the laptop allows me to use the mouse in front of the laptop and slightly under it.
It is better ergonomics and good for my posture.
Making it is rather easy and fast. I used the wedge shape from version 1.0 as a template to cut a piece of cardboard, and then folded it down the center. The most important part is getting the angle right. Not too steep nor too flat.
To keep the triangle in shape, I used string to tie both the legs of the triangle to prevent it from opening, when the weight of the laptop is pressing downwards.
As with many things I do, I iterate and look at how to make things better. Making progress is more important than making things perfect. Up cycling something is an added bonus.