Top Portable Standing Desk Converters
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There are plenty of jobs that keep workers on their toes and moving from place to place. And if they want to have standing options, it might be difficult to ensure an ergonomic and comfortable working positions wherever they go.
A portable standing desk converter may just be the answer.
Most of the other standing desk converters available do their job, but they are either too awkward to move easily, too heavy to lug around from place to place, or are clamped to the desk and not meant to move.
The converters in this category are meant to be easily collapsible, lightweight, and able to accommodate a variety of working situations. Some are meant to be ideal for switching between working at a desk or working on the floor or on a couch, and others are meant to collapse easily for transport wherever they need to go.
If you need something a little more permanent, check out the dozens of the other more traditional standing desk converters that we have reviewed.
Best Portable Standing Desk Converters
Eureka’s Ultra Slim Portable Standing Desk Converter packs a sturdy X-Lift frame and silent lift mechanism into an easy-to-move device designed for laptops.
We started the review process knowing the Notadesk Elsewhere wasn’t suitable as your sole work surface in a single position for a long period of time due to its ergonomics, but we left the review process surprised and impressed by the product’s versatility and novelty. It truly is not a desk, but instead a portable popup standing workspace.
The Standee’s low asking price may persuade those deterred by more expensive options to stand more at work. But without a height adjustment mechanism, Standee users risk different ergonomic maladies that can make their standing breaks uncomfortable and short.
The Uplift E3 Converter fits squarely into the “budget-friendly” category of standing desk converters while ineffectively creating a product to fulfill the consumer’s attempt to improve their functional ergonomics while working. Instead, the E3 Converter offers a highly portable desk exclusive to laptop users who likely won’t be standing long, nor are overly concerned about ergonomic pitfalls.
This ultra lightweight x-lift manual converter comes in at the basement of the converter market price points at an extremely affordable $129. The consumer is unlikely to find a standing desk converter at a cheaper price. Thus, what you pay for is what you get. The converter is extremely light at under 12.5 pounds, speaking to the aforementioned portability, yet weak in its ability to hold weight — 11-pound lifting capacity.
One of the quickest, easiest ways to get standing without selling an internal organ. WorkEZ desks can be frustratingly shaky, and don’t adjust as quickly as we’d like, but those gripes seem relatively minor given these risers’ tiny price point and ergonomic benefits.
The Lunadesk Standing Desk Converter Review is ideal for working at home if you don’t have a good desk and you’re shuttling your laptop to work in bed, on the sofa, on the floor or at a counter. This is not by any stretch an “ergonomic standing desk” in the usual sense but is the only product we’ve ever seen that works well for people who like working in various yoga poses (i.e. you need to be limber). Being made-in-the-USA is usually a good thing, but it is made from Chinese bamboo, which is anything but ecologically friendly, despite all the greenwash marketing. To be used in such places and postures the unit needs to be lightweight (10 lbs) but that also makes it structurally flimsy. The lack of warranty and the lack of market traction outside of a tiny successful Kickstarter campaign (88 units were sold) makes this one a questionable consumer value in terms of likely durability.
The Fitueyes Basic Series 30″ standing desk converter is the cheapest option in the market for average-height individuals looking to get on their feet while working. The only thing going for it is that it is technically portable, but that also means it can’t handle a lot of weight, has a minimal height adjustment range, and isn’t a very stable mechanism.
If you want to have the option to stand while working but don’t have a large budget, this laptop stand is an intermediate solution. It is better than other standing desk converters in that it can accommodate some taller users as it can extend up to to 20 inches above the desk surface. However, since you can’t add a monitor stand, the range is limited in how high it can actually place the display, which can hurt your neck after extended use. It’s pretty neat to have a removable mouse pad if you aren’t going to use the touchpad on the laptop, but the one that comes with the converter isn’t really big enough for comfortable mousing
The FlexiSpot ML2 GoRiser Standing Desk Converter is a compact and highly portable standing desk converter, and is great for that purpose, especially with the low price. But being that, it is very limited in its other capacities, such as supporting monitors and other ergonomic accessories that help make an ideal sit-stand workstation. It’s biggest problems are that it can’t be ergonomically used at sitting height (so you’ll be taking the 18 lb unit off your desk every time you want to sit) and only has a couple of fixed height settings (out of 5) that are in the standing height range for most people. And not very tall people, because its max height is only 15.9″. So it’s really a portable standing desk, not a sit-to-stand converter. Might be good for other home applications like raising a sewing machine to a more comfortable height, but for long-term use with a laptop computer, its ergonomic limitations leave a lot to be desired. The price is great, though, so if you need something portable to use once in a while for short stints it might be worth the small investment.
With the smallest footprint of any VariDesk desktop converter, the Laptop 30 is the most compact workstation in VariDesk’s catalog. Its height adjustment mechanism looks identical to the easy-to-use lever locking system of the original VariDesk and, unlike other Vari models, its vertical adjustment doesn’t force the work surface to arc out towards you. However, the VariDesk Laptop 30 still leaves much to be desired when it comes to work surface space and ergonomics.
The Readydesk 2 Standing Desk converter can is a portable standing workstation option with wide platforms for keyboards and monitors that can be set at different heights.
The Original Well Desk converter lets you set your keyboard and monitor at a variety of different heights to make standing work more comfortable and ergonomic.
The Harmoni Standing Desk is an different kind of portable converter to give a sit-stand workstation that is relatively simple to break down and transport between office spaces.
If you are willing to carefully balance your netbook or small laptop atop StandStand at your local coffee shop, it may work for you as a short-term portable standing desk. But its instability and lack of ergonomic adjustability prevent us from recommending StandStand for any serious work.
For all our sit-stand desk converter reviews, see our sit-stand converter comparison review page.